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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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Solstice of Swing Success

Jacobi Whyte (Picture courtesy of Susan Renée)

On the 20th and 21st June 2018 seven golfers played six rounds in 24 hours, racking up a total of 108 holes… all without any sleep!

As part of the fund-raising efforts for Jacobis Wish, the Solstice of Swing golf challenge started at 11pm on Inverallochy Golf Course, using light up golf balls to play the first round in the dark!

Then it was on to round two at Fraserburgh, where increasing levels of daylight made play a little easier, but a strengthening wind meant it was still tough going.

To make up two fourballs, a guest golfer joined the group at each course and for the third round I was delighted to join them for 18 holes at Rosehearty. Teeing off at just before 6am, yes… that’s right, the lads had already completed two rounds by 5.30am!

The wind was now gusting at close to 50mph and conditions were brutal out there. Playing six rounds in a day is hard enough but the wind made this challenge hit another level of difficulty.

A big thanks to the Rosehearty Captain, Drew Whyte and to Leona at the Masons Arms who together, provided much needed coffee and bacon rolls half way round at 7.15am.

After Rosehearty the team set off for the fourth round at Turiff followed by a round at Royal Tarlair. As I write this I am back in the comfort of my home but as I look out the window I can only imagine how challenging the game on the cliff top at Tarlair is going to be!

The final stage was another 18 holes at Inverallochy before the mission was complete.

To give you a little background as to what this is all for, here is a is an excerpt taken from www.jacobiswish.com and is written by Jacobi’s parents, Nathan and Faye Whyte.

September 9th 2017 was the day our world changed forever. Our beautiful son Jacobi, who was only 4, was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).

For those of you who do not know about this condition, DMD is a severe muscle wasting disease caused by the lack of a protein called dystrophin. Over time, the muscles in a boy affected by DMD, will gradually degenerate, resulting in the loss of ability to walk and the need for a wheelchair from ages of 8 to 13. This cruel disease also reduces life expectancy and at present, there is no cure.

In the aftermath of Jacobi’s diagnosis we felt lost, alone and without hope. As a family we have now gained in strength and feel a strong need to be proactive. We want to make a difference to Jacobi’s life and to all other little boys affected by DMD and for this reason we made the decision to start fundraising.

Our mission is to raise money to fund research and clinical trials in order to find a cure for this cruel disease. Over the last few years, significant advances have been made and we along with other parents feel that there is hope on the horizon.

The Jacobi’s Wish Trust has been formed to join with Duchenne UK’s mission to ‘End Duchenne in Ten.’ We aim to keep you informed about Jacobi and the fundraising events we have planned throughout the year.

Nathan and Faye Whyte

A big thanks to Under Armour for providing the shirts – we think they looked great!

Congratulations to the seven players who played all six rounds: Nathan Whyte, Ross Cardno, John Cardno, Liam Farquhar, Ryan Summers, Neil Heron and Rob Heron.

Also, to the guest appearances from; Philip Cardno, Jimmy Ritchie, Matty West and Alex Watt (who played 2 rounds!)

“In 24 hours we played 108 holes of golf over six courses, covering over 30 miles in brutal conditions and we all have the pains and strains to prove it. However, when you do it with friends and have a laugh it’s easy. The hard part is in the organisation of such an event and that’s why fundraising has two ‘i’s’; they stand for inspiration and innovation. The Whyte family and friends have been fine examples of their push to help raise money for this great cause Duchenne UK by not just organising this golf event but many others. Everyone of us that took part in the Solstice of Swing feel awesome that our participation could help make a difference to end Duchenne in Ten!”
Neil Heron

If you would like to donate, all contributions no matter how big or small are gratefully received, please go to www.jacobiswish.com

The next fund-raising event is taking place at Dunes Golf Centre on Friday 10th August and Saturday 11th August….
NEAREST THE PIN COMPETITION
Win a brand new Ping G400 Driver worth £329.00


It’s On the 13th hole at Carnoustie (venue for this years Open Championship) using the Golf Studio at Dunes. It’s a 117 yards from the front tees with the overall nearest winning the driver!

It’s just £1 a go with 100% of the takings going to Jacobis Wish thanks to sponsorship from Dunes Golf Centre and Ping Golf Europe.

Open to men, women and juniors. Turn up anytime between 4pm and 8pm on Friday 10th August or 10am and 4pm on Saturday 11th August.

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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.
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Bunker Play – How to be great from the sand. Pt1


Is a bunker shot something you look forward to?

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Many golfers freeze with fear when faced with a bunker shot. This fear creates tension and in most cases the wrong sort of movement that is required to play a successful shot. Follow these simple steps and you will soon be playing bunker shots with a confidence that makes the seemingly difficult task very easy indeed. If you watch the Pro’s on tour you may have noticed how easy they make this shot look.

The traditional way of playing bunker shots involved aiming left, opening the clubface and leaning the shaft towards the target.

However, in recent years I have found a better, much simpler way of playing great bunker shots.

Simple Swing:
Aim for about 2-3” of sand before the ball but because of the way that this technique uses the bounce of the club the exact amount of sand you take is not that important.

Swing towards the target like a normal golf shot from the grass.

Key Point: The body is the engine
Rotate your body confidently through so your belt buckle finishes facing the target. With a little practice to master this technique you will find your confidence grows and bunker shots become something to look forward to and not something to fear.

Look out for more bunker tips next week!

Let us show you how to get out the bunker first time, every time!
Book a lesson with one of the Pro’s at Dunes Golf Centre
Go to www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk/bookalesson