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Seasons Boutique Another Jewel in Hilton Head Shopping Scene

Hilton Head shoppingHilton Head Island offers many unique boutiques and stores for locals and those on vacation, who are looking for something wonderful to take home. With the addition of a new women’s boutique at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina, there’s yet one more stop on your Hilton Head shopping spree.

Opened by the owner of Christmas on the Harbour, also located at Shelter Cove, Seasons offers stylish resort wear, tops, skirts, maxi dresses, purses, jewelry and other accessories. The inventory will refresh each season to allow shoppers to find new pieces throughout the year. Seasons’ clothing is also selected to be easy to care for and travels well for visitors who will bring their purchases home with them in a suitcase.

Owner Bonnie Kriscovich and April Hinton, store manager, jumped at the opportunity to open a women’s boutique in the waterfront shopping area. “We are going to host trunk shows and really create relationships with our clients,” says Hinton. “I really want people to say ‘I want to go check out what April just got in!’”

You’ll find Seasons located between Christmas on the Harbour and Neptune’s Niche at Shelter Cove. The store opens daily at 10 a.m. with variable closing hours depending on the season. For more information on hours or items in store, please call (843)-842-9911 or email seasonshiltohead@gmail.com.

While you’re shopping, be sure to enjoy lunch or dinner at one of the new restaurants at Shelter Cove Harbour. Mediterranean Harbour Bar & Grill serves homemade Lebanese cuisine, while La Fontana Waterfront Grill & Pizzeria offers Nepalese style cuisine and pizzas. Both Hilton Head restaurants offer outdoor seating and bars with views of Broad Creek.

Hilton Head Golf Legend Leo Luken Lived an Amazing Life

Last fall, we shared with you that one of our residents and regulars at our Hilton Head golf courses shot his age or better for an amazing 1000th time. Leo Luken, who at the time was 95, came to play golf with us about three times every week. We are saddened to inform you that he passed away in his sleep on August 2 at the age of 96.

Leo made national headlines with his golf feat, showing up on the Golf Channel and PGA.com, as well as in USA Today. You can watch the Golf Channel interview with Leo below:

 

Leo didn’t even begin playing golf until the age of 45 and didn’t shoot his age for the first time until he was 71. In 2005, he participated in the Shoot Your Age Championship in Florida, which aired on CBS. There he shot his age for the 530th time, actually bettering his age by six shots. Leo won the tournament, besting even Arnold Palmer and Gary Player!

Hilton Head golfer Leo LukenOriginally from Indiana, Leo was also an avid baseball player and served as a pitcher in Fort Wayne, Ind. He holds a spot in the Kentucky and Indiana sports halls of fame.

In the Hilton Head Island Packet, our Director of Golf Instruction Doug Weaver said, “As an athlete, he was as intense a competitor as I've ever known. He's the type of guy that if he would have learned golf at 20, he would have been a competitive pro."

“I want people to remember how fortunate we all were to be around him,” said Weaver. “If I played golf with him 20 times in 10 years, it wasn't enough. He had an Arnold Palmer type of charisma."

George Fazio Course Named South Carolina Golf Course of the Year for 2014

South Carolina Golf Course of the Year 2014

Three-Ball. Hat Trick. Trifecta. No matter what you call it — if it happens in sports, three of almost anything is reason to celebrate.

We’re excited to share with you that we’ve experienced our own three-peat after the S.C. Board of Directors of the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA) named our George Fazio golf course the 2014 South Carolina Golf Course of the Year. It’s the third and final of our three Hilton Head golf courses to receive this prestigious designation.

In 2003, the Robert Trent Jones oceanfront course was named South Carolina Golf Course of the Year, while the Arthur Hills golf course received the honor in 2009. All three have also been rated four stars or more by Fodor’s Golf Digest Places to Play.

“The award-winning George Fazio course embodies the values we cherish at Palmetto Dunes – offering year-round championship golf in the heart of the South Carolina Lowcountry,” says Brad Marra, vice president of resort operations for Palmetto Dunes. “Many golfers regard it as the island’s most challenging championship course.”

The Fazio golf course demands a combination of long play and precise golf shots. From the 432-yard 1st hole to the 462-yard 18th hole, the Fazio course is the only par-70 golf course on Hilton Head Island. Its long par-4s are beset with bunkers and water hazards. The Fazio course plays 6,239 yards from the middle white tees.

In October, the Fazio Course will be in the running for National Golf Course of the Year.

Book a tee time at the Fazio course and try it out for yourself! For more information about Hilton Head golf packages or group golf on Hilton Head Island, visit www.palmettodunes.com

Play Golf like Rory McIlroy at Hilton Head’s Palmetto Dunes

Everyone’s talking about Rory McIlroy right now with his big win at the British Open. He even got the coveted Sports Illustrated cover, which is rare for any golfer other than Tiger Woods. Here at the Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy, we like to teach golfers how to improve their game and love to take a look at some of the pros’ best techniques.

According to our Director of Golf Instruction Doug Weaver, Rory McIlroy is known for his rotating swing. When you look at the completion of his swing, his right shoulder is over the left leg and past the left shoulder rather than stopping the rotation.

How can you learn that technique? Weaver suggests naturally tossing a ball toward to the left of the target line almost at a right angle to get the feel of it. He says it translates into better compression of the ball, which you’ll hit clean and far. Watch this video of Weaver demonstrating:

In a recent article, Golf Digest also noted McIlroy’s outstanding putting at the British Open where he made 20 birdies and two eagles and one-putted 34 out of 72 greens. The article notes that his putting coach Dave Stockton teaches players to “begin to set their stance while looking out at the line -- not at the ball.” At the Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy, we offer eight hours of putting instruction every week to help you work on that aspect of your game.

The Daily Mail’s Tony Jacklin says, “Rory’s technique is fabulous, showing that golf is nothing to do with size but all about speed and balance and rhythm and skill. It’s magical to watch.”

Weaver offers some tips for putting like McIlroy in this video filmed at the oceanfront 10th hole at the Robert Trent Jones course at Palmetto Dunes:

Of course, if you want to be like Rory, it doesn’t hurt to use Nike clubs and wear Nike apparel, too. The Palmetto Dunes golf pro shop at the Robert Trent Jones golf course is one of only six Nike Golf TTC Concept shops across the U.S. where you can find plenty of Nike gear.

If you want to learn to play like Rory, look no farther than the Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy. Call us at 866-650-4130 to schedule your private lesson today!

All About Hilton Head Island’s Beaches

Hilton Head Island beach

One of the top reasons folks venture down our way is for our amazing beaches that stretch along the Atlantic Ocean. On Hilton Head Island, you will find a total of 12 miles of beach, including 3 miles just within Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort alone!

The island is actually just 5 miles wide and shaped like a foot, so it’s easy enough to get from one beach to another in a short span of time. Expect tide levels to change as much as 6-8 feet every six hours, so don’t leave your beach towels too close to the water when you go for a stroll.

Lots of organizations have lauded Hilton Head’s beaches, giving them top honors. USA Today named Hilton Head Island as one of the 10 best Carolina beaches, Parents Magazine selected us the No. 1 beach town in the U.S., and U.S. News & World Report showcased the island as No. 6 on its list of Top 10 Best Beaches for 2013.

The beaches of Hilton Head Island are the perfect spot to engage in a range of activities like biking, running, surfing, paddleboarding, skimboarding, swimming and so much more. Build the perfect sand castle, collect shells and discover amazing sea creatures, just be sure to put back any live ones and fill in your holes and level sandcastles at the end of the day for the safety of our Loggerhead Sea Turtles.

Within Palmetto Dunes’ 3 miles of beaches, you’ll find beautiful Hilton Head vacation homes and villas, as well as the oceanfront Dunes House, which is open to our guests and property owners. You can enjoy lunch, dinner or drinks at the outdoor restaurant, as well as live music during the summer months. At the Dunes House, you’ll also find the Hilton Head Outfitters kiosk where you can enroll in surf camp, rent beach chairs or paddleboards and lots more.

What’s your favorite thing about Hilton Head Island’s many beaches?

For more information about booking your Hilton Head vacation at Palmetto Dunes, visit www.palmettodunes.com or call us at 866-650-4130.

Our Top 10 Favorite Golf Quotes

Golf QuotesSince golfing is a way of life here at Palmetto Dunes with our three championship Hilton Head golf courses hosting hundreds of golfers every week, we thought we’d share some of our favorite golf quotes. They come not just from golf professionals, but from comedians, writers and even presidents!

Here’s our top 10:

"I know I am getting better at golf because I'm hitting fewer spectators." – Gerald Ford

“They call it golf because the other four-letter words were taken.” – Raymond Floyd

“Hit it hard, go find it and hit it hard again.” – Arnold Palmer

"The ardent golfer would play Mount Everest if somebody put a flagstick on top." – Pete Dye

"Golf is an awkward set of bodily contortions designed to produce a graceful result." – Tommy Armour

"Golf is a game in which you yell 'fore', shoot six and write down five." – Paul Harvey

"It is good sportsmanship not to pick up lost balls while they are still rolling." – Mark Twain

"The most important shot in golf is the next one." – Ben Hogan

"The golf swing is like a suitcase into which we are trying to pack one too many things." – John Updike

"I never learned anything from a match that I won." – Bobby Jones

There are plenty more great golf quotes out there but these are just a few that made us laugh or gave us pause. What’s your favorite golf quote? Who’s your favorite golfer?

Come enjoy a fall Hilton Head golf getaway at Palmetto Dunes this year! View our golf vacation packages or get a quote to bring down a group of 12 or more. Happy golfing!

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Get Your Best Friends Together on a Hilton Head Party Fishing Boat

Hilton Head fishing charter

There is no shortage of ways to have fun with your friends on Hilton Head Island, but here’s one way you may not have heard about: a Hilton Head party fishing boat. Gather a big group of up to 60 family and friends together and get ready to explore the beautiful marshes and waterways of Broad Creek while competing to reel in the biggest catch.

Available out of Shelter Cove Harbour across from Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, the Captain Hook is a 70-foot boat that can be chartered by groups. Billed as the “largest and most comfortable party fishing boat on Hilton Head Island,” the Captain Hook has a full galley, enclosed cabin, shaded sitting areas for fishing, two clean restrooms and plenty of room to catch some rays on the top deck.

Choose which type of Hilton Head fishing charter you’d like to enjoy aboard Captain Hook, including inshore shark fishing, offshore wreck fishing or night shark fishing with HarbourFest fireworks on Tuesday nights. The trips range from 3 to 5 1/2 hours and start at $53/person and $43/person for children 12 and younger for a three-hour tour. The cost includes bait, tackle, rod and reel rental, instructions and fish cleaning. A fishing license is not required.

Plan to bring your own small cooler (beer in cans is allowed) or purchase food on the boat, including hot dogs, pizza, cheeseburgers, candy, beer, water and soda.  The food bar is cash only. You can also buy T-shirts onboard as a souvenir of your trip! Plan to wear shorts or long pants, a T-shirt, swimsuit, jacket, hat, and sneakers or boat shoes. No flip flops, please.

To schedule your Hilton Head party fishing charter, give us a call at 843-785-1700. Have a blast!

5 Great Workouts on Hilton Head Island

Where to workout in Hilton Head

Wondering how you can stay in shape during your Hilton Head Island vacation? It’s a breeze! Even if you take a break from your regular exercise video or weight lifting routine during your trip, you can still get in some great entire body workouts by simply enjoying the great outdoors around our island.

Here are 5 fantastic ways to stay fit on Hilton Head Island:

1)      Run on the beach – Do you regularly run your neighborhood at home or perhaps a local park? On Hilton Head Island, we’ve got an even better view: the Atlantic Ocean! Head out in the morning before it heats up and keep your eye out for dolphins. You won’t even realize you’re out of breath!

2)      Ride a bike – We offer Hilton Head bike rentals for your convenience if you’re flying to the area or don’t want to drive down with your own bike. Hilton Head Island offers 50 miles of paved bike paths – 5 miles within our resort that have just been redone -- for you to explore the beauty of the Lowcountry.

3)      Stand up Paddleboarding – One of the fastest growing watersports, stand up paddleboarding, or SUP, is a great full body workout that requires lots of balance and core strength. Paddle the waves in the Atlantic or Shelter Cove’s Broad Creek and enjoy the scenery. Hilton Head Outfitters has these special boards for rent. You can even try yoga on a stand up paddleboard with classes offered by Outside Hilton Head.

4)      Go surfing – If you don’t know how to surf, attend our 90-minute Surf Camp offered Monday through Friday during the summer to learn the basics. Then rent a board from Hilton Head Outfitters and hang 10!

5)      Play tennis – Tennis is a great cardio workout and we offer guests who book their Hilton Head vacation rentals through us two hours of free tennis court time daily. If that’s not quite enough of a workout for you, try our Hilton Head cardio tennis class for a real heart-pumping workout.

How do you stay fit while on vacation?

For more information about our Hilton Head vacation packages or vacation homes, give us a call at 866-650-4130 or visit www.palmettodunes.com

6 Ways to Celebrate Family Golf Month at Hilton Head Island’s Palmetto Dunes

Hilton Head junior golf

Play Golf America hosts Family Golf Month during the month of July in order to promote golf as a fun, family activity. “Summer is a great time to get involved in the game of golf, because there are so many programs that focus on the benefits that golf has for everyone,” says PGA of America President Allen Wronowski.

We’ve got plenty of family-friendly opportunities to explore golf within Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, recently named one of the World’s Top-25 Family Getaways by Travel + Leisure, and our three championship Hilton Head golf courses. Here are 6:

1)      Kids play FREE! Children ages 10 and younger play free with an adult paying regular rate after 4 p.m. at all three of our Hilton Head golf courses.

2)      Family Golf School – Learn to play golf all together with our three-day Hilton Head Family Golf School. Our golf instructors will tailor the instruction to your family’s skill level and have you looking like pros by the end of your Hilton Head vacation.

3)      Play our junior tees – The Robert Trent Jones course features permanent junior tees and the George Fazio golf course also offers markings at 150 yards or less.

4)      Little Swingers – Kids ages 3-7 can get started on the basics of golf with fun songs at our Little Swingers kids golf class offered seasonally.

5)      Junior Clinics – Kids 6 and older can join in our junior Hilton Head golf clinics, which focus on mastering the fundamentals of golf shots, etiquette and rules. Three different shots are covered daily. More advanced players ages 8 and older can participate in the Advanced Junior Class, which includes a round with a professional.

6)      Dine at Big Jim’s restaurant – After your family round of golf, head over to Big Jim’s restaurant right on the Jones course for a family-friendly meal with specialties including BBQ, burgers and pizza.

How will you celebrate Family Golf Month?

For a Hilton Head golf vacation, take a look at all of our golf vacation packages or give us a call at 866-650-4130 to customize a golf getaway just for you.

Enjoy Mediterranean Cuisine on Hilton Head Island at New Shelter Cove Restaurant

Hilton Head restaurant

Hilton Head Island is no stranger to gourmet cuisine, and a new restaurant at Shelter Cove Harbour will give locals a visitors yet another taste of global fare here in the Lowcountry. Mediterranean Harbour Bar and Grill recently opened its doors next to La Fontana restaurant, adding to the range of worldwide cuisine you can find at Shelter Cove, including Mexican, Italian and now Lebanese.

Unique to Hilton Head Island, Mediterranean Harbour Bar and Grill specializes in Mediterranean and Lebanese cuisine, where most dishes are grilled or baked. Chefs import many ingredients and spices from overseas to heighten flavors and create dishes like Falafel, Tabouleh and Sharwarma. There are menu options for vegans and vegetarians, as well as gluten-free selections.

The newly remodeled Hilton Head restaurant has been renovated both inside and out with new mahogany furniture, hardwood floors and outdoor seating for 24, including a new outdoor bar with views of Shelter Cove Harbour and the perfect place to watch HarbourFest fireworks throughout summer.

Hilton Head diningMediterranean Harbour Bar and Grill is located at 13 Harbourside Lane Suite B and is open for lunch and dinner daily from 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. For more information, visit www.mediterraneanharbour.com or call 843-842-9991.

La Fontana opened this spring at Shelter Cove Harbour, serving brick oven pizzas, pastas, seafood and traditional Neapolitan dishes for both lunch and dinner.

Tags: Dining