Hotter than an Ed Sheeran Concert Ticket!

Statistics show that across the UK golf club membership numbers are down and the number of females playing the game is especially low, but in the far North East corner of Scotland something different is happening, something very special indeed….

On Saturday 22nd September, the seventh ladies love.golf Scramble took place at the beautiful Inverallochy Golf Club just outside Fraserburgh in Aberdeenshire.

The Scrambles are now famous amongst the women of North East Scotland as the community of female golfers has grown to such an extent (217 women to date have started love.golf so far!) that it’s said to be easier to get an Ed Sheeran concert ticket than get in to a love.golf scramble!

All the women who played have started golf within the last two years as part of the love.golf coaching programme run by PGA Professional, Peter Myers, at Dunes Golf Centre.

What makes the events so special?

The idea of the Scrambles is to get the women out playing in a friendly competition but the way the day is structured means there is a big emphasis on the social side of the game.

This sums it from in an email from love.golfer, Ashley Ritchie….

“Another great day!
“I remember the feeling when I signed up for my first scramble.  I was anxious and nervous.  I even wished for torrential rain so it would be called off!

“As soon I as played my first hole, I realised that it wasn’t about perfection it was about a group of girls looking for a good, fun day out. 

“Now it’s the opposite, I pray for no rain although that doesn’t always work 😂
Yesterday, I played horrendous. Did it matter?  No nae really, the only person disappointed was me. 

“I love the format of a scramble, it gets people out playing when they didn’t think they could.  I find it very little pressure, just enough for you to want to do well. 

“The second part of the day; with the meal, quiz, bingo or whatever is just as important for me. 
I love meeting & chatting with new people, as well as catching up with friends. 

“Thank you to Peter, Emma and everyone behind the scenes who make these days possible. 

“Looking forward to the Christmas Scramble already!”

You’re a golfer as soon as you start love.golf

The opening statement in the first love.golf class goes something like this….

“Congratulations you are now a golfer and my job as a coach is to help you discover your way of playing the game and for you to have the most fun whilst doing it.”

A chance meeting in Tesco the evening before gave one woman the opportunity to play even though she only came to her first love.golf  lesson just 8 days earlier.

A late drop out due to illness meant it looked like one team would be a player short but Peter happened to bump in to new golfer – Jacqui Kelly whilst picking up some shopping and she was brave enough to say yes she’d play…

“I just wanted to thank everyone for making me feel so welcome as a late stand in yesterday. Special thanks to my team for putting up with me and to Peter for giving me the chance to play my first scramble.

“The whole day was so well organised. Playing on such a great course has really inspired me (the weather didn’t even bother me, four seasons in one day!) The meal and evening entertainment were also faultless. Thank you!” Jacqui Kelly

The ladies teed off in a shotgun format, starting at 3pm and then it was in to the clubhouse for a meal, drinks and presentation of prizes.

Finishing as runners up with a score of 34 were Jill Campbell, Moore Bowie, Liz Davidson and Adele Abercrombie
The winners, with a superb score of level par gross (32) were Iona Cameron, Ann Coulman, Diane Buchan and Emma Hadden

“I am delighted to see so many women out enjoying playing the game” states PGA Pro, Peter Myers,
“I very much believe the long-term health of our game is to get more women playing and ultimately more families. I also think most golf clubs still need to do way more to be welcoming to women and families… though that said, Inverallochy and our other local courses are doing a great job right now.”

After the golf the ladies drew a raffle with prizes they had each donated and this raised an incredible sum of £268 which was chosen to go to ‘2 The Nations charity’ which is helping Sefton Children’s Home in the Philippines.

The evening was finished off with music, drinks and the first ever game of love.bingo which provided much entertainment!

Watch a short video of the day by clicking the video play button below…

Why love.golf?

love.golf has been specially developed for women, with a unique approach focused on coaching while playing the game as a group, rather than simply hitting balls on a practice range.

It is helping to transform the game’s outdated image and welcome a new generation of female golfers who may not have considered trying golf before.

The great thing about love.golf is that it provides an environment for women to discover, learn and improve skills. Participants frequently say they are surprised at their achievements and the sense of self-confidence and empowerment that comes with this.

All the equipment is provided so it’s ideal for new golfers, you can wear jeans and trainers and you don’t have to be a club member, or even have played before. It’s relaxed, welcoming and probably not at all what you think golf is like.

love.golf was launched in 2015 on the back of an academic study at the University of Birmingham looking at how golf is taught to women. It also follows a nationwide survey that found more than 640,000 women said they would be ‘very interested’ in taking up golf.

If you or a woman you know are interested in taking up the game then go to www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk/lovegolf or call 01346 510693 to learn more.

Ladies Golf Blossoming in North East Scotland

Only 12% of golf club members in the UK are female! A shockingly low percentage and one that surely has to grow if golf is to stop the downward trend in popularity.

However, the North East of Scotland is showing postive signs of growth in participation thanks to the work of PGA Professional, Peter Myers of Dunes Golf Centre in Fraserburgh.

Peter, hails from Yorkshire and moved North to take over the running of the Golf Centre, located next door to Fraserburgh Golf Club – the 7th oldest in the World, in September 2015.

Here is what Peter has to say…

“I listened to a presentation by Alastair Spink, the founder of love.golf in the January of 2016,” states Peter, “and this made my mind up to join the love.golf coaching community and inspired me to drive ladies golf forward.”

“I ran my first class in August of 2016 and since then it has grown rapidly. Rosehearty Golf Club is next door to where I live and 2 years ago they had only 3 female members! Now they have nearly 50 and that number is growing all the time.”

It isn’t just Roshearty that is benefitting, the other local clubs; Fraserburgh, Inverallochy, Longside and Peterhead have all seen female playing numbers increase significantly with Inverallochy recently boasting that a record 20 women had entered their weekly Thursday evening 9 hole event!

However, the good news doesn’t just stop there. As more women have started playing, so too have their husbands, many of whom had abandoned their clubs in the garage years ago have now found they are left at home whilst she is out playing. On top of this, if both parents are playing the chances the kids will golf too goes up significantly. And, we very much believe that golf is a perfect sport for the whole family to play together.

What better way to spend a weekend than going out to play with the family and then talking about the highs and lows of the round over supper? Beats everyone just retreating to their electronic devices to spend the evening in silence in a virtual world.

Love.golf community continues to grow…

Once again, on Saturday 14th July we had a full turn out of 36 ladies taking part in our love.golf Summer Scramble at Rosehearty.

The spaces for this event were snapped up in just 30 minutes of going live, such is the popularity and strength of our love.golf community!

I have been delivering love.golf coaching sessions at Dunes Golf Centre and on the local courses for just under 2 years and in that time I am proud to have introduced over 200 women to the game!

Love.golf = think differently!

Tradtionally, golf coaching has focused on learning skills on a practice range.

love.golf takes an alternative approach based on proven academic studies and market research that shows many women prefer to learn through the actual playing of the game within a supported environment.

Fundamental skills are still introduced but only when required, and in context, on the golf course.

Congratulations to our winners…
1st Rosemary Morrison, Ann Coleman, Wendy Grant and Jennifer Senic
2nd Jacqueline Hood, Anne Johnstone, Charlotte Hogg and Ashley Lovie
3rd Emma Hadden, Lucy Brown, Adele Abercrombie and Alison Milne

Huge thanks to Rosehearty Golf Club for use of the course and to Debbie and her team at the Masons Arms for the food and hospitality afterwards. Finally, to Dawn Cardno for compiling and running the quiz afterwards, it was great fun as always and it’s much appreciated by everyone!

Check out this short video from the event…

If you or a woman you know is interested in joining the love.golf community then go to www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk/startlovegolf

Or, call Dunes Golf Centre directly on 01346 510693

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.

Rosehearty love.golf Scramble Success

Last Saturday, 36 women took to the fairways of Rosehearty Golf Club for the fifth love.golf scramble and what a beautiful day of weather we had for it.


The event is designed to give new golfers the chance to play in a proper tournament and also to meet their fellow love.golfers from other groups.
These now famous Scrambles take place three times a year; Spring, Summer and Christmas and they are hugely popular. This one filled up within 20 minutes of places being available on the website…One of the even women stated that getting a space at the scramble is hotter than an Ed Sheeran concert ticket!


It’s not just the golf that makes them popular though; after playing we headed in to Masons for drinks and a meal followed by entertainment. This time everyone enjoyed a quiz, thanks to Dawn Cardno who put it together and delivered it superbly! After the quiz I turned in to DJ and we danced the night away and I must say we saw some impressive moves, especially from Carol!

Back to the golf and the tournament was a very close-run affair as two teams tied with the top score meaning we had to separate them on a countback.
Emma Myers, Fiona Farquhar, Ray Buchan and Carol West were unlucky to miss out on first place despite Ray holing from off the green on the first hole for a two!

Taking the top spot was Dawn Cardno, Anne Johnston, Marie Davidson and Carol Mathers with both teams having completed the nine holes in 37 shots.


Congratulations to the winners and to everyone who took part. A huge thanks to Rosehearty Golf Club and all the members for letting us have the course for a couple of hours. The ladies loved it and many will be joining as members as a result of playing the course.

Also, a big thanks to Debbie and her team at the Masons Arms for a lovely meal and great service in the bar that made the day even more special.

Here is what some of the love.golfers had to say…

“Really enjoyed my first scramble. It was fantastic. Thanks to all involved for making it so memorable.”
Ray Buchan

“Aimee and myself had a fantastic day from start to finish. Thank you so much for a well organised day.”
Wendy Grant

“The scramble was fabulous. Really enjoyed it and it’s great as a beginner as a bad shot does not matter so much in a scramble. Enjoyed the golf, the company, the meal and quiz.
Well done and thank you for organising. I joined Rosehearty today too!”
Anne Johnston

If you are female and would like to give golf a go then please contact us as soon as possible.

We have a new class starting on Wednesday 16th May at 6.30pm, lasting for 6 consecutive weeks. If this is not suitable for you, don’t worry as we have new groups starting all the time. Simply call us on 01346 510693 or go to www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk/startlovegolf to register your interest.

At last some decent weather!

After what feels like the longest Winter ever…. it was wonderful to have a decent day on Saturday for the kids to enjoy the 9 hole chip n putt event without freezing to death!

We had a super turn out of 16 youngsters aged form 4 to 13 years old and some great golf played too.

Our main objective is to provide an opportunity for the children to go out to play the game in a safe environment and in an event that does not take too long to play.

It really is about taking part and we encourage everyone to try to beat their own personal best, which is why we run the eclectic competition too.

Don’t forget these events are completely free to play in and you do not have to be on the junior coaching at Dunes to take part. We are on a mission to get more kids out playing and reducing the amount of time spent in front of screens!

Thanks to our amazing sponsors photogifts.co.uk we have a superb prize that is personalised for the overall best score each week.

This week it was a really cool mug filled with sweet treats that has the date of the event printed on it so it’s something the winner can treasure forever!

Winner of the mug with the score of the day was Alexander Wisely on 28. Alexander is making this a regular habit as the victory sees him sitting 8 points clear at the top of the Order of Merit with 15 points. He is also top of the Eclectic table with a total of 22. Mattthew Cardno finished in 2nd on 29 and Billy Myers was third on 30. Billy managed to improve a couple on his eclectic score so has moved to within 3 shots of Alexander.

In the 4 to 8 year old group, Riley Whyte took the top spot ona countbakc from Kameron Brown as both players scored a 36. Riley won the special flourescent golf ball as a prize for his victory. In 3rd place was Mason McRobbie on 39.

To view the latest Order of Merit and Eclectic scores then please CLICK HERE. It will ask for a password to view the information – it is ‘sweep’

I am delighted that these events are proving popular as we continue our mission to get more kids out golfing and away from computer screens.

The format allows for the kids to experience a competitive game in a safe environment and eventually to membership of one of the local clubs.

They are completely free of charge and all equipment can be provided for no extra cost.

Here is a reminder of how the events work…
Ensure your child is registered to play by 2.30pm at the latest – every Saturday afternoon.

If you turn up after this there is a chance your child will not be able to play.
Registration is at the Golf Shop Desk at Dunes.

The format is 9 holes Chip and Putt around the Short Game Zone at Dunes Golf Centre. This should take between 30mins and 1 hour to complete depending upon how many kids turn up and how fast they play.

So, even on a cold day they should be able to manage this short amount of time outside. Also, as the area is so close to the golf centre, the kids are never far away should they wish to abandon their game and come in due to the weather.

Note: A condition of entry is that you are available to walk round with your child to supervise scoring and etiquette.

The Order of Merit
Your child gets 1 point for turning up to play – so the more times they play the more points they will get. Note: the points are overall and not divisional.
1st place 3 points
2nd place 2 points
3rd place 1 point

The Eclectic
This is where we take the very best score you have on each hole throughout the whole series of events to create your dream round.

This is a great way to stay motivated even if you are having a bad scoring day because if you score lower on just one hole then you will have improved your eclectic score!

Both the order of merit and eclectic scores will be viewable online so you and your child can track progress and know which holes are key to improving the eclectic score

The eclectic and order of merit events run from now until 19th May with a family fun day on 26th May when we will also have the grand prize presentation.

Rules
We don’t want to have loads of rules but to ensure safety and fairness to everyone playing we need to have some….

  • The ball must be placed in the blue box area on each tee
  • Play to the hole as numbered on top of the flagstick. So, from tee number 1, play to hole number 1.
  • The holes go around the green in a clockwise direction
  • Keep accurate count of your score. Attempts at the ball count, even if you miss it.
  • Make sure it is safe to play first:
    Check no one is near you that could be hit by the swinging club or the ball. Whilst you are waiting to play stand somewhere so that you can see the person playing and they can see you.
  • Everyone in your group tees off and then you play in order of the furthest from the hole plays next.
  • Only putters are allowed on the green – no irons and no big swings because it can cause damage that cannot be fixed.
  • After your 9 holes, shake hands with your playing partners and thank them for the game
    Add up your scores and return the scorecard to the staff in the golf shop
  • If you lose a ball or it goes over the road or any of the fences then you must play your shot again and add on 1 penalty shot. This includes if you ball finishes in the gravel around the shed near the 9th hole.

Yule is the Master

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.

Dunes Golf Centre Short Game Zone

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. Not to mention the opportunity to be presented with our famous green (some say Teal) jacket!

Women’s event
Vic Buchan took the top spot as she shot a terrific score of 25. This was three shots clear of Jacalyn Thoirs and Kathleen Mollison, both on 28 but with Jacalyn taking second place on a countback.

Men’s Event
Final day drama decided the men’s event as long time leader Doug Hastie was pipped at the post by pretty much the last competitor on the course. Doug’s 24 was looking good for the victory until Norman Reid came in with a 23 to win by one. Taking third place was Tommy Reid having also scored 24 but losing out on a countback to Doug.

12 and Under
The performance of the week came on the first day as 9 year old Rhys Yule set the pace for everyone, including the adults, with a blistering 23!

This could not be beaten despite some great efforts from all the youngsters who took part. Callum Milne came closest with his score of 25 for second and in third with a 29 was Andrew Cardno.

In total 202 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 14th – 17th June 2018
  • Mini Open 19th – 22nd July 2018
  • Mini US PGA 9th – 12th August 2018

Do you know how to repair a pitchmark properly?

As a 14 year old and just as I was getting the golfing bug, I did two weeks work experience with the greenkeepers at the World Famous, Ganton Golf Club.

Ganton is located just outside my hometown of Scarborough, with the course famous for being one of only a handful in the World to have hosted The Ryder Cup, The Walker Cup and the Curtis Cup.

Me on the 6th tee at Ganton Golf Club

A few years later it would be the venue where I would start my career as a PGA Professional as I took the assistants job at the club.

However, it was in that two weeks as a greenkeeper where I learned lots about maintaining and caring for a golf course and one particular thing stayed with me and I’ve shared it with 1000’s of golfers since…. How to repair a pitchmark, correctly!

Did you know..?

A correctly repaired pitchmark will recover in 24 hours. However, an unrepaired pitchmark left unattended for two hours will take up to two months to recover.

Now that the season has started, the increase in numbers playing on the courses means that inevitably more pitchmarks will be made on the greens. However, there is no excuse for not repairing them after you have made one.

The increased numbers arise despite just about every golfer I speak to speak to saying, “Why can’t people repair their pitchmarks?” Everyone you talk to always claim that they repair 3 or 4 on every green!

As well as looking unsightly, from a golfing point of view, pitchmarks can affect ball roll and cause a player’s putt to bobble and deviate offline. Studies have shown that on average, a golfer will make 8 pitchmarks during a round of golf. If 130 rounds are played per day, that’s over 1,000 pitchmarks per week; no surprise then that it can be difficult to hole a putt!

It isn’t just about attempting to repair the pitchmark… it is about repairing it properly. Many golfers out there do not know how to do it correctly and damage the grass in the process….
In summary, you should take your pitchmark tool and insert the prongs into the turf at the edge of the depression. Do NOT insert the prongs into the depression itself, but at the rim of the depression. Then push the edge of the repairer toward the centre, using the tool in a gentle twisting motion. Do NOT insert and attempt to push up the depression as this only leads to tearing the root and killing the grass.

Claim your FREE pitchmark repairer from Dunes

As part of our campaign to spread awareness of the ‘Pitchmark Problem’ we are giving away pitchmark repairers to the first 100 people to come along to Dunes Golf Centre to claim theirs.

Don’t be shy, everyone should carry one of these tools when they play. However, if you do find yourself without one when you are playing, you can still repair a mark effectively with your tee peg in the same way as stated above.

We are blessed with an abundance of great golf courses in the North East of Scotland so let’s all do our bit to keep them in great condition. Pitchmarks (and divots) are not the responsibility of the greenkeeping staff but of every golfer who plays the game.

Enjoy your golf,

Peter Myers
PGA Professional

What a day out to Duff House!

On Sunday 25th March I took 36 ladies to Duff House Royal for the first ever love.golf Away Day.

Many of the ladies only took up the game within the last year and for quite a number it was their first time playing a full 18 holes!

I hoped the day would be a chance for the wider love.golf community to come together, for the ladies to have the opportunity to play a different course and for new friendships to be formed.

I can confidently say that all three of the above were achieved and a great time was had by all.

It was a shame the weather didn’t hold up; we started the day in beautiful sunshine but by the end it was torrential rain. It didn’t seem to dampen the spirits though and after a few more drinks in the clubhouse (Yes… we actually had a Gin and Baileys buggy going round the course – not mixed together though I might add!) everyone was enjoying socialising and reminiscing about their game of golf.


Credit to the Duff House catering staff who did a great job of serving us all an excellent meal and especially to head chef Niall who was only on his second day on the job! Nothing was too much trouble and the food was lovely.


Most of the group travelled on the love.golf party bus which was expertly driven by June as she got us to and from the course safely despite not having driven a bus of that size before!

We played a Texas scramble format, which is always a good fun and social game to play. For those that don’t know, it is where each player in the team of four hit their tee shots, they then choose the best one and then everyone plays from that spot. This repeats for the second shot, third shot and so on until the ball is in the hole – simply choosing the best shot each time. However, to add a little extra challenge I decided that each player had to have at least 3 tee shots to count.

In third place with a score of 87 were Carol Stuart, June Thomson, Lynne Carmichael and Jacqueline Hood. In second place, with 86, was Debbie Angus, Jackie Buchan, Wilma Ritchie and Rona Lawson.

Our runaway winners with a terrific score of 82 were Dawn Cardno, Janette Milne, Fiona Farquhar and Ashley Ritchie.

The Pro’s Special shot of the day award went to Debbie Angus for a putt that I saw her hole on the 9th hole from at least 40 feet!

Congratulations to all the winners but thanks also to everyone who took part.

Duff House Royal is a beautiful course and was in superb condition which is some feat considering the weather we have had over the last month or so!

“A great day, congrats to Peter for his brilliant organisation – and to everyone else who made it such fun.” Edith Skinner

“Many thanks for organising a brilliant day, I really enjoyed playing my first game of 18 holes, looking forward to the next one.” Carol West

“Brilliant day out at Duff House yesterday. Another great scramble. You really do a great job Peter in organising everything and thanks to June for the transport. Looking forward to the next one!” Moorea Bowie

“Great day out again Peter! Thanks for organising it. A lovely course and a lovely, friendly group of ‘girls’! Look forward to the next scramble!” Liz Davidson


If you are thinking about taking up golf or are just starting out then why not become part of the quickest growing group of female golfers in Europe?

Dunes Golf Centre in Fraserburgh has started over 200 women playing the game in the last 18 months and we have new classes starting all the time. To register your interest and to learn more simply go to www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk and navigate to the love.golf links or follow our Dunes Golf Centre (Fraserburgh) Facebook page. Alternatively call one of our friendly golf team on 01346 510693