Our weekly junior events at Dunes Golf Centre are proving increasingly popular as we continue our mission to grow golf participation. The 18-hole chip and putt competitions around our fantastic Short Game Zone take place every Saturday afternoon and are completely free of charge to enter.
The experience also provides an opportunity to make new friends and play a competition that is not overly serious. The focus is very much on each child going out to have fun and to try to beat their own best score each time. There are many other benefits such as; learning to keep score and mark a scorecard, dealing with bad shots and outcomes, learning how to win but also how to lose, social skills and playing with new people.
The short game, chipping and putting, is the part of the game I strongly recommend all juniors (if not all golfers) should spend time honing their skills. The long game will improve in time, especially as they get bigger and stronger, but the short game skills developed now will last a lifetime.
The Short Game Zone at Dunes provides a safe environment where parents can keep a watchful eye but without getting too involved. In other words, they can just let the kids learn through play. However, for younger or less experienced children we ask that a parent walks round to help keep score and to supervise.
If your child wants to join in simply come along to Dunes on a Saturday at 2.30pm and go to the reception desk where one of our friendly golf staff will be on hand to guide you. All equipment can also be provided free of charge.
It takes around 45-60 minutes to play the event and as soon as the last group has finished we have a presentation of prizes.
Last weekend Matthew Cardno and Alexander Wisely set a joint new 18-hole course record as both players scored 54.
This was the second week on the trot that both players tied for first place, so we had a sudden death playoff which Matthew won both times!
Congratulations to Matthew but praise goes to both youngsters for the way they conducted themselves, especially the grace and sportsmanship demonstrated by Alexander despite losing in the playoffs.
Congratulations also to Logan Mair who won his first medal in the younger age section.