The growing army of lady members at Parley Golf Centre has been receiving complimentary instruction about competition golf.
Club pro Marcus Urbye has been nurturing the ladies’ section of the club and membership has soared since last summer.
Now he is giving tutorials on how various golf competitions work to help encourage the ladies to take part.
The success of the female section at Parley contrasts with national figures that have shown a slight decline.
In Great Britain, female participation in golf accounts for 12 per cent – a decline from 15 per cent in 2011.
Parley’s members include complete novices as well as more experienced golfers, but they are all attracted by the facilities.
There is an on-going £250,000 investment to make the centre opposite Bournemouth airport the stand-out practice facility in the region.
It also has a simulator, great driving range with robots as well as a beautiful nine-hole course and practice area currently nearing completion.
Marcus Urbye said: “The ladies really enjoy the golf, but also the social side. The clubhouse is a great place to meet and eat for members as well as non-members.
“After our female membership rose to such high levels there was a demand for lessons in how competitions in golf actually work; the different types of scoring and so on.
“So I ran a few sessions explaining it all so hopefully our members will enjoy some competition golf.
“We also have plenty of junior members, and many other youngsters who turn up regularly to play and practice.”
Pic caption: Marcus and some of the lady players at Parley
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