Solstice of Swing Success

Jacobi Whyte (Picture courtesy of Susan Renée)

On the 20th and 21st June 2018 seven golfers played six rounds in 24 hours, racking up a total of 108 holes… all without any sleep!

As part of the fund-raising efforts for Jacobis Wish, the Solstice of Swing golf challenge started at 11pm on Inverallochy Golf Course, using light up golf balls to play the first round in the dark!

Then it was on to round two at Fraserburgh, where increasing levels of daylight made play a little easier, but a strengthening wind meant it was still tough going.

To make up two fourballs, a guest golfer joined the group at each course and for the third round I was delighted to join them for 18 holes at Rosehearty. Teeing off at just before 6am, yes… that’s right, the lads had already completed two rounds by 5.30am!

The wind was now gusting at close to 50mph and conditions were brutal out there. Playing six rounds in a day is hard enough but the wind made this challenge hit another level of difficulty.

A big thanks to the Rosehearty Captain, Drew Whyte and to Leona at the Masons Arms who together, provided much needed coffee and bacon rolls half way round at 7.15am.

After Rosehearty the team set off for the fourth round at Turiff followed by a round at Royal Tarlair. As I write this I am back in the comfort of my home but as I look out the window I can only imagine how challenging the game on the cliff top at Tarlair is going to be!

The final stage was another 18 holes at Inverallochy before the mission was complete.

To give you a little background as to what this is all for, here is a is an excerpt taken from www.jacobiswish.com and is written by Jacobi’s parents, Nathan and Faye Whyte.

September 9th 2017 was the day our world changed forever. Our beautiful son Jacobi, who was only 4, was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).

For those of you who do not know about this condition, DMD is a severe muscle wasting disease caused by the lack of a protein called dystrophin. Over time, the muscles in a boy affected by DMD, will gradually degenerate, resulting in the loss of ability to walk and the need for a wheelchair from ages of 8 to 13. This cruel disease also reduces life expectancy and at present, there is no cure.

In the aftermath of Jacobi’s diagnosis we felt lost, alone and without hope. As a family we have now gained in strength and feel a strong need to be proactive. We want to make a difference to Jacobi’s life and to all other little boys affected by DMD and for this reason we made the decision to start fundraising.

Our mission is to raise money to fund research and clinical trials in order to find a cure for this cruel disease. Over the last few years, significant advances have been made and we along with other parents feel that there is hope on the horizon.

The Jacobi’s Wish Trust has been formed to join with Duchenne UK’s mission to ‘End Duchenne in Ten.’ We aim to keep you informed about Jacobi and the fundraising events we have planned throughout the year.

Nathan and Faye Whyte

A big thanks to Under Armour for providing the shirts – we think they looked great!

Congratulations to the seven players who played all six rounds: Nathan Whyte, Ross Cardno, John Cardno, Liam Farquhar, Ryan Summers, Neil Heron and Rob Heron.

Also, to the guest appearances from; Philip Cardno, Jimmy Ritchie, Matty West and Alex Watt (who played 2 rounds!)

“In 24 hours we played 108 holes of golf over six courses, covering over 30 miles in brutal conditions and we all have the pains and strains to prove it. However, when you do it with friends and have a laugh it’s easy. The hard part is in the organisation of such an event and that’s why fundraising has two ‘i’s’; they stand for inspiration and innovation. The Whyte family and friends have been fine examples of their push to help raise money for this great cause Duchenne UK by not just organising this golf event but many others. Everyone of us that took part in the Solstice of Swing feel awesome that our participation could help make a difference to end Duchenne in Ten!”
Neil Heron

If you would like to donate, all contributions no matter how big or small are gratefully received, please go to www.jacobiswish.com

The next fund-raising event is taking place at Dunes Golf Centre on Friday 10th August and Saturday 11th August….
NEAREST THE PIN COMPETITION
Win a brand new Ping G400 Driver worth £329.00


It’s On the 13th hole at Carnoustie (venue for this years Open Championship) using the Golf Studio at Dunes. It’s a 117 yards from the front tees with the overall nearest winning the driver!

It’s just £1 a go with 100% of the takings going to Jacobis Wish thanks to sponsorship from Dunes Golf Centre and Ping Golf Europe.

Open to men, women and juniors. Turn up anytime between 4pm and 8pm on Friday 10th August or 10am and 4pm on Saturday 11th August.

How is your golf season going?

Are you frustrated and under-performing?

There’s still time to salvage your season and stop the upward handicap trend. In most cases it’s because one part of your set up or swing has fallen out of position.

However, the problem is that it’s very difficult to be able to identify what part is off when you are trying to find the answers on your own.

Perhaps your ball position has crept too far forward (or back) in your stance which can cause problems with angle of attack on the ball as well as club path through impact.

Here is a handy guide for ball position…


Or, perhaps it’s the alignment of your body to the target? Mis-aligning is often the cause of bad swing technique, but it can also be a compensation for another fault.

Just like I am doing here, you too will be speculating as to the possible causes of your golfing woes!

We have all done it… you go on a merry go round of trying a new grip, a new posture or a new takeaway, desperately hoping to find the answer. You hit one good shot and think ‘that’s it!’ but follow it up with a bad shot and you think of something else.

Before you know it, you have layered up thought after thought and have tied yourself in knots! Add this to the advice that your amateur playing partners throw at you and you feel like giving it up!
Sound familiar?

It doesn’t have to be like this.

At Dunes Golf Centre we have three PGA Golf Coaches who have access to the Worlds leading technology, as well as years of experience and training to identify your fault and provide you the fix in the quickest and easiest possible way.


The initial 1-hour session allows time for the coach to get to know exactly what you are looking to achieve and better still, it’s currently on offer at half the normal 1-hour lesson rate.

Following the lesson, you will be sent notes via email and a video (if the coach feels it would be useful) so you can go play and practice with confidence that you are making the correct changes to your set up and/or swing technique.

So… stop stabbing in the dark and find out what you need to do to enjoy playing better golf again.

Booking is available directly on our website at www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk/bookalesson/

Or telephone 01346 510693

Drive Chip Putt Championship 2018

Junior Golf Tournament Inspires a Generation

We are delighted to report that nearly 30 local youngsters took part in the 3rd Annual Scottish Junior Drive Chip Putt Championship at Dunes Golf Centre on Sunday 27th May 2018.

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 10 to 15 year old event Aaron Hastie finished in 3rd place with 60 points, In second place was Matthew Cardno on 73 and the champion, with winning for the third year in a row with 101 points was Billy Myers.

In the 8 to 9 age group Finlay Anderson was second with 31 points and our winner was Arran Simpson with a very impressive 77 points.

We also had a prize for the leading girl and this went to Kaelyn Simpson with a score of 41 points

In the 4 to 7 year old group Riley Whyte finished in third spot with 48 points, Scott Fowlie took second on 60 points, thanks in part to being the only player to hole the putt from 30ft for 25 points! However, Kameron Brown become a two-time winner as he successfully defended the title he won last year with a score of 64 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.

Finally, a big thanks to our sponsors, photogifts.co.uk who’s support meant entry to the event was free of charge.

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) unless you are on one of our weekly group coaching sessions such as love.golf, men’s beginner groups or junior golf programmes, in which case it is free of charge.

Are you a chip ‘n’ putt wizard?
Enter the next of our Mini Major Golf Tournaments
The Mini US Open 14th to 17th June

For each of the real major events in golf we host our very own Mini-Golf version. These events are for everyone to enjoy, young and old!

Following on from our Mini US Masters, we now have the second Mini Major of the year, the Mini US Open.

We have carefully designed a fun yet challenging 9-hole chip n putt course that will test all skill levels from complete beginner to professional golfer.

There are no handicaps being used so it is open to everyone, including complete beginners! You don’t even need any clubs or balls as these can all be provided free of charge!

We have some great prizes thanks that will be awarded in the following categories:
First, Second, Third for Men
First, Second, Third for Ladies
First, Second, Third for Juniors 12 and under

You can enter as many times over the 4 days as you wish. Your best score will be the one that counts. Each attempt at a round (9 holes) costs £2.50 for adults and £1.50 for 12 and unders.