Fourteen years ago, when Scott George began organizing a bunch of friends to participate in a fun but competitive golf buddy trip, the group first tried Myrtle Beach. Unfortunately, they were not fond of the arduous drive off the beaten path simply to reach Myrtle Beach from their various homes around the London, KY area — nor were they wild about the long drives between golf courses once they arrived.
After a few years on the Grand Strand, they moved to the Lowcountry, tried a few other resorts and eventually ended up at the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort on Hilton Head Island, where they have stayed in various villas and other homes while enjoying the trio of award-winning Palmetto Dunes golf courses designed by legends of the game.
“Our guys absolutely love Palmetto Dunes,” said George. “The golf courses are so close, it allows plenty of time between rounds. And the golf courses are always in great condition. Some of our guys like the Robert Trent Jones Course the best, some the Arthur Hills — and many like the Fazio Course the most. One of them even broke par last time on Fazio.”
George’s group has as many as 28 players — some fathers and sons, some old friends, some new — with mostly single-digit and low double-digit handicap golfers ranging in age from 27 all the way up to 71. “I told our 71-year-old he was going to need to get a physical,” said George with a laugh. Nevertheless, his “tournament,” now called the Hilton Head Open, or “H2O,” is no laughing matter — “We play for a pretty big purse,” said George — including numerous “games within the game.”
“It’s a good thing I’m an accountant,” George says.
As he prepares to round up the troops and head out for the 2015 event, now enjoying its third year at Palmetto Dunes, George said the resort has won him over for life. He even brought his entire family to Palmetto Dunes on a recent spring break trip. “The folks at Palmetto Dunes knew we were coming back, and they even comped some of our golf during the trip,” said George. “That shows the type place Palmetto Dunes is. They want you there, and it shows.”
Did you visit Palmetto Dunes last month? If so, we hope you shared photos from your trip! Tag your photos #PalmettoDunes, and you might see them shared on our social channels, or here on this blog!
Instagramer @101ThingsILove shared this photo and said “Hard to get sick of this view.” Truer words were never spoken! That’s why guests love returning to Palmetto Dunes year after year.
Don’t you just love a good round of golf on a sunny Spring day? We have three incredible courses for you to play. Instagramer @jasonphess snapped this photo while playing the Robert Trent Jones course.
Time flies when you’re having fun! Harry S. and his family went on an eight-mile bike ride during their vacation. You can make your vacation even easier by booking your bicycles online, and having them delivered before you arrive.
Wow, doesn’t this look like heaven? Sunrise at Palmetto Dunes Beach is so peaceful. Instagramer @elfernandoville posted this gorgeous shot. What’s your favorite time to take a stroll on the beach?
Thanks to everyone who shared their photos with us last month! Don’t forget, tag your photos with #PalmettoDunes on Instagram and Twitter to share them with us, or come find us on Facebook! We’ll highlight five more photos next month.
Vacations shouldn’t be go, go, go. They should be slow, slow, slow. Here on Hilton Head Island, we travel at our own pace. And when you vacation at Palmetto Dunes, you do too. You’re living on island time now.
Make sure you visit hiltonheadisland.org/myislandtime to enter the contest. If you win, you’ll receive a three-night stay at Palmetto Dunes, with complimentary bicycle and kayak rentals!
# Your Way to Fun @ShelterCoveMarina
Summer is back at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina and there are so many ways to make your friends jealous of your Hilton Head Island lifestyle or vacation! Sometimes, as locals, we forget how lucky we are to live on such a beautiful island – until we are sipping on one of the infamous margaritas from San Miguel’s, listening to live entertainment while the sun sets over Broad Creek. And visitors – we know you have been counting down the days until the Saturday morning when you cross the bridge onto Hilton Head Island for you well-deserved getaway. What better way is there to commemorate your trip than posting spectacular photos for all of your friends and family to see?
During the month of June, we invite locals and visitors alike to post photos with #ShelterCoveHarbour for a chance to win a gift certificate from one of the six waterfront restaurants or shops in the harbour. We will choose our favorite photo each Friday during the month of June and notify you via social media! Happy Hashtagging from your friends @Shelter Cove Harbour!
Follow @PalmettoDunesSC for the latest info and photos from #ShelterCoveHarbour
Wow! Everyone at Palmetto Dunes is thrilled to have been honored in several categories of WTOC’s 2015 Best of the Lowcountry Awards!
Big Jim’s was voted Best Burger AND Best BBQ. If you’ve never been, plan a visit next time you’re on Hilton Head Island! It’s located at the Robert Trent Jones Course. We have a happy hour every day from 4-7pm, and great daily specials.
Shelter Cove Marina was also named the Best Marina on Hilton Head Island. Everyone who’s been to Hilton Head Island before knows it’s a must-visit place during vacation! You’ll find fishing charters, nature excursions, power boat rentals and more.
Last but not least, Palmetto Dunes also tied for Best Resort on Hilton Head Island! But hey – don’t take everyone else’s word for it. Plan your visit so you can discover exactly what makes Palmetto Dunes the best of the Lowcountry! Click here to find the perfect vacation package for you. See y’all soon!
Palmetto Dunes helps ring in National Bike Month by becoming the first East Coast oceanfront resort to offer “The Golf Bike.” Allows golfers to play at the speed of a cart, while getting paid back in fun and fitness.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.- Just in time for National Bike Month, golfers playing Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort's trio of award-winning courses can now pedal from hole to hole versus taking a golf cart or hoofing it.
The first resort in the Carolinas and along the East Coast to offer the revolutionary new “Golf Bike,” Palmetto Dunes visitors can boost their calorie-burning quotient while teeing it up on some of the South's most beautiful and challenging courses — including one of Hilton Head Island’s two oceanfront layouts.
Indeed, bicycling has long been renowned as one of Hilton Head’s most versatile activities. More than one million bikers annually enjoy the island’s 50 miles of paved, winding bike paths — including five miles within Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort itself — or along Hilton Head’s pristine beaches.
Now, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort is taking bicycling to the links, helping celebrate National Bike Month in May with the initial delivery of Golf Bikes.
Palmetto Dunes received nine of the first 100 Golf Bikes being delivered this month across the country which allows golfers the ability to play at the speed of a cart while getting paid back with fun and fitness.
“We are always looking for fun new products to enhance our golf experience and The Golf Bike really caught our attention,” said Director of Golf Clark Sinclair.“These specially prepared golf bikes should heighten the fitness experience of a round at Palmetto Dunes.”
The Golf Bike, available at all three courses, will cost the same amount as a golf cart. Golfers interested in using a Golf Bike during their rounds at Palmetto Dunes can reserve one when making their tee time reservation.
Built from the ground up to play golf, The Golf Bike’s step-thru frame allows golfers to easily get on and off the bike. The bike holds up to 14 clubs and supplies are integrated into the frame of the bike, making it stable and easy to balance. The bike’s wide tires and small diameter wheels make for easy acceleration with less impact to the course than a motorized cart.
In 2010, the first prototype Golf Bike was designed and then presented at the 2013 PGA Show’s Inventors Spotlight. Some courses tested the bikes last year before the first 100 of 600 Golf Bikes were delivered this month.
The Golf Bike is yet another Hilton Head Island first and head-turning amenity that’s available at the place Travel and Leisure Magazine called “The Best Family Golf Resort” in the country, on an Island that Golf Digest calls one of its “Top 10 Buddy Trip Destinations.”
Last summer, Palmetto Dunes introduced its exclusive Visage GPS system to the golf carts at the Robert Trent Jones Course that allows for an interactive experience. Previously, it rolled out the most comprehensive, state-of-the-art golf app on Hilton Head Island that allows you to book future rounds and see what else is happening on and off the three courses and was the place that brought golf-outfitted Segways to the Island a few years ago.
For more information about Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort and its many golf packages, call 877-567-6513 or visit www.PalmettoDunes.com.
The weather is getting warmer and golfers everywhere are flocking to their favorite golf courses to test their skills and enjoy the greens in their pristine condition. Professional golfers are gearing up for major tournaments and we cannot wait to follow their every move on our favorite sports shows, networks and on social media. In honor of the major tournaments, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort is excited to announce a new contest series, the “Major Golf Challenge”!
For each of the major golf tournaments, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort will hold a contest on social media where the winner will be awarded a free round of golf on any of our three world-class golf courses. All you have to do is like Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort on Facebook and comment on our “Major Golf Challenge” Post with your prediction of who will win the tournament and their winning score. Guess correctly – and you win! It is that easy. Contest details below. Good luck and happy predictions golf fans!
U.S. Open Contest Dates: June 14 – (Midnight) June 17, 2015
Open Championship Contest Dates: July 8 - (Midnight) July 11, 2015
PGA Championship Contest Dates: August 9 - (Midnight) August 12, 2015
The Masters Contest Dates: March 31 - (Midnight) April 3, 2016
The “Major Golf Challenge” will run four times a year directly prior to the first round of The U.S. Open, The Open Championship, The PGA Championship and The Masters. See contest dates above. Enter to win by commenting the winner’s name and score on the “Major Golf Challenge” Post on Facebook before the deadline. Up to four winners will be chosen based on time of entry. Winners will be presented with a certificate for a free round of golf on any of the golf courses at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. Round is subject to availability and some restrictions may apply. Only one winner per foursome may redeem their certificate.
What do you love about Spring in lowcountry? Maybe it’s seeing the flowers bloom, or enjoying a leisurely bike ride on a warm day. Spring is perfect weather for golf and tennis, or to simply lounge by the pool. What we love about Spring is seeing your incredible vacation photos!
We asked you to share your photos with us on social media by tagging them #PalmettoDunes, and you delivered! Here are five of our favorites from the month of April.
Instagramer @cherylgirl36 snapped this photo during a scavenger hunt. Sounds like fun!
John F. Kennedy once said “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike.” We couldn’t agree more! Bikes are fun, relaxing, and a great way to explore the resort. Instagramer @101ThingsILove rented a bike during her Spring Break, and shared this great photo!
Did you know that you can rent your bike in advance from Hilton Head Outfitters? They’ll even deliver it to your vacation rental, and pick it up when you’re done.
Another favorite Springtime activity is tennis! Not only is tennis a great workout, it’s also a fun social activity. Instagramer @artnsole shared this photo from her visit to the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center.
Check out this action shot! Instagramer @meegsmcswain shared this photo and said “Great day for some golf at #PalmettoDunes!”
Tennis, biking and golf are great, but sometimes you just want to relax and catch a few rays. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered there, too. Palmetto Dunes features three miles of pristine beachfront. This Instagram by @tranix9624 says it all!
Thanks to everyone who shared their photos with us! Don’t forget, tag your photos with #PalmettoDunes on Instagram and Twitter to share them with us, or come find us on Facebook! We’ll highlight five more photos next month.
Not that you needed any convincing, but how great does it sound to skip work -- just for a day or two -- and head over to Hilton Head Island for some golf in the warm sun?
Here are 9 reasons to play hooky from work and spend the day at Palmetto Dunes’ golf courses instead:
1. Get warm - There’s a pretty good chance it’s warmer here than wherever you live.
2. Clear your head - Don’t we all need some time away from the action to clear our head so we can think better. Who knows? Maybe you’ll return with a slew of new ideas gained on the golf course.
3. You need the exercise - It’ll be great for your health to get out and walk the course (or try our new golf bikes coming this spring). Plus, some fresh air and sunshine does a body good!
4. You’ll feel younger - Calling in sick just may bring back a few memories of those good ol’ school days where you just may have done something similar.
5. You’ll be nicer - Won’t your colleagues appreciate your new attitude after some much deserved leisure time?
6. Get in touch with nature - Not only can you enjoy the sport of golf, you’ll be surrounded by the natural beauty of the Lowcountry from live oaks with hanging moss and palm trees to our lovely 11-mile lagoon system and its feathered friends who call it home. Oh, and don’t miss the azalea show in spring!
7. It’s a stress reliever - Now, we don’t want you throwing your clubs for stress relief, but a solid round of golf can be a good way to let go of some built up frustration and relieve the effects of hard work.
8. Escape technology - Get away from the computer screen for a day and even be daring enough to turn off your phone! Enjoy the camaraderie, the weather and the purity of the game.
9. It’s more fun - Well, enough said on this one! Just about anything is more fun than work, right?
Have we convinced you to take a day off work and come to Palmetto Dunes? Good! Call us at 866-650-4130 or get a quick golf quote.
Did you know you never even have to leave Palmetto Dunes to satisfy just about any food craving you might have while here on Hilton Head Island? Whether you’re dreaming of shrimp, pizza, fried chicken or BBQ, you can find it all within the resort.
Here’s a guide to dining at Palmetto Dunes’ many Hilton Head restaurants:
Big Jim’s BBQ, Burgers and Pizza - Family-friendly Big Jim’s located right on the Robert Trent Jones golf course has a variety of options to please everyone in your group. Choose from seafood, salads, pizzas, burgers, BBQ, nachos and a variety of drink selections for those 21 and older.
The Dunes House - The Dunes House is the place to be if you’re at the beach. Head up around lunch (or a little before or after to avoid waiting) to this outdoor Hilton Head restaurant (open weather permitting) for some fish tacos, shrimp cocktail, frozen cocktails and more. There’s also a kid-pleasing children’s menu. Did we mention the ocean view?
Palmetto Dunes General Store - It’ll be hard not to find what you’re in the mood for at this Palmetto Dunes classic landmark. Get there early for fresh-brewed coffee and cinnamon rolls, try their delicious fried chicken at lunch, snack on their plentiful candy and stop by in the evening for ice cream to round out the day.
Golf Grills - Arthur’s Grill at the Arthur Hills golf course and Fazio Grill at the George Fazio course offer a perfect filler-upper before or after a round of golf. Choose from sandwiches, snack and drinks to eat on or off the course.
Hilton Head Outfitters - If you need a quick bost after bike riding or spending the day on the lagoon fishing, Outfitters may have just what you need. They carry a selection of energy bars from Clif, as well as some sweet treats like Dippin Dots.
Alexander’s - For a more upscale dining experience within the resort, try Alexander’s Seafood Restaurant overlooking the lagoon. They offer seafood dishes complemented by an outstanding wine list. Reservations accepted.
HH Prime, Omni - Got a hankering for a steak? Head over to HH Prime at the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort, offering the finest aged steaks, fresh seafood and the island’s largest wine selection. Reservations accepted.
Conroy’s, Marriott - Conroy’s oceanfront restaurant at the Marriott Hilton Head Resort serves classic American fare and seafood, including crab cakes, salmon and shrimp.
Did we miss anything you might want to eat? If so, be sure to check out our marina just across the highway at Shelter Cove. You’ll find even more dining there, including Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, French and more.Bon Appetit!