Duck Woods Country Club Membership Open House - July 3 and 4

The new year has brought some challenges with continuing of COVID and its related problems of health, safety and availability of staff. But also positive news of membership being up and experiencing increased activity at the club in all of our social and recreational activities. The increased activity is not only due to the COVID vaccine, but to the dedication of the staff in all the key result areas. David our Executive Chef, MaryAnne in Food and Beverage Service, Teresa in Events, Kevin in Racquet Sports, Aaron in Golf, Dave in Grounds and Natallia in Administration have all led teams (although small at this time) with care, consideration and creativity to manage their operations successfully. We recently (Mr. and Mrs. Horn) and in the past have had thoughtful members mention and have had staff barbeques, with staff and members playing golf and racquet sports with end of day barbeque. Please let me know if would be inter- ested in volunteering some time and expertise (grill master out there?) in October to participate in the family event.

Happy Spring

Patrick O’Keefe

Open Daily 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

7-day pool passes are available in the Administrative Office for $25.
Daily guest pool fees are $5.
All guests must be accompanied by a member at the pool.

Pool parties are available here at the Club!
Contact Teresa at 252-261-2744 ext. 227 for details.

Certified Instruction swim lessons for all ages will be available at the pool beginning mid June.

Lessons will be taught on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 9:00 a.m.

Adult Private Lessons
$30.00 per person

Children Private Lessons
$15.00 per person

Children’s Group Instruction (minimum of 3)
$10 per person

Contact Joyner Rascoe, lifeguard at the pool, at 252-325-2629 to schedule all lessons.

Come and Join the Fun!

Duck Woods Country Club Summer Aqua Blast
Where: Duck Woods Country Club Pool
When: June 14th — September 3rd
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. (weather permitting)
Payment: $6.00 per session you attend
Instructor: Sylvia Wadsworth (Certified Water Fitness Instructor)

• Bring your own equipment and take down when you depart
• Members only with one guest allowed monthly
• Only class participants allowed in pool during class time

Please contact Sylvia at to sign-up!

Grandchildren Passes are valid from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend for members’ grandchildren 21 years old and under:

Full Amenities Pass
$175 per child
(Golf, Racquet Sports, Bocce, Fitness, Pool, Dining)

Racquet Sports Pass
$115 per child
(Racquet Sports, Bocce, Fitness, Pool, Dining)

Pool Pass
$80 per child

Full Amenity Passes are also available on a monthly basis at $60 per month, per child.

Please contact Erica in the Administrative Office at 252-261-2744 for your grandchildren passes this summer!

Come join us for our 2021 Junior Sports Camp!
Enjoy Golf, Swimming, Tennis, and Pickleball!

The dates are as follows for camp:
July 5th-9th / August 2nd-6th

Children: Ages 5-13
Cost: Individual: $175 Per Week / Two or more: $160 Per Week
Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm

Junior Sports Camp is open to children of members and members grandchildren. 50 children per camp allowed.

Please contact Erica in the office to sign up at 252-261-2744

(weather permitting)

Open Tennis Clinic
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

2.0 – 2.5 Tennis Clinic
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

3.5 & Up Tennis Clinic
6:00 p.m – 7:00 p.m.

Doubles Strategy Tennis Clinic
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Newbies Pickleball Clinic
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

2.0—2.5 Tennis Clinic
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

(weather permitting)


Red Ball & Pickleball (4-7 year olds)
3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
*Call for availability

Contact Kevin for a private lesson via email at or call/text to 703-489-3794.

Advance Play
Tuesdays & Thursdays
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Newbies Play
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Open Play (All Levels)
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

For more information or to sign up, please call the Tennis Shop at 252-261-6438 or e-mail

From: Kevin Cretella, The Director of Racquet Sports

“Down the Middle Solves the Riddle”

If you’re not sure where to direct the ball when playing pickleball, remember the mantra “Down the Middle Solves the Riddle”. Hit the ball low and to the middle of the court. This will result in your opponent’s hitting the ball in an upwards trajectory without many angles to work with and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to put the ball away. Try this out this month and let me know how it works for you!

The fastest tennis serve ever recorded is 163.4 mph. The serve was hit by Australian Men’s ATP Player, Sam Groth, in 2012 at the Busan Open Tennis Challenger Tournament.
*Source: Wikipedia

Thank you to all who came out and congratulations to the winners!

Women’s Doubles Champions
Lynda Burek & Cathy Forbes

Men’s Doubles Champions
Glenn Riggin & Scott Bair

Mixed Doubles Champions
Curt Baskette & Pat Baskette

Contact Kevin or Whitney at to rent the pickleball or tennis ball machine.

The pickleball or tennis ball machine can be rented for:
$10 per hour
$90 for a yearly single plan
$110 for a yearly family plan

New Machine Yearly Package Rental Deals:
$135 for a yearly single plan for both the pickleball and tennis ball machines
$165 for a yearly family plan for both the pickleball and tennis ball machines

Upgrade to a Family Pickleball Membership for just $32 more per month!

Check out our selection in the pro shop! If we don’t have what you’re looking for, we can always order what you need!


Friday, June 11th
Friday Night Mixed Social

Saturday, June 26th
Black & White Cup

Friday, July 16th
Friday Night Mixed Social

Monday-Friday, July 5th—9th
Junior Sports Camp

May has been a busy month for tennis. The USTA teams finished their spring session. On May 19th, LTA awarded two scholarships to two deserving Manteo High School students in the amount of $1,200 each. We wish them well on pursuing their college career. Also on May 22nd, we held our scholarship fundraiser, ‘Swing into Spring’. This was an all day affair of 23 teams made up of members and guests. Besides play, there was raffles with prizes.

June 10th is our quarterly social and meeting. Starts with fun play followed by meeting, light snack, and refreshments. We will be welcoming our new members Jackie Obmann, Maureen Montgomery, and Jennifer Schwartzenberg. Any Duck Woods tennis player is very welcome to join us!

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!

Aaron Palen, PGA Head Golf Professional


Tuesday, June 8th
LGA Quarterly

Tuesday, June 15th
LGA Member-Member

Monday, June 28th
MGA Shoot-Out Begins

Greetings. We are the newest Duck Woods Racquet Sports Association. The PBA became official last year and we have been steadily increasing our membership. We are a fun social group, who enjoy playing the fastest growing sport in the country. We have been gaining traction during the past few months. In addition to members enjoying scheduled play seven days a week, the PBA sponsored an Earth Day talk on fulgurites by one of our members Scott Baier; organized a social gathering mixer around the fire pit that many members attended; and held a weekend fun tournament that included participants in the men’s, women’s and mixed doubles categories. Recently several Duck Woods PBA board members were interviewed on the status of pickleball at Duck Woods which was included in an OBX Voice web article.

A full summer season of activities is planned by the PBA, to include the season ending club championship as well as social gatherings and fun play activities on the courts. Pickleball people are a social group, come join us at the courts during scheduled play, clinics, or our social meetings. We’d love to have you join with us in learning and enjoying the game that is fun, and competitive that provides aerobic exercise at a pace players can also talk and socialize if they choose. For further information please contact any of our PBA officers:

Pat Baskette, President

Lynda Burek, Vice President

Jim Horn, Treasurer

Jo Hurd, Secretary

Hope to see you on the courts.

My name is David Eure and I am your new Director of Greens and Grounds. This is my second tour with Duck Woods Country Club. The first time I was an assistant superintendent in the late 90s.

A few items we are working on in the department at the present include beautification of the property such as mulching areas throughout the property, fertilizing the Bermuda grass and detailing of the playing surfaces. An item I would like to cover is the Bermuda grass, specifically on the fairways and tees. Bermuda grass needs air temperatures to remain above 75 degrees for optimum growth. Bermuda grass also needs soil temperatures to remain above 75 degrees. We have had many nights in the month of May with nighttime temperatures in the 50s and in some cases the 40s. Our soil temperatures have just reached into the mid 60s, which is the optimum time to fertilize. We fertilized all Bermuda grass on May 19th and we should see the results in about three weeks. We are also experiencing somewhat of a drought with no significant rain for about three weeks that will inhibit the transition (growth) as we enter mid-spring.

We will also be aggressively attending to areas in fairways that are not growing in by aerifying to relieve compaction and get water and nutrients into the roots for enhanced growth. As you have noticed, our poa annua is worse on some holes and this is due to chemical resistance and we will be addressing this problem in the near future with some different preemergent chemicals to combat the problem. The best option right now is let the heat of the summer take out the poa annua and get the Bermuda grass healthy for full coverage.

Here’s to a great golfing season!

May continued to be seasonally cooler than in years past; yet the Bunker Bees were out in force golfing and enjoying adult beverages in the clubhouse afterward. They are now our largest participating group in the LGA.

Mid-May also brought a new group of Newbee golfers. Pictured below is the 7th Class of Newbees since this program began in 2015. Ladies starting or re-starting their golf game are Beth Blynt, Elisa Colkitt, Angela Culbertson, Helen Czernik, Becky Harrell, Lola Hilton, Barbara Johnston, Gracie Leon, Tammy McGraw, Maureen Montgomery, Connie Outten, Ella Rabil, Lainie Reed, Susan Rhew, Ann Rust, Lisa Schulz, Jean Spencer, and Beth Wadle. If you see any of these ladies around the club, introduce yourself and offer them encouragement as they embark on their golfing journey. A big thank you to Aaron Palen, our Golf Professional and his staff for continuing this awesome program and our four coordinators who are mentoring this year’s Newbee class, Colleen Hummel, Cheri Cosgrove, Mary Kendrick, and Donna Countryman.

FYI, the 2021/2022 Golf, Greens and Grounds (3G) committee continues to have 3 LGA members, Sally Lowe who is honchoing the grounds beautification sub-committee, Judi Flakowicz, and I. If you have any concerns regarding golfing issues or grounds on the course or around the club, please reach out to any of us so we can take it to our club leadership.

One big issue that was discussed in the May meeting dealt with the practice area and the fairways. The issue is members and guests not taking time to repair divots. (A divot is any damage caused to the grass by a player on the course or practice area; most often by the club making contact with the turf.) The DWCC provides sand bottles on the powered carts and for your pushcart, these have zip ties attached so they may hang from your pushcart. If your pushcart is like my new one, it doesn’t have a knob to hold the sand bottle; so I went to Home Depot (okay, Wade went on my behalf) and picked up a “S” hook with a clip on one end of the “S” so it will stay secured to my bag and an open end to make it easy to hang the sand bottle (We may have removed the clip of the other side of the “S”). My point is everyone should take a sand bottle with you when you play the course; even if you never make a divot, you can help repair other’s divots that were not repaired. This helps the course quickly heal itself and keeps the fairways pristine for the summer. Please make every effort to fix divots, it’s our course and this is our way of ensuring its good condition all year, plus it is part of golf etiquette!

If you have any suggestions or concerns about women’s golf at DWCC, don’t hesitate to contact myself or any board member. I hope to see you on the course soon and getting in some rounds (both golf and adult beverages).

Cherri Wheeler