Palmetto Dunes

Weddings and Golf on Hilton Head Go Hand in Hand

Hilton Head Island is the perfect place for a wedding: a romantic retreat with plenty of sand, surf and beautiful views. Of course, Hilton Head Island also is one of the best golf destinations in the world. Why not combine the two?

You’ll certainly persuade the groomsmen to bound cheerfully to Hilton Head Island if you promise them a round or two of groom’s golf. Gather the guys, smoke a cigar or two and try to beat your buddy with a lower score.

Just choose which of our three designer courses you’d like to play. The Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Course is known for its #10 hole overlooking the Atlantic Ocean on Hilton Head Island. The George Fazio course demands accuracy and more than a few sand shots, and the Arthur Hills course put the world’s best players -- Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson -- to the test as college players.

Add a round to your festivities and we’ll treat you like pros: cart signs with your grooms’ names, complimentary yardage books and gifts for all players. We’ll even set up contests, such as longest drive and closest to the pin, for your groomsmen. We also offer a full menu for golf groups, and if there’s at least 12 in your party, the bride and groom play for free!

Want more info? Contact our group coordinator, Michael Royer, at 866.306.4330 and he'll be happy to set up your golf outing. Then, tell your groomsmen and let the taunting begin!

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Shannon’s Back & Other Spring Shelter Cove Events

Weeknights on Hilton Head Island are back to the way they should be -- centered around Shannon Tanner’s family-fun evening performances, now in their 24th year, at the Shelter Cove Harbour gazebo.

While not the official start of HarbourFest (which begins in June), Shannon, known for his beanie hat -- propeller and all -- begins his spring set of performances Tuesday-Saturday now-Memorial Day at 6:30 p.m. After Memorial Day, he’ll perform twice in the evenings Monday-Friday at 6:30 & 8 p.m.

How did Shannon get his start? As a teen, he helped out on his dad’s shrimp boat that docked at another Hilton Head Island landmark, Hudson’s. One night after work, he played his guitar and, much to his surprise, attracted a crowd of tourists. A star was born.

But this star is pretty good at sharing the spotlight with children and their parents (many of whom were children themselves watching Shannon some 20 years ago). From one devoted parent who’s been returning year after year to Shelter Cove: 

I am the father of two girls and we have been vacationing at Hilton Head every year for the last 13 years. We have seen your show (usually multiple times) every year and I want to thank you for what you do. I commented to my wife and kids (now 22 and 26) that it is incredible to me that you must have done 1,500-2,000 shows over the years and each show seems like the first one you have ever done. You are amazingly upbeat and devoted to putting on a great show.

Because of his infectious levity, larger stars have shared their stages with him like Amy Grant, the Beach Boys, America, and Toby Keith. He’s also had the honor of performing private shows for President Ford, Vice President Dan Quayle and Henry Mancini, to name a few.

Come to Shelter Cove this spring to hear Shannon--and everyone else--sing “My Hair Had a Party Last Night,” “Twinkle Little Star Rap” and “Down to the Island.” We promise you’ll be humming it in your head all year…

Shannon’s not the only thing going on in Shelter Cove this spring. Some other upcoming events to add to your calendar include:

Spring is hoppin’ at Shelter Cove. See you there!

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Fishing’s a Breeze With Hilton Head Outfitters

We know it happens. You arrive on Hilton Head Island and you suddenly get the urge to cast a line into the lagoon or the surf, but you didn’t pack your gear and tackle. 

Not to worry, we’ve got you covered. We have six surf-casting rods and 10 lightweight spinning rods available for daily rental and plenty more gear and tackle for sale, too. In fact, we just received a new shipment, so the selection is broad. Check out our G Loomis rods, for example.

OK, so now you have your rod. What’s next? Bait. We suggest frozen mullet or squid, or a few choice selections from our line of Berkley Gulp artificial bait. But before you get that bait wet, you’ll need a saltwater fishing license. We can hook you up with the DNR and you can get a license over the phone.

So, what might you find on the other end of the line? The latest area fishing report said spottail bass is plentiful because of the warm winter. Creek and river fishing has been better than normal for this time of year around docks, rocks, and trees.

If you’d rather fish out to sea, we lead fishing excursions into the lagoon and offshore. We also rent a virtual flotilla of fishing boats and crabbing vessels.

If you’re itching to be fishing, stop into Hilton Head Outfitters. We can get you rigged up in a hurry.

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Tennis on Hilton Head Island -- What’s Not to Love?

It’s springtime and that means it’s the perfect time to bring your tennis game to Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort – and Hilton Head Island.

Shortly after the Heritage PGA Tour golf tournament put Hilton Head Island on the map in the 1960s, tennis stars lobbed the island into the tennis stratosphere and Hilton Head has remained a popular, world-class tennis destination ever since.

One of the most popular places for tennis on the island is the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center. Recently named the No. 1 tennis resort in the Carolinas and among the top 10 in the nation by Tennis Magazine, Palmetto Dunes is also ranked No. 2 in the world for instruction and events, No. 3 in the world for junior programs and No. 5 in the world overall by our guests via Tennis Resorts Online.

When you book your home or villa through Palmetto Dunes, you can play tennis for free two hours every day. You have your pick of 23 clay and two Nova ProBounce courts at the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center. Six courts are lighted for night play, just perfect for those warm South Carolina nights.

Atop all of that is a packed schedule of Hilton Head tennis tournaments from February to November. This spring and summer includes the 6th annual Banana Open Junior Challenge, a singles tournament for boys and girls on May 4-6; the 33rd annual Banana Open for men and women competing in singles, doubles and combo mixed doubles from June 1-3. Don’t forget the 5th annual Palmetto Dunes Tennis Fall Classic from Aug. 31 to Sept. 2 that features men’s and women’s doubles and mixed doubles.

And if you’d like to improve your game, join our weekly complimentary tennis exhibitions Mondays at 5:30 p.m. to watch our pros battle it out on Centre Court while you enjoy cocktails. On Tuesdays, we also offer Demo Days at 2 p.m., where you can try out the latest in racquet technology and ask our pros any questions you have.

Join us for a game, set or match. Tennis, Hilton Head Island and Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. That’s a classic combination.