A lesson from Langer as DJ Masters Augusta

Dustin Johnson completed a very impressive performance at The Masters to win with a new record low score. And, whilst Bryson DeChambeau gained the pre-tournament headlines with how far he hits the ball, he failed to live up to the hype.

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Here is what he (DeChambeau) said before the tournament started…

“I’m looking at it as a par 67 for me because I can reach all the par fives in two, no problem. If the conditions stay the way they are, that’s what I feel like par is for me.”

But DeChambeau swiftly added: “That’s not me being big-headed. I can hit it as far as I want to, but it comes down to putting and chipping out here. That is one of the things I think people sometimes struggle to see.”

No player before this year had ever gone around Augusta in a total of 268 for four rounds.

The tournament record was 270 (-18) set by Tiger Woods in 1997 and matched by Jordan Spieth in 2015.

So, according to DeChambeau’s par rating; Dustin won with a score of level par, whereas Bryson finished on +18.

I don’t mean to take anything away from DeChambeau, I think he is great for the game. It’s wonderful to have such characters and to be honest, I enjoy seeing him push himself to hit the ball further and further. Tell me you wouldn’t go and watch him play if you had the chance?

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The distance game

It would be wrong to assume, based on the outcome of this Masters, that hitting the ball a long way is not so important. Dustin is very long too… just take a look at his ‘stock’ yardages as published recently by golf.tv in comparison to mine.

These are ‘carry’ distances and not total

All the more impressive is that Dustin is playing with a set of Taylormade P730 DJ Prototype irons, set at traditional lofts rather than the modern, stronger lofts, I have highlighted in the past.

His 7 iron is 35 degrees compared to a Callaway Mavrik Max 7 iron at 30 degrees.

There is no doubt that to compete on tour you need to hit the ball a long way these days.

Though don’t get me wrong it was great to see Bernard Langer become the oldest player to make the cut. The 1985 and 1993 Masters winner surpassed former record-holder Tommy Aaron by just over a month. Langer did it at 63 years, 2 months, 18 days old while Aaron was 63 years, 1 month, 16 days in 2000

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Cool stat….
In his Open Championship debut in 1976, Langer played with Gene Sarazen who was born in 1902. This week, he played with 18-year-old amateur Abel Gallegos, born in 2002, who missed the cut.

Langer is proof that it is not all about distance, but the truth is it would be highly unlikely, I’d say nearly impossible for Langer to win the event.

Having played with the big hitters of DeChambeau and McIlroy over the weekend, here is what Langer had to say…

“Every once in a while I had to tell myself, ‘Stop watching and play your game. Focus on what you want to do,’” Langer said. “I got to experience the longest guys in the world right now, and it’s quite amazing.”

And there is a lesson for all you golfers out there. You have to learn to play your own game, especially if you are playing with someone who hits it miles past you.

“Even though I’m bombing it by him, he’s still playing better than me,” DeChambeau said. “That’s the cool part about the game of golf. You can shoot a score whatever way you want, and he’s able to do it still at his age.”

DeChambeau added: “He’s an unbelievable iron player. He grinds over everything.”

Average Driving Distance at the Masters this year:
Bryson DeChambeau 328.88 yards
Rory McIlroy 314.75 yards
Dustin Johnson 306.5 yards
Bernhard Langer 259.62 yards

Summary…

It is not about how far you hit the ball but understanding your game and knowing how far you hit is extremely important.

Top tip…

Book a Gap Test on a launch monitor to get your distances with each club – this can be game-changing and is something you should do at least once a year.

Click here to check the next availability for a Gap Test at Dunes in Fraserburgh

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Which is the best winter golf mat 2020?

It’s that time of year when most of the golf courses are enforcing a winter mat policy.

Love them or hate them, if you wish to play throughout the winter you have to use one.

With so many different types to choose from how do you know which winter golf mat is the best for you?

I have tested the 4 most popular to help you make a decision.

In this test I used a 7 iron to compare the launch angle, spin rates and distance differences between each mat. The same balls were used throughout the test.

After a series of shots with each, here are the numbers from the Foresight GC2 launch monitor.

Analysing the data…

Fact 1: Mats launch the ball higher

It doesn’t matter which mat you use; the ball will launch and fly higher than off the turf.

Fact 2: Back spin increases with a mat

Typical backspin with a correctly fitted 7 iron should be around 6500-7000rpm but you can see the readings with a mat are always above that figure.

Fact 3: No difference in distance!

This came as a big surprise. Having used winter mats for some years I felt sure there would have been a significant difference in distance the ball would fly. However, the distances were incredibly similar no matter whether hitting from a mat or the turf.

The mats on test…

Launch Mat

The Launch Mat from Masters Golf is a lightweight mat that offers the greatest convenience as it easily fits in your pocket.

This mat produced the highest ball launch angle and highest peak height of all the mats on the test. So, if getting the ball in the air is something you need to do – this is the one for you.

Buy the Launch Mat for £11.99 on our website – buy now

The curved shape means there is some give in the mat so, although it sounds quite hard when you strike it, it feels pretty good. The hole to place the ball in provides a secure mount for the ball even on very steep slopes.

The launch golf mat vs shots played from the turf
Launch mat data in comparison to shots from the turf

If you want to hit the ball higher and want something you can keep in your pocket – the Launch Mat is a great option

Pros ✅

✅Lightweight and easily fits in your pocket

✅Sits flush to the ground, ideal if you sometimes hit before the ball as you won’t catch the back edge of the mat

✅Great on sloping lies

Cons ❌

❌May flight the ball too high for some

❌It sounds quite hard when you strike it

Buy the Launch Mat for £11.99 on our website – buy now

Masters Mat

This AstroTurf mat features a soft cushioned underlayer that makes for a pleasant feel and sound at impact. If you have a steeper angle of attack – so would take big, deep divots from the grass then this would be the matt of choice for you.

It comes fitted with a carabiner clip that makes it easy to take on and off your golf bag.

The thickness of this mat means the ball sits up higher and it could also be quite easy to strike the back of the mat resulting in a terrible shot.

Carpet mat data in comparison to shots from the turf

Pros ✅

✅Lightweight and a soft feel

✅Ideal if you have a steeper angle of attack as it has lots of cushioning

Cons ❌

❌It could be easy to strike the back edge of the mat due to the thickness of the contstruction

❌Not great on sloping lies

Carpet Mat

I call this the carpet mat because I didn’t have any official name for it, and it has a pile very much like that you would find on a hard-wearing carpet.

On the test this was the mat that produced the numbers nearest to that of playing from the turf.

Buy the Carpet Mat for £8.99 on our website – buy now

All mats launch the ball higher and with more back spin than shots played from the turf, but this mat produced a launch and peak height very close to normal play.

Carpet mat data in comparison to shots from the turf

Pros ✅

✅Best on test for replicating very close to the same ball flight as from grass

Cons ❌

❌The ball sits up quite high

❌It could be easy to strike the back edge of the mat due to the thickness of it

❌Not great on sloping lies as difficult to get the ball to stay on it

Buy the Carpet Mat for £8.99 on our website – buy now

Fairway Products Multimat

WINNER – BEST ON TEST 🏆

A unique feature about this mat is it has two usable sides that offer different ball flights.

The shiny side produces more spin and a higher ball flight than the bristle side though the bristle side compares more closely to the flights from the turf.

Buy the Multimat for £12.50 on our website – buy now

I really like this mat and thanks to its versatility from sloping lies and the size of it, I have awarded this my best on test.

Fairway Products Multimat Shiny Side data in comparison to shots from the turf
Fairway Products Multimat Bristle Side data in comparison to shots from the turf

Pros ✅

✅Two usable sides providing different launch conditions and feel

✅Very good on sloping lies

✅Long length means it’s less likely you will hit the back of the mat before the ball

Cons ❌

❌Long length means it is quite big to carry about but that’s not a huge issue as it does clip on to your bag

Buy the Multimat for £12.50 on our website – buy now

If you want to speak to us about winter mats and have a FREE trail of any of the mats reviewed above please come and speak to us at Dunes Golf Centre in Fraserburgh.

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Messages from the local greenkeepers on winter mats…

James Peace – Headgreenkeeper at Fraserburgh Golf Club

Mats were first introduced in NE Scotland in the late 80’s and I worked at Newburgh then. The main playing season was April to September back then and at that time I also played a lot of winter golf,

In addition to mats, lifting the balls to the side and tee up on fairways were also tried. This was a big failure as it caused too much damage to the course. In fact this damage did not recover till the summer months or later.

Anyway, as a greenkeeper the best way forward ,during the winter months, is to use mats. No arguments here.

The main playing season now would be March to October , so 4 months of using mats is a small thing to do to protect the course, this also gives the player a nice dry lie in what is usually a wet winter these days.

We just need club golfers to understand that they are doing their bit to help protect the course and make it much better for themselves and everyone in the Spring and Summer.

Picking the right mat is also important, I prefer the multimat that you have trialled.


John Littlejohn – Headgreenkeeper at Rosehearty Golf Club

With more golfers playing all year round, mats are a great benefit in the winter months.

Recovery of damaged grass stops at this time of year and here in NE Scotland it can be as late as June before we get heat back into the soil which is needed to get seed to germinate.

So, without mats you can imagine landing areas soon becomes full of divots and no one wants to play out of them.

Also the start of the season gets off better as yet again you don’t want to play out of seeded areas.

So, mats are a great asset for members by allowing them to play all winter, whilst protecting the course and it means they will play off better surfaces when summer golf starts

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Pete’s Pub Quiz Returns on 1st September

I have some exciting news for you…

Pete’s Pub Quiz is coming back!

On Tuesday 1st September I am once again broadcasting live my Pub Quiz that proved so popular during the main part of lockdown.

The quiz starts at 8pm so make sure you save the date in your diary.

I have been overwhelmed by the number of people who have contacted me expressing their gratitude for the quiz each week so thank you so much for the appreciation.

Tuesday 1st September is no random date by the way…

It will actually be 5 years to the day that Emma and I opened the doors to Dunes Golf Centre!

So, the quiz will form part of our anniversary celebrations and YES a few Brewdogs will be supped as I read out the questions….wouldn’t want to break with tradition now would we!?

As always I will be sending out the picture rounds on the Sunday or Monday before the quiz so look out for them.

If you know anyone else that might like to do the quiz please ask them to go to this page to register for the picture rounds to be sent to them

http://www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk/petespubquiz

I’m looking forward to it and I hope you are too,

Kind Regards,

Peter

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Look after your course…

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.

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.

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.

Masters Madness

WIN 100% of your money back!

The Masters is just around the corner and to celebrate the season opening Major we have a CRAZY OFFER for you….

The Masters is just around the corner and to celebrate the season opening Major we have a CRAZY OFFER for you….

How it works….
⛳️ 1. Spend over £100 in store between now and 8pm on Wednesday 10th April 2019

⛳️ 2. Choose your player from Tiger Woods or Justin Rose

⛳️ 3. If your choice wins the Masters then you get 100% of your money back via your payment method!

What will you choose….

  • A new set of custom fitted irons?
  • A new wardrobe from our brand new range of Under Armour
  • A new custom fitted driver?
  • Gloves, balls, umbrella, waterproofs?

We have a huge range of golfing goods in stock so whatever you are looking for please come and give us a try and support your local business.

Upcoming events…
15th April – a new 6 week ladies beginner love.golf class starts every Monday at either 09:30 or 13:00. Go to www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk/startlovegolf for more information

26th April – Golf & Yoga – a new and unique 2 hour event designed just for women. Go to www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk/yoga-and-golf for more information (SORRY THIS IS NOW FULLY BOOKED)

27th April – the 4th annual Scottish Drive Chip Putt Championship takes place at Dunes. This is a free to enter event for all boys and girls aged 4 to 15 years old. Go to www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk/drivechipputt for more information

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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.

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Winter Golf Tips

When you’re playing golf during the winter, your shots don’t carry as far or roll out as much as they would in the summer.

It’s just a fact of life. It also means that judging distances to the green becomes a lot trickier, with many amateur golfers coming up a little short with approach shots. Have you noticed this trend in your own game recently?

Here are a couple of steps you can take to solving the problem…

Step 1: Gapping session

Well, if you come and see us for a gapping session, we can work out the exact yardage that you hit each club in your bag, making finding the green more often a reality.

However, you won’t realise the benefits of knowing your distances unless you know how far you need to hit the ball, something that a Garmin GPS device will certainly help with.

Step 2: Garmin GPS device

The Approach S10 is the perfect solution to your yardage woes. Featuring a high-sensitivity GPS receiver, the S10 will give you the distance data you need to play better golf (front, middle and back as well as hazards and doglegs).

This technology is there to help you, so make sure you’re taking full advantage like most other golfers are!

Better still, as part of our Black November special offers we are the cheapest in the UK at just £109.99. That’s £30.00 off the normal price. Or, if you want the ultimate watch GPS, the S60 is on offer at £299.99, saving you £100 off the normal price.

Both offers are limited availability so don’t delay.

On the subject of Winter golf…

Most of the local clubs have enforced a winter mat rule in order to protect the fairways. Now some of you may love the mat, or you may loathe it!

Whatever your opinion, the fact is it’s a requirement for you to use them.

However, there are different options available…

The standard piece of artificial turf has long been the most popular but there is a new mat on the block and it’s without doubt our personal favourite…

The traditional winter mat
The Launch Mat is the BEST winter mat you can use

The Launch Mat
The plastic construction sits much lower to the ground than a traditional mat (meaning you don’t need to grip down your club as much) and it’s unique curved shape means it feels much more like hitting off normal turf at impact.

In addition to the enhanced feel and playability, the launch mat is also small enough to fit in your pocket and is really light weight.

I’m not a huge fan of winter mats but as we need to use them at the moment – the Launch Mat is definitely my preferred choice.

Both mats are available to buy from Dunes Golf Centre now.

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Improve your scores – guaranteed!

Your ability to score is significantly influenced by your ability to minimise the number of putts per round.
But it is not simply a case of going out there and practicing your putting!

Did you know?…The leading money winner on the PGA Tour (Justin Thomas) this year only made 58.47% from the 5-10 foot range. Tiger Woods only made 56.00%.

If any amateur golfer can average over 50% over the course of a season from this critical scoring range, I would very much like to meet them!

In the words of Dave Pelz, short game coach to the world’s top players,
“If you want to score, the most important “game” to improve is your short game. Second most important is your putting game. And the least important is your power-swing, ball striking game, the game you’ve been practicing all these years!”

Here is why…
Dave Pelz places the short game (this is chipping and pitching) above putting because all the stats show that how close you hit it to the hole has a significant impact upon how many putts you take.
Take a look at the 2018 season putting stats from current World Number One, Brooks Koepka.

Notice how the percentage success rate from outside 10ft drops off a cliff. Outside of 20ft Brooks doesn’t make that many putts at all!

This means all golfers will benefit hugely by hitting the ball closer to the hole from 100 yards and in.

Practice is not just about hitting ball after ball and spending a lot of time at it – in fact it is entirely not that! Good practice is about being deliberate with what you are doing and to make practice more like your play.

The Golf Studio at Dunes provides highly accurate distance information and is ideal for working on your short game throughout the winter.

Wedge Fitting at Dunes Golf Centre

Over the last 15-20 years the manufacturers have strengthened the lofts on Iron sets meaning the Pitching Wedge has strengthened from 52° to 45°. In fact, the Pitching Wedge on one new set of Irons is 42°. That is a three club length gap to the Sand Wedge. 

No wonder we haven’t seen a drop in scores despite the longer tee shots. With a gap between the Pitching Wedge and Sand Wedge (which they couldn’t strengthen as we needed that loft to get out of bunkers) extended to 11°, in the scoring zone you are effectively playing with a Sand Wedge and 8 Iron!

If you want a better short game, as a minimum you must do the following: get very good at playing 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4Pitching Wedge shots and, as I would also recommend, you put a 50 or 52° Wedge in your bag.
This Wedge (the ‘Gap’ Wedge to fill the gap the manufacturer’s have created between the PW and SW) will make it much easier for you to play better shots into greens.

I currently carry 4 wedges; They are a 46° wedge, a 50° Gap wedge and a 54° Sand wedge and a 58° lob wedge. I feel this gives me the versatility around the greens that I require.

We are a Custom Fitting Centre for most of the major brands including Ping, Cleveland, Callaway, Vokey, Taylormade and Mizuno.

What wedges do you carry?
We have a loft and lie machine and will gladly check your loft gaps FREE of charge! It only takes us a few minutes to do by using our special Loft and Lie machine. We can also talk to you about what distance gaps you have in your set as well as what bounce angles would suit you best – are you a Digger or a Sweeper?

If you want to make 2019 your best and most enjoyable year on a golf course we suggest you come for an assessment lesson at Dunes Golf Centre. It is open to golfers of all ages and levels of ability and is a fantastic learning experience costing just £30 for the 60 minute session.

Telephone 01346 510693 to book or go to www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk/bookalessson

Short Game Masterclass with PGA Pro – Kris Nicol
Kris is hosting a 3-part series of lessons that is guaranteed to improve your short game.
What you will learn…
NEW TIMES ADDED DUE TO SELL OUT:
Session 1 Sunday 25th November 10am to 11.30am: Technique/Low Point of swing & and assessment of your current wedge setup
Session 2 Sunday 2nd December 10am to 11.30am: Trajectory control; Using the bounce vs leading edge of the club
Session 3 Sunday 9th December 10am to 11.30am: 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 is 8 with spaces available on a 1st come 1st served basis
Price includes all 3 coaching sessions, all range balls and course materials 

Telephone 01346 510693 to book your space or go to www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk/shortgamemasterclass

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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.

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Declan makes it 4 PGA Pro’s at Dunes

It’s just over 3 years since I re-opened the doors to Dunes Golf Centre with my wife Emma and son Billy.

In that time we have worked hard to turn a former failed business in to something that is proving to be highly successful…..so successful in fact that we are needing to recruit more golf staff!

As a PGA Professional for over 20 years I know how valuable my PGA training has been to me and my two assistants, Sam Griffiths and Kris Nicol, who are now in their final year of their training with both of them developing a great reputation for their coaching and club fitting abilities.

The PGA is the leading association in the World for training all different aspects of golf, including teaching, retail, rules and business management.

I am delighted to announce that we have just taken on our latest member of the PGA team at Dunes as Declan Addison from Peterhead has joined us, meaning there will now be four PGA members serving you at the centre.

PGA Pro’s: Peter Myers and Declan Addison

Declan was playing off 2 handicap but has just lost his amateur status having turned pro last week and is about to start his three year PGA training programme.

“I am really looking forward to this fantastic opportunity, working with Peter and the rest of the Dunes staff will Provide me with all the key information I will need to be successful in the PGA programme,” stated Declan…

“Before starting at Dunes, I spent my summer caddying at Cruden Bay golf club after returning from America. I recently graduated with a BA in Business and Organizational Leadership from Brevard College NC. I played on the golf team for Brevard where I learned to develop my own game. I hope to apply the skills I learned from my time at College to working at Dunes.

“My aspirations with the PGA programme is to help further the development of the next generation of golfers. Seeing young beginners grow and develop their skills makes is very satisfying and I want to do as much as I can to help make this happen. This applies to any age beginners, I believe it’s never too late to start and it’s great to see people taking the opportunity. Helping people enjoy the game is of the greatest importance and I want to do my part to help everyone do this.

“The PGA program is something I have been interested in doing for a while now so when I saw that Dunes was offering the position I did not hesitate to throw my name into the hat. I very much look forward to starting the programme and learning all the important information I will need to become a successful PGA professional.”

We are delighted to welcome Declan in to the team and we wish him the very best of luck.

Peter Myers (PGA Professional)

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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.