Battery theft at golf centre

Daryl Dampney, manager of Parley Golf Centre, which had the batteries stolen from five of its buggies. This buggy was untouched and shows what the batteries look like.

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.”



Notes to editors:

Parley Golf Centre in Dorset is set within a beautiful 800 acre farming estate next to the River Stour close to Bournemouth Airport.

It is home to the 17th century Parley Manor and to Parley Equestrian Centre. Wildlife includes roe deer, badgers, foxes and a pair of rare Grey Partridges. And you are likely to see a family of alpacas roaming around too!

Parley Golf Centre opened in 1991 as a six-hole course, but quickly expanded to nine holes and a 27-bay, floodlit driving range was added.

The has been transformed into a centre of excellence and has doubled its footprint.

The nine-hole course has been rebuilt with carefully configured tees allowing for a round of 18 with a total distance of 5,111 yards.

There is a huge short-game practice area, bunker practice facility as well as a state-of-the-art indoor coaching centre.

Also available several ‘academy’ holes from 50 – 100 yards. The café-bar remains a popular venue for golfers and non-golfers alike.

Head greenkeeper Ian Noble is assisted by Mark Gregory and John Morey.

Resident professionals include Chris Brook, Marcus Urbye, Andrew Pakes and Peter Thompson.


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