The first ever hole-in-one on Parley Golf Centre’s new course has been sunk – by club secretary Simon Hentrich.
It’s his first hole-in-one in more than 40 years playing the game and he ‘jumped up and down and shouted’ as it dropped.
The course is part of the centre’s £250,000 investment programme which also includes a major new short game practice area, indoor coaching facilities and academy holes.
Simon, who has been a member at Parley for four years, was on only his fourth round of the new course when he struck gold.
Using a pitching wedge on the 124-yard 17th hole he launched his ball that bounced before the flag then spun back from its second bounce and into the cup.
Simon said: “Every round until then on the new course I’d gone into the bunker, so I was determined to get it on the green.
“When I hit it I knew it would be safe and my playing partner was shouting ‘in the bunker, in the bunker’, and I said ‘no, in the hole!’
“It bounced before the hole then span back in. I jumped up and down and shouted – it’s my first ever hole-in-one, I couldn’t believe it.
“It cost me a few quid in the café-bar afterwards, but it was worth it.
“I was only on my fourth round of the course so I didn’t know the hole that well – I was just trying to avoid the bunker.
“And I’m delighted to have scored the first ever hole-in-one on the new course because it’s a record that can’t be broken.
“It’s a great new course with Par 3 holes right through to a 624-yard Par 5 and it’s playing really well. We would very much welcome new members.
“I currently have handicap of 11.3 and I want to get it down into single figures – so I need a few more holes-in-one.”
Parley is a ‘pitch-up-and-play’ course opposite Bournemouth Airport and is introducing a variety of new competitions this year.
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.
It has now been transformed into a centre of excellence – and doubled in size.
The nine-hole course has been rebuilt with carefully configured tees allowing for a round of 18 with a total distance of 5,169 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 are 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.
For more information contact Ed Baker at Deep South Media on 01202 534487 or 07788392965