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Get the British Open Winning Driver at Palmetto Dunes!

The British Open ended July 17 with a win from Irish player Darren Clarke, who, at 42, became the oldest Open champion since 1967. What you may not know is that he played The Open with the R11 driver by TaylorMade, a driver you can find right here at our pro shops at Palmetto Dunes.

The R11 can activate the three dimensions to distance with Moveable Weight Technology, Flight Control Technology and the Adjustable Sole Plate. All these aspects came in handy for Clarke’s big July 17 win.

Did you know TaylorMade products have been used in 32 worldwide victories, surpassing all other brands?

If you’re looking to play like a champion, come try it out at our free custom golf fitting every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. See you on the greens!

Play Golf with Celebrities at Palmetto Dunes in Hilton Head This Fall

What will you be doing this Labor Day weekend? What about participating in Hilton Head’s annual Celebrity Golf Tournament?

At the tournament, amateur golfers are paired with a different celebrity each day of the three-day event. Celebrities include a variety of sports figures, news anchors, dancers, comedians and more. Here’s the complete celebrity roster list.

The first round, which takes place at our very own Robert Trent Jones Course, is Friday, September 2, followed by the Pete Dye Course at Colleton River on day 2 and Harbour Town Golf Links on day 3.

Opening day of the tournament is also Greenwood Appreciation Day to honor Greenwood Communities and Resorts for being a part of this Labor Day golf event for over 30 years. We are so proud to be a part of the Greenwood family and the location of Round 1 of this year’s Celebrity Golf Tournament!

Since 1979, The Celebrity Golf Foundation has raised more than $3.8 million for our community’s children. This year, the event’s proceeds will benefit 20 children’s charities in the Lowcountry.

Sound like fun? Make it a family affair this Labor Day weekend. Let the kids get active at Palmetto Dunes with golfing, tennis, surfing and more while you hit the links.

Tags: Golf

Palmetto Dunes Celebrates Summer Reading with a “Party”

Summer is in full swing, and what better way to enjoy it than relaxing at the beach with a great book? We know that choosing the perfect beach read can be difficult, but luckily Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort is here to help!

We’ve searched for the best new books of the summer from some of our favorite authors, including Pat Conroy, Mary Alice Monroe, Dorthea Benton Frank and Emily Giffin. So we’re are throwing the Beach Book Bash (#BeachBookBash), a party on Twitter, full of trivia and fun prizes. A few lucky Twitterers will receive signed copies of our favorite books and one will even win a Kindle!

The Beach Book Bash will be July 20 from 8-10 p.m. EST, and there are many ways to join in on the fun. You can start entering to win the Kindle RIGHT NOW in lots of ways:

1. Tweet about the Beach Bash, including the hashtag #BeachBookBash

2. Blog about the Beach Bash and posting that to the Palmetto Dunes Facebook page

3. Post videos on our Facebook page about why you need a Kindle

4. Or during the party, answer a trivia question correctly!

The Grand Prize winner will be announced on July 21at 2 p.m. EST on both our Twitter and Facebook pages, and it could be you!

And be sure to join in on the party for your chance to win signed copies of our favorite authors’ books.

Visit our Facebook page for the full details! See you at the bash.

New Hilton Head Restaurant at Shelter Cove Harbour: Ela’s Blu Water Grille

Visitors to Palmetto Dunes this summer will find a great new option for dining at Shelter Cove Harbour. Ela’s, located directly above the Ship’s Store, serves up fresh seafood and steak with a wonderful Italian twist and amazing water views to boot.

Master Chef Kal Rabadi greets local fishermen daily to decide what will be on his menu that evening. And vinophiles will gush over the extensive wine menu!

They’ve only been open less than a month and already have a celebrity following! In fact, Paula Abdul dined there on her recent Hilton Head trip. But celebs aren’t the only ones giving Ela’s a thumbs up; the locals are giving it great reviews too. Here’s what one of our Facebook friends had this to say about his visit:

Tried [Ela’s] this past week and it was one of the better meals we've had on hhi in a very long time...still in it's infancy in a few areas, but they've got what it takes...owners are on site every night and the chef is terrific...we're rooting for them to succeed!”

You can find them on Facebook and OpenTable, so make sure to check them out the next time you’re down this way! If you ever need any other recommendations for dining in Hilton Head you can always tweet us @PalmettoDunesSC or check out our Tempt Your Palate blog post from earlier this season!

Your Family Could Be "Getting Away Together"

Hilton Head Island is looking for families and groups to be featured on "Getting Away Together," a PBS reality show that will be aired in 2012. If your family or group of friends is in dire need of a vacation, this is your chance! All you have to do is tell them why your group deserves the vacation!

Is your clan kooky? Is your family just outright hilarious? They want to hear what makes your group special, and you could be on your way to a dream getaway. Who wouldn't want a documented vacation on Hilton Head Island? From golfing, spas and beautiful beaches, there’s something for everyone on this unique Island.

To submit your story, check out all the details here and good luck!

The Perfect Hilton Head Vacation Villa: 755 Queens Grant

Most people know Palmetto Dunes by the amazing array of activities we offer, like our world class golf. You can pretty much do anything you want without ever leaving our resort. What some don’t know is that we directly manage many of the beautiful homes and villas on the property, as well. By renting your Hilton Head vacation rental through us, you get great discounts on all those activities you love like bikes, kayaks, tennis and tee times!

If you’re still looking for that last-minute summer vacation with your family, we have just the villa for you! 755 Queens Grant is a completely updated unit featuring two bedrooms and two baths. It’s been remodeled with plenty of upgrades, such as new flooring, appliances and cabinetry.

This unit also features three beds and a sleeper sofa so you can fit the whole family! It’s walking distance from golf, tennis, shopping and, of course, the beach. When you come home from a long day of fun and sun, you can relax in the living room that comes complete with a flat screen TV, DVD player and Direct TV.

The best part is this villa still has a few availabilities in August and September! So give us a call at 866-744-7558 and we’ll set you up!

“Hang 10” at Palmetto Dunes

If your kids are looking to try something new and exciting this summer then head down to Hilton Head Outfitters and sign up for our surf camp! The classes are 90 minutes long and available for all ages. Captain Byron Sewell gives private attention to all attendees and brings his radical experience to the class!

Captain Byron was born on Hilton Head Island and has been a competitive surfer for 12 years. He has 5 State Championship titles and has even won an East Coast Championship. When he’s not in Hilton Head helping your child catch a wave, you can find him either in Hawaii or in Costa Rica from November through May running a surfing adventure guide.

Every class starts with a 10-minute yoga stretch to get everyone loose and in the right frame of mind. All classes are full of laughter and he ends each session with a watermelon seed spitting contest! So get your children out there for fun in the surf so they can tell everyone they’ve been surfing in Hilton Head. Cowabunga dudes!

Pass the Football and Better Your Golf Swing

Here’s some good news for all of our athletes out there: playing other sports can help your golf game! The reason? The motion involved in other athletic activities, such as swinging a tennis racket, hitting a baseball or throwing a Frisbee, are very similar to the mechanics used in a golf swing.

An article in Golf Tips magazine encourages readers to hold a football and pretend to be a quarterback handing off a ball to the running back. This motion is similar to the initial takeaway of a golf swing. “Just as you would with a football handoff, the takeaway begins with the rotation of the body to the right and the club out in front of the chest.” By practicing motions with sports you’re already comfortable with, you can start breaking down the individual motions in a golf swing.

Our resident golf pro at Palmetto Dunes, Doug Weaver, is an avid believer in this athletic approach to improving your golf game. Weaver says, “You will play better tennis if you play golf and vice versa.” At Doug’s junior clinics, the kids do football drills, soccer drills and even hula hooping to help them loosen their hips and improve their follow-through motion.

So remember, the master of another sport CAN master golf too.