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    • Posted on 30th Sep 2014, 1:00 pm

      Hilton Head in the Off Season Offers More Bang for your Buck

      Afraid Hilton Head Island prices are beyond your reach? Think again! Palmetto Dunes, especially in the off season, which includes the holidays, may be more economical than you thought. 

      From October 2014-March 2015, we have rates for a two-bedroom resort view villa starting at only $159/night! And unlike a traditional hotel room, you get a full villa with many of the amenities of home like a full kitchen and dining area and a washer/dryer, which makes packing so much easier. Our villas also have TVs, wireless Internet access and many have porches, balconies or decks to enjoy Lowcountry views, as well as gyms, pools and elevators. Additional bedrooms and ocean views are available for a higher starting rate. 

      Plus, when you book through Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, you get even more value for your nightly rate, including two free hours of tennis daily and 20% off resort dining and items at select retail outlets. Our guests also receive preferred rates and priority access to our three championship Hilton Head golf courses and golf lessons, Hilton Head tennis clinics, Hilton Head bike rentals, kayak rentals, fishing charters and more. 

      Got a pooch who wants to join you at the beach? No problem! We offer several Hilton Head pet-friendly accommodations during this season. 

      Always dreamed of spending the holidays watching the waves crash after your turkey dinner or opening gifts? These prices remain the same during Thanksgiving or the December holiday break, too – an amazing deal! 

      Fall and winter are wonderful seasons to visit the island with much milder temperatures than you’ll find up north and all the same fun Lowcountry activities available. Take a look at our recent blog on 7 Fall Activities to do on Hilton Head Island

      Let us know if we can get that $159/night rate locked in for you and your family! Give us a ring at 866-650-4130 and browse our Hilton Head vacation rentals to find the perfect vacation home for your visit.

    • Posted on 16th Sep 2014, 3:10 pm

      7 Fabulous Fall Activities on Hilton Head Island

      Fall Activities Hilton Head Island

      The fall forecast for Hilton Head Island? AWESOME! We want you to come on down and enjoy the mild weather, Carolina sunshine and great activities that make autumn a wonderful time of year to visit Hilton Head Island.

      Here are 7 of our favorite fall activities on Hilton Head Island and at Palmetto Dunes:

      1)      Music & Taste on the Harbour – Is there anything better than live music outdoors with a beautiful view? We put it all together at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, located just across Highway 278 from the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. Every Thursday, through October 23, Shelter Cove will feature live music from local bands along with light appetizers and drink specials from Shelter Cove restaurants. It’s a free event, so don’t miss the fun!

      2)      Fishing – It’s hard to top fall fishing on Hilton Head Island. The red fish are especially abundant, because they spawn, forming large schools, during fall. We have more than 6000 red fish, ranging in size from 1-40 pounds, stocked in our 11-mile inland lagoon, so you’re bound to catch one. If you’d like to have some “reel” fun, head out with Captain Trent Malphrus, who knows all the right spots, on one of our Hilton Head fishing charters!

      3)      Biking – With the milder temperatures, it’s a great time to hop on a bike and explore the 25 miles of paved bike paths within the resort or venture beyond to the more than 50 miles of paved paths across the island. Stop by Hilton Head Outfitters for the perfect bike rental, options for kids and all the bike accessories you’ll need.

      4)      Kayaking – Another great activity for all ages here at the resort is kayaking or canoeing. Enjoy a peaceful paddle in our lagoon system and take in the beautiful natural surroundings and golf course views. Hilton Head Outfitters rents kayaks and canoes, including singles and doubles for families who want to bring along young kids. You can also fish from our kayaks and canoes.

      5)      Beachcombing – Autumn can be the perfect season to search for shells. The beaches are not as crowded and the sun isn’t beating down on you quite so much. Keep your eye out for various shells, shark teeth and even the occasional Native American artifact! Here are more beachcombing tips for Hilton Head Island.

      6)      Golf – Challenge your best friends to a round – or several rounds – of golf at our three varied, championship Hilton Head golf courses. We offer lots of benefits for groups, such as stocked beer, logoed merchandise and access to our TripCaddie app that lets you track scores and even award trophies! Get a group golf quote here.

      7)      Tennis – You can work up a sweat playing tennis at one of our 25 courts in a hurry, but in fall you won’t be quite as soaked. Enjoy some of the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center fall tennis tournaments like the Banana Open Challenge, take a Hilton Head tennis clinic offered daily or try our Cardio Tennis class for a real calorie-burning workout! 

      What activity are you most looking forward to this fall on Hilton Head Island? If we can help you plan your fall Palmetto Dunes vacation, visit our new website at www.palmettodunes.com or give us a call at 866-650-4130.

    • Posted on 9th Sep 2014, 10:15 am

      New Palmetto Dunes Website Makes Hilton Head Vacation Planning a Breeze!

      Hilton Head Beach vacations

      Planning a Hilton Head Island vacation just got even simpler with our brand new user-friendly website designed to be easily viewed on a range of devices, including lap tops, desk tops, smart phones and tablets.

      At PalmettoDunes.com, you can now view almost 150 Hilton Head vacation homes and rentals by availability, location, view, number of bedrooms and more! As a surprise, we rewarded the first person to book a Palmetto Dunes vacation on the new site with a $250 resort gift card and we’ll be doing the same for the 50th and 100th reservations. So book now to see if you’re a winner!

      We’re also offering 20% off select villas along with a $50 resort gift card through September 30, 2014 in celebration of the new website. Just use code CHECKITOUT14 to score the savings.

      Guests can also now reserve golf tee times, bikes, kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, beach chairs and more via a click of the mouse. “During peak times when activities and gear can easily sell out, the ability to quickly reserve your rentals and tee times online in advance will help guests ensure they have access to the activities most important to them,” says Brad Marra, assistant vice president of resort operations for Palmetto Dunes.

      Reserving activities and gear ahead of time also means you don’t have to worry about any planning while you’re enjoying your vacation.

      Other features of the new website include an easy-to-navigate resort calendar that helps users view all of the events taking place during their vacation, which can include nearly 30 tennis clinics weekly, along with golf clinics, dining specials, live music, family events at Palmetto Dunes’ waterfront Shelter Cove Harbour and others.

      An interactive map lets you clearly view and highlight the location of various activities and hubs within the resort, including our three championship golf courses, Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center, oceanfront Dunes House restaurant, Hilton Head Outfitters, bike paths, beach access points and more. You can also see where specific neighborhoods and vacation units are located within the resort and their proximity to different activities.

      Golfers can watch virtual flyovers of all three of our courses, see maps of each hole and sneak a peek at the immensely popular Robert Trent Jones golf course web cam, watching golfers start and conclude their rounds.

      Check  out the new website and let us know what you think! And, remember, we’re awarding the 50th and 100th reservations with a $250 resort gift card – it might as well be you!

      Planning a Hilton Head Island vacation just got even simpler with our brand new user-friendly website designed to be easily viewed on a range of devices, including lap tops, desk tops, smart phones and tablets.

      At PalmettoDunes.com, you can now view almost 150 Hilton Head vacation homes and rentals by availability, location, view, number of bedrooms and more! As a surprise, we rewarded the first person to book a Palmetto Dunes vacation on the new site with a $250 resort gift card and we’ll be doing the same for the 50th and 100th reservations. So book now to see if you’re a winner!

      We’re also offering 20% off select villas along with a $50 resort gift card through September 30, 2014 in celebration of the new website. Just use code CHECKITOUT14 to score the savings.

      Guests can also now reserve golf tee times, bikes, kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, beach chairs and more via a click of the mouse. “During peak times when activities and gear can easily sell out, the ability to quickly reserve your rentals and tee times online in advance will help guests ensure they have access to the activities most important to them,” says Brad Marra, assistant vice president of resort operations for Palmetto Dunes.

      Reserving activities and gear ahead of time also means you don’t have to worry about any planning while you’re enjoying your vacation.

      Other features of the new website include an easy-to-navigate resort calendar that helps users view all of the events taking place during their vacation, which can include nearly 30 tennis clinics weekly, along with golf clinics, dining specials, live music, family events at Palmetto Dunes’ waterfront Shelter Cove Harbour and others.

      An interactive map lets you clearly view and highlight the location of various activities and hubs within the resort, including our three championship golf courses, Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center, oceanfront Dunes House restaurant, Hilton Head Outfitters, bike paths, beach access points and more. You can also see where specific neighborhoods and vacation units are located within the resort and their proximity to different activities.

      Golfers can watch virtual flyovers of all three of our courses, see maps of each hole and sneak a peek at the immensely popular Robert Trent Jones golf course web cam, watching golfers start and conclude their rounds.

      Check  out the new website and let us know what you think! And, remember, we’re awarding the 50th and 100th reservations with a $250 resort gift card – it might as well be you!

    • Posted on 27th Aug 2014, 9:45 am

      Our Favorite Tennis Quotes

      Favorite Tennis QuotesSometimes quotes from famous folks – and even not so famous ones – can inspire, make us laugh and remind us that we’re not alone in the struggles and adventures of life. Because tennis is near and dear to our hearts here at Palmetto Dunes, where we have 25 tennis courts and tennis players here nearly every day of the year, we picked some of our favorite tennis quotes of all time to share. Enjoy!

      “The serve was invented so that the net could play.” – Bill Cosby

      “Tennis is a perfect combination of violent action taking place in an atmosphere of total tranquility.”– Billie Jean King

      “I fear no one, but respect everyone.” – Roger Federer

      “I play each point like my life depends on it.” – Rafael Nadal

      “If you don’t practice, you don’t deserve to win.” – Andre Agassi

      “The older I get, the better I used to be.” – John McEnroe

      “Tennis just a game, family is forever.” – Serena Williams

      Tennis is mostly mental. Of course, you must have a lot of physical skill, but you can't play tennis well and not be a good thinker. You win or lose the match before you even go out there.” – Venus Williams

      “I only ever run when there's some point to it - say, if it's in a game of tennis.” – Rafael Nadal

      “Be bold. If you're going to make an error, make a doozy, and don't be afraid to hit the ball.” – Billie Jean King

      “I'll let the racket do the talking.” – John McEnroe

      And who hasn’t heard this one? “Love is nothing in tennis, but in life it's everything.”

      Do you have a favorite tennis quote? Please share!

    • Posted on 25th Aug 2014, 10:15 am

      Hilton Head Island Adds More Awards as a Top Vacation Destination

      Hilton Head accolades

      Hilton Head Island and Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort continue to pile on awards from national media and others, recognizing the island as a top place for visitors.

      Here are just a few of some of the most recent recognitions for 2014:

      Southern Hospitality City, ConventionSouth magazine – Readers of the magazine, which covers meetings and venues in the south, voted the island as tops for southern hospitality.

      Top 15 US Destinations on the Rise, Fodor’s - Fodor’s Travel named Hilton Head as one of the top up-and-coming U.S. destinations

      Best Islands in the U.S., Travel Channel – The popular television network selected Hilton Head Island as one of the 22 best U.S. islands.

      Top 10 Tennis Resort in the World, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort – TennisResortsOnline.com, which ranks tennis resorts around the world each year, selected Palmetto Dunes as one of the world’s top 10 resorts.

      George Fazio golf course, South Carolina Golf Course of the Year – The South Carolina Board of Directors of the National Golf Course Owners Association named our Hilton Head golf course, the third and final of our three championship golf courses, the South Carolina Golf Course of the Year.

      America’s Buzziest Beach Towns, Yahoo! Travel – Yahoo! Travel featured Hilton Head Island as their No. 10 “Buzziest Beach Town,” which indicates our popularity on social media.

      Top 10 Best Island in the U.S., 10Best.com – Readers of USA Today’s 10Best.com voted Hilton Head Island as one of the top 10 islands in the United States.

      Top 10 Best Carolina Beaches, USA Today – The newspaper noted the island’s marsh grasses, blue-green water, white sands and scenic vistas in its ranking of North and South Carolina beaches.

      It’s clear there’s a lot to love about Hilton Head Island and Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort! If we can help you plan your fall or winter getaway to our lovely island, just give us a call at 866-650-4130.

    • Posted on 21st Aug 2014, 10:15 am

      Tennis Tips from our Hilton Head Tennis Pros to Improve Your Play

      Hilton head tennis instructionIf you’re looking to improve your tennis game, you’ve come to the right place. With some 30,000 people coming through the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center every year and more than 40 different Hilton Head tennis clinics available every week March through October, we know how to help you better your skills.

      Here some tennis tips from our Hilton Head tennis pros at the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center:

      For a more consistent toss on your serve

      • Try using the net post as a guide so your tossing arm extends and goes straight up the net post.
      • Keep your tossing elbow straight (any bend in the elbow will vary your toss).
      • Hold the ball loosely with your fingertips and toss ball with your palm facing the sky.
      • Any bend or flick of your wrist will vary your toss. 

      Pump your arms like a sprinter

      If you have to sprint a considerable distance, say from behind the baseline to inside the service line or from corner to corner, you’ll find that you can move much faster if you take your nondominant hand off the handle and pump your arms like a sprinter.  If you need to hit a two-handed shot, you can put your hand back on the racquet just before swinging. 

      Decide ahead of time

      Indecision is costly in tennis, but there are two times when you should never be guilty of this cardinal sin:  when you are serving and returning serve.  Before you step up to the line to hit a serve, know what kind of placement, speed and spin you want to give it.  When returning serve, decide and picture in your mind what you’ll do with the ball on both forehand and backhand sides if you get a good swing at the ball. 

      Watch the contact or see the sound

      Everyone watches the ball, but not the contact of the ball. Keep your head still until you can see the blur of the ball, a yellow streak, coming off of your racquet. Or think of seeing the ball all the way in to your racquet until you hear the sound hit your strings.  You should not look at the other side until after your follow-through. 

      Grip Tension

      Your grip tension must be relaxed on every stroke. Over-squeezing makes the whole arm tense up, which causes you to muscle the ball over the net. This can create tennis elbow down the road.

      On a scale of 1 to 5, your grip tension should never be tighter than a 2 tension --  1 being as loose as you can hold,  5 being as tight as you can hold.  Be even lighter on your serve and overheads where it should be a 1 ½  tension.  

      Imagine you are holding a baby bird and you don’t want him to fly away but you don’t want to smash him in your hands either. That’s a relaxed grip tension.  So think of being relaxed and effortless but not  muscling the ball. 

      Serve Like Agassi

      Very few people can blast a serve like Andy Roddick, so, instead, take Agassi’s approach.  Agassi moved his serve around the box and would often hit a big kicker to start off the point.  At times he would go for an ace with a flat serve, but usually he would hit a slice or kicker with varying speeds and placement to keep his opponent off balance.  Agassi used his serve to set up points rather than trying to finish them.

      View our complete schedule of Hilton Head tennis clinics and take advantage of our Hilton Head tennis packages that combine amazing tennis time with beautiful accommodations.

    • Posted on 9th May 2014, 12:57 pm

      Tennis Tips from Palmetto Dunes Pros: Returning Serve in Doubles

      When you’re returning a serve in doubles, your main goal should be to keep the person on the other side of the net from returning a winning shot. Brian Kiggans, head golf pro at the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center, says you should always view the return serve as a set-up shot.

      To do this effectively, you need a plan. “You should already know where you are wanting the return to be directed before your opponent serves the ball,” says Kiggans. “You should have a plan on the forehand side and on the backhand side (or the same for both).”

      According to Kiggans, you have three main choices when returning:

      1)      Back to the server

      2)      Toward the net person

      3)      Lob over the net person

      “For example, if John Doe is serving to me, I have preprogrammed my mind that if the ball comes to my forehand I am going to return crosscourt back to the server. If it comes to my backhand, I am going lob over the net person,” says Kiggans. “This is my plan and I am sticking with it no matter what is happening on the other side of the net. If the serve is really difficult to handle and I can’t execute my plan, I just do my best to get the ball back in play.”

      You should also plan the action you’re going to take after the return is made as to whether you are going to the net or staying back. Says Kiggans, “For example, I have planned to return crosscourt if the ball comes to my forehand and follow it to the net if it comes to my backhand. I am going down the line and staying back.”

      In conclusion, planning ahead is one of the most important things you can do when returning serve and in life!

      Get more information Hilton Head tennis clinics and lessons on our website or by calling us at 866-650-4130.

    • Posted on 5th May 2014, 1:52 pm

      Tennis tip - Racquet Restringing

      Racquet Restringing
      by John Kerr
      Palmetto
       Dunes Tennis Center

      Is it time to restring your trusty old tennis racquet? Most tennis players don't know the answer to this very important question. A good rule of thumb is the number of times you play tennis per week is the number of times you should restring per year. The maximum recommended time between restrings is one year. It is important to restring because tennis strings, according to the manufacturers, have a "life." That life is affected not only by the amount of tennis played, but also by nature (temperature, humidity, court moisture). Leaving your tennis racquet in your car during extremely hot and/or cold weather will dramatically reduce string life. Dead string could lead to injury as well as decreased performance on the court. 

      Having decided to have your racquet restrung, what are your options? The type of string available ranges from natural gut ($50) to an inexpensive nylon ($24). Most players choose some type of synthetic gut (fancy nylon), which falls in between. The gage (thickness) of the string is also very important. The lower the number (15 gage), the thicker the string. The advantage of a thicker string is durability. If you don't break strings on a regular basis, you don't need a thick gage string. Most players opt for a string gage in the 16-18 gage range. The thinner the string, the livelier the feel and the more spin you can generate on the ball. The disadvantage is durability, but if you don't have a string-breaking problem, you will enjoy the thinner gage.

      The tension of your new string job will make or break how your racquet feels. An improper tension can lead to injury and/or erratic play. All racquets have a recommended tension range. A quality stringer has a manual listing all the racquets and their ranges. The high end of the recommended tension offers more control as the ball flattens on the strings at impact. The low end offers more power as the strings form a pocket as the ball impacts and acts like a trampoline to propel the ball. A good starting point is in the middle. See how it feels and adjust accordingly on your next string job.

      Paying attention to your strings can lead to better performance on the tennis court and also help to keep you out of the doctor's office. Many people restring and say, "I can't believe I waited so long." You'll notice the difference a good string job makes in your game. And as always, consult your local pro. Your pro knows your game.

    • Posted on 2nd May 2014, 3:19 pm

      Spring is in Swing with Hilton Head Tennis Tournaments at Palmetto Dunes

      With the arrival of spring comes lots of Hilton Head tennis tournaments at the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center. It’s the perfect time of year to play with mild temperatures, sunny Carolina skies and beautiful flowers around every corner.

      This year the tennis center is hosting several closed tournaments that are open to spectators, as well as plenty that are open to men’s/women’s singles, doubles and combo mixed. The only summer month without a tournament is July, but you’re of course still welcome to enjoy our two hours complimentary tennis court time daily with your Palmetto Dunes vacation rental, take one of our many Hilton Head tennis clinics offered daily or join in our weekly round robins for adults or juniors.

      The next tennis tournament coming up is the USTA South Carolina 55 and 75 and Over Championships May 1-5. While this tournament is closed, spectators are welcome!

      The following weekend is our Smash T1D Team Tennis Challenge May 9-11, benefitting the No More Diabetes Foundation. The round robin format is open to men’s/women’s singles, doubles and combo mixed. The cost is $50/player and includes two complimentary drinks, Saturday’s lunch, breakfast both Saturday and Sunday, and a tournament T-shirt. You can register to play here.

      On May 24, we’ll host the Meals on Wheels Round Robin tournament benefitting Meals on Wheels of Bluffton-Hilton Head in memory of Don Grider, TAHHI Senior and Super Senior Men’s Coordinator. This Hilton Head tennis tournament is open to men’s/women’s doubles 55 and above 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5, as well as 18 and above 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 and 5.0. The cost to participate is $25 for TAHHI members or $35 for nonmembers and includes beer/soda and a reception and happy hour from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sign up to play here.

      In June, we’ll host our popular annual Banana Open tennis tournament June 6-8. This fun event is open to men’s/women’s singles, doubles and mixed doubles. Presented by the Honor our Heroes Foundation, the event supports our military veterans. Watch this video from a previous year’s tournament:

      Honor Our Heroes from Jeff Mayoh on Vimeo.

      Lastly, as summer winds down, we’ll host our Palmetto Dunes Tennis Fall Classic August 29-31 for men’s/women’s doubles and mixed doubles. But that’s not the end of the tennis tournaments for the year! Fall revs up with more USTA South Carolina championships and the David M. Carmines Memorial Tennis Championship. There’s never a bad time to play tennis at Palmetto Dunes!

      Go ahead and book your stay with us now if you’re planning to participate in or watch an upcoming tennis tournament. That will ensure you get the Hilton Head vacation villa that’s just right for your group and have all the activities you’d like to do, like golf, kayaking, bike rentals and more, all set for your visit.

      Give us a call at 866-650-4130 to book your activities and your stay!

    • Posted on 17th Apr 2014, 4:00 pm

      Outfit Yourself for Spring with the Latest Fashions from the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center

      The weather is warm and sunny here on Hilton Head Island, and our tennis courts are filling up! If you’re looking for the latest fashions to make sure you shine on and off the court, we’ve got them at our 1800 square foot Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center pro shop. Inside, you’ll find all things tennis, including racquets, shoes, accessories, sunglasses and adult and junior apparel. Plus, through the end of April, we’re holding our spring clearance sale with discounts up to 50% off. Here are some of our favorite spring tennis arrivals that will have you looking sharp and at the top of your game:

      Tail Activewear has two women’s lines that are just in, one appropriately called “Palmetto Dunes” (we can’t help but love that one!) and one named “Desert Springs.” Hilton Head tennis pro shopThe Desert Springs line brings to mind desert hues with a pink/purple shade, along with black and white, while the Palmetto Dunes line uses more of a peach hue paired with black and white. Both are available in tops, skirts and dresses. Tail garments are designed to perform well by managing moisture, providing wind and rain protection and minimizing friction and fabric creep.

      The new Lucky in Love women’s “Hit the Ice” group is a fun collection of prints and colors, featuring tennis images, mesh overlays and scalloped skorts in shades of slate blue, peach and white.

      Hilton Head tennis storeSuffice it to say that color is in this year on the tennis court! Bolle has two colorful lines of tennis wear for women – Mai Tai and Curacao. The Mai Tai line is punctuated by a bright pink, along with gray and white, while the Curacao group is a bright blue paired with white.

      You’ll want to be sure your shoes look as snazzy as your outfit, so consider our new colorful Asics. They come in a rainbow of colors like purple, pink, red and blue.

      The men’s Center Court Collection from Fila is also in store with tops, shorts and jackets in bright shades of blazing yellow complemented by black. The Nike’s men’s line for spring features a new shade of lime green and a denim blue. We also have the classic apparel line in blue, black and white, as well as the popular Rafa and Federer hats. We love their plaid shorts, as well!

      What’s on your tennis fashion list this spring? Let us help you pick the perfect outfit at the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center pro shop!

      Don’t miss our upcoming Smash 1D Team Tennis Challenge May 9-11 for men’s and women’s singles, doubles and combo mixed. Sign up to play here. Be sure to check out our tennis vacation packages, as well, designed for the tennis lover and featuring the best activities our resort has to offer, like biking, kayaking, tennis clinics and more.

    • Posted on 19th Mar 2014, 8:44 am

      Player ‘Lobbers’ from Brian Kiggans, Head Tennis Professional at Palmetto Dunes

      When playing a doubles opponent who often lobs the ball, it can be frustrating due to minimal offensive threats and impatience might cause unforced errors. Many times the losing team does not have a good enough offense to overcome the defensive “lobbers.”

      There are some tactics to try if you run up against these types of teams. When you get an overhead, don’t try to pound it through them. Attempt softer, shorter angles to move them out of position and force them react to the different pace of the ball. Make sure you are playing overheads when balls are high and volleys if they are low. Too many teams attempt overheads when the ball is not high and they should be playing a volley, which is more accurate.

      Not every overhead is meant to be a put away. Mix in a variety of angles and spin. Missed overheads are the number one reason people lose to teams that lob well. Use a drop shot to return a serve or on shorter shots. Hitting deep, powerful shots feeds the frenzy of more lobs. When you do get a volley, try to use more drop or touch around the net, when possible. Hard, firm volleys invite a better lob.

      Whenever possible, play to the weaker player or lobber which will frustrate the stronger team member. Try playing your team’s best overhead player, if right-handed, in the ad court or, if lefty, in the deuce court. Anything up the middle will play into that player’s smash return.

      >When serving, move your partner further from the net to take away the lob return. Lobbing teams love to do so off the serve. You may choose to play a designed poach off the serve so the server is already covering for their partner, if the return of serve lob is causing problems.

      Lastly, don’t take it for granted you are a superior team. These teams are tough to beat. Don’t put too much pressure on yourselves to end points quickly.

      In summary:

      • Don’t beat yourself by giving away free points. Remember this team has little offense and relies on your errors to win.
      • Remember hitting the ball hard feels great but usually will bring on a better lob from your opponent. Lobbers love pace so use softer shots whenever possible. You have to “dink-and-dunk” the lobbers.
      • Never underestimate lobbing teams. Respect their abilities so that you don’t put too much pressure on yourselves.
    • Posted on 2nd Mar 2014, 7:02 pm

      In Honor of World Tennis Day: 10 Reasons Palmetto Dunes is a World Renowned Tennis Resort



      We love tennis here at Palmetto Dunes! With some 30,000 people coming through the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center each year and only closing our doors one day a year – on Christmas – we’re serious about tennis.

      World Tennis Day is coming up March 3, and is an initiative of the United States Tennis Association that supports their  charitable arm, providing under-resourced youth and people with disabilities through tennis and educational programs. In celebration of this worldwide day of tennis, we thought we’d share with you 10 reasons why Palmetto Dunes is one of the world’s best tennis resorts.

      Our Tennis Center has been recognized by Tennis Magazine as the top tennis resort in the Carolinas and one of the 50 greatest tennis resorts since 1975, as well as a top 10 tennis resort by TennisResortsOnline.com and as one of the top tennis resorts in the world by 10Best.com. Here’s 10 reasons why:

      1)      Depth and variety of programming -- During our busy season March-August, we host 43 adult tennis clinics and 27 junior clinics for all skill levels taught by 25 different tennis professionals every week! Choose from tennis lessons, clinics, cardio tennis, round robins, tournaments and more.

      2)      Variety of tennis courts – When you play tennis at Palmetto Dunes, choose from 23 clay courts and two Nova ProBounce courts. We also have six courts lighted for night play for those balmy summer evenings.

      3)      FREE tennis – All guests who book their Hilton Head vacation rentals through Palmetto Dunes receive two complimentary hours of tennis court time each day of their stay.

      4)      Year-round Tennis Tournaments – For 2014, we are hosting 15 different tennis tournaments February through November. Some are closed tournaments through the USTA, for which you need to qualify and be a USTA member, while others are open to all participants. Tournaments are always open for spectators.

      5)     Combine tennis AND vacation – Palmetto Dunes offers a number of great Hilton Head tennis packages that allow you to combine your vacation with your love of tennis. Enjoy all the amenities of the resort, including its 3 championship Hilton Head golf courses, 3 miles of beach, Shelter Cove Harbour & MarinaHilton Head bike rentals, 11-mile inland lagoon and so much more.

      6)      Amazing Hilton Head tennis pro shop – With 1800 square feet of retail space, our tennis pro shop is the largest on the island, carrying a variety of lines and products, including racquets, shoes, accessories, sunglasses, as well as adult and junior apparel. A complimentary Demo Day is offered every Tuesday March–October where guests can try out all the latest equipment and ask pros their questions.

      7)     Our staff rocks - “It’s unusual for a tennis staff to have been together for so long,” says Jackie Reynecke, group coordinator of tennis for the resort. “We’re all tennis players at all different levels. Being together as a team, year in and year out, and knowing our guests who return year after year, gives us a special and unique ability to service them.”

      8)     We’re family friendly – The Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center offers more than 25 junior tennis clinicsweekly March through August, and we’ve even completed a shortening of our courts for players 10 and younger per new regulations from the USTA. We also offer adult and junior programs at the same time so the whole family can get tennis instruction at once.

      9)     We’re just plain fun - We have a daily adult round robin that makes for a fun social competition, as well as a Monday night exhibition March through October, with complimentary beer, wine, lemonade, door prizes and plenty of jokes from our Director of Tennis Instruction Brian Kiggans. Whether you’re joining a group tennis clinic or private lesson, the staff at Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center always makes sure “fun” is a top priority when you’re on their courts. 

      10)  Our instruction is top notch – Twenty-five different tennis professionals, all with years of experience, lead instruction each week during the busy season. They are able to customize to each guests’ playing ability or set up a custom program for a group. Guests can also select up to 6 ½ hours of instructional programming a day, so they can play as much or as little as they want.

      Did we convince you to come play tennis with us yet? Whether you’re a newbie to the sport or old pro, there’s something for everyone at the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center. Come see why we keep winning award after award!

      For information about scheduling tennis court time or to book a Hilton Head tennis getaway, please give us a call at 866-744-7558 or visit www.palmettodunes.com.

    • Posted on 12th Jan 2014, 1:42 pm

      Get to Know Palmetto Dunes at our Annual Owner/Guest Tournament Weekend

      Already an owner at Palmetto Dunes or considering a primary or second home at our beautiful Hilton Head resort? Then, come enjoy our annual celebration of homeownership by celebrating the very best of the resort: the ocean, golf, tennis, biking and more. We invite you to the Owner/Guest Tournament Weekend Feb. 7-9.

      What’s on tap for this weekend of fun? On Friday, enjoy tee times at all three of our championshipSouth Carolina golf courses throughout the day. Each course offers a different playing experience and beautiful views to boot.  Dunes Marketing Group will also host a tour of open houses of Hilton Head properties for sale within the resort. Be prepared, you just might fall in love!

      A tennis round robin will take place from 3-5 p.m. at the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center, which has earned us the designation of top tennis resort in the Carolinas from Tennis Magazine, and then attend a complimentary reception and dinner with cash bar at Centre Court Pavilion.

      On Saturday, we’ll host a special golf tournament for our owners and guests at the famed oceanfront Robert Trent Jones golf course. There will be a shotgun start at 9 a.m. with scramble format with tee gifts before and prizes afterward. After the tournament, enjoy a BBQ lunch buffet at Big Jim’s BBQ, Burgers & Pizza restaurant at the Jones Clubhouse and then head out on Dunes Marketing Group’s complimentary open house tour from 3-5 p.m.

      On Sunday, enjoy your favorite activities. If you love tennis, head over for some time on one of our 25 Hilton Head tennis courts or, if you’re a golfer, enjoy one more Hilton Head tee time. Guests can also feel free to bike around the resort, enjoy local shopping, kayak or canoe our 11-mile inland lagoon or enjoy a dolphin cruise or fishing charter. We’re never short of something to do here at Palmetto Dunes!

      Be sure to RSVP for this amazing offering by Feb. 1. Contact Ross Javornik at 843-686-9624 or by email atrjavornik@PalmettoDunes.com