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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.

Thanks for the defibrillator, Barry

A keen golfer who collapsed after having a massive heart attack miraculously survived – because the player behind him had just been on a ‘Heartstart’ first aid course.

Barry Duxbury had initially tried to wave his saviour through to play ahead of him, but David Price declined saying he was a slow player too.

He watched as Barry struck a magnificent drive up the middle of the fairway at Dorset’s Parley Golf Centre then set off after it along with his playing partner Colin Cox.

However, when David looked back up Barry had collapsed and plugged onto the fairway, face down.

He rushed to him and was able to put the new skills he had learned into action and began CPR while his playing partner Kelvin Holmes called 999.

David worked on Barry for 15 minutes before the paramedics arrived and took over, and got Colin to help him because the physical effort was so great.

Barry, 77, was taken to hospital where he amazed doctors by making a full recovery.

The first thing he did on being discharged was buy a defibrillator which he donated to the club opposite Bournemouth Airport.

Grandfather of two Barry, a retired shop proprietor, said: “The last thing I remember is walking towards the tee.

“The next thing I recall is waking up in hospital and being told what had happened.

“I can’t thank David, Colin and Kelvin enough because without them I wouldn’t be here.

“The doctors told me that only four per cent of people survive what happened to me, and of that four per cent the majority are brain damaged.

“Parley is a wonderful, friendly club and I’ve had so much support and kind messages.

“As soon as I was able I was back in the driving range, on the practice area and playing the new course.

“I also went out and bought a defibrillator – which hopefully will never be needed.

“My only regret is that I have no memory of the tee shot which I’m told was brilliant.”

David, 69, said: “I remember Barry waving myself and Kelvin through but we are quite slow and were in no hurry so I declined.

“Then Barry hit a fantastic tee shot, right down the middle of the fairway – the best shot he’d hit in months apparently. He set off after it with his partner Colin.

“As I set my ball down I looked up and saw Barry face down. I rushed over to him and his glasses had cut his face and he wasn’t breathing.

“Luckily I had been on a British Heart Foundation Heartstart course two weeks before so I did what I had learned and cleared the airways and started CPR.

“I found it very difficult to keep up so Colin helped me and Kelvin was on the phone relaying the information from the emergency services. It was a real team effort.

“The paramedics arrived and were so glad that we were doing something. They then took over and got a defibrillator and worked on him for another 15 minutes on the grass, then another 15 minutes in the ambulance.

“If Kelvin and I had gone ahead of Barry we wouldn’t have seen him collapse. And if I hadn’t been on the Heartstart course I wouldn’t have known what to do, and certainly wouldn’t have had the confidence to try anything.

“Straight afterwards Kelvin and his wife booked themselves on a course and I would recommend it to everyone. It is literally a life saver.”

Daryl Dampney, manager of the pay-and-play course, said: “We are so grateful for David, Colin and Kelvin for saving Barry.

“And we’re grateful to Barry for the defibrillator; we are planning to run some courses here so our staff and members can learn how to use it what to do if something similar happens.”

Parley Golf Centre invested £250,000 last year into a practice centre and a new course.

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.

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.”

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