New Ping exhibition opens

by | 16 July 2019 | Gainsborough, Heritage

The Heritage Centre is launching an exciting new exhibition this June focusing on the history of Ping, the local manufacturer of 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. So, make sure you visit the exhibition to find out more.

Alongside the exciting new exhibition, the Telephone Exchange tearoom is also open and you can enjoy a lovely range of refreshments including a variety of delicious cakes on offer. The Centre’s tearoom is open every Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday and all proceeds raised from the sale of refreshments help to continue the development of the Heritage Centre.

The Centre and Exchange tearoom are open every Tuesday from 10.00am to 4.00pm, Saturday from 10.00am to 4.00pm and Sunday from 11.00am to 4.00pm. Last admission is at 3.30pm. Entry is free, but donations are welcome. Please contact the Heritage Centre if you would like to arrange a group visit. For further details about the Heritage Centre visit or email or call 01427 610526.