South Carolina Golf Course Owners Association Names Arthur Hills Golf Course at Palmetto Dunes the 2009 Golf Course of the Year
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (August 18, 2009) â€“ Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort is pleased to announce the South Carolina Golf Course Owners Association recently honored the esteemed Arthur Hills Golf Course at Palmetto Dunes as the â€ś2009 Course of the Year.â€ť
â€śThis is an incredible honor and a true testament to the impact that the Arthur Hills course has had on the community and the game of golf,â€ť said Brad Marra, director of golf at Palmetto Dunes. â€śThe Hills course embodies the values we cherish at Palmetto Dunes, offering year-round championship golf in the heart of the South Carolina Lowcountry.â€ť
Earlier this month, the Lowcountry Golf Course Owners Association named the Arthur Hills course the 2009 Course of the Year, putting the course in the running against other top venues across the Palmetto State.
The Arthur Hills course was built and designed by master architect Arthur Hills in 1986. The renowned course design blends the topography of the Lowcountry, including the natural slopes of rolling dunes and thick stands of palmettos, with the continuous ocean breeze and an intricate lagoon system, creating many opportunities for off-balance lies and precision shots.
Greenwood Communities & Resorts continually works at maintaining the original design created by Hills in 1986, while incorporating renovations that include new sea walls on four holes and recent updates to the irrigation system. The 18-hole golf course plays 6,651 yards from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 72.9 and it has a slope rating of 129 on Bermuda grass.
The Arthur Hills Golf Course has previously received awards from Fodorâ€™s Golf Digest, Golf Magazine, The South Carolina Golf Course Ratings Panel and Travel + Leisure Golf.
Throughout the years, the Arthur Hills course has hosted a variety of special events for charities including the Celebrity Golf Tournament, the Annual Piggly Wiggly United Way Tournament, and the Week of Champions. The Arthur Hills Course works closely with Loweâ€™s and Home Depot Foundations to support a variety of national charities including Habitat for Humanity, Red Cross, Boys & Girls Club and United Way. The course recently hosted two dozen Marines from the Parris Island Recruit Depot in appreciation for their service. Staff members and volunteers treated these special guests to complimentary golf clinics and on-course golf experience.
The course has also hosted the Patriot Day golf event benefits Wounded Warriors, Inc., an organization which benefits the Fallen Heroes Foundation to support families of those who have become disabled or lost their lives in the line of military duty.
In recent years, Palmetto Dunes has donated more than $500,000 in free golf gift certificates to local charities including the Boys and Girls Club of the Lowcountry, the Low Country Autism Foundation, Habitat for Humanity and the Palmetto Animal League. Prior to 2001, the course hosted the Palmetto Dunes Golf World Collegiate every Fall, bringing together the top college teams to experience the complexity of the Arthur Hills golf course and the beauty of Hilton Head Island.
About Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort
A 2,000+ acre resort stretching from three miles of prime Atlantic Ocean beach to Shelter Cove Harbourâ€™s â€śshelteredâ€ť inlet adjoining the Intracoastal Waterway on Hilton Head Island, S.C., Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort is consistently recognized among the worldâ€™s finest resorts. The resort features three world-class golf courses, an award-winning tennis center, plus an 11 mile inland salt-water lagoon system for kayaking and fishing. The resort also features a popular marina and Outfitters bike and adventure shop, along with one of the best beaches on the Eastern seaboard. Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, one of the finest ports of call on the East Coast, is the largest deep-water marina on Hilton Head Island. Shelter Cove features an impressive line-up of unique apparel and gift shops, restaurants and art galleries in a one-of a kind Mediterranean setting. In addition, Shelter Cove is home to a full variety of charters, nature cruises, dolphin tours, sport crabbing and fishing. Shelter Cove is located mid-island on the western side of Hwy. 278 at the entrance to Palmetto Dunes Resort. For information about activities or reservations, please call 800-827-3006 or visit www.palmettodunes.com online.
About Greenwood Communities and Resorts
A recognized leader in the design, management and operation of fine resorts and communities across the Southeast, Greenwood Communities and Resorts excels at creating gracious, contemporary living environments that enrich the lives of owners and guests. Based in Greenwood, S.C., Greenwood Communities and Resorts proudly celebrates 30 years of developing properties which offer truly unique lifestyle opportunities. Each Greenwood property has been strategically designed to maximize the areaâ€™s natural beauty while steadfastly incorporating the principles of intelligent, sustainable land planning. From the rural charm of Liberty Hill Farms in Camden, S.C. to the luxury beachfront resort setting at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort on Hilton Head Island, Greenwoodâ€™s properties are as unique as the residents who enjoy them. For more information, please call 843-785-1106 or visit www.greenwoodcr.com online.