Month: April 2018

Balls to Parley

Daryl Dampney’s balls drop. Parley Golf Centre has 12,000 new range balls

Golfers at Parley Golf Centre’s driving range now have even fewer excuses if they miss-hit a shot – as it is now stocked with top-of-the-range balls.

The centre has bought 12,000 Callaway full-flight practice balls as well as equipping the range with new mats.

It is all part of the centre’s on-going investment programme which has seen the development of a new course and practice centre.

The new balls replicate regular ones used on the course and give a golfer a far better idea of how he or she is driving.

At the range is a bunker bay, a simulator, plus dedicated high-tech bays for coaching.

Anyone of any standard can turn up to practice and play – then content themselves in the café-bar.

The practice facilities at the centre opposite Bournemouth Airport attract players from many local clubs.

Manager Daryl Dampney said: “Our investment is ongoing and golfers really appreciate having good practice balls on the range.

“They fly true and full distances and have the same dimpling as Callaway’s regular balls.

“With a bit of sunshine people have flocked to the new course and anyone can turn up for a round.

“It’s the first full year the course has been open and the ground staff are delighted with it.

“Having a good quality driving range with excellent balls really does make a difference to those who use the facilities.”

Our new appointment

Lynsey Welstead, the new head of marketing at Parley Golf Centre

Parley Golf Centre has appointed Lynsey Welstead as its new head of marketing – after she started lessons at the club.

The former media planner and buyer for Unilever was so impressed with the set-up that she wanted to help promote it.

Last year the club invested £250,000 in a new course and practice facilities that made it the finest centre of its type in the region.

Lynsey, who has 20 years’ experience in marketing, had her first taste of golf in 1998 when she was Hello! magazine’s ‘putting champion’ on a corporate ladies day.

More recently she decided to take up the sport and joined the growing ladies’ section at Parley with lessons given by Marcus Urbye.

She said: “It is a very friendly club with excellent facilities for any standard of golfer – including complete beginners.

“It has a relaxed atmosphere and players can just turn up and have a round.

“After signing up for lessons I so impressed by the professionalism and family feel of the club that I wanted to be part of the team.”

Manager Daryl Dampney said: “Lynsey will be focusing on relationship building with local businesses to make the most of corporate days and society and hospitality events.

“She’ll be helping to promote the short game and practice area facilities as well as the driving range to non-members, beginners and improvers.”

Parley Golf Centre is situated opposite Bournemouth Airport.

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