How to play from Fairway Bunkers Pt4


This is the final part in my mini-series on bunker play and this time I am talking about the fairway bunker shot.

Click these links to read the other bunker play blogs:
PART ONE 
PART TWO
PART THREE

The priority is to make sure you choose a club with enough loft to clear the lip of the bunker. This may mean selecting a club that will not reach the green but it is far better to do that and be playing your next shot from the fairway than being faced with yet another shot from the same bunker.

However, if the lip is very shallow, then you may even be able to get a 3 wood at it. My advice is to experiment in practice and learn which club should be used depending upon how steep the bunker face is.

Take your set up as if you were playing a normal shot from the grass. The only change I make is to grip the club tighter than normal, which will help me make a cleaner contact with the sand. You are looking to pick the ball from the top of the sand by only taking a very shallow divot.

Make sure you commit to following all the way through, as you would do on a normal shot. You have to resist the temptation to lean back to try to help the ball out of the bunker. Remember, the club is lofted and providing you have chosen a club with sufficient loft it will do the work for you.

To book a lesson please contact us on 01346 510693 or visit www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk

Let me show you how to get out the bunker first time, every time!

Join my bunker clinic
Learn a simple technique that will grow your confidence from the sand and show you how to get out first time, every time!

No longer fear the prospect of hitting the ball into the sand, in fact you will relish the opportunity to play great bunker shots time and time again!

To book your space at this clinic for just £15.00 simply telephone 01346 510693 or use the online booking form below
Spaces are very limited so do not delay – book today!

Callaway’s new Sure Out wedge is just the job!

If you find yourself struggling with your bunker play, the Sure Out just may be the miracle wedge you’ve been searching for.
This is the by far THE best club available today, to get you out of the sand and on to the green in just one shot.

It really lives up to its name, giving you a SURE OUT, nearly every time.

When Hank Haney teamed up with Callaway to design the Sure Out, he made SURE it was developed to make it easier for you… the amateur golfer… not the Tour Pro… to get out of the bunker and hit any shot around the green easier.

The larger, wider and heavier enhanced-camber, high-bounce Sure Out sole lets you effortlessly and cleanly glide through any type of sand or rough.

The technology is like nothing you have ever seen.
When comparing it to a traditional sand wedge, you’ll see how much has been built into the Sure Out to give you the ultimate advantage
And if the Callaway Sure Out isn’t enough to have you jumping with excitement… we have something even better for you….

…FREE ENTRY TO THE BUNKER CLINIC WITH PURCHASE
When you buy a Sure Out Wedge you will get a free place on our bunker clinic to make sure it works perfectly for you.

All for just £99.00
(Ask to try one of the demo SURE OUT wedges next time you are at Dunes)

Still note sure?
We are offering a 30 day full money back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied!

Women’s Love.Golf Spring Scramble Success

Love.Golf Spring Scramble

A record turnout of 28 women took part in the love.golf Spring Scramble at Rosehearty on Sunday 23rd April 2017.

The event was open to women who are taking part on the love.golf coaching programme delivered by PGA Professional Peter Myers at Dunes Golf Centre and Rosehearty Golf Club.

Playing in teams of four, the shotgun start took place over a modified 7 hole layout on the seaside course.

For many of the women it was their first taste of competitive golf and they all enjoyed the experience.

“Golf can be whatever you want it to be,” states Peter Myers, “For those that enjoy the thrill of competing or for those that just want the social, the exercise or the personal challenge that the game presents – it ticks all the boxes!”

At the top of the leaderboard, two teams were tied on 27 shots.
Carol Smith, Lorraine Sutherland, Dawn Cardno and Rona Lawson were joined by Emma Myers, Elizabeth Gordon, Lynne Strachan and Sheila Reid.

Champions: Sheila, Lynne, Elizabeth and Emma (Plus top caddy – Billy)

There could only be one winner so a putt off was required that took place in the Masons Arms Restaurant.

The person who could putt closest to the salt and pepper pot would claim the victory for their team. Dawn Cardno set the bar high with a lovely putt to about 10” but it wasn’t to be good enough. Sheila Reid played last for her team, with the pressure on and putting with a right handed club despite being left handed, she came up with the goods and rolled it to within a few inches to win it!

Following the golf everyone sat down for a tasty meal and a big thanks goes to Debbie and her team from the Masons Arms for hosting the event. Thanks also to Rosehearty Golf Club and their members for allowing use of the course. It is in tremendous condition and the greens are probably the best in the area right now.

Click the image below to watch a 3 minute video from the event….

If you would like to get involved in the love.golf revolution at Dunes then click here to learn how

The bounce is your best friend – Bunker Play Pt3


Bunker Play
The ball comes out on a cushion of sand

To do this effectively we use the bounce of the club. The bounce stops the club digging too deep into the sand. If you are someone who takes deep troughs of sand and finds the ball barely moving then you have almost certainly, in some way, reduced the effective bounce angle of the club.

(Click these links to read Bunker Play PART ONE and Bunker Play PART TWO)

The yellow drawings on the four images here show how the bounce angle changes depending on what state the club is in as it strikes the sand.

Returning the hands to a central position at impact will ensure that the correct loft and bounce of the club is applied.

As you can see if the clubface is closed or the shaft is leaning towards the target then the bounce angle is reduced.

The Plugged Ball aka The Fried Egg

There is one exception to my lessons on bunker play and that is when the ball is plugged.
In this case we need to reduce the bounce angle and get the club to travel deep into the sand.

The slightly closed clubface and steep angle of attack is encouraged by keeping your weight on the left side and the hands ahead of the ball. This will negate the bounce angle so the club drives down to get underneath the ball.

The amount of bounce that is on a club to begin with varies. A low bounce club has 4-5° right up to a high bounce angle being 16-18°. For FREE expert help come and talk me at Dunes Golf Centre but for now here is a general guide for choosing the correct bounce:

More Bounce
The fluffier the sand, the deeper the sand, the lighter the sand, the longer the grass in the rough, and the steeper the golfer swings the wedge down into the ball, the more bounce on the sole is required to be consistent in shot making.

Less Bounce
Conversely, the more coarse the sand, the more shallow the sand, the heavier and wetter the sand, the shorter the grass in the rough, and the more level the golfer swings the wedge down into the ball, the less bounce on the sole is required to be consistent in shot making.

Callaway’s new Sure Out wedge is just the job!

If you find yourself struggling with your bunker play, the Sure Out just may be the miracle wedge you’ve been searching for.
This is the by far THE best club available today, to get you out of the sand and on to the green in just one shot.

It really lives up to its name, giving you a SURE OUT, nearly every time.

When Hank Haney teamed up with Callaway to design the Sure Out, he made SURE it was developed to make it easier for you… the amateur golfer… not the Tour Pro… to get out of the bunker and hit any shot around the green easier.

The larger, wider and heavier enhanced-camber, high-bounce Sure Out sole lets you effortlessly and cleanly glide through any type of sand or rough.

The technology is like nothing you have ever seen.
When comparing it to a traditional sand wedge, you’ll see how much has been built into the Sure Out to give you the ultimate advantage
And if the Callaway Sure Out isn’t enough to have you jumping with excitement… we have something even better for you….

…FREE ENTRY TO THE BUNKER CLINIC WITH PURCHASE
When you buy a Sure Out Wedge you will get a free place on our bunker clinic to make sure it works perfectly for you.

All for just £99.00
(Ask to try one of the demo SURE OUT wedges next time you are at Dunes)

Still note sure?
We are offering a 30 day full money back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied!

Let me show you how to get out the bunker first time, every time!

Join my bunker clinic
Learn a simple technique that will grow your confidence from the sand and show you how to get out first time, every time!

No longer fear the prospect of hitting the ball into the sand, in fact you will relish the opportunity to play great bunker shots time and time again!

To book your space at this clinic for just £15.00 simply telephone 01346 510693 or use the online booking form below
Spaces are very limited so do not delay – book today!


Inaugural Mini-Major a huge success

Dunes Golf Centre played host to the first Mini-Major of the year as the Short Game Zone was transformed in to a mini Augusta National Course.

The nine hole layout tested golfers of all abilities in a chip n putt event spread over the same four days as the real US Masters event.

Each competitor could enter as many times as they wanted right up until the cut off time of 3pm on Sunday.

With sponsorship from Ping and Dunes Golf Centre a prize table worth over £450.00 was up for grabs!

Michael Alexander set the pace on day one with a score of 25. Lucy Watt had a 30 for the best women’s score and five year old Kameron Brown led the way in the 12 and under category with a 37.

Day two saw a new overall leader as Marc Palmer shot a 22 late on in with Neil Thomson and Mark Dunbar both two shots back on 24. Billy Myers stormed in to the junior lead with a 30 as Kameron Brown improved by two on the previous day for a 35.

Debbie Angus joined Lucy Watt with a 30 and Diane Wisely hit the ladies leaderboard with a 34.

Day three is commonly known as ‘moving day’ in the majors but despite a glorious day weather wise, nothing changed at the top. The dry conditions coupled with a ‘double-cut’ in the morning meant the green was lightning quick and perhaps contributed to the higher scoring.

However, Kameron Brown once again bettered his score, this time posting a 32 to move within two of Billy Myers. Kristen Killoh moved in to 3rd place with a 35.

Roma Norvaisiene joined Debbie and Lucy on 30 in the ladies event but nothing changed at the top of the Men’s event.

Sunday attracted a huge turnout with 67 rounds played throughout the final day.

12 and Under
12 year old Luke Allan scored a fantastic 26 to win by four from Matthew Cardno, also 12 and Billy Myers, 9. Matthew had the better back five so pipped Billy for 2nd place.

Luke Allan receiving the Green Jacket from PGA Professional, Peter Myers

Just out of the prizes but worthy of a note was young Kameron Brown. He kept trying and once again bettered his score but his 31 was just one shot out of the prizes. At just five years old I am confident his day will come – just keep playing and having fun Kameron!

Women’s event
A super turnout of ladies contested a closely run event and the final day saw some changes at the top. Kathleen Mollison surged in to the lead having shot a 27 and her playing partner Eleanor Buchan was just one shot back on 28. Lucy Watt was stuck on 30 but her determination paid off as she also shot 27 and won the event on a countback.

Ladies Masters Champion – Lucy Watt donning the famous Green Jacket

Men’s Event
Despite the efforts of many, no one could topple Marc Palmer’s Friday score of 22. Both Peter Laird and Craig Stephen came closest with scores of 23. Peter took second place thanks to a better back 5 leaving Craig having to settle for third.

Marc Palmer – Masters Champion for 2017

In total 154 rounds of golf were played over the four days and we were delighted to see so many families out there enjoying playing together.

Our mission is to grow participation in the game and we know what a wonderful sport it is for families to play together.

The Short Game Zone is a permanent fixture at the Golf Centre and is available to play all year round, 7 days a week. It costs just £2.50 for all day play and with a whole host of different games available it will entertain you and the family for hours. Club and ball hire is free of charge too!

The Mini Majors are going to be a permanent fixture at Dunes so see we look forward to seeing you at the next one:

  • Mini US Open 15th to 18th June Sponsored by Taylormade
  • Mini Open 20th to 23rd July Sponsored by Callaway
  • Min PGA 10th to 13th August

The Easiest Shot in Golf – Bunker Play Pt2

Here is Part 2 of my series on making you great from the sand (Read Part 1 here)

Once you have grasped the correct technique this really is the easiest shot in golf. In Part 1 I talked about the set-up and the type of swing you should be making.

To recap: The body is the engine; you need to make a committed follow through towards the target. There is no ‘Plan B’ on bunker play – you have to go for it!

With this in mind I have a couple of drills that will help you to make the right move to become a great bunker player.

Drill 1 is the walk through drill. This is designed to get you to make a weight transfer through a rotational movement of the body TOWARDS the target.

Draw a line in the practice bunker and aim to take the line as you step through in the downswing. If you are finding it very difficult to make the step then without doubt you are loading up the right side with your weight.
Click the images to enlarge them.Keep practicing it until the step through and downswing are coordinated and therefore the move feels very easy.

Of course, once this is mastered you can then make the swing with the same sensation as the step through but by holding the follow through in the classic finishing pose.

Drill 2 is designed to get the right body movement combined with the correct release of the club. Using the right hand to deliver the club to the sand and utilising the bounce of the club.

The starting position of this drill simulates the position just after impact. The movement through gets you ‘feeling’ the ‘release’ as you throw the sand behind you, over your left shoulder.Again, this should be practiced a few times before you attempt to put it into play.

Follow these simple steps and you will soon be playing bunker shots with a confidence that makes the seemingly difficult task very easy indeed. If you watch the Pro’s on tour you may have noticed how easy they make this shot look.

Look out for Part 3 very soon!

Let me show you how to get out the bunker first time, every time!
Join my bunker clinic
Learn a simple technique that will grow your confidence from the sand and show you how to get out first time, every time! No longer fear the prospect of hitting the ball into the sand, in fact you will relish the opportunity to play great bunker shots time and time again!
To book your space at this clinic for just £15.00 simply
Spaces are very limited so do not delay – book today!
Use the online booking system below or call 01346 510693 during business hours.

Bunker Play – How to be great from the sand. Pt1


The bunkers at many local courses have been out of action for the winter but now Spring is upon us, the bunkers are back in play!

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Is a bunker shot something you look forward to?

Many golfers freeze with fear when faced with a bunker shot. This fear creates tension and in most cases the wrong sort of movement that is required to play a successful shot. Follow these simple steps and you will soon be playing bunker shots with a confidence that makes the seemingly difficult task very easy indeed. If you watch the Pro’s on tour you may have noticed how easy they make this shot look.

The traditional way of playing bunker shots involved aiming left, opening the clubface and leaning the shaft towards the target.

However, in recent years I have found a better, much simpler way of playing great bunker shots.

Simple Swing:
Aim for about 2-3” of sand before the ball but because of the way that this technique uses the bounce of the club the exact amount of sand you take is not that important.

Swing towards the target like a normal golf shot from the grass.

Key Point: The body is the engine
Rotate your body confidently through so your belt buckle finishes facing the target. With a little practice to master this technique you will find your confidence grows and bunker shots become something to look forward to and not something to fear.

Look out for more bunker tips next week!

Let me show you how to get out the bunker first time, every time!
Join my bunker clinic
Learn a simple technique that will grow your confidence from the sand and show you how to get out first time, every time! No longer fear the prospect of hitting the ball into the sand, in fact you will relish the opportunity to play great bunker shots time and time again!
To book your space at this clinic for just £15.00 simply
Spaces are very limited so do not delay – book today!
Use the online booking system below or call 01346 510693 during business hours.

Mini-Golf Masters comes to Fraserburgh

Mini-Golf Masters comes to Fraserburgh

The first major of the year is almost upon us as the Worlds’ top golfers descend upon Augusta National in Georgia for the US Masters.

However, a little closer to home we are delighted to be hosting our very own Mini-Golf Masters at Dunes Golf Centre in Fraserburgh.

This new event is open to the whole family and is suitable for all skill levels including complete beginners.

You can use your own clubs or they can be provided for you if you do not have any.

It takes place over the 9 hole chip n putt course on our fantastic Short Game Zone.

Are you a short game Master?

We have carefully planned the course to challenge the very best golfers but at the same time it’s fun for those brand new to the game.

The event takes place over the same four days as the US Masters.

You can enter as many times as you wish during opening hours between Thursday 6th April and Sunday 9th April. The final time to start a round is 3.00pm on the Sunday.

It costs £2.50 per round for adults and £1.50 per round for under 12’s.

Ping Golf are supporting the event so we have fabulous prizes for the winners in the following categories:

Men, Women and Juniors.

The overall best score submitted will be crowned Mini-Golf Masters Champion for 2017 and presented with the iconic Green Jacket at 3.30pm on the Sunday.

Will you be the one wearing the Green Jacket on Sunday evening?

You do not need to book a start time simply turn up to play whenever you wish. Our opening times are:

Monday to Friday 10am to 8pm
Saturday 9am to 4pm
Sunday 10am to 4pm

For more information and the rules please click here.

Café now open 7 days a week
You’ve been asking for it, so we have responded and decided to open the café serving a full menu on a Sunday between 12pm and 3.30pm. We are hoping to see families at the golf centre playing together on the Short Game Zone and the Driving Range as well enjoying a drink and some tasty food in the café.

Our outdoor play area proved a big hit when we opened it last year and is ideal for the little ones to let off some steam!

Pensioners Special set to continue

If you are over 60 years old then you are eligible to take part in our Tuesday Morning Pensioners Special. Meet at the Golf Centre at 10am every Tuesday and for just £5 you will get 50 range balls, a coffee and bacon roll plus expert PGA Golf Pro advice!