Northern Virginia golf courses offer discount to furloughed workers

FAIRFAX STATION, Va. (AP) - Federal workers who are facing furloughs because of automatic budget cuts are getting an unexpected perk: discounted golf.

Starting Wednesday, the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority will allow federal workers to play its courses for $25. That's a discount of about 30 percent off the regular greens fees.

The rate is available from Monday-Thursday after 10 a.m. Workers must show a civilian federal employee ID to be eligible. But they won't have to prove that they've been furloughed or are playing on their furlough day.

The park authority operates three golf courses: Algonkian in Sterling, Brambleton in Ashburn and Pohick Bay in Lorton.

Park authority chairman Brian Knapp says the program is meant as a gesture of solidarity with the thousands of federal workers who will have unpaid days off.