Palmetto Dunes

Summer Style on the Golf Course

Summer is almost here and that means there will be lots of people out playing our three championship Hilton Head golf courses! Not only do you want to have a great game, but you want to look fabulous and have the latest and greatest equipment to boot. We’ve picked three of the hottest summer golf items that have just arrived in our Palmetto Dunes golf pro shops to share with you:

Men’s Oakley Golf Apparel
Oakley men's golfThis is a new golf apparel line for us here at Palmetto Dunes and we just received our first shipment in May. Oakley is popular with lots of golf pros like Bubba Watson, Ricky Barnes and Zach Johnson, and we think our customers will like it, too. Oakley says their aim is to blend bright colors with intricate detail and a broad array of materials.  Come into one of our Hilton Head golf pro shops, try on some items and see what you think!

9 & Dine Women’s Golf Apparel
Of course, we want our ladies to look just as good as the gents on the golf course and that’s why we carry the 9 & Dine brand of women’s golf apparel. This line, made in the USA, was created out of a desire for fashion, comfort and convenience and we think it succeeds! It’s been described as clothing that can transition from the golf course straight to cocktail hour – a win-win. 9 & Dine’s collections were created to give women golf clothes they’ll love to wear, on the golf course and beyond. Here’s a fun video featuring the 9 & Dine founder:

Taylormade RBZ-2 Fairway Woods Golf Clubs
TaylorMade golf club Looking for some new golf clubs? Need a great Father’s Day gift! May we suggest the new Taylormade RBZ-2 Fairway Woods clubs? The second generation of the Rocketballz fairway woods brings an improved speed pocket design and a low, forward CG location to produce a fairway wood that is up to 10 yards longer than last year’s fairway wood revolution.  Come try these during a free club fitting with Rod Thompson at the Robert Trent Jones course range and see how you like them! To make an appointment, please call us 843-686-9137. Come see the difference properly-fitted equipment can make in your game.

What new golf gear are you looking for this year? It’s likely one of our three golf pro shops has it! Stop by and browse a while next time you’re in town or give us a call directly at 866-744-7558 to see if we have what you need in stock.

Be sure to check out all of our summer Hilton Head golf clinics, schools and classes, Hilton Head golf packages and play some rounds with us this summer. Have a great summer golf season!

Memorial Day Weekend in Hilton Head Packed with Events

Hilton Head Art FestivalWhat’s your family doing this Memorial Day? May we suggest a visit to Hilton Head? We’ve got a host of different events all weekend that will appeal to a variety of interests.

Shelter Cove Harbour will once again host the annual Hilton Head Art Fest, now in its 5th year, which gives art lovers and novices alike the chance to browse art in a variety of media in the wonderful outdoor setting of Shelter Cove.

On Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26 from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Hilton Head vacationers and locals can visit the free arts and crafts market to see artwork from some 150 fine artists nationwide. Shoppers will find watercolor, jewelry, oils, ceramics, glass, photography and even life-size sculptures! Can you imagine taking home something akin to the famous King Neptune statue at Shelter Cove?

The artists at the festival are hand selected from hundreds of applicants to ensure an extensive variety of items that will appeal to a broad range of art enthusiasts, collectors and those looking for unique gifts. We can’t think of anything more amazing than taking back a work of art as a souvenir of your Hilton Head vacation!

Hilton Head kids activitiesAlso, at Shelter Cove Harbour are a variety of musical performances, including Shannon Tanner who will kick off the 25th annual HarbourFest on May 24. He’ll play Friday-Sunday at both 6:30 and 8 p.m., entertaining crowds with his beloved kid-friendly songs like “My Hair Had a Party Last Night.”

During the day on both Saturday and Sunday, Shelter Cove Harbour will host the Patwa reggae band, a local favorite and perfect for setting a laid-back island mood. Grab a margarita at San Miguel’s Mexican restaurant and you’re set!

If your group wants to get more active, why not enroll in our Family Golf School, which is designed to fit a family’s needs and skill level or try our 90-minute Hilton Head surf school and learn how to catch a wave in no time. We’ll also be hosting adult tennis round robins over the weekend or try our new guided stand up paddleboarding tours of our 11-mile lagoon or the ocean for tailored paddleboarding guidance and a lesson on the flora and fauna of Hilton Head.

What are your plans for Memorial Day weekend? We hope they involve Hilton Head! If they don’t, go ahead and visit our Hilton Head web cams and pretend like you’re here :-).

Hilton Head’s HarbourFest Celebrates 25th Year

Hilton Head HarbourFest It’s hard to believe, but Hilton Head Island’s favorite summer tradition is now celebrating its 25th year! That means our beloved Shannon Tanner, who performs family-friendly music at HarbourFest in his trademark beanie hat, has seen kids come back with their own kids decades later. He even sings some of the same songs he’s been singing since the beginning.

This year the phenomenon of HarbourFest is back beginning May 24 with performances from Tanner at 6:30 and 8 p.m. Monday-Friday. Tanner will sing his trademark tunes like “My Hair Had a Party Last Night” and “Flying Purple People Eater” to packed crowds each evening.

Don’t forget to bring your colorful propeller hat and have Tanner sign it for you. Some fans have hats with messages from Tanner on every panel inside and out – all inspirational thoughts to motivate kids. “Every summer HarbourFest is now a rock concert with thousands upon thousands of people. It has a life of its own now!” says Tanner.

Cappy the Clown will also be at Shelter Cove Harbour as part of HarbourFest this year to entertain and bring smiles to the faces of kids and kids at heart. Other fun activities include face painting, balloon animals, bounce house and arts and crafts. You won’t lack for fun at HarbourFest!

When many people think of HarbourFest, they think of Hilton Head fireworks lighting up the sky over Broad Creek. Fireworks are a cherished Hilton Head tradition, and this year they’ll delight on most summer Tuesday evenings at dusk. Scheduled dates include: June 18 & 25; July 4, 9, 16, 23 & 30; and August 6 & 13. Keep in mind the fireworks are weather permitting and that includes allowing time beforehand to get the show set up. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter pages if there’s rain in the forecast for live updates.

“Fireworks are a magical thing for families, especially in a setting as beautiful as Shelter Cove Harbour,” says Tanner.

For a unique view of the fireworks, consider taking a guided kayak tour or boat cruise, which operate out of Shelter Cove Harbour.

Never been to HarbourFest or want to relive the memories? Watch our video from HarbourFest 2012. 

Shelter Cove Harbour is also adding a new family-friendly show to the summer line-up for 2013. Parrot Palooza is an island-themed sunset celebration, featuring street performers, entertainment and food and drinks starting at 5 p.m. followed by a 5-piece Jimmy Buffet Tribute concert put together by Tanner. Shannon Tanner and the Oyster Reefers  will perform Friday nights from 7-9 p.m. Parrot Palooza will be Friday evenings on the following dates during the summer: June 21 & 28; July 5, 12, 19 & 26; and August 2, 9 & 16.

We hope to see you at Shelter Cove in your beanie hat this summer!

Palmetto Dunes Once Again Named to Top 10 Tennis Resorts in the World

Hilton Head tennis centerWith some 30,000 people coming through the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center each year, it’s certain that tennis is near and dear to our hearts here at our South Carolina resort. Once again, our wonderful tennis guests have ranked us as tops when it comes to tennis resorts not just around the country but across the world., a website which annually compiles guest rankings of tennis resorts, just released their Top 100 Tennis Resorts and Camps for 2013. Tennis vacationers are asked to score the resorts on amenities and services – both on court and off – quality of lodging, restaurants, children’s experiences and value. To qualify, each resort must have a minimum 25 reviews to be considered for the Top 10 and must have a minimum 6 tennis courts (we have 25).

Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort came in at No. 9 in the rankings’ Top 25 resorts, putting us into the Gold Medal Category. Additionally, we were ranked at No. 4 for the Best Junior Tennis programs. Tennis Magazine has also ranked Palmetto Dunes the No. 1 tennis resort in the Carolinas and one of the top 10 in the nation.

At Palmetto Dunes, we love tennis players! We offer all sorts of activities, tennis instructional programs and tournaments to keep you coming back. During the spring and summer season, we offer weekly Demo Days for trying new tennis equipment, as well as a weekly exhibition and Happy Hour to hang out with the staff, watch them play and enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres. We also have a popular daily adult round robin that makes for a fun social competition among guests.

If you’re looking to better your tennis game, we host 43 adult tennis clinics every week and 27 junior clinics March-August and during holidays. Guests can also select up to 6 ½ hours of instructional programming each day from our regular schedule. “This offers a lot of flexibility for people depending on their schedule – they can play as much or as little as they want,” says John Kerr, director of tennis for Palmetto Dunes. “For example, they can do our morning clinics from 8-12:30 p.m. and then come back in the afternoon for the daily round robin.”

If you want to combine tennis with your Hilton Head vacation, we offer packages specifically geared toward tennis players, including the Extreme Tennis Vacation with 7 nights of accommodations for four, three 1-hour private lessons and two clinics per player, daily court time and more. Another popular choice is the Tennis Stay & Play package with 3 nights of accommodations, two 1-hour clinics, two hours of court time daily and three-day bike rentals.

You can also make a tennis vacation out of our nine different tennis tournaments each year, including 3 USTA state championships. Many people plan their vacations around these events, many of which are linked to charity and most are open to the public and are non-USTA sanctioned.

Come see for yourself why Palmetto Dunes is one of the Top 10 Tennis Resorts in the world! Want a quote on a tennis vacation? Request it here or call us at 866-744-7558.