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    • Posted on 23rd Sep 2014, 3:45 pm

      Tales from Hilton Head’s Haunted Lighthouse

      Haunted Hilton Head Lighthouse

      Looking to get spooked this Halloween on your vacation to Hilton Head Island? You’ll definitely want to make a stop at a famous landmark that just happens to be located right here at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.

      The Leamington Lighthouse, or the Hilton Head Rear Range Lighthouse, is located within the Arthur Hills golf course and legend holds that there have been a Hilton Head haunting or two within this historic structure.

      Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the lighthouse was built between 1879 and 1880 to help guide ships into Port Royal Sound. It originally included a keeper’s house, forward beacon (whose light could be seen from 15 miles away) and rear lighthouse; however, only the rear lighthouse remains standing along with a water cistern and brick oil house.

      The lighthouse was taken out of service and abandoned during the 1930s, but during World War II, it was used as a lookout post for enemy ships entering the sound. It is one of the few surviving lighthouses in South Carolina and the only one of its type remaining in the state. Greenwood Communities and Resorts, the parent company of Palmetto Dunes, restored the structure in 1985 and opened the grounds to the public. It’s now an iconic landmark for those playing the Hills Hilton Head golf course.

      The tale goes that in 1898 as a major hurricane swept through the area, the lighthouse keeper died of a heart attack as the storm raged, but his 21-year-old daughter kept the light burning after his death.  However, she died just three weeks later.

      Ever since, there have been reported sightings of a female ghost in a long blue dress on dark, rainy nights. Let us know if you see her…. 

    • Posted on 18th Sep 2014, 1:15 pm

      Featured Hilton Head Golf Course Hole: George Fazio Number 17

      George Fazio course Hilton Head #17

      Named the best golf course in South Carolina for 2014, the George Fazio golf course is the only public Par-70 course on Hilton Head Island. With tree-lined fairways on the front nine and tighter shots requiring strategic positioning on the back nine, the Fazio course can be both a challenge and delight!

      The final four holes of Fazio are especially tough, including three well-bunkered par 4s and the par-3 17th over water, which is our featured hole.

      Described as “one of the finest par 3 holes on Hilton Head Island,” the 17th hole plays over water and has out of bounds creeping in from the left. If your shot is short, it will land in the water, so consider the wind. The only smart play on this hole is to the middle of the green.

      Our advice: If you’re lucky enough to find the putting surface, take your two putts and move on. 

      The hole plays 230 yards from the gold tee and 122 yards from the green tee.

      To watch a flyover of this hole so you can strategize before your tee time, visit the George Fazio course on www.palmettodunes.com and click on hole 17.

      How have you done on the Fazio 17? Share your stories and your scores!

      Book a tee time for the Fazio course and if you book online in advance, you can save up to 30%!

      Good luck!

    • 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 12th Sep 2014, 3:45 pm

      From Player to Teacher: The Story of Palmetto Dunes Director of Golf Instruction Doug Weaver


      Doug Weaver knows golf, particularly Hilton Head Island golf, as well as anyone. A former PGA Tour professional, Weaver has served as the highly respected director of instruction at Palmetto Dunes for years. His free Monday golf exhibition every week is one of our most popular attractions.

      Improving your golf game is something very important to Weaver, a man once best known as the answer to a trivia question. As a PGA Tour rookie in 1989, during a breathtaking span of just under two hours, Weaver became one of four U.S. Open contenders at Oak Hill Country Club to ace the sixth hole. (Nick Price, Jerry Pate and Mark Wiebe were the other three; Weaver got his first.)

      The event became the highlight of a what-might-have-been professional career for Weaver, who first moved to Hilton Head as a 17-year-old prep athlete to attend Sea Pines Academy. He later played at Furman University alongside a guy named Brad Faxon, but when graduation rolled around, Weaver wasn’t confident about his chances on the PGA Tour.

      He moved back to Hilton Head, manned the bag drop at our Robert Trent Jones golf course and pondered his future. “I would play in amateur tournaments, get frustrated and say, ‘I don’t want to play anymore,’” Weaver says.

      Instead, he helped found the Hilton Head Island Intercollegiate Golf Tournament at Palmetto Dunes, which later grew to become the Golf World Intercollegiate, one of the then biggest amateur tournaments in the country. During that time, Weaver mustered the courage — and the game — to tackle professional golf. “At first I couldn’t break 80 because I was so nervous,” he says. “But gradually I started to work my scores down to where I was in contention against veteran players.”

      His mini-tour breakthrough came in 1987 at the Zell Wood Country Club Open in Florida, where — despite playing in a final group with three former PGA Tour pros — Weaver birdied the 72nd hole to capture his first title. “I knew then that I could play with these guys and beat them,” says Weaver. And beat them he did, winning 14 mini-tour events and earning his PGA Tour card in 1988. 

      Once he reached the professional Mecca, Weaver flirted with success, making about a third of the cuts in tournaments he played and missing a number of others by a shot. But a PGA Tour victory eluded him and his full-time status on tour only lasted a year. Nevertheless, it was an experience that Weaver firmly believes trained him well for his ultimate calling.

      “I didn’t fulfill my potential, but the mistakes I made are ones I can help others from making today,” he says. “Hey, I played a practice round with Tom Watson at Pebble Beach. I played with Lee Trevino at the Buick Open, and was in the top-10 after Saturday’s round. I played in two U.S. Opens and practiced with greats like Vijay Singh and Payne Stewart for many long sessions.

      “Today, I ask my students, ‘How much are you willing to invest?’ I know what it takes, and if you aren’t willing, I can help you with another game plan. But let’s be realistic and enjoy the journey,” says Weaver. “That’s what I want to bring to the table at Palmetto Dunes: Here’s a little mental stuff, here’s the workout stuff, here’s the top-notch technology to teach our students how to reach their potential and have fun doing it.”

      To sign up for one of Doug Weaver’s free Monday clinics or any of our other golf clinics, call us at 866-650-4130 or visit www.palmettodunes.com

    • 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 19th Aug 2014, 10:30 am

      How to get More Distance in Your Golf Swing

      Hilton Head golf swing lessons How can you hit the bar farther on your next Hilton Head golf round? We’ve got some tips:

      First, our Director of Golf Instruction Doug Weaver recommends warming up. Try a brisk stroll around the neighborhood and a few stretches to loosen your muscles, especially the hamstrings, hips and shoulders. Then, head to the course, but stay active and loose.

      When you’re ready to practice your swing, Weaver says to relax your grip, lengthen your back swing and keep in mind that your power comes from your hips and thighs. He quotes Sam Snead who said, “Golf is like dancing - it is all in your legs."  Get ready to dance!

      Take a few swings and see if you get more distance each time.

      On About.Golf.Com, it notes that “golf strength” is an often under-recognized, yet key element to any golf swing. It has to do with how well your body is conditioned to swing a golf club, which does not mean you need to look like a body builder! You need to have a good combination of flexibility, balance, strength and power.

      PGA.com has a video where they demonstrate several drills to help improve the power of your swing, including tossing a ball across the body in a bounce pass and driving the ball up in the air from a laying down position. Watch the video below:

      We hope to see you on our three championship golf courses soon making some powerful shots! For more information about private golf lessons or Hilton Head golf clinics to improve your swing, view the Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy schedule or call us at 866-650-4130.

    • Posted on 11th Aug 2014, 12:47 pm

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

    • Posted on 5th Aug 2014, 10:15 am

      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 LukenLeo 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!

      Originally 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."

    • Posted on 4th Aug 2014, 11:51 am

      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. ThePalmetto 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!

    • Posted on 29th Jul 2014, 7:23 pm

      Our Top 10 Favorite Golf Quotes

      Since 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 packagesor get a quote to bring down a group of 12 or more. Happy golfing!

    • Posted on 15th Jul 2014, 8:02 pm

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

      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.

       

    • Posted on 3rd Jul 2014, 4:26 pm

      Get your Golf on at Hilton Head Golf Tournament at Palmetto Dunes Courses this July

      Do you get competitive when it comes to golf? We’ve got just the event for you: our 1st annual Palmetto Dunes Summer Golf Series.

      The tournament will run three Saturdays in July, one Saturday at each course, with prizes and bragging rights at stake.

      The format will be a shotgun start with a four-man team scramble and team handicap at 20%. The first two tournaments are independent of the championship, and the top two teams from each of the first two tournaments will be re-handicapped based on their scores.

      The top two teams will be competing for the Series Grand Championship at the Robert Trent Jones golf course where six teams will be playing to be the grand champions. The rest of the teams will be competing as they did in the first two events at the Arthur Hills golf course and the George Fazio golf course.

      Prizes, which will be awarded for low net, closest to the pin and long drive, will include resort gift cards, golf certificates, hotel nights, restaurant discounts and more. The grand prize winners will receive individual and team trophies and custom shirts with the series logo and 2014 champion embroidered on them.

      The tournaments start at 9 a.m. on July 12 at Arthur Hills, July 19 at George Fazio and July 26 at Robert Trent Jones. Entry fees are $65 per player or $260 per team and $85 per player or $340 per team for the Jones championship.

      What do you think? Can you and your golf buddies bring home the championship trophy? If you’d like to give it a go, you can save $5 by registering online or give us a call at 843-686-9624 for more information. Good luck!

       

    • Posted on 17th Jun 2014, 8:57 pm

      Three Hilton Head Golf Courses, Three Varied Experiences

      One of the best things about Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort is the opportunity for golfers to experience three 18-hole championship Hilton Head golf courses all at one resort with first tees no more than 5 minutes apart. Designers Robert Trent Jones, George Fazio and Arthur Hills all have established golf courses at our resort and each offers a unique playing experience for the golf lover.

      Robert Trent Jones Golf Course

      The Jones course is perhaps best known for its oceanfront setting with one of only two oceanfront holes on the entire island. Its layout is immaculate and stunning in its beauty and the view from the famed 10th green is not one that will soon be forgotten (we’ve even had weddings there!). Jones plays away from the clubhouse until it reaches its famed back-to-back par-5s that play out to the ocean. It’s also known to have the most accommodating fairways of the trio of courses, though keep in mind you might lose a ball or two as the course winds its way over the resort’s inland lagoon system.

      George Fazio Golf Course

      We hear a lot that the Fazio course is the most challenging of our courses. It offers the island’s only par-70 layout, whose long par-4s, elevated greens and deep bunkers will test all facets of your game. Known as a great course for “faders” of the golf ball, the Fazio course features a unique double green at 11 and 16 that gives you a peek at what many experts believe is the toughest finishing stretch of holes on the island. These are a Fantastic Four featuring three par-4s over 400 yards from the white tees and a par-3 just a step less than 190.

      Arthur Hills Golf Course

      Lastly, you’ll find our Hills course, which is as much a tour of a wildlife sanctuary (keep your eye out for waterfowl and an alligator here or there) as a round of golf with its natural beauty. There are those who say they could play the Hills Course every day and never play it the same way twice with the diversity of strategies presented. PGA Tour star Bryce Molder shot a course-record 60 here while in college, while Tiger Woods took an 8 at the signature 17th, a par-4 that requires a drive and an approach over and around one of the many lagoons on the layout.

      At all three courses, you’ll find five sets of tees, including family tees, to create an enjoyable, yet challenging round to players of all skill levels. You’ll also find three different putting surfaces: Champion Bermuda on the Jones Course, shade-tolerant Diamond Zoysia on the Fazio and TifDwarf Bermuda on the Hills Course.

      Which of the courses will you take on? Do you dare try all three and 54 holes on one visit?! Let us know if you take the challenge and how you did!

      For more information about Hilton Head golf packages or to get a quote on group golf, visit our website atwww.palmettodunes.com or give us a call at 866-650-4130.

    • Posted on 31st May 2014, 9:22 am

      5 Great Ways to Vacation at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort on Hilton Head Island

      Are you considering a Hilton Head vacation soon? Let us help you plan the perfect getaway that fits your hobbies and interests. At Palmetto Dunes, we offer so many activities from fishing to biking and from tennis to golf that you’ll be hard pressed not to find something you’ll love. Here are 5 great ways to vacation at Palmetto Dunes:

      1)      Tennis Getaways – If you “love” tennis, we’ve got all sorts of fun packages and activities for you. With the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center, which sees thousands of visitors every year, you can find clinics, round robins, equipment demonstrations, tennis tournaments and more. We offer tennis vacation packages that include instruction and tennis court time and are even tailored to large groups. If you really love tennis, consider ourExtreme Tennis Vacation!

      2)      For the Outdoor Lover – There’s so much to do outdoors at Palmetto Dunes and so much beauty to see. The Outdoor Adventure packagerolls the best of our outdoor activities all into one with at least three nights of accommodations in one of our Hilton Head vacation rentals, kayak rentals, a dolphin cruise, Hilton Head bike rentalsand tennis court time daily.

      3)      Romance in Bloom – Looking for a romantic getaway for just the two of you? We offer several romance packages like our Honeymooner’s EscapeMini Moon and Anniversary Celebration that include spa treatments, bike rentals, kayak rentals and more.

      4)      Golfers Delight – Get your best golf buddies together and play all three of our championship golf courses, each uniquely challenging. Our golf vacation packages include instruction time, accommodations and tee times, and be sure to take advantage of our free club fittings and free golf demo on Mondays at 4 p.m. at the Robert Trent Jones course.

      5)      Family Fun – Got kids? We love kids here at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. Our Ultimate Family package and Sun ‘N Fun Island escape are uniquely designed to entertain all ages down to our smallest guests. Kids will find lots to do at the resort like family tees at our golf courses, junior tennis clinics and round robins, fishing, crabbing and summer Surf School just to name a few.

      What kind of Hilton Head package sounds like the perfect fit for your vacation? If we can answer any questions or tailor any package to better fit your needs, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 866-650-4130.

    • Posted on 15th May 2014, 12:26 pm

      97-year-old Starter Retires After 33 Years at Robert Trent Jones Course

      If you've ever played golf at our Robert Trent Jones golf course, then you probably know Sammy Mulrain. This 97-year-old lover of golf served as the course starter every Thursday for the last 33 years, never missing a shift! How’s that for dedication? Sammy has finally put down his golf clubs, at least as a career, and retired as our starter ranger at 97 years young.

      He’s truly beloved by the staff at Palmetto Dunes and by all the golfers who come through our doors year after year. “You don’t come across people like Sammy every day,” says Brad Marra, vice president of Palmetto Dunes. “He was a great guy to have at Palmetto Dunes and an even greater person to know. His is a wonderful story of service and dedication with a lasting impression on all of us.”

       

       

      South Carolina golf resortSammy, who was named the 2009 Employee of the Year by the Lowcountry Golf Course Owners Association and recently featured in an article in the Hilton Head Island Packet, is known for his attention to detail, making sure golfers get off on time. A veteran who stormed Normandy in World War II, he’s known for his meticulous efficiency.

      He also has a heart for charity and even searches for lost golf balls on his own time, donating them to a local church for their use in fundraising events. Sammy retired to Hilton Head Island in 1978 after a career working for the American Can Company. 

      When asked about his favorite part of his years at Palmetto Dunes, Sammy says it’s the people and the chance to stay active. In an Island Packet article featuring him several years ago, he said, “That's why I do it at my age, just to talk to people…I try to get them laughing. The Jones course has a hole on the ocean, so I tell them, ‘When you get to the 10th green, don't go swimming or nothing.’”

    • Posted on 14th May 2014, 8:53 am

      Morning Drive: Ginella on where to play on Hilton Head Island

      Matt Ginella, host of Morning Drive on the Golf Channel, mentioned our Robert Trent Jones golf course as one of the best Hilton Head golf courses to play. Watch the segment on Hilton Head here:

    • Posted on 13th May 2014, 9:05 am

      The Importance of Club Fittings to Your Golf Game

      According to Palmetto Dunes professional club fitter Rod Thompson, going through a club fitting is a “no brainer.”“It’s like a custom suit,” he says.  “A $1,000 suit from Brooks Brothers will fit different than a $100 suit off the rack from Joseph A. Banks.” 

      Thompson is actually one of an elite group of Plane Truth instructors throughout the nation, meaning that he had to serve an apprenticeship under Jim Hardy of the Plane Truth Golf Institute in Houston, Texas. Thompson has been certified for 10 years and he’s up to a level 2 out of 3. 

       “I do the fitting and always start with the irons because the ground is going to give me a lot of information,” says Thompson. “Also my eyes will show me the ball flight and my ears are going to tell me how it sounds. A lot of information comes out of a club fitting.”

      Thompson feels it’s better to get a person’s swing a little oriented before starting a fitting. He also prefers doing it outside where true ball flight analysis can be calculated. “The tall and short golfers are very likely going to need something,” he says. “Golf clubs right off the rack probably won’t work for them because their bodies aren’t normal in proportion, regardless of their swing shape.” 

      Thompson, a native of Orchard Lake, Mich., turned professional at the age of 18 and eventually became a head pro at Burning Tree Country Club in Michigan. He started making golf clubs in 1986 while at Kenwood Country Club in Maryland, which is where he honed in on ball flight. 

      “If I saw that a swing was working but the ball flight told me something different, then that threw up a red flag,” Thompson says. “That’s what got me into fitting. Golf clubs are expensive so it’s important that they fit. I like to say, ‘clubs that fit better hit better,’ and they really do. Women, juniors and seniors in particular usually need fittings and I do the fitting complimentary.”

      According to Thompson, it’s all about ball flight and impact. “It’s fun for me,” he says.  “But I also know it’s especially fun when you are the person who is getting properly fit!”

      Palmetto Dunes offers free club fittings based on availability at the Robert Trent Jones Hilton Head golf course. To schedule your fitting with Thompson or for more information, call 866-650-4130.

    • Posted on 28th Apr 2014, 2:47 pm

      Heritage Week on Hilton Head Island Sends Matt Kuchar Home a Winner

      It’s hard to believe the much-awaited annual RBC Heritage golf tournament is here and gone once again! We had a great week, despite it being a bit soggy, hosting lots of events at our Robert Trent Jones golf course and enjoying a variety of media coverage associated with the tournament. Mutt Kuchar ended up taking home the Tartan jacket after a thrilling conclusion to the golf tournament!

      Hilton Head golf resort

      On Monday, April 14, we had lots of fun with John Maginnes when he hosted his Maginnes on Tap radio show live from the Jones course. Here he is with Brad Marra of Palmetto Dunes:

      On Tuesday, April 15, NFL pro-bowler and golf lover Sterling Sharpe visited the Jones course. Sharpe, who was great with fans, especially the kids, signed autographs and in between the rain headed out on the course for some golf demonstrations.

      South Carolina golf resort

      During the week, we also had record apparel sales. It seems everyone was ready for some new spring duds to wear on the green! The ECCO Golf Van really helped spur the sales with their amazing golf footwear.

      We were so excited that Matt Ginella, host of Morning Drive on the Golf Channel, mentioned our Robert Trent Jones golf course as one of the best Hilton Head golf courses to play. Watch the segment on Hilton Head here:

      To see more photos from the 2014 RBC Heritage follow our Pinterest board below:

      Follow Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort's board RBC Heritage Golf Tournament on Pinterest.

      Want to come enjoy Hilton Head Island golf yourself? Book your tee time or your golf getaway online or give us a call at 866-650-4130. 

    • Posted on 13th Apr 2014, 6:52 pm

      Enjoy Demos, Fittings and More at Palmetto Dunes during Heritage Week on Hilton Head Island


      Here on Hilton Head, also known as the “golf island,” we look forward to Heritage Week year-round. One week each spring the island plays host to a PGA golf tournament sponsored by RBC that brings some of the top golf talent to our beautiful town.

      Palmetto Dunes hosts lots of visitors in town for the tournament and caters to attendees with a variety of events at our golf courses. Our resort is a great place to get away from the crowds and all the action of the tournament when you need a break.

      Here’s a rundown of all the fun events we’ll be hosting April 14-16, all free and all located at the Robert Trent Jones golf course:

      Monday, April 14
      PING Golf Fitting
      9 a.m.-1 p.m.
      Try the new line of I25 & G25 products and schedule a fitting by calling 843-686-9137.

      "Where does the power come from?” Free Golf Demonstration with Doug Weaver
      4 p.m.
      Golfers are encouraged to ask questions during the hands-on, fully interactive class. The audience size is unlimited.

      “Maginnes on Tap” PGA Tour Radio show
      5-7 p.m.
      Former PGA pro John Maginnes will host his radio show on XM 93/Sirius 208 live.

      Tuesday, April 15
      TaylorMade Golf Fitting
      10 a.m.-2 p.m.
      Featuring the new SLDR Family of Drivers, Fairways and Hybrids. Schedule a fitting by calling 843-686-9137.

      Nike Golf Demo Day
      1-5 p.m.
      Try the latest Nike VR-S Covert 2.0 drivers, fairways, hybrids and irons.

      Nike Golf Experience with Sterling Sharpe
      Golf Demo 2-3 p.m.
      Autographs 3-4 p.m.
      Sterling Sharpe, a 5-time pro-bowler in the NFL, as well as an avid golfer, will be on hand for a golf demo and signing.

      Wednesday, April 16
      Cobra Golf Demo Day 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
      Highlighting the Bio Cell+ Drivers and newly-relaunched Baffler XL family of drivers, fairways and hybrids.

      ECCO Comfort Tech golf van
      11 a.m.-3 p.m.
      The van will showcase the latest in golf footwear.

      Will you be in town for the RBC Heritage? Be sure to stop by Palmetto Dunes for one of our golf events or to play a round or two at one of our three championship Hilton Head golf coursesBook your tee time right here or call us at 866.380.1778.

    • Posted on 20th Mar 2014, 7:27 pm

      Stay with Palmetto Dunes during Hilton Head’s RBC Heritage Golf Tournament

      Coming to the island for the popular RBC Heritage Golf Tournament? Make Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort your home base with access to 3 miles of beach, three outstanding golf courses, 25 tennis courts, an 11-mile inland lagoon, beachfront dining and more!

      Our RBC Heritage Golf Tournament Package is designed specifically for those attending this annual tournament, which fills the island every April. By staying at Palmetto Dunes, you can enjoy the tournament by day and escape the chaos in the evenings for a relaxing retreat at our beautiful resort.

      The package provides you with 4 days and 3 nights in a Hilton Head vacation villa located within the resort, three rounds of golf and                your tournament tickets. The 2014 Heritage Family Fun Pack gets you 2 adult any day clubhouse tickets with children 15 and younger admitted free, as well as 4 lunch concession stand vouchers.

      Plus, you don’t just get to watch golf; you can experience it yourself at our three championship Hilton Head golf courses – the Robert Trent Jones course, the Arthur Hills course and the George Fazio course – each with their own unique challenges.

      Guests who book accommodations through Palmetto Dunes also receive two hours of tennis court time daily at the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center, as well as a special discount card that affords them the best rates on all resort activities and dining. Your family can choose from a variety of activities besides golf like riding bikes around the island, renting kayaks to paddle through our peaceful lagoon, nature cruises, fishing charters and more.

      Dining at the resort includes the kid-friendly Big Jim’s BBQ, Burgers & Pizza restaurant that overlooks the Robert Trent Jones golf course, as well as the beachfront Dunes House. Also within the resort are the Palmetto Dunes General Store (delicious cinnamon rolls and fried chicken!), our golf course grilles, Alexander’s seafood, and HHO Prime and the XO Lounge both located at the at the Omni Hotel.

      Book your RBC Heritage package soon, because the island fills up fast during this busy week! Give us a call at 866-744-7558 and we’ll get you all set up.

    • Posted on 17th Mar 2014, 8:13 pm

      Spring Golf Gear at the Palmetto Dunes Hilton Head Golf Pro Shops

      Spring is just around the corner and you want to not only be outfitted in style, but with the gear that will most improve your game. New items are arriving daily at our Hilton Head golf pro shops at Palmetto Dunes, many of which are being used by the pros as they head out on the PGA Tour.

      Want to play like a pro? Here are some of the highlights of our new golf items:

      CLUBS
      Breaking its own record of 11, PING earned 15 gold awards in the 2014 Golf Digest March ‘Hot List’, more than any other single brand for the third straight year. At the PGA Tour Farmer’s Insurance Open, for example, eight sets of Ping S55 irons and six sets of I25 irons were in play, along with eight G25 drivers used by both Bubba Watson and Hunter Mahan.

      PING Golf was the only company to earn at least one gold award in every category. The I25 and G25 series, both available at our pro shops, were both recognized with the highest honors in the driver, fairway wood, hybrid and iron categories. The new I25, Karsten, S55, G25, and the Tour Gorge wedge, which we also carry, each won gold.

      The new Nike Covert 2.0 Drivers are also one of our top picks. As one of only six Nike Golf TTC Concept Shops in the country, you can find the latest and greatest Nike Golf picks at our Robert Trent Jones golf course pro shop.

      The Covert 2.0 Drivers are used by all the major Nike players, including Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Nick Watney and Charles Schwartzel. They deliver more forgiving distance, faster ball speed and simple, intuitive customization to meet the swing needs of every golfer. High-Speed Cavity Back technology redistributes weight to the heel and toe, allowing for increased distance and more stability across the face of the driver.



      We offer the Nike 360-degree Fitting System for anyone who would like a custom fitting by our club-fitter, Rob Thompson, named one of the country’s top fitters for six years in a row. Call us at 866-744-7558 to schedule your free custom fitting.

      WOMEN’S APPAREL 
      Women can head out on the greens in style this spring with our new Annika Paramount collection from Cutter & Buck. Inspired by the legendary golfer Annika Sorenstam, this visionary collection combines cutting-edge technology with ingenious details to fit women who are always on the move.

      The collection is designed to be feminine yet sporty, utilizing the latest breakthroughs in fabric. You’ll find it at both the Arthur Hills course pro shop and Robert Trent Jones course pro shop.

      GOLF SHOES
      Our picks for spring shoes are the ECCO BIOM HYBRIDS, ECCO’s first ever performance hybrid shoe, which marks a major advancement in golf shoe technology. Worn on tour by Fred Couples and dozens of other top players, it’s made from Yak leather, which is naturally soft, durable, smooth and breathable and also treated for weather protection.

      The shoes have ECCO’s Natural Motion Technology with flexible midsole arch support that mirrors the foot skeleton, providing excellent support and comfort, as well as their Advanced Hybrid Outsole Technology that provides excellent grip in all conditions.

      We also like the ECCO GOLF STREET, which is a golf shoe that doesn’t look like a traditional golf shoe and remains the game’s most popular style! With their first ever hybrid model, the shoe has a superb combination of comfort, convenience, stability and traction and is worn on and off the course by the world’s best players. The shoes are weather resistant and have insoles that wick moisture to keep you dry and comfortable.

      Stay tuned as we get in more items for men’s apparel and for summer fashions. Come visit our Hilton Head golf pro shops and get outfitted for warm weather play at our three championship Hilton Head golf courses! Need a tee time? Book it right here.

    • Posted on 14th Feb 2014, 11:25 am

      Drivers, Golf Balls, Shoes and More at the PGA Golf Show in Orlando

      Several members of the  Palmetto Dunes golf staff recently attended the 61st annual PGA Golf Show in Orlando to check out the latest and greatest in golf gear, apparel, accessories and services. More than 1,000 companies demonstrated their wares to some 41,000 people who attended from 80 different countries. Our team learned a lot and wanted to share their findings and favorites with all the golf lovers  who visit Palmetto Dunes!

      Doug Weaver, director of golf instruction at the resort, made the rounds at the show, interviewing many of the company reps on the details of their new equipment. He particularly spent time with Nike Golf on their shoes, drivers and balls.

      The Lunar Control II shoe, which will be highlighted at this year’s Masters(no apostrophe) by Rory McIlroy, is known for being very lightweight while providing full support using the latest in Nike technology. More from Doug:

      Doug also got up to speed on the new Nike Covert 2.0 driver, whose technology is designed to provide more stability, less resistance, straighter ball flights and faster ball speeds. Here is the full interview with Nike:

      All of the Nike products from the show will be available at the Robert Trent Jones course pro shop, one of only six Nike Golf Concept Shops in the country.

      While at the PGA Show, Doug logged over 30 hours of training with the inspirational Peter Jacobson! Classes focused on one plane and two plane swings, exercise, mental, junior golf and club fitting. Peter is a friend, Ryder Cup Player, Senior Tour Champion and TV commentator. At the age of 48, with his game falling apart, Peter took to a program that revived his game so much so that he became a Ryder Cup Player.

      Get these and more tips from Doug with a private lesson, clinic or golf school at the Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy this spring!

      Doug also caught up with the Golf Channel’s Michael Breed, host of “The Fix.” He and Doug were PGA tour players together and Doug encouraged Michael to go into modeling. He took Doug’s advice and later combined his love of golf with modeling to become a TV show host.

      View all of our videos from the PGA Golf Show on our YouTube playlist and let us know if we can schedule a tee time for you at one of our three beautiful championship Hilton Head golf courses by calling 866-744-7558 or booking online

       

    • Posted on 1st Jan 2014, 1:05 pm

      Good at Baseball or Tennis? Try Golf!

      On first glance, it may not look like the sports of baseball or tennis have much in common with golf – aside from hitting a ball – but according to Palmetto Dunes’ Director of Golf Instruction Doug Weaver, the sports actually do have several things in common.

      After attending an Atlanta Braves baseball game recently, Weaver noticed that the way a baseball player hits the ball with the bat is not so different than the impact of a golfer hitting a ball on the PGA tour.

      In imitation of baseball players, he offers these tips to keep in mind for hitting a golf ball effectively:

      1. An outside observer can see the belt buckle moving to the target, creating centrifugal force.
      2. Centrifugal force straightens and extends your left arm.
      3. A good 80% of your weight is on your left foot.
      4. Your head remains to the right of the ball.
      5. The right heel is coming off the ground.
      6. The right knee is pivoting toward the target.



      Weaver also says that tennis players tend to make great golfers, because tennis players develop the same muscles stroking a forehand that are required for a proper golf swing. These are the oblique muscles, the same ones used for laughing and coughing.

      Says Weaver, tennis superstar Rafael Nadal emphasized building his obliques to increase his racket speed. He also notes that other tennis greats who’ve pursued golf include Ivan Lendl, Leyton Hewitt and Stan Smith. Golfer Jack Nicklaus was also known for playing tennis and even built a tennis court in his backyard. Weaver has seen plenty of visitors to Palmetto Dunes play one sport in the morning and the other in the afternoon.

      Says Weaver, “the bottom line is you’ll play better tennis if you play golf and vice versa.” So we invite golfers to give tennis a try and tennis players to give golf a try. In fact, wouldn’t that make a great New Year’s resolution?

      Here at Palmetto Dunes, we have outstanding facilities for both, making it easy to enjoy both sports on yourHilton Head vacation. Let us know if we can help you select the right golf or tennis clinic to help you get started or if we can set you up with private lessons at the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center or with Doug Weaver at the Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy.