It’s golf, but not as you know it

Don’t let darkness prevent you playing golf. Parley Golf Centre is running night golf events. FORE!

Golfers keen to hide their faces when they mishit a shot can now do so at Parley Golf Centre – by playing at night.

It is one of the very few clubs in the country that has invested in LED equipment to illuminate the balls, fairways, greens and flags.

It is running six-hole competitions on Saturday and Thursday evenings until the end of February, with more dates to be added – and they are open to all.

Organised by Parley Court Golf Club, the competitions are meant as a bit of fun and a way of getting more golf in before winter turns to spring.

The balls have coloured LED lights inside them, which also makes them easier to find when they end up in the rough.

The fairways are illuminated like the runways at the neighbouring Bournemouth Airport, and the greens and flags also have bright lights on.

Dan Murphy, vice-captain of Parley Court Golf Club, said: “We’ve tried this before but the lights and equipment weren’t as good.

“The new LED balls are like hitting a normal golf ball, which makes them unlike any other LED ball on the market.

“They can be switched on and off via a torch so there’s no rush to find your ball before the light goes out.

“These ones are brilliant – literally – and we’re one of the only places in the country to have them.”

The cost is £15 for members and £25 for non-members.

To book in contact the club on 01202 591600 or email vice-captain Dan Murphy on


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 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.


For more information contact Ed Baker at Deep South Media on 01202 534487 or 07788392965