Month: September 2017

Captain’s Day success at Parley

The Captain’s Day at Parley Golf Centre proved a huge hit – with dozens of members driving up the fairways on the new course.

After the £250,000 investment in the course and practice facilities it was the first chance for members to go head-to-head.

Tony Pomeroy – captain this year – organised the Stableford competition which was won by the team of Michelle Keogh, Simon Hentrich and Dennis Wilkinson.

Alex Glew and Belinda Queirolo both excelled on the fairways and won the longest drive competitions.

And Dave Wilson and Michelle Sharp picked up the ‘nearest the pin’ titles for 2017.

The players afterwards made use of the café-bar where the trophies were presented.

Daryl Dampney, manager of the centre, said: “It was a great day with good weather and was enormous fun.

“The new course is bedding down nicely and the members really enjoyed the competition and playing against each other.

“All the competitions are played in an excellent spirit and everybody is already looking forward to next year.

“Anyone can turn up and use the course, range and practice facilities which are already extremely popular.”

 

Pic caption: Captain’s Day winners at Parley Golf Centre (l-r) Michelle Keogh, Simon Hentrich, Dennis Wilkinson with skipper Tony Pomeroy.

 

New course leads to rise in membership

Parley Golf Centre has seen a 25 per cent increase in membership since it opened its new course in April.

There has also been a sharp spike in ‘pay and play’ customers who are also making use of the extensive new practice facilities.

The centre spent £250,000 on the course and training area having seen the model used to great effect in the US.

With golf participation declining in the UK, Parley is bucking the trend and anticipates further growth as the course beds down.

The centre opposite Bournemouth Airport also has a fast-growing female section which has helped boost numbers.

The nine-hole course is 5,169 yards long with 18 tees so a full game can be played in which every hole is different.

Manager Daryl Dampney said: “Initially we were going to build a new 18 hole course after gaining permission to double our footprint, but a visit to the US changed our minds.

“Over there is a great emphasis on specialist golf practice facilities and shorter courses.

“This enables those without time to play 18 holes to be able to spend half an hour or an hour getting in some really good practice.

“We not only have a great driving range, but huge practice green, short game training areas, academy practice holes, as well as specialist coaching bays and a simulator

“These facilities are luring those from other clubs who want to practice – and our professionals can also provide better quality coaching.

“The upgrade has resulted in a 25 per cent increase in membership and more ‘pay and players’ turning up.

“Our course has bedded down over the summer and is playing extremely well and we’re seeing many people pop in after work for a quick game.

“The café-bar is attracting non-playing visitors and our investment is now seeing returns.

“However, the development of the centre will continue as we grow and keep up with the changing aspects of the sport.”

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