Month: September 2016

Robots come to Parley

Parley Golf Centre has recruited two new hard-working members of staff – a pair of robots.

One of its new employees – dubbed the Mowbot – spends its life cutting the grass on the range.

The other drives itself around scooping up the range balls and, when it has 300, deposits them at its docking station.

It drops them through a special grill where they are automatically rinsed before being fired back to the range where they are given a proper wash.

The high quality Callaway balls are then available for the golfers from the ball-dispensing machine at the centre in Dorset opposite Bournemouth airport.

The automation of the range saves time, increases safety, and the reaction of members and visitors has been positive.

With a major £250,000 investment programme underway to turn the centre into the finest practice facility in the region, the robots free up staff for developing the new course and for other innovations.

Created by Automated Managed Services under the ‘TrueBot’ brand, the robots are thought to be the only ones working in the region. They are about four feet across and run quietly over the grass.

Daryl Dampney, manager of the centre, said: “We recently introduced a state-of-the-art simulator and now we’ve brought in the robots because we want to continue innovating.

“The robots save a huge amount of time and money we can just leave them to it all day without having to worry about the range.

“It means our ground staff can concentrate on developing the new course and the other practice facilities we are bringing to the centre.

“There are wires buried around the range and the robots are programmed to sweep the area inside them.

“The ball collector robot goes most often to the places where the majority of balls land and it can be controlled by text message.”

Ladies to the fore at Parley

The growing army of lady members at Parley Golf Centre has been receiving complimentary instruction about competition golf.

Club pro Marcus Urbye has been nurturing the ladies’ section of the club and membership has soared since last summer.

Now he is giving tutorials on how various golf competitions work to help encourage the ladies to take part.

The success of the female section at Parley contrasts with national figures that have shown a slight decline.

In Great Britain, female participation in golf accounts for 12 per cent – a decline from 15 per cent in 2011.

Parley’s members include complete novices as well as more experienced golfers, but they are all attracted by the facilities.

There is an on-going £250,000 investment to make the centre opposite Bournemouth airport the stand-out practice facility in the region.

It also has a simulator, great driving range with robots as well as a beautiful nine-hole course and practice area currently nearing completion.

Marcus Urbye said: “The ladies really enjoy the golf, but also the social side. The clubhouse is a great place to meet and eat for members as well as non-members.

“After our female membership rose to such high levels there was a demand for lessons in how competitions in golf actually work; the different types of scoring and so on.

“So I ran a few sessions explaining it all so hopefully our members will enjoy some competition golf.

“We also have plenty of junior members, and many other youngsters who turn up regularly to play and practice.”

Pic caption: Marcus and some of the lady players at Parley

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