Month: July 2018

Swinging for charity

A charity day held at Parley Golf Centre raised more than £1,100 for Macmillan Caring Locally’s ‘brick by brick’ appeal.

The golfers played a three-team Texas Scramble in Texas-style heat on the course that last year received £250,000 of investment.

A cake stall on the 9th hole kept the energy levels up as the 13 teams competed for the title.

Daryl Dampney, manager, said: “The final total raised was £1,101 and the players deserve a lot of credit because it was a scorching day.

“To raise money we had a second hand book stall, a plant stall and a grand raffle.

“The prizes were great and included a ‘date night for two’ in a chauffeur-driven Tesla S, courtesy of Electric Chauffeurs.

“The Kier Group donated some John Lewis vouchers, Jimmy’s Iced Coffee supplied drinks and B&Q donated some plants.

“Our members are always very generous when it comes to supporting charities and Macmillan Caring Locally does amazing work.”

The winning team was Peter McIntosh, Colin Spooner and Eddie Lippmann.

The charity’s ‘brick-by-brick appeal’ aims to raise £9m for a new palliative care unit at Christchurch Hospital.

Parley goes 3D

Parley Golf Centre has taken another technological swing forward by creating an overhead tour of its course and showing it on a big screen and through a mobile phone app.

The images have been converted into graphics that give an accurate bird’s eye look at the recently-extended course.

A large screen in the clubhouse displays the 18 holes and the app allows golfers to see what awaits them.

The app will double as a scorecard in future so players can keep a record of their round without the need of a little pencil.

This advance follows on from the introduction of Parley’s two robots that patrol the driving range, its state-of-the-art practice booths and the hi-tech simulator.

Made by Whole-in-1 golf, the free to download 3D flyover technology uses GPS data and also lets local businesses advertise.

Manager Daryl Dampney said: “We are dedicated to improving what we have to offer, not only on the course and in the clubhouse but through technological means.

“Having invested heavily in the new course and the practice area we want golfers to get the most out of them.

“This technology enables people to fly over the course before they play it and get a detailed idea of each hole.

“They can take a virtual tour of the fairway before they drive off and can check the orientation of the greens prior to putting.

“The app will also have tips from one of our professionals about how to play each hole and it will have an interactive scorecard.

“We will also have a couple of our golf buggies fitted out with iPads so the app can be displayed on them.

“The new course has bedded down really well and we’re looking forward to a busy summer.”

To download the app search for ‘My Caddie’, and Parley’s course is listed there.

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