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Benefits of booking with Palmetto Dunes:

  • Up to 20% off resort dining, bike rentals, golf and more
  • Free Tennis and priority access to select activities and amenities
  • Save more when you stay longer! Ask our vacation rental experts.
  • Palmetto Dunes Rentals are exclusively for 3 – 7 nights.
  • Some rentals may require Saturday to Saturday summer stays.

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Benefits of playing at Palmetto Dunes:

  • Book online in advance and save up to 30%!
  • Multi-round rates available. Call to start saving.
  • Three distinct and memorable championship courses you'll love to come back to. Which one will be your favorite?

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Benefits of renting at Palmetto Dunes:

  • We offer the highest quality new rental equipment on the island.
  • Free delivery/pickup for 3+ day rentals. On-site hourly rentals available. Same day delivery available before 4 p.m.
  • Island's largest assortment of bikes, kayaks/canoes & beach accessories.

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Learn more about Shelter Cove Marina activities:

  • Shelter Cove Marina is just off the Intracoastal Waterway and is centrally located on Hilton Head Island across from Palmetto Dunes.
  • All boats have U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Captains.
  • For fishing all tackle, bait & ice are included. Fish are cleaned and bagged.

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Pickleball & POP Tennis

The Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center has recently added Pickleball and POP tennis to the line-up of fun things to do at Hilton Head's Palmetto Dunes Resort.

Pickleball is a sport that combines the elements of tennis, badminton and ping pong. It is played with oversized ping pong paddles and a softball-sized plastic perforated ball that travels at about one-third the speed of a tennis ball. "It's a fun, easy sport that is great exercise, but doesn't require a lot of skill to be an enjoyable experience" says John Kerr, Director of Tennis at the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center. We have eight pickleball courts right in front of the Tennis Pro Shop.

Another tennis alternative that is gaining steam and was featured in June 2015 on The Today Show is POP Tennis, which is also played on a smaller court with a slower ball. It largely differs from regular tennis in that all serving is done underhand, removing the challenge of the overhand serve, which Kerr says is the most difficult stroke in tennis. We have 5 junior/POP Tennis courts.

Guests who book vacation rentals through the resort receive two hours of either tennis, pickleball or POP Tennis time with each night of their stay or choose from one of two pickleball vacation packages. Stop by the Tennis Center to try it out or call us to find out more information on how you can get involved with this great new sport right here at Hilton Head Island. Learn more in our press release here.

Recent Reviews

Great pickleball experience
You don't have to stay at Palmetto to play. Mark was very helpful on my serve issues during the round robin sessions we attended. Lots of fun. Great facility. 8 dedicated pickleball courts. Excellent experience!

- A9735TQrrh, TripAdvisor, June 2017

Big Dill!
This is a fun for anyone sport! Ping pong meets badminton meets tennis! We did the clinic with Mark followed by a round robin and it was a ton of fun! If you are visiting Hilton Head don't miss out on trying this great sport!

- Andre M, TripAdvisor, May 2017

Very affordable
Mark Anders taught us with patience and humor. We play weekly and find the rates to be very affordable. I highly recommend playing pickleball at this facility.

- Thayerslp, TripAdvisor, March 2017


Palmetto Dunes Pickleball Programs

Want to learn more about Pickleball or just better your game? We have a number of pickleball clinics and lessons to choose from. Mark Anders, our head pickleball pro is ready to help. Please call the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center for more information or for registration: (888) 926-8784.

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Pickleball at Palmetto Dunes

All level Drop-in

Skill Level: Any skill level
Description: Participants should know the rules and how to keep score. People new to the sport should take our beginner clinic/round robin.
Price: $4 per person

Beginner Clinic

Skill Level: Beginner

Description: Introduction to Pickelball: Rules, scoring, court positioning, basic strategies. Recommended for non-racquet players new to the game and people who have played racquet sports in the past but want to learn the game of Pickleball.
Price: $20 per person

Beginner Round Robin

Skill Level: Beginner
Description: Recommended for non-racquet players new to the game.Reinforces instruction provided in Beginner Clinic.
Price: $15 per person

Beginner Clinic & Round Robin Combo

Skill Level: Beginner
Description: Best value for people new to the game of Pickleball. It is highly recommended that you participate in the Round Robin if you are taking the clinic.
Price: $30 per person

Intermediate Clinic

When: Tuesday & Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Description: Instruction on effective winning strategies and shot selection. Recommended for players active in other racquet sports but relatively new to Pickleball. Ask our staff if you qualify for this clinic.
Price: $20 per person

Intermediate Round Robin

Skill Level: Intermediate
Description: Recommended for active racquet players that are relatively new to pickleball and players that have been playing pickleball for 1-3 years.
Price: $15 per person

Intermediate Clinic & Round Robin Combo

When: Tuesday & Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Description: Best value for active racquet players and pickleballers who want to work on elements of their game.
Price: $30 per person

Intermediate Drop-in

When: Saturday: 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Description: Recommended for players with advanced racquet skills and people that have been playing pickleball for 1-3 years.
Price: $8 per person

Stroke Clinic

When (starting Sept 1): Tuesday & Thursday 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Skill Level: Beginner to intermediate
Description: Recommended for players looking to improve their stroke production.
Price: $20 per person

Custom Clinics

When: By reservation only
Skill Level: Any skill level
Description: Recommended for family groups of varying skills and ages. No more than 8 people. Recommended for families with children ages 10 to 13.
Price: $25 per person

Pickleball Courts, Pricing & Lessons

Please call the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center to schedule your court(s) at (888) 926-8784.

Pricing & Fees
Private Lesson
Semi-Private Lesson
by reservation only
$67/hour, $42/half hour
$77/hour, $48/half hour
Court time $20/hour
Walk-on rate (12 - 4 p.m.) $15/hour
Equipment Rental Package
paddles and pickleballs for play
1 hour pickleball machine rental $30/hour
½ hour pickleball machine rental $20/half hour

History of Pickleball

Joel Pritchard and Dan EvansThe story goes that after playing golf one summer Saturday in 1965, Joel Pritchard, a congressman from Washington State, and Bill Bell, a successful businessman, returned to Pritchard’s home on Bainbridge Island, WA (near Seattle) to find their families sitting around with nothing to do. The property had an old badminton court so Pritchard and Bell looked for some badminton equipment and could not find a full set of rackets. They improvised and started playing with ping-pong paddles and a perforated plastic "wiffle" ball. At first they placed the net at badminton height of 60 inches and volleyed the ball over the net. As the weekend progressed, the players found that the ball bounced well on the asphalt surface and soon the net was lowered to 36 inches. The following weekend, Barney McCallum was introduced to the game at Pritchard’s home. Soon, the three men created rules, relying heavily on badminton. They kept in mind the original purpose, which was to provide a game that the whole family could play together.

By 1990, pickleball was being played in all 50 states - indoors and outdoors; in high school gyms and senior centers; in leagues and tournaments with official nets, balls and racquets. The official Pickleball Association, USAPA, was chartered as a Non-profit Corporation in 2005. Currently, the sport of pickleball is exploding in popularity with well over 2,000 locations on the USAPA’s Places to Play map and over 400,000 players.

Pickleball’s name is derived from the Pritchard family’s maritime pursuits. Frank Pritchard, one of Joel Pritchard’s children, said the name may have come from his mother, Joan, who was a competitive rower on the island. She sometimes referred to the ‘pickle boat,’ as the slowest vessel in a race.

Big Jim’s BBQ, Burgers & Pizza

Delicious pulled pork, fall-off-the-bone ribs, juicy grilled burgers, pizza and more. With spectacular Hilton Head Island golf course views, daily happy hour and specials, Big Jim’s at the Jones course is sure to be at the top of your favorites!

Hassle-Free Beach Day

Outfitters offers daily and weekly rentals of beach chairs, umbrellas, surf boards and beach cruisers. They're also stocked with sunscreen, beachwear and toys plus more – everything you need for a perfect Hilton Head beach day.