The Heritage Centre’s current temporary exhibition is focusing on the history of Ping, the local business of assembling golf clubs and equipment. The exhibition produced by Ping will showcase the story of this factory and the legacy it has left to the town. Karsten (UK) Ltd., known as Ping was founded in Britain in 1973 by Karsten Solheim and Roy and Pat Freeman.
Ping was the first manufacturer to offer high-quality clubs by using manufactured fitting techniques that developed throughout the world. This high-level service ensured that professionals and people involved in the sport could have a club that was custom fit to their own individual specifications. The development of this service helped people to play golf more efficiently. The story of Ping first began with Karsten Solheim from America who was interested in the sport of golf and realised that his main problem was putting so he designed himself a revolutionary putter. Through a chance meeting with Karsten, Roy and Pat Freeman brought Ping to Gainsborough by developing the business through hard work and determination. The work of Ping continues today in Gainsborough with custom golf fittings, assembly line production and two 18-hole courses at Thonock Golf Club as well as much more to explore.
Roy and Pat have left a fantastic legacy to the town with the Ping factory and golf club that both continue to thrive. This year celebrates Ping’s 60th anniversary and the 125th anniversary of the Gainsborough Golf Club, so make sure you pop in and visit this fascinating exhibition. The Centre and Exchange tearoom are open every Tuesday 10am until 4pm, Saturday 10am until 4pm and Sunday 11am until 4pm. Last admission is at 3.30pm. Please contact the Heritage Centre for more information by emailing [email protected] or calling 01427 610526.