Junior Golf Tournament Inspires a Generation

We are delighted to report that over 40 local youngsters took part in the 2nd Annual Scottish Junior Drive Chip Putt Championship at Dunes Golf Centre on Sunday 28th May 2017.

The weather was not as fine as it had been over the previous few days but the clouds did nothing to lessen the spirit shown by the competitors on the day.

The event saw the children, aged between 4 and 15 years old, play three Drives, three Chips and three Putts with points awarded for their performance in each skill.

The idea of the event is to inspire the youngsters to play golf and enjoy the thrill of playing competitively.

For many of the children it was their first taste of competitive golf and from their reactions it looks like they are hooked!


At Dunes Golf Centre we are committed to growing the game of golf and we have already established a thriving junior academy that is setting up the future of golf in the North East of Scotland.

In the 11 to 15 year old event Luke Allan finished in 3rd place with 72 points, In second place was Aiden Wisely on 73 and the champion, with a record DCP score of 115 points was Owen Johnstone.

In the 7 to 10 age group William-John Reynolds was third with 55 points, Aaron Hastie was second on 65 points and Billy Myers successfully defended the title he won last year by scoring 83 points.

In the 4 to 6 year old group Aaron Stephen finished in third spot with 35 points, Max Davidson took second on 40 points and Kameron Brown proved that practice pays as he romped home with 61 points to take the top spot.

A huge thank you to everyone who took part and to all of the Parents, Grandparents, Aunties and Uncles who came along to support on the day. The car park was overflowing and it was great to see so many families having fun at the golf centre.

A big thanks to our sponsors, MKids Golf, who allowed for the entry to be free of charge and meant we could supply each child with a free Mkids Ball Marker and certificate of participation.

Play DRIVE, CHIP, PUTT at Dunes
The scoring rings for the chipping and putting are still set up on the Short Game Zone so why don’t you come down to see how many points you can score with 3 chips and 3 putts?
We also have an excellent 9 hole chip and putt course that will test even the greatest of golfers.
The cost to play the Short Game Zone is just £2.50 per day (equipment hire is free of charge).

Get your child playing golf at Dunes Golf Centre

Classes for 4 to 8 year olds are available below and for 6 to 12 year olds see the options further down the page

Why should children learn to play golf?

A Quote from PGA Professional Michael Hebron: “Some people would say; to develop a great swing, to win tournaments, to be a golf professional winning majors or simply to learn life skills.  These views should be rethought and quickly replaced with:

Children should learn to play golf simply because it’s a great game that’s fun to play with friends and family.”

Great golf swings, winning tournaments, professional golf and life skills may be possible outcomes, but they should not be someone’s (parent or child’s) reason for playing golf or any game.

Golf is a healthy, outdoor, social activity and most importantly it helps to develop self-reliance and self confidence

We know that these days youngsters have iPads, Xboxes and hundreds of TV channels to occupy their time but as parents ourselves we are concerned at just how much time our children are spending on electronic devices.

We accept that time on these gadgets is part of the era they are growing up in but we want to provide opportunities for them to have less screen time and more time outdoors in the fresh air playing sport with real people.

Dunes continues to grow golf

At Dunes Golf Centre we believe that golf can be uncomplicated, interesting, and fun to learn and play, which leads to developing other physical and mental skills.

Our programmes are designed to help students learn “what to do,” (a positive) and avoids any “How to” directions that try to fix poor outcomes.  Studies into the nature of learning show that fixing is a negative approach to progress, and has never supported developmental learning.  By focusing on “what to do,” long-term learning is encoded through the students’ own reasoning and deduction skills.

Our Philosophy…

Learning should take place through play so we come up with games that are designed to engage the children in an environment that allows them to discover how they can do it. As opposed to us telling them what to do.


We have new groups starting next week that take us up to the beginning of the school Summer Holidays.

4 to 8 years old (Tiger Cubs)
6 to 12 years old (Tiger Golf)
11 to 16 years old (Development Group)

Full details of each of the above can be found by clicking the link here: http://www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk/lessons/junior-golf/
Alternatively call in to see us or speak to one of our friendly team on the phone – 01346 510693.

Spaces are available on a first come first served basis so make sure you get in quick to avoid disappointment!

Did you know Dunes has a 9 hole Chip n Putt course that is perfect for golfers of all levels to develop their skills and have fun?

It’s called the Short Game Zone and it costs just £2.50 per person per day for unlimited play.

All equipment can be provided for no extra charge.
It is a wonderful space for the whole family to have fun playing golf together.

You do not need to book a time to play, simply turn up and one of our team will point you in the right direction.

Golf Sixes

On the 6th and 7th May 2017 the European Tour staged a new format of golf called Golf Sixes. The event that took place at the Centurion Club near St Albans proved popular with players and fans and established itself as the blueprint for the sport’s version of cricket’s Twenty20 format.

16 pairs representing 16 different countries took part in the inaugural event and whilst I don’t think it will (or should) replace traditional formats of golf it was certainly a welcome injection of something a bit different and importantly, quicker to play.

As the name suggests, Golf Sixes is a series of head to head matches played over just 6 holes.

Every shot counts, making the importance of a good start paramount, but there remains the opportunity for dramatic fight-backs. This is a formula that serves cricket’s IPL and Big Bash matches so well.

Thorbjørn Olesen and Lucas Bjerregaard win for Denmark

Denmark won the tournament with a final win over Australia. Scotland’s Marc Warren and Richie Ramsay finished third triumphing by inches in a nearest the pin shootout against England’s quarter-final conquerors, Italy.

“With so many other sports appealing to kids, to try to reinvent golf can only be good for the game,” stated Warren.

“It is taking it to a new audience. It is much faster, a more instant format, which in this day and age, is hugely important.

“If golf was left the way it was, it would slowly die out, but new formats like this bring new people to the game and gives people a new appreciation of what golf’s about.”

“It’s still golf. You’re still going to have majors and the standard, traditional events that are going to be four-day stroke play format,” Warren said.

“But there’s definitely a place for this. Traditionalists will have to get on board or they are going to be left behind. It’s as simple as that.

“Golf, like every other sport, is evolving and trying to attract new people to the game and, at the end of the day it’s still hitting a golf ball around the golf course and trying to beat your opponents.”

Dunes Golf Sixes

Personally, I like the idea of the Golf Sixes, so have set up the first of what I hope will become a series of regular events for local amateur golfers to play in.

The inaugural Dunes Golf Sixes is taking place over two days, Saturday 22nd July at 4pm and Saturday 29th July 4pm at Rosehearty Golf Club.

Just like in the European Tour version of the event, the contest will be a pairs format playing Greensome over 6 holes. A Greensome is where both players in a pair tee off, the best shot is chosen and then the pair play alternate shots with just the one ball until it is in the hole.

This event is open to 16 pairs (hcp limit of 28 per person) – drawn in to four qualifying groups.

On the first day (Saturday 22nd July) each team will play three pool matches against the other pairs in their group.

Handicaps will be used and calculated using the greensome calculation and then awarded at a 1/3 of the difference between the two pairs and to the nearest whole number.

Matches are played over six holes (Nos: 1,3,6,7,8,9), with one point being awarded for each hole won. The winner of each match will be the team with the most points at the end of the round. Similar to football, three points will be awarded for a win, one for a draw and nothing for a loss

The top two in the group stages progress to the knockout stages which take place on Saturday 29th July. The Quarter finals take place over 6 holes, the Semi-finals, Third Place Playoff and Final will take place over 9 holes.

In the event of a tie in the group table, each team’s total points differential from the three matches (equivalent to goal difference), will be used to decide who progresses. If this is inconclusive, a play-off will be used.

Entries are on a first come first served basis so don’t delay, book your place at this special event today. It costs £10 for Rosehearty Members and £20 for non-members.

A fantastic prize table will be up for grabs and awarded to the Top 3 pairs.

Enter online at www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk/golfsixes