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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.

Theft of our buggy batteries

Parley Golf Centre is asking people to keep an eye out for 20 batteries from its buggies that were stolen overnight on Sunday.

Staff arrived on Monday morning at the club opposite Bournemouth Airport to discover that the carts had been targeted by thieves.

The batteries are worth several thousand pounds and the golf centre is appealing for anyone who knows anything to call the police.

It is also warning other golf clubs in the area that thieves are operating and targeting buggy batteries.

Daryl Dampney, manager of the centre which last year opened a new £250,000 course and practice centre, said: “Of course this is highly frustrating.

“Five buggies were targeted and each one had four large batteries beneath the seat that were removed.

“We have invested heavily in the course and facilities, including this fleet of buggies.

“There were players who wanted to use them and were unable to and while we’re insured it doesn’t solve the frustration we are feeling.

“We want to warn other clubs to be on their guard and also to appeal for people to keep their eyes open for these stolen batteries.”

We three kings of Orient – FORE!!

Parley Golf Centre’s annual Christmas Texas Scramble competition was a huge success as members took on the new course.

The seniors and ladies braved wintry conditions then retired to the clubhouse for Christmas dinner.

They dressed in festive-wear and were impressed with the state of the fairways and greens after the inclement weather.

Earlier this year the club opened its new course that followed a £250,000 investment and saw membership soar.

The annual Christmas round is always a popular date in the calendar.

Manager Daryl Dampney said: “The members always look forward to the Christmas Texas Scramble and we saw some great outfits on show.

“It’s a fun occasion and everyone had a good dinner afterwards. The course is playing really well and next year promises to be even better.”

Come and have a shot in the dark

Parley Golf Centre is inviting golfers to have a shot in the dark by playing in a tournament at night on the new course.

The ‘glow golf’ includes fairway lights, illuminated balls and glowing greens – and takes place on Friday November 3.

Six of the course’s holes will be in play for the event that promises to be a fun evening’s entertainment.

Teams of three are invited to take part and there will be food available afterwards.

The centre – opposite Bournemouth Airport – recently opened a new course and practice area following £250,000 investment.

Daryl Dampney, manager of the centre, said: “Night golf is a lot of fun and something a bit unusual.

“It’s played over six holes and the fairways, greens and pins are lit up with glow-sticks.

“We use special golf balls that flash when they are hit, allowing players to see their shot in the dark.

“We aim to be a golf centre that embraces innovation and night golf is a great example of that.

“We’ve done it several times before and it’s always popular.

“Some golfers prefer playing at night because they say they can find lost balls more easily.”

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.”

Our inaugural club championship

The inaugural Parley Golf Centre club championship held on the new course saw dozens take on the 36-hole challenge.

Stuart Freeman was the overall ‘scratch’ winner and became the first club champion; he was also runner-up in the handicap event.

Shelley Davis was the ‘handicap’ winner and runner-up in the scratch competition.

Neil Holdaway came third in the scratch competition and Daniel Murphy was third in the handicap event.

Club captain Tony Pomeroy presented the prizes to the winners in what it is anticipated will become an annual event.

It is the first summer with the new course and practice facilities open and the greenkeepers are delighted with how well it has bedded down.

Daryl Dampney, manager of the centre, said: “Having invested so much is expanding the centre and building a new course we decided to hold a club championship.
“With a growing membership there were plenty of people taking part and we had great weather, too.
“The competition was highly competitive and played in a wonderful spirit. Afterwards we had a good get-together in the café-bar.

“Obviously congratulations to our new club champion Stuart Freeman.

“Anyone can come and play on the new course – just pitch up and play.”

 

First captain’s charity day on new course

The captain’s charity golf day at Parley Golf Centre raised more than £500 for Macmillan Caring Locally.

It’s the first time this event has been held on the new course at the centre opposite Bournemouth Airport.

Teams of three played a ‘Texas Scamble’ tournament which was won by Stuart Freeman, Steven Marshall and Rosalie Freeman.

Club captain Tony Pomeroy presented them with their winners’ medals.

There was also a ‘crazy putting’ competition held on the recently-opened practice and short-game area.

Daryl Dampney, who manages the centre, said: “The new course is bedding down nicely and everyone enjoyed the round.

“It was good fun but more importantly we well exceeded our £500 target for Macmillan Caring Locally.

“Since we have opened the new course and practice facilities we have seen a surge of people turning up for a round as well as an increase in membership.”

Macmillan Caring Locally, based in Christchurch, is a charity that specialises end of life care and gives support to families, carers and friends.

Parley driving people into work

Having assisted many rough sleepers last winter with its ‘sleepsafe’ initiative, Faithworks Wessex is now supporting them into the world of work.

The organisation’s ‘2nd Half’ project helps clients gain experience and references so it’s easier for them to find employment.

Parley Golf Centre was keen to assist and offered practical work for the volunteers who began by painting part of the extensive driving range.

Such was the success that club manager Daryl Dampney has invited them back to do some more.

Alan Purchase from Faithworks Wessex organised the working opportunities, said: “Sleepsafe ran between October and March.

“Nine churches in Bournemouth provided emergency beds for up to 12 people a night.

“We helped 47 people into permanent accommodation over the winter and now we want to help them find work.

“Jobs like painting, gardening and working in a kitchen or café means they gain experience, but also get references.

“Employers want CVs that show experience, and also references – and this is what we can help provide.

“Without places such as Parley Golf Centre offering the work, we would not be able to help these people into employment.”

Daryl, manager of the centre which has had a £250,000 make-over including a new course, said: “All I did was provide the materials and they came and did a great job.

“Part of our driving range needed brightening up and it certainly looks better. Hopefully they can come back and do some more work.

“Ideally, of course, these volunteers will find permanent work – I’d be happy to recommend them”

 

 

 

Pic caption: Daryl Dampney (right) with the 2nd Half Team at Parley Golf Centre

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