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Ladies Golf Blossoming in North East Scotland

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

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!

Check out this short video from the event…

If you or a woman you know is interested in joining the love.golf community then go to www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk/startlovegolf

Or, call Dunes Golf Centre directly on 01346 510693

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How is your golf season going?

Are you frustrated and under-performing?

There’s still time to salvage your season and stop the upward handicap trend. In most cases it’s because one part of your set up or swing has fallen out of position.

However, the problem is that it’s very difficult to be able to identify what part is off when you are trying to find the answers on your own.

Perhaps your ball position has crept too far forward (or back) in your stance which can cause problems with angle of attack on the ball as well as club path through impact.

Here is a handy guide for ball position…


Or, perhaps it’s the alignment of your body to the target? Mis-aligning is often the cause of bad swing technique, but it can also be a compensation for another fault.

Just like I am doing here, you too will be speculating as to the possible causes of your golfing woes!

We have all done it… you go on a merry go round of trying a new grip, a new posture or a new takeaway, desperately hoping to find the answer. You hit one good shot and think ‘that’s it!’ but follow it up with a bad shot and you think of something else.

Before you know it, you have layered up thought after thought and have tied yourself in knots! Add this to the advice that your amateur playing partners throw at you and you feel like giving it up!
Sound familiar?

It doesn’t have to be like this.

At Dunes Golf Centre we have three PGA Golf Coaches who have access to the Worlds leading technology, as well as years of experience and training to identify your fault and provide you the fix in the quickest and easiest possible way.


The initial 1-hour session allows time for the coach to get to know exactly what you are looking to achieve and better still, it’s currently on offer at half the normal 1-hour lesson rate.

Following the lesson, you will be sent notes via email and a video (if the coach feels it would be useful) so you can go play and practice with confidence that you are making the correct changes to your set up and/or swing technique.

So… stop stabbing in the dark and find out what you need to do to enjoy playing better golf again.

Booking is available directly on our website at www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk/bookalesson/

Or telephone 01346 510693

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Drive Chip Putt Championship 2018

Junior Golf Tournament Inspires a Generation

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Matthew and Alexander set new course record!

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.


They are open to anyone under the age of 18. All you must do is turn up to the golf centre by 2.30pm at which point you will be put in to groups to go out and play.

Each hole is around 10 to 20 yards long and are designed to get the kids thinking about shot choice and club selection.

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.

I remember when I really got hooked on golf as a junior. It was when I made a group of friends and we had such good fun going out playing together and improving our golfing skills.

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.

Matthew Cardno and Alexander Wisely – course record holders

Last weekend Matthew Cardno and Alexander Wisely set a joint new 18-hole course record as both players scored 54.

Matthew wins for the second time in a row

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.

Logan claims his first medal

Congratulations also to Logan Mair who won his first medal in the younger age section.

Bring your kids to Dunes to play every Saturday at 2.30pm!

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Love.golf on Tour – Portugal 2017

Around this time last year I was on the golf course at Rosehearty giving a lesson to a group of love.golf ladies.

We were on the second green, the wind was blowing and it was freezing cold!

One of the women turned to me and said. “Peter, you are going to have to take us somewhere warmer for golf lessons!”

To which I instantly responded, “OK, let’s go to Portugal!”

Thinking this was just a throw away comment, I didn’t take any further action but the following week I was asked if I had put plans in place for said trip to Portugal.

So, having discovered the statement was in all seriousness, I got to work and the love.golf on tour trip to Portugal was conceived.

Just under a year later we were on the plane to the Algarve, Salgados near Albufeira to be more precise, for a week long golfing holiday.

For many on the trip it was the first time they had played abroad and for a few it was the first time they had played 18 holes in a day. The trip was a huge success and everyone enjoyed playing golf in the sun followed by good food, drinks and loads of laughs.

“I’ll never forget my first 18 hole round in the sun at a top course called Morgado in Portugal. Not bad for someone who only started playing just over a year ago!” Thelma Hutchison

“I never imagined that my first love.golf session would then lead on to going golfing abroad with the same group of people. It’s more than just golf, it’s friendly and more than anything, it’s fun!” Diane Buchan

“A fantastic week spent with amazing people. So many laughs and giggles on and off the golf course, would do it again in a shot!” Dawn Cardno

My reflections from the week are; golf is so much more than just a game. New friendships have been formed that will last a lifetime. Golf brings people of all ages and abilities together who may otherwise never meet.

The experience of playing different courses is a real feature of the game. Unlike sports such a badminton or tennis – the variety of court in which we play is almost infinite. Even the same course on two different days can feel and play very differently.

Playing golf is the best way to learn the game. I acted as a guide throughout the week and was on hand to help answer any questions but lots was learned, that cannot be taught on the range, just through playing the game.

Golf is an easy game to play!
Yes, I know many of you may not quite believe this statement but given that nearly all the group have been playing for less than 2 years it was proof that golf is easy to start playing. It is difficult to turn pro, to win majors etc. but just getting out to play the game has never been easier.

Water is a magnet for golf balls!
Now this is certainly a statement you will agree with more strongly than the last one I am sure. Salgados had water on just about every hole and it was amazing how many times the players’ balls seemed to find the drink!
In nearly every instance, the player would state after the errant shot – “I knew I was going to do that!”
….Interesting!
Some of my regular readers may recall the articles I wrote on the mental side of the game where I asked you NOT to think of a pink elephant?

In this instance the player is certainly telling themselves, “Don’t go in the water!”

As I have previously explained the mind does not have an image for, nor understand the command, “Don’t!” Therefore, all you are really saying just before you play the shot is “Don’t go in the water!”

Therefore, you could conclude you are actually better than you give yourself credit for as you acted out your thoughts!

Be careful what you say to yourself, try to focus on what you would like to do and accept that there are many bad results that you don’t want.

I am delighted to report that all of the golfers that came to Portugal with me want to return again next year so the dates are already in the diary. If you are interested in joining in then please contact me at the golf centre or click here if you are a woman looking to get involved.

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Matthew wins 1st Junior Event

Matthew Cardno won the inaugural weekly Dunes Junior Event on Saturday 7th October with a score of 59 for the 18 holes.

Matthew Cardno receiving his medal from PGA Pro – Sam Griffiths

These new events take place over the Short Game Zone at Dunes every Saturday afternoon at 2.30pm and are designed to provide youngsters with an opportunity to play competitively against each other in a safe environment.

“I am hoping to see as many kids as possible playing these events at Dunes. Having some friendly competition is good thing and the little course we have here is perfect for kids of all ages to take part. It’s ideal for parents to bring their children along as they can see how the kids are getting on without having to walk out on to a big course, and they can get a coffee and fine piece from the café while the kids are playing!” Stated PGA Professional, Peter Myers.

Entry is free of charge and they are open to all kids aged 16 years and under. Just turn up at the golf centre ready to play for 2.30pm and you will be paired up with other players.

Congratulations to Matthew!  However, it’s not all about winning, we encourage each child to do their best and to be aiming to better their previous lowest score.

Conditions of entry: 16 years and under on the date of entry, players aged 8 and under must be accompanied by at least one adult. All competitors must abide by our Safe, Sensible and Fair policy.

If you would like to know more, or have any questions contact the Dunes Golf Centre Team on 01346 510693 or email on dunesgolfcentre@outlook.co.uk

The Short Game Zone at Dunes is a first class facility for you to practise, have fun and improve your skills.  

The 9 hole chip ‘n’ putt course has been carefully designed by PGA Professionals to provide a challenge for all skill levels….

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!

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Why should children learn to play golf?

A Quote from PGA Professional Michael Hebron: “Some people would say; to develop a great swing, to win tournaments, to be a golf professional winning majors or simply to learn life skills.  These views should be rethought and quickly replaced with:

Children should learn to play golf simply because it’s a great game that’s fun to play with friends and family.”

Great golf swings, winning tournaments, professional golf and life skills may be possible outcomes, but they should not be someone’s (parent or child’s) reason for playing golf or any game.

Golf is a healthy, outdoor, social activity and most importantly it helps to develop self-reliance and self confidence

We know that these days youngsters have iPads, Xboxes and hundreds of TV channels to occupy their time but as parents ourselves we are concerned at just how much time our children are spending on electronic devices.

We accept that time on these gadgets is part of the era they are growing up in but we want to provide opportunities for them to have less screen time and more time outdoors in the fresh air playing sport with real people.

Dunes continues to grow golf

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.

Our 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.

Our Philosophy…

Learning should take place through play so we come up with games that are designed to engage the children in an environment that allows them to discover how they can do it. As opposed to us telling them what to do.

BOOK YOUR CHILD A SPACE NOW

We have new groups starting next week that take us up to the beginning of the school Summer Holidays.

4 to 8 years old (Tiger Cubs)
6 to 12 years old (Tiger Golf)
11 to 16 years old (Development Group)

Full details of each of the above can be found by clicking the link here: http://www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk/lessons/junior-golf/
Alternatively call in to see us or speak to one of our friendly team on the phone – 01346 510693.

Spaces are available on a first come first served basis so make sure you get in quick to avoid disappointment!

Did you know Dunes has a 9 hole Chip n Putt course that is perfect for golfers of all levels to develop their skills and have fun?

It’s called the Short Game Zone and it costs just £2.50 per person per day for unlimited play.

All equipment can be provided for no extra charge.
It is a wonderful space for the whole family to have fun playing golf together.

You do not need to book a time to play, simply turn up and one of our team will point you in the right direction.

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Dunes continues to grow golf

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.

Our 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.

For example: Last week the juniors were discovering about the club face and how this influences the direction the ball goes in.

To make the lesson fun and engaging the children drew a ‘face’ on the club so now the club really does have a face!

In the sessions, the children discovered that, if the face is drawn in the middle of the club, the best shots happen when the ball is hit by the nose.

The ball does not go up in the air if it hits the chin, and we get strange results and a vibration through the shaft if we hit the cheeks.

The ball goes wherever the ‘eyes’ are looking as the ‘face’ hits the ball.

If you come to the range with your child, let them have some fun drawing a face on the club. Ask your child which part of the ‘face’ they think they hit the ball with.

Our Philosophy…

Learning should take place through play so we come up with games that are designed to engage the children in an environment that allows them to discover how they do it. As opposed to us telling them what to do.

Here are some examples from a recent session designed to develop distance control for putting.

Ladder Putting: In this game they rolled the ball into each number until they had collected all the bean bags

Connect 4: This is a game of Connect 4 but with golf balls as counters

So, why should children learn to play golf?

Some people would say; to develop a great swing, to win tournaments, to be a golf professional winning majors or Olympic Golds like Justin Rose, or simply to learn life skills.  These views should be rethought and quickly replaced with:

Children should learn to play golf simply because it’s a great game that’s fun to play with friends and family.

Great golf swings, winning tournaments, professional golf and life skills may be possible outcomes, but they should not be someone’s (parent or child’s) reason for playing golf or any game.

Golf is a healthy, outdoor, social activity and most importantly it helps to develop self-reliance and self confidence

We have new groups starting after the Easter Holidays for the following age groups:

4 to 8 years old (Tiger Cubs)
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays – CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

6 to 12 years old (Tiger Golf)
Wednesdays and Thursdays – CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

11 to 16 years old (Development Group)
Tuesdays – CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

Full details on our junior coaching programs can be found on this page – CLICK HERE
Alternatively call in to see us or speak to one of our friendly team on the phone – 01346 510693.

Spaces are available on a first come first served basis so make sure you get in quick to avoid disappointment!

EASTER HOLIDAY GOLF

We have planned golf sessions for the Easter holidays that are guaranteed to be fun and educational for your child.

These one-off sessions take place on the following days and times and include, amongst loads of golf games, an Easter Egg hunt.

If your child has their own clubs then bring them along but if not, all clubs will be provided free of charge.

The cost for each session is £10.00

CLICK HERE TO BOOK A SPACE ON EASTER GOLF NOW

Monday 3rd April 9.30am – 10.30am 4 to 8 year olds (Tiger Cubs)

Monday 3rd April 10.45am – 11.45am 6 to 12 year olds (Junior Tigers)

Wednesday 5th April 9.30am – 10.30am 4 to 8 year olds (Tiger Cubs)

Wednesday 5th April 10.45am – 11.45am 6 to 12 year olds (Junior Tigers)