The annual ‘Turkey Trot’ golf tournament at Parley Golf Centre was the most successful ever – with more than 60 shooting it out.
Manager Daryl Dampney was drawn in the winning team and gave the rest of the field a stuffing, holing a birdie to land the prize of a turkey.
He’ll no doubt be eating out on his victory for the rest of the festive season.
The tournament saw plenty of slices and flightless shots as the lure of the prize attracted a large, competitive field.
Afterwards there was a great Christmas celebration in the clubhouse and much talk about 2017 and the changes it will bring to the centre.
Next year it is opening a new course and practice facilities following a £250,000 investment – and a new golf shop has already opened.
Winner Daryl said: “The Turkey Trot is always popular but we’ve never had more people taking part.
“Although it is a competition the important thing is the social side and there was a great atmosphere afterwards.
“The clubhouse is becoming increasingly popular for non-golfers and anyone can pop in for a drink or a bite to eat.
“We are all becoming excited about the new course and facilities that we’re opening next 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.
Currently the site is being transformed into a centre of excellence (which does not affect the course). When completed it will be twice its current size.
The nine-hole course is being rebuilt with carefully configured tees allowing for a round of 18 with a total distance of 5,111 yards.
Indoors will be further putting facilities as well as other innovations to accompany the popular café/bar.
There will be a private room with a driving bay that will include seating and will be available for hire and for business meetings.
Head greenkeeper Ian Noble is assisted by Mark Gregory and John Morey.
Resident professionals include Chris Brook, Marcus Urbye, and Peter Thompson.
For more information contact Ed Baker at Deep South Media on 01202 534487 or 07788392965