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

We are making our way through the winter months and around the corner is spring, time to start getting more information out regarding the 2022 season of Newbees Golf. If you have been thinking about playing, but feel a bit overwhelmed at the idea, we have the solution for you! Newbees golf for women introduces us to the game in a safe and fun environment, it gives you the opportunity to meet new friends and learn the game from the ground up.

The cost to participate in this 12-week program is just $10.00 dollars and a will to have fun and learn. Classes will begin on May 10th and go through September 13th, finishing up with Graduation and 9 holes of play.

Our first time together will be a meet and greet prior to our first lesson. During this time we will go over what you need, you don’t need golf shoes, clubs or special clothing, just bring yourselves and a water bottle.

Some important things to know:

  • You don’t need to have a golf membership to join us. Social members are welcomed and encouraged to participate
  • You don’t need to have your own clubs, the pro shop has clubs you can borrow
  • Lessons will be 1 hour on Tuesdays
  •  After our lesson, there is usually a non-mandatory, but highly recommended “Happy Hour”, on the porch outside of the Bistro
  • It’s a great was to learn golf, have some fun and meet new friends
  • We have 4 coordinators, Elisa Colkitt, Helen Czernik, Maureen Montgomery and Mary Kendrick, working with our Golf Pro, Aaron Palen

If you are interested in more information or want to sign up, please do so by sending your name, phone number and email address at

As we enter March we are getting excited for Spring and the beginning of golf season. The MGA has 6 tournaments during the season to look forward to. The first tournaments begin at the very end of April. The ringer card starts April 29th and The MGA Open is on April the 30th. Mark the dates and look for tournament details later in March.

If you are not an MGA member, sign up. The fee is $15.00 per year. In addition you need to establish a handicap. Getting a handicap couldn’t be easier. Just let Aaron know that you would like to join the MGA and establish a handicap. He will help you set up an account in the handicap system; upload the ghin app for your phone so you can post your scores; then play golf and enter your scores.

If you are a member of the MGA, invite your friends that are not members to join and help them set up their ghin app. By the way if you are a member and plan to participate in the tournaments make sure you are keeping your handicap up to date. Keep an accurate score when you are playing with someone, sign your scorecard, enter your score in the ghin system and turn your card into the pro shop. We are trying to make sure that all of our competitions are fair. We want players at all levels to be confident that they have an opportunity to compete and be rewarded for their good efforts.

As you know, the ground hog saw his shadow on February 2nd, which means we should have 6 more weeks of winter. That would bring us to March 16th. Hopefully before then, we can all get out and enjoy some nice weather as we prepare for our LGA 2022 season to begin in April.

We would like to extend and invitation to any ladies who are golf members that don’t currently belong to the LGA to join us at our 1st Quarterly meeting on Tuesday, April 12th. The LGA is a fun and social group.
Our Quarterly meetings consist of 9 holes of golf (best ball), with teams that Aaron will create. This is followed by a brief meeting from the LGA that will share our thoughts and activities for the coming year that we feel will be exciting and interesting.

We then have lunch to further extend our fellowship and catch up with our snow birds who have returned. We hope that you will consider joining us for golf and then afterwards to join the LGA. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me and look for the sign up sheet in the pro shop after March 16th.

Kathy Curtis

After what seems like a rather long winter, March is finally here. On the Outer Banks, that usually means the weather starts warming up and spring is on the way! This spring WADWCC will celebrate its 50th anniversary as an organization. We started as the Outer Banks Recreation Association (OBRA) Women’s Auxiliary with 28 very enthusiastic members. We have grown quite a bit since then. The club’s name has changed, many more women are playing golf and tennis, and Duck Woods has become a social center for its members. All of what the Club is now is the result of these forward-thinking women! As I was preparing the slide show for our 50th birthday party scheduled for April 6, 2022, I had the privilege of going through all the old scrapbooks and seeing the story of the organization. Women planting the original flower beds, decorating the clubhouse, sponsoring art exhibits, and bringing Santa in for the little ones are just a few of the many activities that began so many years ago.

Please plan to attend our first in-person luncheon after a hiatus of two years on April 6, and celebrate 50 years of friendships, community service and fun! The first invitation to this celebration luncheon will go out shortly after our March Zoom meeting. Don’t forget to RSVP to the hospitality committee – it’s been quite a while since we’ve had to do that! I am so excited about seeing all of you in person while we honor the ladies of the OBRA Auxiliary and celebrate our modern 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

Program – JoAnn Small & Ginger Webster
Our March 2nd program will be the HISTORY OF PORTSMOUTH ISLAND. Author Jim White is descended from early Portsmouth Islanders. Just south of Ocracoke, Portsmouth is now uninhabited and part of the Cape Lookout National Seashore. He will take us on “A Walk in the Past” and explain the importance of keeping this story alive. This virtual program will be presented from Cape Lookout National Seashore. Please invite your spouse/guest to join you. A summer boat trip to Portsmouth Island will be planned as a follow up to this program.

SEMPER PARATUS – Always Ready. The February 2nd program was a virtual presentation from Station Oregon Inlet by Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class, Hailey Johnson, and Machinery Technician 2nd class, Taryn Michalicka. They shared stories and videos of their work in surf and rescue operations, as well as the history of females in the USCG dating back almost 200 years. These strong young women work closely with the rescue divers and swimmers from the Elizabeth City Coast Guard Base. (For further interest: Air Station Elizabeth City was the setting (and used as a double for Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, Alaska) in the 2006 film The Guardian, starring Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher.) Recently our presenters, BM3 Johnson and MK3 Michalicka assisted with the grounded vessel that many of us saw on our beach in Southern Shores. These Coast Guard members are dedicated to their brave mission of rendering aid to persons in distress in our waters.

Membership – Michele Maslak
In the absence of monthly luncheon meetings, 2021-2022 membership directories are available for pick up in the DWCC office. Please stop by to obtain 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 New members are always welcome!

Ways and Means – Judy Copeman
We are gearing up for the Spring Basket Raffle which will take place in May. The proceeds from this event will fund our WADWCC Scholarship. We are currently looking for members who would like to donate a basket. In years past, members have enjoyed bidding on beach, bridge, food, golf, tennis, and spa baskets to name a few.  

If you would like to donate or would like some additional ideas please contact Janet: or Judy:

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 We were glad to welcome seven new members to the club in February.

Food Pantry – Betty Bradley
Please feel free to contact me at if you have any questions about the Food Pantry!

Food For Thought – Judi Flakowicz
If you have any toiletry or personal hygiene items/samples, which are ALWAYS much appreciated by older students, please let me know and I will arrange to get them from you. They will be stored and distributed at the school by the clinic or counselor.

2022 WADWCC Memorial Scholarship – Rose Halloran
The 2022 WADWCC Memorial Scholarship is in full swing! Every year WADWCC offers a scholarship to an individual that has had to interrupt, or delay, their secondary education. An introductory letter, question and answer document, applicant requirements, and application have been sent to various contacts that have been established over the years since the scholarship’s inception in 2002. In addition, various media sources have been contacted as well. For anyone looking to obtain an application, et al; a link has been set up on the General Page of the DWCC website. It can be accessed through the tab: About – Scholarships – WADWCC –

Applications can be found in the main Ladies Room, the Women’s Locker or by contacting Rose Halloran, Scholarship Chair,

Literary Duck Book and Movie Club – Ellen Kruse
Literary Ducks Book and Movie club will meet on Monday, March 21st. We will meet at 10:30 AM in the banquet room. Our book will be THE MYSTERY OF MRS. CHRISTIE by Marie Benedict. Our facilitator will be Jeanette Grimes. For more info about our group please contact Ellen Kruse at

Walking Club – Rose Halloran & Pat Smith
The first two walks of the Walking Club were canceled in February due to unforeseen circumstances. They resumed the second week of February and will continue, weather permitting. Walks will start at 9 am in hopes of it being brighter, a little warmer and only occur if it is 45 degrees with minimal wind on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Contact Rose Halloran or Pat Smith if interested.

Birding Club – Chris Buchanan
The Birding Club will take a break until spring. If weather permits, we may try to schedule a last minute birding event. Contact Chris Buchanan for more information.

Kayaking Club – Carol Riggin
The Kayaking Club is planned to resume in the spring. If you have questions or would like to get on the kayaking email list, reach out to Carol Riggin at

Biking Club — Sally Hotchkiss
The Biking Club will reorganize in the spring. Please let Sally Hotchkiss ( know if you wish to receive the biking emails.

Marathon Bridge Club – Judy Copeman
Marathon Bridge is underway and will run through August. Contact Judy Copeman at for any questions.

Dog Walking Club – Diane Rohan
The Dog Walking club will resume in March weather permitting. Our first walk is scheduled at the Elizabethan Gardens. Contact Diane Rohan for more information.

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
John Mercer
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.

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

Glenn & JoAnn Adams
Mike Day

Edyta & Stephen Samson
Ronald & Daphne Akers


The 2022 food and soft drink minimum will be billed on an annual basis, for a total of $360 to spend for the year.

(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

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

From: Kevin Cretella, The Director of Racquet Sports

“Using the Five Senses”
In order to maximize the joy received from pickleball, one must learn to use all 5 of their senses. The obvious senses we must utilize are that of sight and touch. One must watch the ball closely and feel the ball at contact. One must hear the sound the ball makes at contact to indicate if it’s a pure contact of the sweet spot or a dull off center hit. One must smell fear in their opponents. If one is able to correctly use the four previously listed senses, they will likely experience the fifth sense as they taste the sweet taste of victory. Try this out the next time you play pickleball and let me know how it works for you!

Pickleball was invented in 1965 by congressman Joel Pritchard at his home on Bainbridge Island, near Seattle, WA. The game was first played with Ping Pong paddles and a wiffle ball on a badminton court with the net lowered. From there, the game has slowly evolved into what it is today.

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

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!


Valentine’s Day Social
Thursday, February 10th

Bring some food and/or drink to Pine Island to share and join us for fun tennis and pickleball play and socializing with fellow Duck Woods Members!

Price: $15 per person (shared court fee)
RSVP to by Thursday, February 3rd


8 …… PBA Quarterly Meeting – PBA Members
10 ….. Valentine’s Day Social @ Pine Island – Members Only

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
29-May 1 ….. 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

Even though the weather is not always the best this time of year, we still have some good days to get out and play. Kevin and Whitney work hard to keep the courts open for us so, when the sun is shining dress accordingly and head for the courts. The clinics will also be held, weather permitting.

The annual Valentine’s Social will be at 6 pm at Pine Island on February 10th. All tennis and pickleball players are invited. So, bring some food to share and your favorite beverage and come join the fun. You need to RSVP to the Pro shop.

The LTA will be holding the first quarterly meeting of the year on March 10th, so mark your calendars. Diane Rohan will be sending out an email to the LTA members to let them know the plan for the evening. Let’s hope we are on another downside to the virus. Looking forward to seeing you all there.

Soon will be the sign ups for the people that want to play in the USTA spring leagues. The Pro shop will keep us informed on when and what is going on.

If you are a tennis player or just want to join a fun group of women, you are very welcome to come join. If you have any questions, you can contact me, Lee Vermeulen, at You can also contact any LTA board member. Vice President is Lynn Watts; Secretary is Diane Rohan, or Treasurer, Toni Joyner. Look forward to seeing you.

Lee Vermeulen, President

This time of year, many people head south to escape the cold weather. While it is at times challenging to get out on the courts when the wind is from the north and the temps read below 50, we are still blessed with days that we can play outside and every day that goes by we are getting closer to those days when warm temps will return. With the reduced number of players available, those of us that do venture out can be assured of uninterrupted playing time. This helps with practice time, plus concentrating on those skills we may be trying to improve or learn. For those who don’t want to brave the cold, there is indoor play available M-F at the Dare Rec Center starting at 0830. While the indoor surface and game is a bit different than the Duck Woods courts, it’s a great opportunity to play with different people, learn new skills and have fun. As we look forward to our pickleball court construction beginning soon, we should not let the weather impact our playing time that provides us good exercise opportunities and social interactions.

For further information please contact any of our PBA officers:

Pat Baskette, President

Lynda Burek, Vice President

Rick Koch, Treasurer

Carol Noonan, Secretary

Fresh back from an incredible week of learning and expanding my network at the annual PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida. The Professional Staff and I can’t express enough how excited we are for the 2022 Golfing Season.

On February 4, we kick off our 2022 Golf Tournaments with the Frozen Four! Build your own team and compete in a fun, relaxed Captains Choice Tournament; no handicap required as we will post-flight the scores. Call the Golf Shop or swing by to register as registration closes on Thursday, February 3rd at 5pm.

A friendly reminder that all scores are recommended to be posted on the same day of play. This is important, as the World Handicap System has a built-in algorithm that can adjust a courses rating based on the scores that were posted from that day. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Professional Staff.

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

Aaron Palen, PGA
Head Golf Professional

Have you ever thought about trying the game of golf but was too intimidated or thought the game was too expensive? Are you interested in enjoying the outdoors and getting some great exercise? Are you a new Duck Woods member and would like to meet some amazing ladies and gain loads of new friends? Would you like to spend more time with your significant other sharing a common interest? If any or all of these apply, have we got a wonderful option for you!

Carol Riggin, having moved to Southern Shores and having joined Duck Woods, addressed the above when she started the NEWBEES GOLF program in October 2014. This program is designed for women who have never played before, and don’t know much about the game of golf. Of course, those that may have played years ago or simply only drove the golf carts are also welcome to participate!

The program has grown over the years since 2014, in 2021, 20 women graduated from NewBees to join prior graduates who play weekly with The BunkerBees. The program has managed to make it through 2 summers of Covid, making appropriate adjustments when necessary and continues to move forward.

We are very excited to welcome a new class of NEWBEES beginning in May of 2022! Keep an eye out for more information to come in the next months through the Duck Woods Country Club Newsletter and WADWCC.

I am lucky enough to be the representative who will help you through NEWBEES. My name is Elisa Colkitt, my email address is, I can also be contacted via text at 610-724-7762, feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding the program that I can answer for you. There will be 3-4 of us from previous NEWBEE classes that will be helping to coordinate the program in 2022. You will have the opportunity to meet us in the coming months. Feel free to spread the news, NEWBEES is on for 2022!

Despite the impact of Covid on the community, the MGA had a banner year of in 2021 and we are looking forward to an even better year in 2022. The MGA board is currently finalizing plans for tournament play in 2022. Last year the MGA board slightly increased the tournament fees to give us a positive cash flow and allow us to help fund improvements to the course. We raised $1000 and will continue that practice in 2022.

A focus for 2022 will be improving player handicap logging. Many golfers will not log a round if it is an unusually high (or low) score because it is not reflective or their “normal” play. Throughout the coming season the MGA and the pro staff will be encouraging players to log all of their rounds to provide a uniform baseline for handicapping tournaments.

The MGA is currently accepting applications from Dare and Currituck County high school AD’s and golf coaches for the Scott B. Anthony Golf Grant. The grant is funded by the Anthony family and provides new golf equipment plus lessons from Aaron to the nominee chosen by the MGA board. The winner will be selected in the next few weeks.

The weather has been rough lately but occasionally there is a playable day. Throw some handwarmers in your windshirt pockets and get out there.

See you on the course!