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Inaugural Mini-Major a huge success

Dunes Golf Centre played host to the first Mini-Major of the year as the Short Game Zone was transformed in to a mini Augusta National Course.

The nine hole layout tested golfers of all abilities in a chip n putt event spread over the same four days as the real US Masters event.

Each competitor could enter as many times as they wanted right up until the cut off time of 3pm on Sunday.

With sponsorship from Ping and Dunes Golf Centre a prize table worth over £450.00 was up for grabs!

Michael Alexander set the pace on day one with a score of 25. Lucy Watt had a 30 for the best women’s score and five year old Kameron Brown led the way in the 12 and under category with a 37.

Day two saw a new overall leader as Marc Palmer shot a 22 late on in with Neil Thomson and Mark Dunbar both two shots back on 24. Billy Myers stormed in to the junior lead with a 30 as Kameron Brown improved by two on the previous day for a 35.

Debbie Angus joined Lucy Watt with a 30 and Diane Wisely hit the ladies leaderboard with a 34.

Day three is commonly known as ‘moving day’ in the majors but despite a glorious day weather wise, nothing changed at the top. The dry conditions coupled with a ‘double-cut’ in the morning meant the green was lightning quick and perhaps contributed to the higher scoring.

However, Kameron Brown once again bettered his score, this time posting a 32 to move within two of Billy Myers. Kristen Killoh moved in to 3rd place with a 35.

Roma Norvaisiene joined Debbie and Lucy on 30 in the ladies event but nothing changed at the top of the Men’s event.

Sunday attracted a huge turnout with 67 rounds played throughout the final day.

12 and Under
12 year old Luke Allan scored a fantastic 26 to win by four from Matthew Cardno, also 12 and Billy Myers, 9. Matthew had the better back five so pipped Billy for 2nd place.

Luke Allan receiving the Green Jacket from PGA Professional, Peter Myers

Just out of the prizes but worthy of a note was young Kameron Brown. He kept trying and once again bettered his score but his 31 was just one shot out of the prizes. At just five years old I am confident his day will come – just keep playing and having fun Kameron!

Women’s event
A super turnout of ladies contested a closely run event and the final day saw some changes at the top. Kathleen Mollison surged in to the lead having shot a 27 and her playing partner Eleanor Buchan was just one shot back on 28. Lucy Watt was stuck on 30 but her determination paid off as she also shot 27 and won the event on a countback.

Ladies Masters Champion – Lucy Watt donning the famous Green Jacket

Men’s Event
Despite the efforts of many, no one could topple Marc Palmer’s Friday score of 22. Both Peter Laird and Craig Stephen came closest with scores of 23. Peter took second place thanks to a better back 5 leaving Craig having to settle for third.

Marc Palmer – Masters Champion for 2017

In total 154 rounds of golf were played over the four days and we were delighted to see so many families out there enjoying playing together.

Our mission is to grow participation in the game and we know what a wonderful sport it is for families to play together.

The Short Game Zone is a permanent fixture at the Golf Centre and is available to play all year round, 7 days a week. It costs just £2.50 for all day play and with a whole host of different games available it will entertain you and the family for hours. Club and ball hire is free of charge too!

The Mini Majors are going to be a permanent fixture at Dunes so see we look forward to seeing you at the next one:

  • Mini US Open 15th to 18th June Sponsored by Taylormade
  • Mini Open 20th to 23rd July Sponsored by Callaway
  • Min PGA 10th to 13th August
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Mini-Golf Masters comes to Fraserburgh

Mini-Golf Masters comes to Fraserburgh

The first major of the year is almost upon us as the Worlds’ top golfers descend upon Augusta National in Georgia for the US Masters.

However, a little closer to home we are delighted to be hosting our very own Mini-Golf Masters at Dunes Golf Centre in Fraserburgh.

This new event is open to the whole family and is suitable for all skill levels including complete beginners.

You can use your own clubs or they can be provided for you if you do not have any.

It takes place over the 9 hole chip n putt course on our fantastic Short Game Zone.

Are you a short game Master?

We have carefully planned the course to challenge the very best golfers but at the same time it’s fun for those brand new to the game.

The event takes place over the same four days as the US Masters.

You can enter as many times as you wish during opening hours between Thursday 6th April and Sunday 9th April. The final time to start a round is 3.00pm on the Sunday.

It costs £2.50 per round for adults and £1.50 per round for under 12’s.

Ping Golf are supporting the event so we have fabulous prizes for the winners in the following categories:

Men, Women and Juniors.

The overall best score submitted will be crowned Mini-Golf Masters Champion for 2017 and presented with the iconic Green Jacket at 3.30pm on the Sunday.

Will you be the one wearing the Green Jacket on Sunday evening?

You do not need to book a start time simply turn up to play whenever you wish. Our opening times are:

Monday to Friday 10am to 8pm
Saturday 9am to 4pm
Sunday 10am to 4pm

For more information and the rules please click here.

Café now open 7 days a week
You’ve been asking for it, so we have responded and decided to open the café serving a full menu on a Sunday between 12pm and 3.30pm. We are hoping to see families at the golf centre playing together on the Short Game Zone and the Driving Range as well enjoying a drink and some tasty food in the café.

Our outdoor play area proved a big hit when we opened it last year and is ideal for the little ones to let off some steam!

Pensioners Special set to continue

If you are over 60 years old then you are eligible to take part in our Tuesday Morning Pensioners Special. Meet at the Golf Centre at 10am every Tuesday and for just £5 you will get 50 range balls, a coffee and bacon roll plus expert PGA Golf Pro advice!