MEMBERS of a world famous golf club are following in the footsteps of their former vice president Andrew Carnegie by using their own funds to help good causes.

The Royal Dornoch Golf Club has established a community fund which will give donations to groups to help their work.

The fund is being set up using up to one per cent of the net green fee income from visitors who come from all over the world to play the links course.

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Organisations based within the local IV25 postcode can apply for donations of up to £500, with payments determined by a committee which includes past club captains.

Neil Hampton, Royal Dornoch Golf Club's general manager, said: "The club values highly its position in the local community and takes seriously the role it plays in supporting local causes.

"Many private members' clubs exist solely for members but, from its beginnings, one of the main aims of Royal Dornoch Golf Club has been to support the local economy.

"We already make a vital contribution by attracting visitors and new residents but, at a time when its finances are strong, the club has decided to add to these longstanding indirect benefits by making a direct contribution to the community."

Applications must be for projects contributing to the common good of the local community.