Have you ever been told to keep your head down?


Why this is the biggest myth in golf…

I find myself compelled to repeat this message every year as part of my mission to help people play better, more enjoyable golf, and in this case…to save them from injury to.

Every week I hear amateur golfers telling each other that the cause of the bad shot they just hit was because they lifted their head.

This is usually followed by the instruction “KEEP YOUR HEAD DOWN!”

I even have pupils tell me after a bad shot in a lesson that they ‘knew’ what went wrong there… “I lifted my head!”

I often show the pupil the video back and prove to them that they did not lift their head and in actual fact, the thought keeping their head down was one of the main causes of the bad shot.

This SHOCK news is often hard to take on board, so ingrained is this thought in the mind of the amateur golfer. In fact, this swing advice seems the fix for pretty much every bad shot.

Let me help you now…GET RID OF THE THOUGHT ‘KEEP YOUR HEAD DOWN!’ It will be one of the best things you do for your golf game, AND your physical health!

In over 20 years as a PGA golf coach I can tell you how many times someone lifting their head was the cause of a bad shot – NOT ONCE!

Most advanced level players understand that keeping the head down is some what undesired and once they have hit the shot they allow the head to release freely. 

An inhibited head movement in the follow through restricts shoulder rotation, weight transfer and then ultimately club path through impact. It will also effect the release of the forearms and club head.

Worse still, it putts extra strain on your back and neck and, if you were to rotate effectively through impact and keep you head ‘down’ at the same time, you would rupture the top of your spine!

Keeping your head down also effects your starting posture. The spine becomes curved and with the chin tucked in to your chest you cannot turn properly and build up power. In many cases keeping the head down like this actually causes the body to lift in the backswing as the shoulder pushes the chin up.

Annika Sorenstam – certainly not ‘keeping’ her head down

Jim Mclean and Hank Haney are two of the Worlds’ top coaches and here is what they have to say:

“Many top players never see the ball at impact or even in the downswing. Players that do this include – Annika Sorenstam, David Duval, Jim Furyk, Steve Elkington and Paul Azinger. You must almost consciously look up at the target quickly after impact or risk hanging on the right side too long and restricting the movement of the body.”
Jim McLean

”I worked with Tiger to look up very quickly almost before he hit the shot like David Duval and Annika Sorenstam. Releasing the head early really helps to stop the body from working underneath and back in the downswing.”

Hank Haney (Excerpt from The Big Miss)

I hear so many well intentioned parents, grandparents, husbands, friends and so on telling the new golfer to ‘keep their head down’. I cringe when I hear this as I know what damage it does to a potentially good golf swing. So, please stop giving out this terrible advice and start letting yourself and your fellow golfers develop a swing that flows through to face the target, just like all good players do!

Look at the head position of all of these top golf pro’s when they are at or around impact

STOP TELLING EACH OTHER TO KEEP YOUR HEAD DOWN – PLEASE!

You could argue that there are many top players who are still looking at the ground where the ball was after impact but I can tell you that this is not a conscious effort. You will see that the head is free to rotate with the body thus allowing the swing to sequence better, creating more power and greater accuracy.

Next time you go to the range – give it a go for yourself and experience the freedom of movement and extra power you can create.

Find out what you need to do differently to improve any aspect of your game…

If you want to unlock your potential simply book an initial lesson with at Dunes Golf Centre for just £30.00. Call 01346 510693 or go to www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk/bookalesson 

Lessons are available 7 days a week 10am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 4pm at a weekend.

FREE FITTINGS IN MARCH AT DUNES

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Book online at www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk/custom-fitting/ or call 01346 510693 and quote the code above.

Kris Nicol Shares His Secrets to Better Golf

Golf lessons in Fraserbrugh with PGA Professional Kris Niclol

Many of you will have heard of him but for those that don’t know, Kris Nicol is one of the PGA Golf Professionals at Dunes Golf Centre in Fraserburgh.

He is fast gaining a reputation as one of the top golf coaches in the North East as well as retaining his status as one of the regions best players (he turned pro off a handicap of plus five!)

Victories in three North East Alliance fixtures on the trot in February this year have proven that, despite a shift of focus to coaching the game, he still has what it takes to shoot a low score.

There is no doubt that Kris still wants to make it as a Tour player and at Dunes we are working with him to help make this dream a reality.

In the mean-time though he is certainly enjoying helping the local golfers discover how to play better as he shares his wisdom in a series group and individual golf classes.

“Kris helped me a lot and he made it easy for me to understand. I was really impressed, I will be back for more and can’t speak highly enough about him. Thanks Kris I be passing it on to my friends as well!” Alan Lobaczewski

If you want to realise your golfing potential then book a one to one lesson with Kris and let him guide you to your best golf.

The Initial 1 hour lesson is on offer at just £30.00 during which you will be given a plan of improvement based very much on your individual needs and capabilities.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ONE TO ONE LESSONS AND TO BOOK

“I love helping other people to play better golf. I think it helps that I have played to quite a high level and can share my experiences and the things I have learned on the way. I enjoy the variety teaching golf brings; from teaching a fellow professional to a complete beginner.” Kris Nicol

Alternatively, you could join one of Kris’ popular group classes. There are currently 3 diarised that are starting in the next few weeks so don’t delay – book your space today as room on the classes is very limited.

The Short Game Masterclass
This class has proven hugely popular since it launched last year with dozens of local golfers having already benefitted from attending.

Most shots from amateur golfers are wasted from within 100 yards of the green and in this class you will discover the secrets to better wedge play so you can shoot lower scores.

What you will learn…

Session 1: Saturday 9th March 2.30pm to 4.00pm
Technique/Low Point of swing & and assessment of your current wedge setup

Session 2: Saturday 16th March 2.30pm to 4.00pm
Trajectory control; Using the bounce vs leading edge of the club

Session 3: Saturday 23rd March 2.30pm to 4.00pm
Dial in your distances on the launch monitor and how to practice like a Tour Pro

Suitable for golfers of all levels from Scratch Hcp to relative beginner!
All for only £60.00 Maximum number of students = 8
Spaces available on a 1st come 1st served basis
Price includes all 3 coaching sessions, all range balls and course materials 

CLICK HERE TO BOOK A SPACE ON THE SHORT GAME MASTERCLASS

The Putting Masterclass
A new programme for 2019 in which Kris will share his years of gained wisdom and insights in to how you can improve your performance on the greens.

What you will learn…

Session 1: Sunday 10th March 10am to 11.30am
Individual Technique Assessment
Kris will watch what you do, work with what you have got and highlight to you the key area for you to practice to become the best putter you can be.

Session 2: Sunday 17th March 10am to 11.30am
Holing out and distance control
Discover the techniques and strategies used by the best putters in the World to get the ball in the hole!

Session 3: Sunday 24th March 10am to 11.30am 
Practice drills and games
The key to productive putting practice is to create routines, which have an element of competition. This way you keep your mind and your method sharp so that when you come to the first green your practice drill is fresh in your mind.

Maximum number of students = 8
Spaces available on a 1st come 1st served basis
Price includes all 3 coaching sessions and course materials

CLICK HERE TO BOOK A SPACE ON THE PUTTING MASTERCLASS

The Monday Night Golf School
This group class is back again and is a great way for you to learn all aspects of the game in a relaxed and social environment. It is for any golfers who want to improve and even for those who want start playing the game for the first time.

Perhaps you have come to the end of your football playing days and are looking for a sport that you can continue to play and be competitive at into older age?  

Or, maybe you are looking for something to do when you are home from working offshore, or to just spend some quality time with friends or family?  

Whatever your reasons; we have created the perfect opportunity for ages 18 to 80 to start golfing or improve on their existing abilities at Dunes Golf Centre. 

You do not need any previous experience or equipment and you will learn from a PGA Professional who will guide you through the basics to get you out playing in no time at all.  

You will receive 6 hours of coaching over 4 sessions.

Course Run…
Monday 4th March 18:30 to 20:00 Lesson 1
Monday 11th March 18:30 to 20:00 Lesson 2
Monday 18th March 18:30 to 20:00 Lesson 3
Monday 25th March 18:30 to 20:00 Lesson 4
Total cost for all the sessions, including balls and club hire is £70.00

CLICK HERE TO BOOK A SPACE ON THE MONDAY NIGHT GOLF SCHOOL

Family Christmas Fair

Saturday 22nd December 11am to 3pm at Dunes Golf Centre

I read somewhere this week that ‘Sitting’ is the new equivalent of smoking!

So, when South Park School in Fraserburgh recently sent me a letter asking if we as a business could support their project for a new outdoor kids play and activity area I was delighted to help out.

Much research has proven that academic ability is closely linked to fundamental movement skills, so it’s not a case of just going out to play and not learning anything… healthy bodies lead to healthy minds and it’s imperative that we encourage and provide opportunities for our children to play actively.

As such we are holding a fund-raising Christmas Fair at Dunes Golf Centre to which you are and all of your family are invited.

CHRISTMAS FAIR – SATURDAY 22ND DECEMBER 11AM TO 3PM

We’ve got golf games, face painting, tombola and a chocolate raffle!

Suitable for ages 2 to 102. You do not need any experience or equipment as all this will be provided for no extra charge. Our Christmas Fair open to everyone, not just the families of South Park school pupils.

Golf Games on the range
Chip through the hoop
Score a goal
Hit Santa
Putting Challenge
Bullseye Target
£5 per player for as many goes as you want

Golf Studio Games
Nearest Pin will be held at the following times:
11.00am to 11.30am
12.00pm to 12.30pm
1.00pm to 1.30pm
2.00pm to 2.30pm
£1 per go
£50 voucher for the winner

Smashing Windows will be held at the following times:
11.30am to 12.00pm
12.30pm to 1.00pm
1.30pm to 2.00pm
2.30pm to 3.00pm
£1 for 3 goes
Prize if you smash a window

We also have:
Face painting
A Chocolate Tombola
Instant Win Raffle

Note: We are looking for prizes for the raffle. If you have something, no matter how small, please drop it off at South Park school or Dunes Golf Centre between now and Friday 21st December.

Dunes for Christmas
Don’t forget Dunes is open 7 days a week for all your golfing needs.
Monday to Friday 10am to 8pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm
The cafe closes at 4pm on Saturday 22nd December
The shop closes at 4pm on Monday 24th December
Everything re opens again as normal on Friday 4th January.

The future of a generation is in our hands

We are on a mission to get more people playing golf; simply because it is such a great, healthy sport that is suitable for all ages and all physical abilities.

The fact is, you do not have to be a great golfer with a low handicap to enjoy playing the game!

I truly believe there is a golfer in everyone and my 20+ years as a golf pro have proven to me so many times that this is definitely the case.

Unlike a game of badminton or tennis; if one player is much better than the other then there is no contest and it isn’t much fun for ether player.

Golf is different… it is just you, against yourself and the golf course. A fascinating game that provides so many positive opportunities for new lifelong friendships, health (both physical and mental), business and enjoyment.

I have repeatedly expressed my concern over the years at the amount of time our children are spending in front of screens and not outdoors exercising face to face with real people.

I have seen a rapid decline in the hand eye coordination of young kids that come to golf and I have no doubt this is because they are spending way too much time just moving their fingers and thumbs on a controller or screen and not developing fundamental movement skills necessary for a long and healthy life.

Now don’t get me wrong, most kids today will kick my backside at Fifa or Fortnite and to be honest I  certainly enjoyed my time playing Sensible Soccer and the like on my Amiga back in the day. But I mixed it with plenty of time kicking a football about, playing catch, hitting a tennis ball up against the wall etc.

In that time, as a young boy, I developed the hand eye coordination and movement skills that enabled me to become a good golfer as well as play badminton and hockey to a high level too.

It is not my place to tell anyone how to parent but please… go for a game of catch with your kids, have a kick about in the park and perhaps even book them on to a series of coaching sessions with your local PGA golf pro.

Golf teaches more than just how to play a game; such as etiquette, how to get along and how to be supportive of one another…for instance; how they don’t have to put someone else’s candle out to make their own burn brighter. It teaches self determination and perseverance in a World where many seek and expect instant gratification. It’s also a game can enjoy playing independently in a safe environment.

As the recent John Lewis advert says… ‘some gifts are more than just a gift’ and it is our responsibility as parents to ensure our children are more than just academics and good at using computers (though recent research has proven that having good fundamental movement skills aids academic abilities).

To learn more about our junior coaching programmes at Dunes and to check availability please click this link:  http://www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk/lessons/junior-golf/

Forget Fortnite…

Here is your opportunity to give your child the perfect gift…

The gift of playing golf

Why should you enrol your child on golf lessons?

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) only 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, FORTNITE 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 increase participation

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.

BOOK YOUR CHILD A SPACE NOW

We have new groups starting the week commencing Monday 7th January and lasting for 6 weekly sessions.

No previous experience or equipment is needed
4 to 8 year olds (Tiger Cubs)
6 to 12 years old (Tiger Golf)
Development Plan – this is for youngsters ages 6 to 16 that are possibly already playing regularly and are keen to reach the next level of golf performance. It is a series of private one to one lessons with a PGA Pro.

Full details of each of the above can be found on our website and Facebook page.
www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk
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! 

Give a gift they really want this Christmas
Did you know…? Gift vouchers from Dunes can be used for the Cafe, Lessons, the Driving Range and our Golf Shop which is one of the best stocked in North East Scotland. And you can buy and print vouchers online! Simply go to  http://www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk/giftvouchers or call in to see us at the Golf Centre.

The secret to longer tee shots!

In the winter months, the cold air and soft ground means we all lose yardage on our shots.

You can reduce this effect by creating a higher ball flight on your drives, which will mean a longer carry through the air.

The set-up position I have demonstrated here is crucial if you want to hit long, high, straight drives as it will help you to deliver the best angle of attack on the ball.

Angle of attack (AoA) is how your driver head comes into the ball as you would look at the strike from face on.  Either you are catching it at the bottom of the arc, which would be a 0 degree angle of attack, or you are catching it before or after that lowest point of the arc.

Much research has revealed that to hit your longest drives, you need to hit up on the ball about 2-5 degrees.

How big of a difference can there be? 

Well, according to Golf Magazine, the difference between a -5 AoA and a +5 AoA is about 25 yards of distance at a 90 mph clubhead speed.  You would potentially go from around 235 to around 260 without using more effort!  At higher clubhead speeds, the difference will be even more.

To find out your angle of attack and to learn to hit the ball further we no extra effort come and see us in The Golf Studio at Dunes Golf Centre this winter. We use the industry leading GC2 with HMT from Foresight Sports to accurately measure what your club is doing to the ball.

An initial 1 hour lesson with one of our 3 PGA Teaching Professional’s is just £30.00 and during this appointment we will show you exactly what you club is doing and you will learn how to optimise your swing to gain those valuable extra yards!

Book online at www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk/bookalesson
Call 01346 510693 or call in to see us in store at the golf centre.

Gift vouchers are available for all our lesson types and make an ideal Christmas gift.

Are you a big hitter?

If so, get along to Dunes for the fourth annual North East Scotland Long Drive Championship on Friday 21st December 2018.

Previous winners:

Men 2015: James Ritchie 343.84 yards
Men 2016: James Ritchie 359.25 yards
Men 2017: James Ritchie 365.77 yards
Women 2015: Lyn Morrice 170.00 yards
Women 2016: Georgia Cardno 175.00 yards
Women 2017: Emma Hadden 203.00 yards
Juniors (11-14) 2015: Alex Ritchie 219.00 yards
Juniors (11-14) 2016: Alex Ritchie 255.00 yards
Juniors (11-14) 2017: Alex Ritchie 293.00 yards
Juniors (Under 11) 2015: Charlie Buchan 125.00 yards
Juniors (Under 11) 2016: Liam McBeath 159.00 yards
Juniors (Under 11) 2017: Billy Myers 147.00 yards

Have you got the power to take the title this December?

There is only one way to find out and that is by coming along to Dunes to give it a go. Everyone gets 3 balls for free with extra balls costing just £1 each.

The event takes place in the amazing indoor Golf Studio at Dunes Golf Centre. You can use your own driver or borrow one of ours.

In keeping with our mission to grow all areas of golf; we are giving away prizes to Men, Women and Juniors.

There is no need to book, just turn up and put your name down on the list. Everyone who gets their name down by the cut off time of 7.30pm will get a go. The winners will be presented with prizes on the night.

Good luck and we look forward to seeing you all on the 21st December!

Dunes is your one stop shop for the golfer in your life when it comes to Christmas gifts. Open late all through the week, come in and speak to one of our friendly staff who will gladly assist you.

Opening Hours:
Monday 10am to 8pm
Tuesday 10am to 8pm
Wednesday 10am to 8pm
Thursday 10am to 8pm
Friday 10am to 8pm
Saturday 10am to 4pm
Sunday 10am to 4pm

CLICK HERE TO GO TO OUR ONLINE GIFT VOUCHER SHOP

Golf: A game for life…

Make no mistake about it, getting your kids involved in golf will be one of the greatest and most valuable gifts you will ever give them

I grew up in the 80’s and sure we had video games like Space Invaders and Pac-man but it was an afterthought, not a lifestyle. Today’s kids need more than ever to get away from the computer games, like FORTNITE, and get out and socialise with real people not virtual people.

Fortnite Golf. Do your kids spend too much time in front of a screen instead of getting outdoors to do something healthy?

Perhaps you are concerned about the amount of time your kids are spending in front of the screen?

Do you, like us, have to fight a battle to get your child off games like FORTNITE?

I am not saying computer games are all bad but like many things in life it is about moderation. However, the  lack of physical exercise and fresh air is a concern of mine when it comes to the long term health of our children.

Junior Golf with a PGA Professional at Dunes Golf Centre in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Golf is by far the best way to help your kids lead a healthier lifestyle and set them up for success in life…

Here’s why:

  1. Anyone Can Play: Golfers come in all shapes and sizes. You don’t have to be particularly strong, tall, lean or fast to succeed. Golf champions come in every shape and size imaginable. It’s never too early to start, and unlike most other sports you can enjoy golf your entire life!

  2. Minimal Risk: Unlike many other popular sports like football and rugby, the chances of injury, especially serious injury, are almost non- existent; golf is a non-contact sport.

  3. Safe and positive environment: The golf course is a safe place to spend the day and often facilitates mentoring relationships with successful adults.

  4. Lifelong friendships: You never know who you will meet on a golf course, but it’s one of the easiest place in the world to make friends. Success breeds success and people who play golf are by in large more successful than the average bear. Those are the people you want your kids hanging out with! Best of all, golf creates a unique bond so those friendships can be developed all over the world and last a lifetime! 

  5. Prepare for business: It’s hard to think about it now but kids grow up and the people they meet as children can play a huge part in their success later in life. Golf is a sport that helps prepare kids and teens for careers in the business world. Even at 12 I was learning about real life business every day from all the adults I played with.

  6. Time Spent Outdoors: In today’s world of video games, smart phones and child obesity, it can be hard to drag your son or daughter off the couch. Golf is the perfect excuse to spend an entire day enjoying nature and presents the opportunity to develop healthy lifelong exercise habits!

  7. Important Life Lessons: Golf is a sport that will teach your child life changing traits like integrity, discipline, persistence and respect. As they learn to conduct themselves on the golf course, these lessons will translate directly into everyday life.

  8. College Scholarships: Avid golfers have a lot of opportunities when it comes to college funding. The earlier your child starts, the greater his or her chance is of gaining access to scholarship money.

  9. Spend time with family: Golf is a game that can be enjoyed by the entire family from young to old. When children are young, they enjoy doing just about anything with you (but it doesn’t last long, so start now). Golf is an opportunity for quality bonding time and it’s one that can last a lifetime.

  10. It’s FUN: This should probably be at the top of the list, but one of the best reasons to get your son or daughter involved with golf is that they’ll have an absolute blast. They’ll have the chance to learn new skills both physical and mental, make new friends and discover new opportunities. 

In a recent interview with ESPN magazine, Annika Sorenstam – the Worlds’ most successful female golfer, had this to say when asked what the best advice she received was…

That golf is a game for life. It’s a game that everybody can play, and it’s very, very similar to life, meaning it’s difficult, you have to adjust, it will test your patience. I think you learn a lot about a person’s character when you’re out with somebody on the golf course.”

Junior Golf – Our Philosophy…

One of the aims of our junior golf programmes is to create an interest in playing golf.  Said another way, one of the goals here is to make learning and playing golf much easier than some may believe it can be.

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.

Golf lessons for kids in Fraserburgh. Junior Golf classes are the perfect way for your kids to enjoy a healthy, outdoor activity.

The 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.

There are a million things you can buy your kids or gift your kids in the hope that it helps them learn and grow, only a few make a real impact – encouraging them to play golf is one!

Next Steps: 

Dunes Golf Centre prides itself on being one of the best facilities in the UK for encouraging and developing youngsters into golf. All of the golf sessions are provided by highly trained PGA Golf Professionals ensuring the highest standards are maintained at all times.

Go to www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk/newjuniorgroups for the most up to date availability and to book a space or call us on 01346 510693.

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.

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.