Hayley putts Parley on the map

Hayley Davis and her coach at Parley Golf Centre, Peter Thompson

Golfer Hayley Davis has hit the highpoint of her career so far by qualifying for the 2020 European Ladies European Tour – after training at Parley Golf Centre.

The 26-year-old from St Leonards in Dorset, who represents Ferndown Golf Club, has been under the tutelage of Parley pro Peter Thompson since January.

His computerised golf studio opposite Bournemouth Airport at Parley Golf Centre is where Hayley’s game has been turned around.

And she is not Peter’s first success; he has previously trained winners of the Australian, Portugese and Kenyan Open championships as well as guiding Gary Wolstenholme to become England’s best amateur.

Hayley has benefited from Peter’s philosophy which is that the stance is 75% of the shot and the two stages of back swing count for another 20%.

The method has proved a major hit with Hayley who is now preparing to take on the best European women golfers.

She said: “Peter’s guidance has been invaluable in me improving enough to qualify.

“I have been a member of Ferndown Golf Club since 2003 and have fantastic support there from the members.

“Parley has all the training facilities a golfer requires and working with Peter since January is helping me fulfil my potential.

“I will now be working hard at Parley to give myself the best chance of doing well on the tour.”

Peter said: “Nine months after starting with me Hayley won the Order of Merit on the Ladies European Access Tour – way above the second placed golfer.

“The facilities atParley are excellent with great range mats to play off and the TopTracer range technology.

“The short game practice area is the best for many miles around with a 1,000 square yard putting green built to USPGA specifications, a dedicated green with three sand bunkers and a further two greens for playing wedges into.

“Hayley believes these short game facilities have really benefited her game and she very much deserved to qualify due to her talent but also her desire to improve her game.”

More chipping at Parley Golf Centre

Parley Golf Centre has made a further investment and extended the kitchen in its café-bar, and now serves breakfasts from 7:30am.

It comes on the back of a £250,000 investment in the course and practice area and the introduction of the Toptracer ball-tracing technology in the range.

Further changes are planned as the club continues to grow and attract new members.

Cath Dampney, manager, said: “Our café-bar was becoming so popular that we had to expand.

“It’s not just golfers that visit us but all kinds of people who might be passing.

“We offer all day breakfasts as well as our usual fare of bites and snacks and we have a specials board and basket meals.

“There is a fully licensed bar and we have a great team and a lovely atmosphere.

“We’d encourage anyone to pop in for a coffee and maybe take a few balls into the driving range.

“We never stand still here and are always investing and improving, which is why our membership is growing.”

As well as the new course and practice area the centre has a shop selling golf equipment and a number of professionals giving tuition.

A scramble for charity at Parley Golf Centre

Parley Court Golf Club rised nearly £1,500 for Macmillan Caring Locally

Golfers from Parley Court Golf Club hit the spot when they raised almost £1,500 for Macmillan Caring Locally.

The annual charity golf day saw the participants tee off in a game of 18 hole Texas Scramble.

Parley recently invested £250,000 in the centre and the course was playing superbly.

Prizes were donated and a cheque for £1440.88 was presented to the Christchurch-based charity – not to be confused with the national cancer charity.

Macmillan Caring Locally is a specialist palliative care unit for patients in south east Dorset and south west Hampshire.

Dan Murphy, club captain, said: “Our charity day is always well supported by our members.

“And everyone locally is aware of the work the Macmillan Caring Locally does in our community.

“We were only too pleased to raise the money and donate it. And we were very grateful to Kier Group, B&Q for donating wonderful prizes.

“There was also a cream tea on offer plus a bric-a-brac stall.”

Parley goes fore technology

Parley Golf Centre has combined gaming and golf by installing Toptracer Range ball-tracing technology – the first club in the area to do so.

Bays in the driving range have a screen that shows the trajectory of the ball that has been hit, the distance, ball speed, launch angle and many other stats.

Golfers can now visit Parley but play a round on famous courses such as St Andrews thanks to the innovative installation.

It effectively combines a computer game with actual golf shots and it comes at no extra cost to those who visit the range.

Manager Daryl Dampney said: “The range has had a complete upgrade that includes the Toptracer Range technology.

“There are 19 of our 30 bays equipped with it and people absolutely love it.

“The ball-tracing shows all the details about every shot and friends can come and play rounds on various courses or have competitions amongst themselves.

“There is a free app that can be downloaded and each week we’ll announce who has won the longest drive and the closest to the pin competitions.

“We are always innovating and this investment follows on from our two robots that patrol the driving range and our overhead computer graphics of our own course.

“By installing the new technology we hope to attract new players and perhaps introduce them to the sport.

“It adds fun and entertainment and it will be regularly updated to keep people interested.

“Another bonus is that it is extremely easy to use – everything is controlled through the touch screen.

“The screens are free to use when you buy a bucket of balls.”

Recently the centre opposite Bournemouth Airport invested £250,000 extending its course and developing the practice centre that includes academy holes and a large short play area.

Neil gets that sinking feeling

After 14 years playing a weekly round of golf Neil Holdaway sank the first hole-in-one of his life at Parley Golf Centre.

He launched his Titleist ProV 1 ball with a 52 degree gap wedge on the 110-yard, 17th hole.

It bounced once then rolled into the cup, sparking great rejoicing on the tee.

The hole is on the part of the course that was extended during a £250,000 development of the centre opposite Bournemouth Airport.

Neil, who works at GSF Car Parts in Poole, said: “I had come close to getting a hole-in-one many times, but this was my first.

“I was just having a round with three friends and I hit the ball and the wind held it up a little before it landed on the green and rolled into the hole.

“I jumped up and down and high-fived everyone – I’m surprised the whole of Bournemouth didn’t hear me.

“I came back to the clubhouse and bought everyone a drink.”

Neil, who has a 12 handicap, has been a member of the club for 12 years and plays every Sunday.

Daryl Dampney, manager of the centre, said: “It’s what every golfer dreams of and we’ve had a few in recent years.

“Of course we’re all happy for him – and I enjoyed the spike in bar takings.”

Parley Golf Centre has a number of events this season including its ‘Parley Opens’ on September 19, 20, 21 and 22. There are competitions for ladies, seniors, mixed and men.

And its members have the club championship at the end of July and the entertaining Greenkeepers’ Revenge tournament on August 3.


Beebombs make Parley buzz

Native flowers will soon be adding beauty around the course at Parley Golf Centre with seeds being planted to encourage more wildlife.

The course was extended in 2017 and now it has bedded in staff are adding some finishing touches.

One of these is the scattering of Beebombs – pellets packed with wild flowers – that are created by hand on the Parley Court Estate where the centre is based.

The bombs contain 18 species of native wild flowers and require no gardening skills whatsoever to plant.

The Royal Horticultural Society has described the flowers chosen in the mix as ‘perfect pollinators’ and they will encourage bees.

Already a haven for wildlife the centre, opposite Bournemouth Airport, is a specialist practice destination.

The £250,000 redevelopment saw the extension of the nine-hole course, creation of a short game practice area with a huge green and even two academy holes.

The driving range has been upgraded and more innovations are coming.

Manager Daryl Dampney said: “Beebombs are based here and have been going for around 18 months.

“It made perfect sense to use their seeds to encourage the growth of native wild flowers that will encourage bees and other wildlife.

“We have a huge variety of wild and farm animals on the estate and believe we have a responsibility to encourage diversity.

“It will also please golfers who do appreciate the beauty of the surroundings when they have a round.

“The new course has settled down extremely well, is playing superbly and we are looking forward to a busy summer.”

Beebombs can be bought from the pitch-up-and-play centre where there is a café-bar open to all.

It’s golf, but not as you know it

Golfers keen to hide their faces when they mishit a shot can now do so at Parley Golf Centre – by playing at night.

It is one of the very few clubs in the country that has invested in LED equipment to illuminate the balls, fairways, greens and flags.

It is running six-hole competitions on Saturday and Thursday evenings until the end of February, with more dates to be added – and they are open to all.

Organised by Parley Court Golf Club, the competitions are meant as a bit of fun and a way of getting more golf in before winter turns to spring.

The balls have coloured LED lights inside them, which also makes them easier to find when they end up in the rough.

The fairways are illuminated like the runways at the neighbouring Bournemouth Airport, and the greens and flags also have bright lights on.

Dan Murphy, vice-captain of Parley Court Golf Club, said: “We’ve tried this before but the lights and equipment weren’t as good.

“The new LED balls are like hitting a normal golf ball, which makes them unlike any other LED ball on the market.

“They can be switched on and off via a torch so there’s no rush to find your ball before the light goes out.

“These ones are brilliant – literally – and we’re one of the only places in the country to have them.”

The cost is £15 for members and £25 for non-members.

To book in contact the club on 01202 591600 or email vice-captain Dan Murphy on

Stone the crows!

Daryl Dampney, manager of Parley Golf Centre next to Bournemouth Airport, has been searching for the crow that has been swiping golfers’ balls.

Golfers on a Dorset course whose balls kept disappearing from the fairway have identified the culprit – a crow.

The mischievous birdie has been spotted at Parley Golf Centre swiping the balls and flying off with them.

Manager Daryl Dampney went out with his binoculars and has spotted a number of the crows.

Recently the course was expanded near to a wooded area, which is where it is thought the pilferer lives.

It is believed that the thief is most likely a Carrion crow – Corvus corone in Latin – and experts say it is probably mistaking the balls for eggs.

Daryl said: “We had a number of reports of balls going missing on various locations around the course.

“Then someone spotted a crow flying off with a ball so we knew who was responsible.

“There is a great deal of wildlife on and around the course, but this is the first time something like this has happened.

“We are letting our members and those who just turn up and play know about the crow.

“There are a number of the birds that seem to live in the woods so I expect that is where all the balls are.”

Tony Whitehead, a spokesman for the RSPB, said: “This does happen occasionally.

“It is likely that a single bird is responsible and is mistaking the balls for eggs that it wants to eat. Crows will fly off with food and store it in a larder for later.

“It is most likely a carrion crow and the way to stop it happening is to use fluorescent balls for a time.”

Macmillan receives our cheque

Parley Golf Centre handed over a cheque for £1,101 to Macmillan Caring Locally after its charity day.

The money will go towards Macmillan’s ‘Brick by Brick’ appeal which aims to raise £9m for a new palliative care unit at Christchurch Hospital.

Barry Wilson from the charity received the cheque from the club’s ladies captain Gill Ball.

The golfers played a three-team Texas Scramble 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.

Gill said: “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’ at The Horns Inn, with a chauffeur-driven Tesla S, courtesy of Presla – 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.

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.

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