Ladies to the fore at Parley
The growing army of lady members at Parley Golf Centre has been receiving complimentary instruction about competition golf.
Club pro Marcus Urbye has been nurturing the ladies’ section of the club and membership has soared since last summer.
Now he is giving tutorials on how various golf competitions work to help encourage the ladies to take part.
The success of the female section at Parley contrasts with national figures that have shown a slight decline.
In Great Britain, female participation in golf accounts for 12 per cent – a decline from 15 per cent in 2011.
Parley’s members include complete novices as well as more experienced golfers, but they are all attracted by the facilities.
There is an on-going £250,000 investment to make the centre opposite Bournemouth airport the stand-out practice facility in the region.
It also has a simulator, great driving range with robots as well as a beautiful nine-hole course and practice area currently nearing completion.
Marcus Urbye said: “The ladies really enjoy the golf, but also the social side. The clubhouse is a great place to meet and eat for members as well as non-members.
“After our female membership rose to such high levels there was a demand for lessons in how competitions in golf actually work; the different types of scoring and so on.
“So I ran a few sessions explaining it all so hopefully our members will enjoy some competition golf.
“We also have plenty of junior members, and many other youngsters who turn up regularly to play and practice.”
Pic caption: Marcus and some of the lady players at Parley