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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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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.

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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.