New Exhibition Opening This Saturday Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Ping in Gainsborough

Ariel photo of whole Ping complex, Karsten UK

Gainsborough Heritage Centre’s next temporary exhibition is opening this Saturday 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.

Pat and Roy Freeman late 70s in building now current site of Ping
Pat and Roy Freeman late 70s in building now current site of Ping

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.

Publicity Officer Gemma Clarke said: ‘We are really excited to be working with Ping and launching their exhibition this Saturday at the Heritage Centre. Visitors are welcome to pop in and explore the fascinating history and story of this company, its achievements and the business it has brought to the town. The Centre and Telephone Exchange tea room are open this Saturday from 10am until 4pm. Entry is free and donations are more than welcome to help the Centre to continue to provide fantastic exhibitions for you all to see.’

Further details can be obtained about the Heritage Centre by visiting or by emailing [email protected] or call 01427 610526.