• By unanimous approval, the Board voted to eliminate the Pickleball membership class. Members currently enrolled as Pickleball members will be upgraded to the Racquet Sports class when the new pickleball facility opens.
  • Amendments to Part 9: Finance section of the DWCC Policies and Procedures Manual were approved. The revision provides a detailed and disciplined approach to avoid using capital funds to support operations costs and includes a formalized annual capital improvement budget process.
  • A capital expenditure up to $4,000 to clear the pond and repair the fountain near the green on the 18th hole was approved.
  • Net operating income continued on a positive trend. While operating expenses are above budgeted levels, increased income outpaced cost growth.
  • It was agreed that DWCC pursue acquisition of an additional liquor license to allow sales of spirituous liquor at the Racquet Sports facility. Currently only beer and wine are available. The Racquet Sports Committee will consider necessary equipment and procedures.

(weather permitting & subject to change)

Open Tennis Clinic
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Intermediate Pickleball Clinic
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.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.

Newbies Pickleball Clinic
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Doubles Strategy Tennis Clinic
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

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

(weather permitting)

Monday – Friday
Red Ball Clinic (4-7 year old’s)
Green Ball Clinic (8-12 year old’s)
Yellow Ball Clinic (13 & Up)

3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

(weather permitting & subject to change)

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

Newbies Play
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Open Play (All Levels)
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

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

Contact Kevin to sign up for Junior Clinics or to set up a private lesson at dwtennis@duckwoodscc.com or call/text to 703-489-3794.

From: Kevin Cretella, The Director of Racquet Sports

“The Split Step”

While in your ready position, split step exactly when your opponent is contacting the ball and immediately turn and move towards the ball in order to achieve optimal spacing, timing, and stroke production. Try this out the next time you play pickleball and let me know how it works for you!

The Eighteen Year Old 2021 US Open Champion, Emma Raducanu, is the first qualifier ever in the Open Era to win a Grand Slam.

Contact Kevin or Whitney at dwtennis@duckwoodscc.com 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!


Saturday, October 16th
Get Pinked & More! Tennis and Pickleball Social

Tuesday, October 19th
End of Season Party

Thursday – Sunday, October 21st – 24th
Love to Remember Tennis Tournament

Men’s A Doubles
Chris Rohan & Dan Dwyer

Women’s A Doubles
Cathy Johnston-Forbes & Lynda Burek

Women’s B Doubles
Linda Hellman & Janet Colegrove

This year has been filled with many challenges for our LTA board. Not only did we have 3 new board members, your current president, me, was unable to learn the process or procedures from the last president, Janet, due to Covid restrictions. As a result, we did not get as much on the schedule this year as we wished. In spite of that, we welcomed so many new members to our organization. Welcome all of you and I hope to get to play with each of you over the coming year.

The LTA board will be meeting soon to set up the 2021/2022 Calendar. Please reach out to us. We would love to hear your ideas for events or fun socials for next year.

It is also the time to elect a new vice-president. Lee Vermeulen will be reaching out for volunteers to form a Nominating Committee. If you are interested in being on this committee, please contact Lee at obxtandem@gmail.com.

Thank you all for your support this year. We hope to see you at our final meeting/banquet in December. More information about that will be forthcoming.

Jean Spencer, President DWLTA

The number of new players joining the scheduled weekly play continues to increase. With the hot and humid weather of summer fading there will continue to be opportunities for casual, competitive and tournament play. The sport of pickleball provides for play at many different levels which is why it’s the largest growing sport in the country.

According to USA Pickleball Magazine, the sport grew 21% during 2020 with the largest percentage increase in the under 55 age group. This growth in younger players bodes well for the sport. The USA Pickleball National Championship is scheduled for December 2021 in Indian Wells. This event draws a huge crowd, over 49 pickleball courts are made ready for this event which grows larger every year. For those unable to attend in person, or anyone who hasn’t watched a professional pickleball event, ESPN is planning to broadcast the key matches.

Closer to home the DWCC Pickleball Club Championship was held on September 18. The men started play early in the morning, special thanks to Henry Blaha who hobbled in from injured reserve to keep the division play going. The ladies had two divisions A and B and competition was tough, with many players participating for the first time. Congrats to the Winners – Dan Dwyer and Chris Rohan; Ladies B Division – Janet Colegrove and Linda Hellman; and Ladies A Division – Cathy Forbes and Lynda Burek. Special thanks to the many fans who came out to cheer everyone on.

October 16, 2021, 1-4 p.m.
The LTA and PBA are jointly hosting a Get Pinked Racquet Sports members only fund raiser. Please contact the pro shop to register for the event. There will be prizes and raffle tickets along with plenty of tennis and pickleball play. Look forward to seeing everyone there.

For further information please contact any of our PBA officers:

Pat Baskette, President

Lynda Burek, Vice President

Jim Horn, Treasurer

Jo Hurd, Secretary

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


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


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.


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

Finally, the heat is letting up as the days are getting noticeably shorter. Some of our members are beginning to think about the drive to Florida. Others are just glad we are getting back to normal with many of our visitors finally heading home.

We had a great season with record ladies playing multiple rounds per week. We crowned a new State Play Day winner in Barbie Lanman on one of the hottest and most humid days of the year. For all the ladies who played that day; thank you for sticking with it.

By the time this goes to print we will have hosted the Sea Scape ladies in a friendly; we are expecting 6 nine-hole ladies and 28 ladies playing 18 holes followed by a light lunch of sliders in the Bistro. If all goes well, we will all have a great time! Thank you, Tisa Head and Carol Blaha for organizing the event.

Mark your calendars for the fall quarterly November 9th and the Jingle Bell luncheon tentatively set for December 7th. Remember the November Board meeting will bring in a new slate of officers voted on by the membership, so this is an important meeting. The Jingle Bell luncheon is an opportunity to get in the holiday spirit with a gift exchange.  Watch for more information and sign-up coming soon.

As always, hit ‘em straight and hit ‘em long!

Cherri Wheeler

Congratulations to Lou Fedele for an exciting win in the 2021 MGA Shootout! Lou edged out Wade Wheeler on a beautiful Saturday in September. Guys we have the Tommy Wine Tournament to look forward to the 30th of October. Let’s finish the year strongly.

Keep updating your Ringer cards as we will find out this year’s winners at the annual MGA meeting after the Tommy Wine competition. Thank you all for stepping up to help out our professional staff. So many guys have been sanding the range, picking golf balls and cleaning carts. Please keep up your efforts as we are helping to keep our course in great shape.

Ed Kitchen, President

It appears that the theme for this year is going to be Flexibility First!” After planning for a welcome back celebration as our first in-person meeting in 18 months, we regretfully decided to cancel that luncheon and plan virtual meetings for the rest of this calendar year. While that was disappointing, the Board decided to err on the side of caution as we deal with the uptick of COVID cases on the Outer Banks. Our program committee, led by JoAnn Small and Ginger Webster, went into high gear and rearranged programs, talked with presenters about virtual visits, and came up with a wonderfully creative program for Oct. 6th. Via our old friend Zoom, we will visit the KDH Cooperative Gallery and enjoy the wide variety of artists’ talents on display. The Travel Fashions program, previously planned for this October, has been saved for next year when we can enjoy it in person. Discussions are underway about fundraising opportunities to take the place of our table decoration raffles and the Holiday Bazaar that normally support our budget. Watch your email for details! Thank you to all the members who participated in our first Survey Monkey vote of the year and approved our 2021-22 Budget, along with the minutes of the June 2 general meeting. Please stay safe, wear your masks, and enjoy a few good books as we move ever-so-slowly towards the end of the COVID crisis!

President, Mary Ahearn

Corresponding Secretary – Jeannette Grimes
If you know of any member who would appreciate a note of sympathy, support or recovery, please contact Jeannette Grimes at jgrimes1@centurylink.net

Membership – Michele Maslak
Annual membership dues ($20) were billed to members’ DWCC accounts in September. Membership directories will be printed in October. New members are always welcome. Please reach out to me by phone (913-226-2527) or by email michelemaslak@gmail.com with any questions regarding membership.

Welcome Wagon – Jann Koch
We are happy to report we welcomed three new social members, twenty-three (23!) new golf members, and two new racquet sports members in August. In addition, we have welcomed four new golf members and two new social members in September.

Food For Thought – Judi Flakowicz
WADWCC Food for Thought volunteers had their first pack date on September 29 in a masked, small group. We have volunteers for all four of our dates between now and Thanksgiving adhering to current COVID restrictions. At that time, Food For Thought will review procedures according to the COVID restrictions and reassess our packing procedures as needed.

Marathon Bridge Club – Judy Copeman
Marathon Bridge begins October 1, 2021 and runs through August 31, 2022. There is still time to find a partner and join in the competition. All bridge levels welcome. Contact Judy Copeman at jcopeman@verizon.net.

Kayaking Club – Carol Riggin
October is a great month for kayaking! We are planning two trips: Oct 4th 10:00 AM at Alligator River and Oct 21st at Pine Island for a sunset paddle. Mark your calendars! More info to come. If you have questions or would like to get on the kayaking email list, reach out to Carol Riggin at carol.riggin@gmail.com or call at 908-797-2492.

Bike Club — Sally Hotchkiss
If you are interested in bicycle riding in and about Southern Shores, please let me know. We are planning to ride (3-5 miles) on 2 Friday Mornings each month beginning in October. We can meet at a starting point OR collect riders along the way as we ride by member’s houses. Happy Pedaling! Sally Hotchkiss, sallyhotchkiss@yahoo.com, 703-300-0650.

Dog Walking Club – Diane Rohan along with Augie & Pippa
We had guest dogs, granddogs, new members and returning members on September 10th! We missed those who couldn’t make it, but Sandy Buchanan, Remy Williams, Quinnie Head, Franklin Hummel, Finn Montgomery and Pippa and Augie Rohan all enjoyed the beautiful day at Kitty Hawk Dog Park. Contact Diane Rohan at dianerohan3@gmail.com if you would like to join the group.

Program – JoAnn Small & Ginger Webster
October 6 – IT’S ECLECTIC! KDH Cooperative Gallery sells art created by over 50 local artists. Owner Julie Moye will give us a virtual tour of this artist-operated gallery. With works of art in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastels, photography, ceramics, jewelry, fibers, wood, glass, metal and more, there is truly something of interest for everyone. We may even have a few eclectic artists drop by for you to meet!

Love to Remember – Jan Collins
The Love to Remember Tennis Tournament will be held October 21-24 at Duck Woods & West Side will benefit the OBX Dementia Friendly Coalition in Dare County and promote tennis in Northeast North Carolina. The money raised this weekend will go to Respite Care that helps support dementia caregivers and provides educational programs that gives advice on caring for their loved ones through the different paths and stages of dementia. Everyone knows someone who has been affected with Memory Loss. We are trying to become the first Dementia Friendly Community in North Carolina. We have the First Dementia Friendly Hospital and over 20 Dementia Friendly trained Restaurants (our club is Dementia Friendly trained). Look for our proudly displayed Purple Seahorse. Please join us in supporting this endeavor. There is a Donation Box in the Ladies Locker Room. We are having a “Memory Wall” for those currently dealing with this disease and for those whom we remember, friend or loved one. All donations are gratefully welcome. The OBX Dementia Friendly Coalition is grateful for your generous support. Please come out and join us on Thursday, Oct 21 at 5 PM at the FIRE PIT where Ronnie Sloan, President of the Outer Banks Hospital will speak. Finger foods will be served. The cost is $20 by check made out to the OBX Dementia Friendly Coalition and Please make a reservation at the main office.

Literary Duck Book and Movie Club – Ellen Kruse
Literary Ducks will meet on Monday October 18, 10:30 AM. We plan to meet in the banquet room. Our book will be THE OTHER MRS SAMSON  BY Ralph Webster. Mr Webster will be our guest speaker. Lunch will be available following the meeting. Members will receive an email the week before this meeting. Looking ahead, our November 18th title is WEST WITH GIRAFFES BY Lynda Rutledge. If you wish to join our group, please contact Ellen Kruse erileyk@aol.com or 301-633-4760.

Birding Club – Sally Hotchkiss
October is an exciting time for birders! We have a variety of birds starting their winter migration passing through the Outer Banks on their way to their final winter destination. Learn about various species of birds in their natural habitats. Outings will be posted on the WADWCC Facebook page and emailed to Birding Club members. Our guided outings usually last about 11/2 hours. If you want to be added to the email list please contact Chris Buchanan at ccbuchanan77@gmail.com or 703-477-0315.

Food Pantry – Betty Bradley
Reminder – The Holiday Chef’s Challenge will be held on Saturday, November 13th at the Pavilion at Pirate’s Cove. A First-Look VIP Reception will begin at 5:30 when the chefs are actually cooking. This will be for VIP Ticket Holders. General Admission will begin at 6:30. Please plan to support this event. The Food Pantry will begin accepting Thanksgiving Bag products on October 18th. I will keep you posted if we will have a drop off date at the club this year. The list will be posted on the WADWCC Facebook page. All donations are greatly appreciated, whether it be a single item, entire bag or a gift card.

Walking Club – Rose Halloran & Pat Smith
The Walking Club has sent out our September schedule to all previous members via email. Pat has updated the WADWCC calendar with the scheduled walks, which started on the 14th of September. We will walk on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 AM. A reminder email will be sent out by Sunday of each week. Contact Rose Halloran rahalloran55@gmail.com or Pat Smith prsmith54@verizon.net to join this fun group!

Birthday Luncheons — Dorothy Green
The September birthday lunch was organized by Judi Flakowicz and was held on the Bistro porch on September 14. The October/November joint birthday lunch will be organized by Diane Rohan. You will be hearing from Diane with more details and again, if you haven’t heard from her, please contact Diane at dianerohan3@gmail.com or 917-375-1596.

Bob & Deeley Middleton
Joseph & Shauna Schatz
John Veator & Michelle Ellison

I am glad to be back! Obviously, some things have changed due to the world around us, more than anything else. However, I am very much looking forward to bringing back some prowess to the culinary facet of this beautiful club. It will take a little time – but be patient, positive, and be ready to eat! I look forward to getting back in touch with members and enjoying the sense of community that the club brings.

Doggy Dip was a lot of fun for the furry members and their families. Thank you to all who participated and donated to the SPCA! It marks the closing of the 2021 pool season. See you next year!

As the summer comes to an end and the great fall weather begins, so does the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful outdoors to a greater extent for your social and recreational pleasure. With that in mind, we have many outdoor activities planned including new outdoor dining opportunities. There will be cookouts, live music and games out at the fire pit as well as at the outdoor dining area next to the bocce ball court.  In late fall when the weather starts getting a lot cooler, we will be enclosing the patios with plastic and setting up individual dining pods outside, all with lighting and individual small fire pits for some great ambiance. We are also extending the close of our aquatic area this year until September 20th, to take advantage of the last of the good pool weather.
Membership continues to increase with a lot of new members enjoying the amenities of the club as well as volunteering to assist on committees and work groups to improve the club, like the pool and replacement/reserve work groups. Our finances remain strong which will enable the club to make an impact on enhancing amenities for overall member and guest enjoyment.

Patrick O’Keefe