Last weekend Kris took home his 5th Buchan Firkin title at Fraserburgh Golf Club with an impressive 10 under par total.
His first round score of 62 (-8) featured 6 birdies and an eagle in a blemish free round which was just one shot away from the course record.
It isn’t yet known if this is a lowest ever total for the event but the club are scouring the history books to find out.
Either way, it is a fantastic score and a great achievement, especially given the fact Kris is spending so much time helping other golfers these days.
Kris has fast gained a reputation as a top teacher of the game as he shares his knowledge from years of experience playing at an elite level. Never one to shy away from continuing his learning, he has used lockdown to further his education and has recently put together an exciting new project called the Speed Clinic.
The first series of 6 lessons filled up quickly so he has added another class starting on Monday 5th October 7-8pm for six consecutive weeks.
The speed clinic is for anyone looking to gain at least 20 yards on their tee shots and gains in yardage on every full shot.
“I started the Superspeed training programme at the beginning of lockdown and the gains I have made are unbelievable! 115mph was my max clubhead speed with a driver but now I can reach 123mph! So now when I go and play I can easily achieve faster speeds without as much effort. That’s game changing for me and now I am excited about what I can do for you!” – Kris Nicol, PGA Golf Professional
We have heard what the likes of Rory McIlroy and the rest of
the tour players think of their new clubs but we wanted to find out how they
performed in the hands of the amateur golfer.
At Dunes we provided the opportunity for you to try the
latest and greatest drivers on the market – each promising unrivalled levels of
distance and accuracy.
Our Driver challenge proved a big hit as just under 40 local
golfers turned up throughout the day to try the new drivers and compare them
against what they were currently playing.
Of all the drivers currently available we had the best of
the best on demo, namely; Ping G410, Mizuno ST190, Taylormade M5/M6 and
Callaway Epic Flash.
Before we get into the results from the day let’s take a
look at the story behind each club.
Taylormade M5 & M6
First up is the new M5 and M6 drivers
from Taylormade that follow on from the hugely successful M1/M2 and M3/M4
franchises of the last couple of years.
The big story
here is that TaylorMade are revolutionising the process of creating driver
faces for the M5 and M6 by starting above the legal limit and dialling it back
by injecting resin in to two ‘tuning slots’ in the driver face. This is called
‘Speed Injecting’ and ensures that every driver is on the limit thanks to an
algorithm which calculates the right amount of resin to use for every face.
driver face flex was limited by the R&A to stop how far golfers hit the
ball but it has been impossible to produce drivers which consistently hit the
limit of 0.830 COR.
means is that all drivers have a different level of ‘hotness’, and while it
ensures no ‘hot’ drivers go on to the illegal side, it also means many golfers
end up playing with drivers which aren’t as close to the limit as they could
be. The ‘hottest’ drivers are hand-picked for tour players, leaving TaylorMade
estimating around 70% of retail drivers are outside the ‘hot range’ usually
used by pros.
state that the production methods in the past have made picking the hottest
driver for club golfers nothing more than just pure luck.
In the M5 and
M6 they are removing the luck element due to the fact the Speed Injected technology
will position every driver face right on the edge of the rules.
Dunes Price: M5 £449.00, M6 £399.00
Callaway Epic Flash
Two years ago Callaway launched the Epic driver that
featured Jailbreak Technology and this was a huge success. Last year they
improved it further still by enhancing the jailbreak in their Rogue product
This year Jailbreak remains but the big news is the brand new
Flash Face’s sophisticated architecture was created by
Artificial Intelligence – the first known instance of using A.I.in the golf
equipment industry — and “Machine Learning,” a field of computer science that
uses statistical techniques to give computer systems the ability to “learn”
with data without being explicitly programmed. Through Machine Learning
the Callaway computers cycled through 15,000 face iterations, learning from
each one, before arriving at Flash Face.
In normal driver testing approximately 6 different prototypes are used so given
A.I was able to pick the best from 15000 it will be very interesting to see how
the new Callaway Epic Flash performs.
Dunes Price: £449.00
The G410 PLUS’ big feature is that it is
the first time Ping have added an adjustable tungsten weight for draw or fade
Ping are often later to the party when
it comes to things like this but only because they ensure that new design
features offer a real benefit to the golfer without severely compromising
another area of performance.
positions (draw, neutral, fade) shift the CG location by 1/10″ in either
direction, which equates to approximately 10 yards — or 20 yards of correction
between draw and fade settings — of shot shape.
The SFtec version features a weight
50% further towards the heel than the G400 Sftec version so if you slice the
ball then this club will probably be the best on the market in 2019 for you to
help straighten the shot out.
Ping say the
G410 driver will be better than its predecessors through four ‘Fs’.
It’s Faster, more Forgiving, has a better Feel and can be Fitted better.
through the air due to improved aerodynamics and more efficient turbulators
They’ve been able to drag the weight right to the perimeter to keep the MOI
(resistance to twisting) as high, if not higher, than anything else on the
market so it’s super forgiving. Better fitting is also possible through the
loft sleeve which has eight positions with +/- 1.5˚.
this is a good one for the North East of Scotland, they’ve made the headcover
20% heavier to make sure it doesn’t blow away in the wind!
Dunes Price: £379.00
Mizuno ST190 and ST190G
Mizuno have struggled to compete in the driver market for
some years despite their dominance in the forged iron market. However, that may
be about to change as all the online reviews of their 2019 models show that
they could be their best yet!
drivers offer Mizuno’s lowest spin rates and incorporate every known factor in
the quest to enhance ball speed and driving distance. Mizuno’s ultra-fast
Forged SP700 Ti face now boasts a lighter CORTECH structure to deliver
consistently higher ball speeds, with a large carbon composite crown plus the
Amplified Wave soleplate, introduced in last year’s ST180 drivers, helping to
convert each additional mph into extra yards.
The ST190 is designed for mid to low spin with
maximum stability, and features a single, factory-fixed 6g backweight that
increases MOI for added stability on off-centre strikes
The ST190G is engineered for low spin and offers
Fast Track adjustability thanks to twin 7g weights on external tracks that can
reduce spin by an additional 200rpm, allowing players to achieve heavy fade or
draw biases by placing the weights in one track.
Dunes Price: ST190 £369.00, ST190G
THE RESULTS We asked each participant to rate the drivers on four different aspects;
Looks, Feel, Sound and Performance on a scale of 1 (bad) to 5 (excellent)
Looks The Taylormade topped the best-looking list with an average rating of 4.19 which was quite a way in front of 2nd placed Ping on 3.94. The Mizuno and Callaway shared 3rd place, both on 3.81.
WINNER BEST LOOKING: TAYLORMADE
Feel The Taylormade claimed victory once again as you voted it the best feeling driver of 2019. The Ping came 2nd, Mizuno 3rd and the Callaway was in 4th.
WINNER BEST FEEL: TAYLORMADE
Sound The drivers certainly have their own distinctive sounds of which we have no doubt the manufacturers engineer deliberately. And, this was a very close contest with very little difference on your opinions of the acoustic qualities of each club. However, it was a hattrick of wins for Taylormade as once again it proved to be your winner.
WINNER BEST SOUND: TAYLORMADE
Performance You could argue this is the most important category of all. At the end of the day, does it matter what a driver looks, feels and sounds like if it does not perform very well?
I think it is fair to say that all of these products perform
exceptionally well but we can only have one winner!
And a huge congratulations go to Taylormade for making it a clean sweep as they claimed the top spot once again! It was a narrow margin of victory though with the Ping G410 coming a very close second.
PERFORMANCE: TAYLORMADE M5/M6
Which driver would you buy? No surprises when you consider the results so far that the Taylromade M5/M6 was your overall winner and the driver that you said you would buy next. Not by a small margin either, a whopping 47% selected the Taylormade with the other 3 sharing the remainder pretty evenly.
WINNER BUYING CHOICE:
What was clearly evident from the day was that getting
fitted for your next driver is an absolute must. You could easily dismiss a
driver on its performance simply because you were fitted with unsuitable shaft,
head type, length, settings on the head or most likely a combination of all of
We have invested heavily in technology and training to help
us quickly and confidently optimise the set up for each individual golfer. We
are committed to providing a World class service to the golfers of North East
Scotland and offer you the leading brands in golf at the most competitive
prices. Best of all we will make sure you get what is right for you.
If you could not make it to the Driver Challenge then do not
worry! We have the full range of demo products and shaft options in the Golf
Studio for you to get fitted with 7 days a week.
We are open Monday to Friday 10am to 8pm and Saturday/Sunday 10am to 4pm.
A fitting costs £30.00 but this is refunded against the
value of any club purchased as a result of the fitting.
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On Friday 7th December we held our staff Long Drive Competition at Dunes to see which of the five golf team members would be able to hit the ball the longest.
In the warm up round it was me, the old man of the field, that cranked up the most yards with a hit to 348 but unfortunately it wasn’tallowed to count!
It wouldn’t have mattered anyway because in the proper event Kris ‘The Power’ Nicol managed to get one out there to 354 yards – and on his first ball too!
Sam ‘The Bomb’ Griffiths finished second with 346 and I ended up in third on 340 yards. Declan ‘The Destroyer’ just couldn’t get one of his long drives on the fairway and was disappointed with his 332 yards to finish in fourth.
The competition was played as four rounds of three balls with the overall longest winning. For a drive to count it had to land and finish on the fairway.
The main reason for this event was for a bit for fun amongst the staff but we also noticed some interesting data coming from our launch monitor. If you study the images here of data from the top three drives, I have highlighted the Swing Speed and the Angle of Attack on the ball.
You will see, quite amazingly, that although Kris had the longest drive, he also had the slowest swing speed of the three. In fact, I had the fastest swing speed and, given that we all had similar strike locations on the club, it means that Angle of Attack is the key factor.
If you look at the data for that parameter you will see that Kris delivers the club 8.8 degrees up on the ball compared to my lowly 2.0 degrees up. Sam managed 5.9 up.
If you look at the data from the World Long Drive tournaments you will see that they are also quite a lot ‘up’ on the ball, around the same sort of numbers that Kris is achieving.
So, if you want to hit longer tee shots you should aim to hit more up on the ball.
The easiest way to do that is to position the ball further forward in your stance (more towards the target).
Drill: Place an empty golf ball box or empty plastic water bottle about a foot in front of the ball on the target side and aim to miss it as you follow through. This is a great external focus drill to encourage the desired sweep up for distance. I will certainly be doing this ahead of the rematch next year!
Oh, and one more thing – if you really want to hit it further – hit it harder!!
If you would like to discover what your driving stats are then book a lesson at Dunes Golf Centre with one of our PGA Professionals. The initial one-hour appointment is just £30.00 and can be booked online at www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk/bookalesson
NORTH EAST SCOTLAND LONG DRIVE COMPETITION –FOR ALL THE FAMILY This is your chance to see how far you can hit it and you get your first threeballs completely free of charge! 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 21stDecember!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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.
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
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
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.
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
“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
“Thank you to Peter, Emma and
everyone behind the scenes who make these days possible.
forward to the Christmas Scramble already!”
You’re a golfer as soon as you
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
“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
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.
“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.
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…
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
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.
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
1st Place; Rosemary, Ann, Wendy & Jennifer
2nd Place; Jacqueline, Anne & Charlotte
3rd place; Emma, Lucy, Adele & Alison
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!
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.
Billy Myers (10 to 15 year old Champion)
Matthew Cardno (10 to 15 year old Runner Up)
Aaron Hastie (10 to 15 year old 3rd Place)
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.
Arran Simpson (8 to 9 year old Champion)
Finlay Anderson (8 to 9 year old Runner Up)
Kaelyn Simpson (Girls Champion)
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.
Kameron Brown (4 to 7 year old Champion)
Scott Fowlie (4 to 7 year old Runner Up)
Riley Whyte (4 to 7 year old 3rd Place)
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.
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.
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
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.
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.