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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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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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Rosehearty love.golf Scramble Success

Last Saturday, 36 women took to the fairways of Rosehearty Golf Club for the fifth love.golf scramble and what a beautiful day of weather we had for it.


The event is designed to give new golfers the chance to play in a proper tournament and also to meet their fellow love.golfers from other groups.
These now famous Scrambles take place three times a year; Spring, Summer and Christmas and they are hugely popular. This one filled up within 20 minutes of places being available on the website…One of the even women stated that getting a space at the scramble is hotter than an Ed Sheeran concert ticket!


It’s not just the golf that makes them popular though; after playing we headed in to Masons for drinks and a meal followed by entertainment. This time everyone enjoyed a quiz, thanks to Dawn Cardno who put it together and delivered it superbly! After the quiz I turned in to DJ and we danced the night away and I must say we saw some impressive moves, especially from Carol!

Back to the golf and the tournament was a very close-run affair as two teams tied with the top score meaning we had to separate them on a countback.
Emma Myers, Fiona Farquhar, Ray Buchan and Carol West were unlucky to miss out on first place despite Ray holing from off the green on the first hole for a two!

Taking the top spot was Dawn Cardno, Anne Johnston, Marie Davidson and Carol Mathers with both teams having completed the nine holes in 37 shots.


Congratulations to the winners and to everyone who took part. A huge thanks to Rosehearty Golf Club and all the members for letting us have the course for a couple of hours. The ladies loved it and many will be joining as members as a result of playing the course.

Also, a big thanks to Debbie and her team at the Masons Arms for a lovely meal and great service in the bar that made the day even more special.

Here is what some of the love.golfers had to say…

“Really enjoyed my first scramble. It was fantastic. Thanks to all involved for making it so memorable.”
Ray Buchan

“Aimee and myself had a fantastic day from start to finish. Thank you so much for a well organised day.”
Wendy Grant

“The scramble was fabulous. Really enjoyed it and it’s great as a beginner as a bad shot does not matter so much in a scramble. Enjoyed the golf, the company, the meal and quiz.
Well done and thank you for organising. I joined Rosehearty today too!”
Anne Johnston

If you are female and would like to give golf a go then please contact us as soon as possible.

We have a new class starting on Wednesday 16th May at 6.30pm, lasting for 6 consecutive weeks. If this is not suitable for you, don’t worry as we have new groups starting all the time. Simply call us on 01346 510693 or go to www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk/startlovegolf to register your interest.

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Yule is the Master

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.

Dunes Golf Centre Short Game Zone

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. Not to mention the opportunity to be presented with our famous green (some say Teal) jacket!

Women’s event
Vic Buchan took the top spot as she shot a terrific score of 25. This was three shots clear of Jacalyn Thoirs and Kathleen Mollison, both on 28 but with Jacalyn taking second place on a countback.

Men’s Event
Final day drama decided the men’s event as long time leader Doug Hastie was pipped at the post by pretty much the last competitor on the course. Doug’s 24 was looking good for the victory until Norman Reid came in with a 23 to win by one. Taking third place was Tommy Reid having also scored 24 but losing out on a countback to Doug.

12 and Under
The performance of the week came on the first day as 9 year old Rhys Yule set the pace for everyone, including the adults, with a blistering 23!

This could not be beaten despite some great efforts from all the youngsters who took part. Callum Milne came closest with his score of 25 for second and in third with a 29 was Andrew Cardno.

In total 202 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 14th – 17th June 2018
  • Mini Open 19th – 22nd July 2018
  • Mini US PGA 9th – 12th August 2018
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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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Open Champions Crowned at Dunes

Dunes Golf Centre played host to the third Mini-Major of the year as the Short Game Zone was transformed in to a mini Royal Birkdale Golf Club for the Mini Golf Open Championship.

The nine-hole layout tested golfers of all abilities in a chip n putt event spread over the same four days as the real Open event that took place between 20th and 23rd July.

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

With sponsorship from Callaway Golf and Dunes Golf Centre, a fantastic prize table was up for grabs in the three categories of; Men, Women and Juniors.

In the Men’s section Fred West took third place with a score of 21. In second place was Tommy-Lee Reid who also scored 21 but had a better back five than Fred.

It should also be noted that Tommy was one of only two players to take part on Thursday due to torrential rain all day so well done to him in what was, without doubt, the toughest of conditions.

Men’s Open Champion – Doug Hastie

The winning score came from one of the final rounds to be played on Sunday as Doug Hastie shot a 20, coming close to the course record of 19 set by Jackie Thoirs back in June.

Speaking of Jackie, she claimed her second major on the trot with a score of 24. Not quite the resounding victory she had in the US Open as she just held off second placed Vic Buchan thanks to a better back 5 on the countback ruling. Issie Philips took third place with a score of 25.

Junior Open Champion – Callum Milne

In the Junior section Luke Allan was looking to continue his hunt for a grand slam but this time he had to settle for second place. Eight year old Callum Milne made up for finishing second to Luke in the US Open by taking the top spot this time with a score of 23, two better than his US Open score in June. Luke carded a 24 which was one better than his previous best. In third place, Seven year old Arran Simpson shot a new personal best with a score of 27.

In total 178 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 PGA 10th to 13th August

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Junior Golf Tournament Inspires a Generation

We are delighted to report that over 40 local youngsters took part in the 2nd Annual Scottish Junior Drive Chip Putt Championship at Dunes Golf Centre on Sunday 28th May 2017.


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!

CLICK PLAY BELOW TO WATCH THE VIDEO

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 11 to 15 year old event Luke Allan finished in 3rd place with 72 points, In second place was Aiden Wisely on 73 and the champion, with a record DCP score of 115 points was Owen Johnstone.

In the 7 to 10 age group William-John Reynolds was third with 55 points, Aaron Hastie was second on 65 points and Billy Myers successfully defended the title he won last year by scoring 83 points.

In the 4 to 6 year old group Aaron Stephen finished in third spot with 35 points, Max Davidson took second on 40 points and Kameron Brown proved that practice pays as he romped home with 61 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. The car park was overflowing and it was great to see so many families having fun at the golf centre.

A big thanks to our sponsors, MKids Golf, who allowed for the entry to be free of charge and meant we could supply each child with a free Mkids Ball Marker and certificate of participation.

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).

Get your child playing golf at Dunes Golf Centre

Classes for 4 to 8 year olds are available below and for 6 to 12 year olds see the options further down the page


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Golf Sixes

On the 6th and 7th May 2017 the European Tour staged a new format of golf called Golf Sixes. The event that took place at the Centurion Club near St Albans proved popular with players and fans and established itself as the blueprint for the sport’s version of cricket’s Twenty20 format.

16 pairs representing 16 different countries took part in the inaugural event and whilst I don’t think it will (or should) replace traditional formats of golf it was certainly a welcome injection of something a bit different and importantly, quicker to play.

As the name suggests, Golf Sixes is a series of head to head matches played over just 6 holes.

Every shot counts, making the importance of a good start paramount, but there remains the opportunity for dramatic fight-backs. This is a formula that serves cricket’s IPL and Big Bash matches so well.

Thorbjørn Olesen and Lucas Bjerregaard win for Denmark

Denmark won the tournament with a final win over Australia. Scotland’s Marc Warren and Richie Ramsay finished third triumphing by inches in a nearest the pin shootout against England’s quarter-final conquerors, Italy.

“With so many other sports appealing to kids, to try to reinvent golf can only be good for the game,” stated Warren.

“It is taking it to a new audience. It is much faster, a more instant format, which in this day and age, is hugely important.

“If golf was left the way it was, it would slowly die out, but new formats like this bring new people to the game and gives people a new appreciation of what golf’s about.”

“It’s still golf. You’re still going to have majors and the standard, traditional events that are going to be four-day stroke play format,” Warren said.

“But there’s definitely a place for this. Traditionalists will have to get on board or they are going to be left behind. It’s as simple as that.

“Golf, like every other sport, is evolving and trying to attract new people to the game and, at the end of the day it’s still hitting a golf ball around the golf course and trying to beat your opponents.”

Dunes Golf Sixes

Personally, I like the idea of the Golf Sixes, so have set up the first of what I hope will become a series of regular events for local amateur golfers to play in.

The inaugural Dunes Golf Sixes is taking place over two days, Saturday 22nd July at 4pm and Saturday 29th July 4pm at Rosehearty Golf Club.

Just like in the European Tour version of the event, the contest will be a pairs format playing Greensome over 6 holes. A Greensome is where both players in a pair tee off, the best shot is chosen and then the pair play alternate shots with just the one ball until it is in the hole.

This event is open to 16 pairs (hcp limit of 28 per person) – drawn in to four qualifying groups.

On the first day (Saturday 22nd July) each team will play three pool matches against the other pairs in their group.

Handicaps will be used and calculated using the greensome calculation and then awarded at a 1/3 of the difference between the two pairs and to the nearest whole number.

Matches are played over six holes (Nos: 1,3,6,7,8,9), with one point being awarded for each hole won. The winner of each match will be the team with the most points at the end of the round. Similar to football, three points will be awarded for a win, one for a draw and nothing for a loss

The top two in the group stages progress to the knockout stages which take place on Saturday 29th July. The Quarter finals take place over 6 holes, the Semi-finals, Third Place Playoff and Final will take place over 9 holes.

In the event of a tie in the group table, each team’s total points differential from the three matches (equivalent to goal difference), will be used to decide who progresses. If this is inconclusive, a play-off will be used.

Entries are on a first come first served basis so don’t delay, book your place at this special event today. It costs £10 for Rosehearty Members and £20 for non-members.

A fantastic prize table will be up for grabs and awarded to the Top 3 pairs.

Enter online at www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk/golfsixes