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.

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