The Professional Staff and I would like to wish you and your family a Happy New Year. We hope your holidays were spent with loved ones and filled with laughter and loving memories.

Although the wintertime is our “off-season”, we are planning the upcoming 2022 Golfing Season. Later this month, I will be traveling to Orlando to the 2022 PGA Show at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The PGA Show is one of my favorite weeks of the year; the week is full of classes, meetings with vendors, and sharing programs/events with colleagues.

If you would like to learn more about the 2022 PGA Show and what the show floor has to offer, please follow us on the clubs Facebook page where pictures will be posted.

I look forward to seeing you around the club.

Aaron Palen, PGA
Head Golf Professional

2022 GOLF EVENT SCHEDULE

February
5 …… Frozen Four

March
19 ….. March Madness 4 Corner Tournament

April
6 …… Masters Par 3 Tournament
12 ….. LGA Quarterly
29 ….. MGA Ringer Begins
30 ….. MGA Opening Day

May
12 ….. FCA Golf Outing
23 ….. MGA Team Match Play Begins

June
7 …… LGA Quarterly
14 ….. LGA Member-Member
27 ….. MGA Shoot-Out Begins

July
15-16 … MGA Member-Member

August
9 …… LGA Quarterly

September
9-10 … DWCC Club Championship
17 ….. MGA Shoot-Out

October
1 ……. Ladies Member-Guest
7-9 ….. Women’s College Tournament
13-15 … Men’s Member-Guest
29 …… MGA Tommy Wine Championship

November
8 …… LGA Quarterly
19 ….. Turkey Shoot

December
3 …… Toys for Tots Charity Event

GREENS & GROUNDS MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE

February 28 … Aerification (9-holes open)
March 1 … Aerification (9-holes open)
October 31 … Aerification (9-holes open)
November 1 … Aerification (9-holes open)

TOYS FOR TOTS

What a successful 2021 Toys for Tots toy drive! Our annual event played the front nine, backwards! Thank you to all who came out to participate and support such a great cause.

 

The annual Pro’s Holiday party will be a little different again this year. Starting on Wednesday, December 8th, is the first day of the Holiday Sale and will continue through the end of the calendar year.  Specific merchandise has been ordered; a great opportunity to spend those credit book dollars. Complimentary gift wrapping will also be available for your shopping pleasure.

There are many avenues to purchase your equipment, clothing, accessories, and gifts for loved ones both here on the Outer Banks and online. At your Professional Shop, each vendor is carefully selected to provide products to our members and guests that your Professional Staff has endorsed. The Shop is displayed with unique décor that complements the visual appearances of the goods for sale and departmentalized to aid in providing the best shopping experience on the island.

On your next trip to the club, stop by your Professional Shop and browse the displays and goods for sale; a few stories and laughs might transpire as well.

We hope to see you soon.

Aaron Palen, PGA
Head Golf Professional

UPCOMING GOLF EVENTS

Saturday, December 4th
Toys for Tots Charity Event

• 10:00 a.m. Shotgun Start
• Team Scramble/Build Your Own Team
• Singles Welcome
• Entry Fee is an Unwrapped Toy

Registration closes on Thursday, December 2nd at 5:00 p.m.

TURKEY SHOOT RESULTS

Congratulations to our 2021 Turkey Shoot Champions with a NET 59! Thank you to all who participated and congrats to all who placed.

The annual Pro’s Holiday Sale begins Wednesday, December 8th; save the date! This event is the beginning of our Holiday Sale and will continue through the end of the calendar year. On this day, specific merchandise is revealed; a great opportunity to spend those credit book dollars. Complimentary gift wrapping will also be available for your shopping pleasure. Bring your friends and family and celebrate the Holiday Season with your Professional Staff.

There are many avenues to purchase your equipment, clothing, accessories, and gifts for loved ones both here in the Outer Banks and online. At your Professional Shop, each vendor is carefully selected to provide products to our members and guests that your Professional Staff has endorsed. The Shop is displayed with unique décor that complements the visual appearances of the goods for sale and departmentalized to aid in providing the best shopping experience.

On your next trip to the club, stop by your Professional Shop and browse the displays and goods for sale; a few stories and laughs might transpire as well.

We hope to see you soon.

Aaron Palen, PGA
Head Golf Professional

UPCOMING GOLF EVENTS

Monday & Tuesday, November 8th & 9th
Green Aeration (9 Holes Open)

Tuesday, November 9th
LGA Quarterly
9:00 a.m. Shotgun Start

Saturday, November 20th
Turkey Shoot

• Format: Build your own foursome
• One Better Ball NET of the foursome
• $35 Entry Fee includes lunch and prizes
• Members and their guests are welcome to participate
• Don’t have a team? Singles and twosomes are encouraged to sign up and the Professional Staff will pair you

Registration is open and closes on Wednesday, November 17th at 5pm

Saturday, December 4th
Toys for Tots Charity Event

MEMBER-GUEST RESULTS – OCTOBER 7TH-9TH

Representing the Bobby Jones Division is the team of John Mercer & Danny Hoyt; 2021 Men’s Member-Guest Champions. Great playing gentlemen.

Congratulations to all of the Division Winners and Runner-ups, and thank you to all who participated!

NEWBEE’S GRADUATION
Congratulations to the 2021 Graduating Class of our ever so popular, NewBees! I am so looking forward to seeing all of these incredible individuals continue to use golf as the vehicle for fellowship and camaraderie, let alone all of the laughs that come along. Welcome to Golf, ladies. We have gained some awesome new golfers!

Throughout the 2021 golfing season, golf has been introduced to many new golfers at Duck Woods, with the majority being couples. Over the past several months, seeing our new golfers playing together with their spouses/partners, truly makes me glow. Watching golf be the vehicle for fun, fellowship, and camaraderie is what it’s all about.

Over the next couple of months, the cooler air from the North provides beautiful temperatures and typically incredible course conditions. I’ve had some incredible memories playing golf in the fall with my wife, who happens to be by favorite playing partner.

As we all know, the golf course can be a great escape and your own tranquility of an oasis. I hope, any and all time spent on the links this fall provides memorable moments just as it has for me.

I look forward to seeing you around the club.

Aaron Palen, PGA
Head Golf Professional

UPCOMING GOLF EVENTS

October 7th, 8th, & 9th
Men’s Member-Guest

Thursday, October 7th
Practice Round (schedule your own tee time)
5:30 p.m. – Cocktail Party at the firepit for participants & their spouses w/ a member charge bar. Special contest for participants during Cocktail Party.

Friday, October 8th
7:00 a.m. – Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – Shotgun (18-holes) w/ lunch at the firepit following play

Saturday, October 9th
7:00 a.m. – Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – Shotgun (18-holes) w/ lunch a the firepit following play
2:00 p.m. – The Duck Waddle Shootout (flight winners) & awards

Friday, October 22nd
Ash Jones Balls & Bogey’s Golf Outing

Saturday, October 30th
MGA Tommy Wine Championship

CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS – SEPTEMBER 10th & 11th

Men’s Club Champion
Joey Lamb with a 151

1st Place Men’s NET
David McGlaughon with a 146

2nd Place NET
John Mercer with a 151

Men’s Senior Club Champion
Tim Cafferty with a 167

1st Place Men’s NET
Frank Ausband with a 154

Men’s Statesmen Champion
Jim Barnett with a 153

Congratulations to our 2021 Club Champions; great playing. We hope you enjoyed your experience.

MGA SHOOTOUT RESULTS – SEPTEMBER 18th

1st Place
Lou Fedele – $125

2nd Place
Wade Wheeler – $80

3rd Place
Kevin Davis – $50

4th Place
Gary Hoover – $35

5th Place
Curt Baskette – $25

Qualifiers who got eliminated prior to the 6th Tee – $10 each:
Dan Dwyer
Jim Barnett
Dennis Crawford
Jan Flakowicz
Ed Kitchen
Bruce Rider
Glenn Riggin
Hank Mollenhauer

As the summer season winds down, some will argue the Fall has the best course conditions all year; and I agree. Personally, I love this time of year for several reasons: Kenzie was born on 9/13 (she will be 4 this year), Kristin and I were married in October (celebrating 17 years this year), and my birthday resides in October.

The Professional Shop is receiving all of the fall apparel and many of our lifestyle pieces for both the ladies and the gentlemen arrive as well. As we gear up for the final push for 2021, please do not forget about those credit book dollars that have been accumulating all season long.

As a reminder, all of the pricing in the Professional Shop is priced at standard retail and our members receive 20% off of that pricing for all clothing and accessories. In addition, members receive invoice price, plus 10% for all equipment; a discount that can’t be beat. If there is a specific item that we do not have in stock, please inform a member of the Professional Staff and we are happy to special order that item for you.

On your next trip to the club, stop by your Professional Shop and browse the displays and goods for sale; a few stories and laughs might transpire as well.

Sincerely,
Aaron Palen, PGA Head Golf Professional

UPCOMING GOLF EVENTS

Thursday, September 9th
Demo Day – 12 pm until 4 pm
• Callaway fitting appointments recommended
• Walk-ons welcome

Friday & Saturday, September 10th & 11th
DWCC Club Championship

Saturday, September 18th
MGA Shoot-Out

Thursday, September 23rd
ICO Golf Outing

Monday, September 20th
Light Green Aeration
Golf Course Closed

With so many new golfers being introduced to the game, one of the biggest items I like to emphasize is how the sport is the vehicle for the social and camaraderie that we all love. Back during my tournament days when I was playing competitively, enjoying the post-round social was always a highlight. Hearing how others made their way around the course, learning about their good and bad breaks; are all part of the overall experience that golf provides.

Listening to the stories told after a round of golf on the Veranda, Porch, or Bistro, is music to my ears; especially when I hear them from a brand-new golfer. Story telling happens to be a large influencer that helps ingrain the memories that will last a lifetime. Enjoy this great game that we have all fallen in love with and soak it in.

Sincerely,
Aaron Palen, PGA Head Golf Professional

UPCOMING GOLF EVENTS

Tuesday, August 10th
LGA Quarterly

Thursday, August 26th
FCA Golf Outing

Friday & Saturday, September 10th & 11th
DWCC Club Championship

The Professional Staff and I take a lot of pride with how the Professional Shop is displayed and the goods that we are selling. Our goal is for the shop to be the place for ladies, and men’s lifestyle purchases for the Outer Banks. Members receive 20% off of the retail price in the shop for all clothing and accessories. Members also receive golf equipment at cost plus 10% (this is roughly 20% to 28% off), an awesome savings!

The Professional Shop is a small shop, with the capability of ordering from the majority of all the main vendors in the golfing business. Please keep us in mind as our pricing can’t be beat with your discounts. Each vendor is carefully selected to ensure that our members are receiving the best product. To add to the simplicity and the overall shopping experience, we also offer complimentary gift-wrapping year-round.

Feel free to tag our shop on social media and spread the word that we are #bestgolfshopintheobx!

Sincerely,
Aaron Palen, PGA Head Golf Professional

UPCOMING GOLF EVENTS

Friday & Saturday, July 16th-17th
MGA Member-Member

Tuesday, August 10th
LGA Quarterly

Thursday, August 26th
FCA Golf Outing

There is something to be said for that quality time with family. As our children, grandchildren, and their friends visit us at Duck Woods this summer, those memories that will last a lifetime. Teaching golf to our youth is so important but making sure the game is taught in the correct nature is essential. One of the best ways to introduce golf to your favorite youngster under the age of 7, is very simple: let them explore golf. Exploring golf can be raking the sand trap, filling in divots, cleaning clubs and golf balls, and going for a ride on the golf cart.

When golf was introduced to our son, Jayce, that is exactly how I approached this incredible game. In many instances, I would play 9-holes and he would ride along. Jayce was more into filling in divots and raking bunkers than hitting a golf ball (a superintendent’s best friend). Now that Jayce is 9, the golf bug is in full bloom and all he wants to do is practice and get better.

For our daughter, Kenzie (3), she is just beginning to learn and washing golf balls is her favorite activity at the course, besides eating French fries!

Enjoy your time with you children and grandchildren!

Sincerely,
Aaron Palen, PGA Head Golf Professional

UPCOMING GOLF EVENTS

Tuesday, June 8th
LGA Quarterly

Tuesday, June 15th
LGA Member-Member

Monday, June 28th
MGA Shoot-Out Begins

The Professional Staff and I love producing a golfing experience that provides you, your family, and your guests, an enjoyment with lasting memories. Events such as last month’s Masters Par 3 Tournament, is a great example of how your clubs’ fellowship and camaraderie is rising to the forefront of the Golf Operation. Eighty players participated in last month’s event, along with a wide range of demographics participating; a Golf Professionals dream!

With the sun rising in the sky, the Outer Banks weather is turning for the good and so is our Couples Golf. Couples Golf has become one of the most popular events to participate at the club for golfing activities. It is not unusual to foresee close to 50 players each Sunday, due to the rapid increase in popularity.

For 2021, the format is focusing on teaming up couples in a Captains Choice event. Captains Choice is when all players tee off, and the team selects the best shot. This format is continued until the ball is holed; for all 9-holes. This is a great way to play in an extremely relaxed atmosphere, plus the post-round festivities that congregate around the fire pit.

The Golf Committee and I highly encourage all players to kindly fill in their divots with the sand provided in the carts, or if you walk, Sand Bottles are provided at the start of both nines. Players who warm up or just practice on the Long-Range Practice Facility, are also asked to fill in their divots with the sand provided. As golfers, proper etiquette is to fill in your divots and fix your ball marks.

We hope to see you around the club soon.

Sincerely,
Aaron Palen, PGA Head Golf Professional

UPCOMING GOLF EVENTS

Saturday, May 1st
Shotgun start @ 9:00 am
MGA Opening

Monday, May 24th
MGA Team Match Play Begins

Tuesday, June 8th
LGA Quarterly

Tuesday, June 15th
LGA Member-Member

The Professional Staff and I want to invite you to the 2021 Masters Par 3 Tournament on Wednesday, April 7th for a 1pm Shotgun Start. Grab your friends and build your own team for a Captains Choice event. All 18-Holes will be converted to Par 3’s. Guests are encouraged to participate, and a great way to showcase all of the great camaraderie that your club has to offer. This event does not require a handicap, as we will post-flight the field once all of the scores are in.

Personally, I am very excited for Tuesday, April 13th. This is our first LGA event of the season; the LGA Quarterly. The LGA Quarterly is a 9-hole event and is a Captains Choice format, followed by great food and fellowship in the clubhouse. I hope to see all of our ladies out and kick off to the 2021 LGA Season with a large turnout.

We have our Demo Day scheduled for Thursday, April 29 from 12pm until 4pm. Callaway, Cleveland, Srixon, and XXIO will be on the Practice Tee showcasing their 2021 clubs. This is a great opportunity to test out new clubs and compare them with your current clubs. Launch monitors will be used by all of the manufacturers, and your Professional Staff will be on the Practice Tee to help answer any questions you might have on the new equipment.

I hope to see you around the club,
Aaron Palen, PGA Head Golf Professional

UPCOMING GOLF EVENTS

The Masters Par 3 Tournament
Wednesday, April 7th

1:00pm Shotgun Start
$30 Entry Fee Includes Prizes & Lunch

  • Team Scramble
  • Build Your Own Team
  • Singles Welcome
  • No Handicap Required
  • Post-Flighted
  • Special Contests

Registration Closes at 5:00 pm on April 5th

Demo Day
Thursday, April 29th

12:00pm until 4:00pm

  • Fittings Recommended
  • Walk-ons Welcome

(252) 261-2609 / dwgolf@duckwoodscc.com