Spring is slowly coming. Flowers are blooming and USTA has started. All good signs that the weather is getting warmer.

In March we had our first LTA quarterly meeting. We were happy to welcome a new member NuNu Ugrula and two returning members Daphne Akers and Maura Cliff. Di Small talked to us about Swinging in Spring on April 22nd & 23rd. It is our open event to raise Scholarship money. Janet Colegrove agreed to chair our other fundraiser, Get Pink, which will be held in October. Lynda Burek updated us on the status of the Pickleball courts.

We wish Kevin a speedy recovery from his recent shoulder surgery.

Duck Woods women who are players or fans are welcome to join the LTA. Lee Vermeulen (President), Lynn Watts (Vice President), Diane Rohan (Secretary), or Toni Joyner (Treasurer) will be happy to answer any questions.

Lee Vermeulen

Spring has arrived. You may be no stranger to a tennis racquet or an expert on the golf course, but have you ventured over to the pickleball courts? The sport has simple rules and is easy for beginners to learn. For seasoned players, the courts can quickly become home to fun, fast paced and competitive games. Come join your fellow members and be part of the growth of pickleball at Duck Woods.

With regular scheduled open play daily, weekly lesson opportunities and unlimited court availability, there are many opportunities for members to discover this fun sport. The nature of pickleball games are short so that players normally don’t have to wait too long to get back onto a court. The social nature of pickleball provides the opportunity to play with many different members and experience the different aspects of the game, from the dinkers to the bangers to the lobbers. Each game is different and fun as well as offering a good workout. The new pickleball courts can’t come too soon.

The pickleball growth on the Outer Banks is also reflected in the many venues currently available for play. Pine Island is getting new outdoor courts, Westside has 4 courts with scheduled open play, the Dare Recreation Center continues to provide indoor weekly play, Dowdy Park offers two courts and Manteo offers indoor play.

With the arrival of warmer weather, the PBA will be sponsoring some social activities. Look for announcements for our next gathering and if you are not a member consider joining this fun group. Kevin has beginner and intermediate lessons available, and many players would gladly show you the basics of the game. It’s easy to learn, and fun to play.

Lynda Burek

For further information please contact any of our PBA officers:

Pat Baskette, President

Lynda Burek, Vice President

Rick Koch, Treasurer

Carol Noonan, Secretary

The Professional Staff and I want to invite you to the 2022 Masters Par 3 Tournament on Wednesday, April 6th 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. Join us immediately following the event in the clubhouse for post-round food and view the television coverage of the actual Par 3 Tournament at Augusta National. 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 12th. 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 2022 LGA Season with a large turnout.

Looking for a new club? We have our Demo Day scheduled for Thursday, May 5 from 12pm until 4pm. Callaway will be on the Practice Tee showcasing their 2022 clubs. This is a great opportunity to test out new clubs and compare them with your current clubs. Launch monitors will be used, and your Professional Staff will be on the Practice Tee to help answer any questions you might have on the new equipment.

The Men’s Member-Guest Tournament Committee and I would like to announce this year’s event will be held on Thursday, October 13th through October 15th. Complete details on the event will be published mid-Summer.

I hope to see you around the club.

Aaron Palen, PGA
Head Golf Professional

The 2022 Season for Doubles Golf (formerly Couples Golf) begins Sunday, April 3, 2022 at 3 p.m.

Partner with a friend, spouse or family member to play 9 holes in a variety of fun golf formats. Deadline each week is Saturday at noon for Sunday play. Sign-Up in the Pro Shop in person, by phone (252) 261-2609, or email dwgolf@duckwoodscc.com. $2/player each week to cover weekly prizes.

See you on the course!

We are getting close to the start of Newbee Golf 2022. The NewBee’s is a ladies golf group for those who are new to golf or are just getting back into it. No experience is needed. The goal is to learn a bit of golf in a very fun and relaxed environment with no pressure!

Our golf pro, Aaron Palen, has graciously offered to volunteer his time in helping the Newbees get acclimated to golf. The $10 participation fee, payable at our Kickoff meeting and lesson on May 10th, will get you a summer of learning golf basics, making new friends and having lots of fun!

For those of you with DWCC social memberships (non-golf) come and try Newbees to see if golf is for you. You may participate in all Newbee clinics at no charge beyond the initial $10 participation fee. Any Newbees play on the course would be charged at the 9-hole guest fee rate. We’re hoping you enjoy golf so much that you end up switching to a golf membership!

We received a list from last year’s coordinators with the names of those that had expressed an interest previously and those on the list should have received a notification via email from us asking you to confirm your interest. If you have not received the email, please feel free to call or text me… Elisa Colkitt 610-724-7762… you will be added to the group. You can also send an email to DWNewbies@gmail.com.

Sessions begin May 10th, each session is 1 hour on Tuesday, and sessions go through September 13th with graduation happening after.

We are excited to begin a new class of Newbees! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Hope to see you on May 10th!

The greens are recovering nicely from aerification, and the tee boxes and fairways are starting to turn that lush green. For a golfer, those are welcome signs of spring. For members of the MGA, it also means the start of our season.

In April, we have our season opener currently scheduled for Saturday, April 30th with a 9am shotgun start. The format this year is one that hasn’t been done in a while, the Florida Scramble (a.k.a one man out). This variation involves golfers whose ball was selected after each stroke to sit out the following stroke (all four players always tee off). For example: John, Dave, Mike, and Tim all tee off. The team selects Dave’s drive, he sits out the second stroke and John, Mike, and Tim hit their second shots from that position. The team then picks Mike’s shot, and John, Tim, and Dave hit their third shots from there. Sign up as a team or if you want to meet and play with new players, you can sign up individually. Come join us for the golf, food, and fun!

Also, April begins the MGA Ringers season. A card with your name on it will be placed in the timecard slots on the wall in the men’s locker room. Throughout the season (until the end of September), record your best GROSS score on each hole. If you don’t see a card with your name, please contact the pro shop to sign up (only $5). Flighted winners will be announced after the season ending Tommy Wine event.

Coming in future months is the start of the annual two-man match play, MGA Member-Member, and the MGA shootout. More details to come in the near future.

If you have any questions about the MGA, please contact any member of the MGA Executive Committee, Ed Kitchen, David Ahearn, Dave Roberts, or Ralph Deger. See you on the course!

Dave Roberts

The first day of Spring has finally arrived. As we begin dusting off our clubs that we put away because it has been too cold, hopefully, we will be getting out more on the course to work on improving our swing, our putts and that infamous bunker shot.

Our Snowbirds are starting their journey back to our wonderful OBX. We are happy to see them return. The LGA will officially start off their 2022 season on April 12th with their first Quarterly Meeting of the season. The signup sheet is up in the Pro Shop, so please stop by and sign up and plan on staying for the program and the luncheon.

I would once again like to extend an invitation to any women golfers, who currently don’t belong to the LGA, to sign up for our Quarterly and experience the camaraderie that the LGA has and hopefully join the LGA in the coming season.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at kpc04@gmail.com.

I look forward to seeing all of you on the Course.

Kathy Curtis

By the time our members are reading this, we will be within days of our celebration of WADWCC’s 50th birthday. It seems fitting to honor those who founded our organization in 1972 with the purpose of providing service to the community while promoting fellowship among the ladies of the then-named Outer Banks Recreation Association Women’s Auxiliary. During those 50 years, WADWCC has helped supply Christmas gifts for children, donated both time and money to feed families in need, provided weekend lunches for school-aged children, and awarded college scholarships. During these and many other activities, our members developed treasured friendships, welcomed newcomers to the Outer Banks, and supported each other during the Covid pandemic.

Thank you to all the women who made WADWCC the organization that it is today! Whether you held an office, served on the board, worked for one of our charities, visited members who were sick, or made comforting phone calls, you have added so much to this community. I hope you can enjoy finally coming together for lunch on April 6 and reminiscing about our wonderful club. We are all so lucky to have each other as friends and confidantes! Happy Birthday, WADWCC!

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

Program – JoAnn Small & Ginger Webster
WADWCC’s 50th Anniversary Celebration includes the recognition of past Presidents. Join us for a festive look back in person on April 6, 2022 at lunch at the Duck Woods Country Club.

Last month’s program featured Portsmouth Island. Established in 1753 by an act of the North Carolina Assembly, by 1770 Portsmouth was the largest settlement on the Outer Banks. For nearly a century, the town remained a major shipping center through Ocracoke Inlet. When a hurricane in 1846 shoaled the inlet, Portsmouth’s days as a center of commerce ended and the population of this fishing hamlet steadily declined. In 1971, Portsmouth’s last two residents reluctantly moved to the mainland. In 1976, the 250-acre historic district of Portsmouth was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and became part of Cape Lookout National Seashore. You may walk the lanes and trails today to see living history of Portsmouth’s lost lifestyle. A summer boat trip to Portsmouth Island will be planned for interested WADWCC members. If you would like to know more about Portsmouth Island, visit friendsofportsmouthisland.org.

Membership – Michele Maslak
New membership directories are still available for pickup in the DWCC office. Please pick up your copy if you have not done so already. If you have an interest in becoming a member of WADWCC, contact me by phone (913-226-2527) or by email michelemaslak@gmail.com. New members are always welcome!

Ways and Means – Judy Copeman
Mark your calendars for the May 4th Spring Basket Raffle and Luncheon. This is always a fun event. We have Travel, Blue Point, Norwex, British, Wine, and Bridge baskets plus more to bid on. We are still looking for a few more basket donations. If you need more information, ideas or would like to donate, please contact Judy or Janet at jcolegrove@mac.com or jcopeman@verizon.net.

Welcome Wagon – Jann Koch
We have been updating the information we send out to new members. If anyone has updated contact information for club groups, please send it to JannKoch@protonmail.com. We were glad to welcome seven new members to the club in February.

Avery Harrison and our very own Diane Rohan are co-chairs for this event. Diane spoke at the March WADWCC Zoom meeting explaining her ideas for fundraising through this event, since we haven’t been able to raise funds with our monthly raffles. Her goal is to raise enough money to become a bronze sponsor at $1,000.

Food Pantry – Betty Bradley
Mark your calendars to “Save the Date” for two exciting events to benefit the Outer Banks Food Pantry:

Saturday, November 19, 2022 for the 2022 Holiday Chef’s Challenge (yes, it’s back!). More details to follow.

Saturday, June 11, 2022 for the 1st Annual Outer Banks Rum Festival at the Pavilion at Pirate’s Cove in Manteo.

Most importantly, a bronze sponsor provides 3,000 meals to hungry individuals and families. It will also give WADWCC recognition on the event sponsorship display and website, Facebook, and the event tasting guide. If our goal is met, a raffle drawing would be set up for 4 VIP tickets which include early admission to the event, commemorative SWAG for each guest, admission to a designated VIP Lounge, and drink tickets. One raffle ticket would be entered for each $20 donated. Make checks payable to WADWCC with the Beach Food Pantry in the memo. Checks may be left in the envelope in the Ladies Locker Room (the one on the bulletin board for charities) or brought to the next WADWCC meeting on Wednesday, April 6. Checks may also be mailed to Toni Joyner, our treasurer. For more information or questions, get in touch with Diane (dianerohan3@gmail.com) or myself (bgbradley5@gmail.com). Also, tickets and more info about the event will be available on the food pantry website (BeachFoodPantry.org).

Food For Thought – Judi Flakowicz
If anyone is interested in helping out in the Food for Thought warehouse in Manteo stocking shelves and taking inventory on Monday mornings starting next September, please let Judi Flakowicz know at Jflakowicz@gmail.com.

Walking Club – Rose Halloran & Pat Smith
Slowly but surely we are dusting off our sneakers and getting back out there for exercise and camaraderie. Our walks in March begin at 8:30 and will change to 8:00 in April. Walks are listed on the WWADWC Facebook calendar every month. Contact Rose Halloran or Pat Smith if interested.

Kayaking Club – Carol Riggin
Save the Date: May 18th, 10:00 AM for our first trip of the year!

Looking forward to another great season of kayaking! Our first paddle will be at a site that we have not been to before. It will be at Alligator River but off of Milltail Road. This will be a good time to see the blue flag iris plants. More details to follow once the sign-ups are available.

Our June paddle will be on June 15th. If you have questions, contact Carol Riggin@gmail.com.

Literary Duck Book and Movie Club – Ellen Kruse
Literary Ducks Book and Movie Club will meet on Monday April 18 at 10:30. We will meet in the back part of the Banquet room. Our book will be A WALK ACROSS THE SUN by Cornan Addison. Our facilitator is Robyn Deger. Optional lunch to follow. Members will get a reminder by email. Please contact Ellen Kruse at erileyk@aol.com for more info.

Birding Club – Chris Buchanan
The Birding Club will resume in April. If weather permits we may try to schedule a last minute birding event. Contact Chris Buchanan for more information. ccbuchanan77@gmail.com

Biking Club — Sally Hotchkiss
The Biking Club will reorganize in the Spring. If interested, contact SallyHotchkiss (sallyhotchkiss@yahoo.com).

Birthday Luncheons – Kathy Sanborn
Susan Smith and Barbara Johnson have agreed to organize the luncheon for the April birthday ladies! They will send out an email when the plans are firm.

Dog Walking Club – Diane Rohan
The WADWCC Dog Walking Club was all set to resume in early March, but the weather would not cooperate. The group of humans and their fur-babies gathered at the Elizabethan Gardens on Wednesday, March 16 for this season’s first walk!

Enjoy Golf, Tennis, Pickleball & Swimming

JULY 4th – 8th
AUGUST 1st – 5th

9:00am – 1:00pm

AGES 5-13

Individual: $200
2 or More Children: $185

Please call the office at 252-261-2744 or email dwsecretary@duckwoodscc.com to sign up.

Subsequent to awarding a contract to construct four tournament qualified pickleball courts north of tennis courts 3 & 4, the contractor, based in Maryland, advised that he did not have the appropriate license to proceed. He is committed to the project, actively engaged in the licensing process, (which may take up to 12 weeks), and will begin construction as soon as the license and Town permits are received. Members who have pledged monetary support will then be notified via email.

Questions? Please contact Jim Groff, Project Manager at (252) 715-3703 or at bettsandjim@gmail.com .

Thanks, Jim

In accordance with section 3-3.1, 3-3.2 and 3-3.3 of the ByLaws, the following named individuals were nominated by the Nominating Committee:

Kevin Davis
Danny Joyner
Jann Koch
Jim LeBlanc
Emily Bray
Janet Colegrove
Paul Kruse

The four (4) individuals with the highest votes will serve a 3-year term on the Board of Directors.

*John Mercer withdrew his candidacy.

Election information, including ballots, will be distributed in March.

Robert & Maura Cliff

(weather permitting & subject to change)

Open Tennis Clinic
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Intermediate Pickleball Clinic
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Newbies Pickleball Clinic
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Doubles Strategy Tennis Clinic
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.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
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Intermediate Play
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Newbies Play
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.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 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

“How to Watch Tennis”
When watching the professionals play tennis on TV, do not solely focus on the ball as if you’re playing pinball. Instead, pick one player to focus on each point and focus on their shot selection, where they recover to based on the type of shot they’ve hit, and how they split-step exactly when their opponent is hitting and move immediately to the incoming ball. Do not just watch highlights as flashy shots, such as tweeners and drop shots, seldomly occur throughout a match. Instead, watch the match in its entirety. Focus on the players’ shot selection based on the scoreline. You’ll find that the pros generally stick to high-percentage tactics, hitting high over the middle of the net with cross courts shots, which allows them the most possible margin of error and minimizes the amount they must recover. This week is an optimal time to practice watching tennis the correct way, given the inclement weather and the TV coverage of the Australian Open. Let me know how this works for you!

During a match, a player on average runs 3 miles. Due to the restricted length of a tennis court, that is a difficult 3 miles of continuous back and forth moving!

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

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!


Racquet Sports Spring Kickoff
Saturday, April 2nd

Come out to the courts and celebrate the start of the 2022 Racquet Sports Season with fellow members! This is a free event that will include fun tennis and pickleball play, while mingling with friends. There will be a beer and wine charge bar on-site as well as complimentary house-made potato chips and pub snack-mix.


10 ….. LTA Quarterly – LTA Members

2 …… Racquet Sports Spring Kick-Off – Members Only
4-June 11 …. Men’s/Women’s Club Tennis Championships – Members Only
22-24 ….. LTA Swing Into Spring Doubles Tournament – Open

10 ….. PBA Quarterly Meeting – PBA Members
14-15 ….. The ‘Big Dill’ Pickleball Tournament – Open

9 …… LTA Quarterly – LTA Members
25 ….. Black and White Cup – Members Only

6 …… World Team Racquet Sports Tournament – Members Only
10 ….. PBA Quarterly Meeting – PBA Members

15 ….. LTA Quarterly – LTA Members
17-18 … Men’s/Women’s Club Pickleball Championship – Members Only

1 ……. Get Pinked and More! Event – Open
10-23 … Love to Remember Tournament – Open

3 …… End of Season Party – Members Only
8 …… Annual PBA Meeting – Members Only

8 …… LTA Quarterly – LTA Members
10 ….. Toys for Tots Collection – Members Only

Let’s hope March is a better month for tennis and know that spring is close by. One sign of spring is the beginning of USTA. If not playing come out and support our teams. Put March 10th on your calendar. We will be having the first quarterly meeting of 2022. We welcome any lady to join us. Details will be forthcoming. If you are interested in joining, you can contact any LTA board member. Think spring so we can enjoy the sport. See you on the courts.

Lee Vermeulen, President
Lynn Watts, Vice President
Diane Rohan, Secretary
Toni Joyner, Treasurer

The winter weather has had some negative impact in the past month. With many of the chilly night temperatures below freezing, the tennis courts at times looked like artic skating rinks. The seemingly constant storms and freezing temperatures severely restricted the amount of pickleball play possible, despite the best efforts of our racquet sports professional staff.

In order to not have withdrawal, many pickleball players have been traveling to Pine Island to take advantage of their indoor courts and get in a few days play.

As each day goes by and we get closer to spring, everyone is looking forward to watching the new pickleball courts take shape. Thanks to all the members who have pledged monetary support for the courts your support was invaluable.

For further information please contact any of our PBA officers:

Pat Baskette, President

Lynda Burek, Vice President

Rick Koch, Treasurer

Carol Noonan, Secretary

The Professional Staff and I would like to invite you to participate in a fan favorite; The March Madness 4 Corner Tournament on Saturday, March 19th. Grab your friends and build your own team (or we can pair you if you do not have a team) and play in our version of a Superintendents Revenge ($35 entry fee includes lunch and prizes). All 18 greens will have pins tucked in the hardest corner of each green, with lightening fast greens. Test your skills in a Captains Choice format where handicaps are not required. Once the field has completed the round and the scores are in, we will post-flight the field. Post-flighting provides everyone an equal opportunity in placing. Guests are encouraged to participate as we celebrate a fun day with a little college hoop afterwards on the TVs.

Our Junior Golf Program has a new and comprehensive approach that keeps the youth engaged from late March through October. Regardless if your child is brand new to golf, or is looking to play competitive golf, there are programs designed to address all youth demographics. To learn more about our Junior Golf Program, please visit the Golf Shop or the Junior Program page on the website to learn more.

We would also like you to save the date for our Masters Par 3 Tournament on Wednesday, April 6. All 18-holes will be converted to par 3’s and handicaps are not required. Just like the March Madness 4 Corner Tournament, the field will be post-flighted once all the scores are in. This is a great event filled with fun, followed by viewing the Par 3 Tournament on ESPN at the Masters.

As always, we hope to see you around the club.

Aaron Palen, PGA
Head Golf Professional