Nine more holes for English course


Nine more holes for English course
Sean Dudley
By Adam Lawrence

Parley Golf Centre in Dorset, England, has been granted planning permission to expand its existing nine hole course to eighteen in a project valued at £250,000.

The course extension – which will occupy farmland adjacent to the existing holes – will make the completion of the Parley project, which began life as a floodlight driving range in 1991, and later saw the nine hole course built.

Owner Hugh Dampney said: “We are delighted that we have permission to expand the course to a full 18 holes. It has been our ambition to have a full-size course since the driving range opened over 20 years ago. The investment is a sign of our ambition, but we’ve been careful to grow organically and want always to retain the friendly atmosphere at the centre.”

The completed eighteen hole course will measure 5,606 yards, and play to par 70, including seven par threes.

Dampney said he expected the new holes to create three full-time greenkeeping jobs. The work must be finished within three years as a condition of the planning permission. Golf professional Paul Goodfellow, who oversaw the design of the original nine hole course, has also laid out the new holes. Bournemouth-based planning consultancy Tanner & Tilley, along with landscape architect Partridge Associates have worked on the project.