The temperature is climbing, the flowers are blooming, and summer is well on its way here in Hilton Head Island! Summer vacation may be a chance to while the days away, but with the increasing popularity of wellness travel, it’s also a way to kick start a healthy lifestyle or stick to your current fitness routine. Whether you’re planning your first visit or are returning to Palmetto Dunes for another summer vacation, there are plenty of ways to stay active and have fun while you’re staying at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.
The Turtle Trot 5K is back and it’s a fantastic way to meet new people, take in the beautiful Hilton Head scenery, and get a great run in at the beginning of your day. Races run on Wednesday mornings at 8 am throughout June and July and alternate between beautiful beach runs and soothing countryside loops. Click here to learn more and register.
Catch some waves regardless of your skill or fitness level, with surf lessons at Palmetto Dunes Beach! It’s a great core and upper body workout that’s also a whole lot of fun! Register for a private session or sign up for one of our 90-minute group lessons! You’ll be hanging ten in no time.
With 16 Pickleball courts and an award-winning tennis program, your game is in good hands at Palmetto Dunes. Sign up for daily round robins to get your heart racing with some friendly competition, or enroll in tennis or Pickleball clinics to drill your skills and improve your game. Either way, you’ll be outdoors enjoying the Lowcountry sun while having a ball on the court.
It just wouldn’t be summer at Palmetto Dunes without Harbourfest! This family-friendly event is a chance to see some fireworks as well as old and new friends but it can also be a chance to burn a few calories on the dance floor!
It’s no secret that bicycles are the best way to get around Hilton Head Island, and for the health-conscious it’s also an easy way to add some activity to your day. Check out some of our favorite bike trails, bike the beach, or just pedal your way to and from the General Store for a sweet summer treat.
How do you plan on staying active this summer? Share your summer adventures—action-packed or laid back—with us on Instagram using #PalmettoDunes.
Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort has been welcoming families for decades. With roomy vacation rentals that fit the whole family and activities that are fun for all ages, it’s no wonder! And while we know that a vacation at Palmetto Dunes is laidback and easy breezy, traveling with kids can make for its own set of challenges. Read on for some of our top travel tips so this year you can have the best family vacation ever!
And check it twice! When it comes to kids—especially young kids—there are a lot of essential items you’re not going to live without. You can always head to a local store to pick up forgotten wipes, diapers, bottles and more, but a little planning and a careful list can avoid any unnecessary vacation stress.
Whether you’re traveling by car or plane, you’ll have a smoother ride by making sure you’ve got plenty to keep your kids occupied throughout your travel time. Load up a favorite show or movie on your tablet, bring some books, puzzles, toys, and maybe even a special snack or surprise for your children to add some excitement to the journey.
At Palmetto Dunes, this is easy! From two-bedroom villas to 6-bedroom homes, there’s a space here that will fit the whole family. Not only do separate sleeping quarters make for a better-rested brood, having a common space to hang out in takes the stress off needing to have every day jam-packed with activity, and a full kitchen makes it easy to make snacks, stick to your normal morning routine, or accommodate any picky eaters.
Save yourself some space and time by renting equipment in advance from Hilton Head Outfitters. Strollers, children’s bikes and bike buggies, beach umbrellas, beach chairs and more are available with the option to have your items delivered to your home or villa the day you arrive.
Snacks, water, sunscreen, a toy or book, a change of clothes or warm layer; these are all things you’re going to want to have handy as you’re exploring Hilton Head Island with your family. Take some time to pack a lightweight backpack or bag with these items in the morning and you’ll be thanking yourself come afternoon.
It’s so exciting to explore a new destination with your children or to introduce them to a destination you’ve grown to love. As an adult, you might be fine to follow the day where it takes you, but with kids, a little structure goes a long way. Block out a couple of hours to go on a family canoe trip, sign your kids up for surfing or tennis lessons. Having a couple of activities with a start and end date helps keep everyone having fun without getting too tired out.
Speaking of tired out, it’s okay to slow down and take a rest! You’re in The South, after all! And while you (and your kids) might be ready to go, go, go, an hour or two of hanging at your vacation rental will make sure no one gets too much sun, too over-tired, or too cranky.
After all of that planning, don’t forget to relax! After all, that’s what vacations are for, and Hilton Head Island is the perfect place for your family to do just that! Some of the most incredible travel experiences are those that happen spontaneously. Maybe you stumble upon some live music that your kids just want to dance too. Maybe your morning at the beach turns into a whole day of fun in the sun. With a go-with-the-flow attitude, you and your family can enjoy these moments instead of stressing out that you’re off-schedule.
We can’t wait to welcome you and your family to Palmetto Dunes for a vacation filled with memory-making fun! We hope that with these tips, each and every member of your family, parents included, will have a stress-free, fantastic time.
Dunes Catering and Events, specializing in Hilton Head Island catering for a wide range of events, was recently featured in the April issue of Celebrate Hilton Head (CH2) magazine. Your one-stop catering source was acknowledged for their fabulous food, great expectations, and location.
“No matter the size or scope of your gathering, food is a focal point, and this is one area where Dunes Catering & Events shines” Linda Hopkins states in the article. “The menu is not so vast that you get lost, but there are plenty of options to meet your every need and desire,” she continues.
"The food is at the forefront, but it’s not just the food- it’s the service,” Brian Couey, Palmetto Dunes Resort’s Director of Food and Beverage said. “Clients have high expectations, and we are prepared to exceed them.”
From the presentation down to the tables, chairs, linens, decorations, and of course service, Dunes Catering & Events is prepared to be your partner every step of the way. Hopkins further explains that “Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort offers five on-site venues including the ever-popular Dunes House, on the beach, with sweeping views of the ocean.” Additionally they “can also deliver to your location on Hilton Head Island. They can provide a private chef, wait staff, or whatever services you need to make your party a success.”
With their 5 star rating on Wedding Wire and recently named “Top 10 Caterers” on Yelp, it’s no wonder Dunes Catering & Events is a top choice for Hilton Head Island events. You can read thefull article here and for a no-hassle celebration you’ll be proud of, visit the Dunes Catering & Events website, call (866) 650-4130, or email email@example.com for more information.
Additionally, Alexander’s Restaurant & Wine bar, the lagoon-side upscale seafood restaurant and wine bar, also had a spotlight in the latest issue of Taste of Hilton Head. When Palmetto Dunes Resort took over as the owner and operator in 2017, there were a fair share of skeptics from loyal diners on whether or not Alexander’s would remain the same as they grew to love. However, as the article states, “This [Alexander’s] is something much more exciting, fueled by a renewed interest in pushing the culinary boundaries and testing the limits of what Alexander’s can be.”
When it comes to the reviews of the regulars, Barry Kaufman declares that “while his [Executive Chef Sean Carroll] updated approach to the fare that made Alexander’s famous has thrilled regulars, it’s his unbridled creativity in the kitchen that is bringing the restaurant into a marvelous modern era.” To read more on the creative spin on Alexander’s time-tested favorites, the full article can be found here.
“People are more involved in the experience. It’s more than dining- it’s an experience.” said Executive Chef Sean Carroll.
Outside of the decadent cuisine, Alexander’s also hosts monthly wine dinners that quickly sell out and is now offering weekly two-course Sunday Brunch service. Be sure to visit AlexandersRestaurant.com to view the full menu and for more information. Reservations are suggested and are available on the website or by calling 888-653-6591.
The azaleas are popping, the birds are chirping, the iconic theme music is playing … and Jim Nantz is clearing his throat.
The golf world has hit that magical time of the year — Masters week.
Around Hilton Head Island, the arrival of the year’s first major championship, the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club, also signifies that our own RBC Heritage is close ahead — teeing off in just one week.
For the first time ever this year, golf fans around the world were treated to a peek inside the gates at Augusta National a week earlier than usual, with the debut of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur — where an international field of 72 women amateurs competed over 54 holes of stroke play. After 36 holes, the leading 30 players advanced to Saturday’s final round at Augusta National.
And, of course, as has become a recent tradition, on Sunday prior to the Masters final round, Augusta National played host to some of the country’s best up-and-coming junior golfers during the finals of the Drive, Chip and Putt competition.
Palmetto Dunes has long been a proponent of growing the game with women and junior golfers alike. The resort provides a varying array of tee boxes on all three of its championship courses to accommodate golfers of every level. The Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy offers a wide variety of programming aimed at all players, young and old, beginner or skilled alike.
And with SwingFit, the state-of-the-art club-fitting technology housed at the Robert Trent Jones clubhouse, Palmetto Dunes can custom fit golf clubs for anyone to ensure they are getting the most out of their equipment.
Not to mention all the other cutting-edge enhancements around the 54 award-winning holes of golf at Palmetto Dunes. “We’ve always tried to do things a little different here at Palmetto Dunes,” said Samm Wolfe, the head golf professional and general manager at the Arthur Hills Course. “We have a way of looking at things outside the box. All these things make us unique in the area.”
So that families can play together more enjoyably, Palmetto Dunes offers a dozen four-person golf carts that provide a sense of camaraderie and relationship building. All of the resort’s Club Car fleets of golf carts come equipped with Global Positioning System (GPS), as well as USB ports to charge cell phones and play music devices designed to suit a golfer’s functionality.
To further encourage walking, the resort has recently introduced a fleet of nimble BagBoy pushcarts by on all three golf courses, while golfers on the Jones and Fazio courses can test drive the new, autonomous golf caddie units called the “Tempo Walk” by Club Car, which enhance play while also fostering health and wellness.
In addition to the Tempo Walk, golfers can also pedal from hole to hole. The first resort in the Carolinas and along the East Coast to offer the revolutionary Golf Bike, Palmetto Dunes visitors can boost their calorie-burning quotient while teeing it up on a trio of the south's most beautiful and challenging courses.
All three of Palmetto Dunes’ magnificent layouts have been named South Carolina’s “Golf Course of the Year.”
“We can’t wait for our spring season,” said Wolfe. “Everything is starting to green up. Our tee sheets are busy and the golf courses are in great shape.”
Considering all the resort’s offerings on and away from the golf course, little wonder Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort was named No. 12 “Best Resort in the South” in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2018 Readers' Choice Awards and to the Top 25 World’s Best Family Getaways by Travel + Leisure. For information about activities or reservations, please call 877-567-6513 or visit www.palmettodunes.com.
At Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, we love being a part of your family celebrations and milestone moments. One of our favorites is planning and hosting Lowcountry weddings and making our newly engaged couples’ wedding dreams come true. Our wedding specialists are here to ensure your big day runs smoothly and our beautiful venues make for a picture-perfect ceremony and reception. Read on for four reasons why Palmetto Dunes is the perfect choice for your wedding.
For the fourth year in a row, our stellar wedding and events team has been voted a WeddingWire Couples Choice Award winner by the couples we’ve been so fortunate to work with over the past 12 months. Our friendly service and attention to detail put our brides at ease so all you have to do is enjoy celebrating your marriage with your loved ones.
This year, Palmetto Dunes is proud to have been named "The South’s Best Wedding Venue in South Carolina” by Southern Living magazine. We have a variety of venue options right here within the resort, from a sun-soaked beachside patio to a lush golf course setting to an intimate restaurant, and more! Whether you’re planning an intimate event for close family and friends or have a guest list of 200 people, the beauty and flexibility of our wedding venues make a perfect place to say, “I do.”
One of the most nerve-wracking things about planning a wedding is sticking to your budget. Luckily our team is always looking for ways to give you wedding savings. Take our 2019 Wedding Facility promotion; you can save 20% on your facility fee and lighting package as well as receive complimentary wedding arbor, newlywed champagne service, and golf rounds. It’s the perfect way to stretch your 2019 wedding budget a little further.
At Palmetto Dunes, we know how to throw a big bash, but if an intimate wedding is more your speed, our stunning smaller venues and wedding planning specialists will give you a flawless event. If your dream is a small, summer wedding, our Intimate Wedding Special is perfect for you! Not only do you receive a complimentary wedding arbor, bottle of champagne, and round of golf, you’ll save 20% off our beachside Dunes House or Centre Court Pavilion fee so you and your forty closest friends and relatives can celebrate in style—and under budget.
No matter what your dreams of a Hilton Head wedding are, we’re here to make them come true at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. Our seasoned wedding planners will see you through from start to finish, our award-winning wedding venues will provide the perfect backdrop for your nuptials, and our wedding specials will make sure that you’re still feeling the love once you’ve settled up your bills. Request a wedding proposal to find out exactly what the spectacular wedding team at Palmetto Dunes can do for you.
With 16 pickleball courts, a dedicated team of instructors, and comprehensive programs, it’s no secret that at Palmetto Dunes we’re passionate about pickleball! So imagine our delight to discover that April is National Pickleball Month! What a perfect excuse to improve your game—or discover how fun this sport can be! Read on to find out more about all of the pickleball activities happening at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort this spring.
Our resident Pickleball pro, Sarah Ansboury, is hosting two of her incredibly popular Ansboury Pickleball Academies this spring. April’s academy is already sold out, so register soon to reserve your spot in May’s academy, taking place May 23–26, 2019.
Stay and Play
Make the most of your next Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort stay and make it a pickleball vacation! Our Pickleball Advanced Stay and Play package includes three nights in a resort villa, one pickleball clinic and round robin, lunch for two at Big Jim’s, two hours of pickleball court time per day, and more!
As the saying goes, practice makes perfect! And you’ve got plenty of chances to perfect your pickleball game at Palmetto Dunes. We have daily morning round robins and afternoon round robins three days a week.
Join the Club
If you’re serious about your game, considering becoming a member of the Palmetto Dunes Resort Pickleball Club! You’ll get discounts on equipment rentals and special rates on our clinics and round robins.Grab a paddle and hit the courts! It might be National Pickleball Month this month, but it’s always pickleball season here at Palmetto Dunes.
Like clockwork every year, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort’s trio of golf courses receives some type of prestigious recognition.
The most recent honor goes to our Robert Trent Jones Course, which was recently named one of South Carolina’s “Top Courses Available for Public Play” in 2019 by the state’s Golf Course Ratings Panel.
A total of 32 courses across the state were named to the list by members of the ratings panel, which consists of about 120 media, golf business and avid player members. These individuals have been charged with the task of identifying the best that South Carolina golf has to offer.
“Once again, the South Carolina Golf Panel has recognized Palmetto Dunes for our outstanding golf offerings,” said Palmetto Dunes Director of Golf Clark Sinclair. “We are extremely proud of our trio of renowned golf layouts designed by legends of the game. The recognition from the prestigious golf panel further validates the feedback we receive from members and guests on a daily basis.”
The Robert Trent Jones Course is arguably the most well known of the three Palmetto Dunes designs. However, all three courses — including the Arthur Hills Course and the George Fazio Course — have been named South Carolina’s “Course of the Year” by the state’s Golf Course Owners Association and ranked among the state’s finest by the Ratings Panel.
The objective of the Ratings Panel is to promote excellence in golf course design and operations around the state through competitive rankings, education and public advocacy. The Panel serves as an ambassador for golf in South Carolina by striving to stimulate and facilitate the promotion and marketing of the outstanding golf courses, resorts, and real estate developments.
In odd-numbered years, the Panel releases a bi-annual listing of the best non-private courses in the state, called “The Best Courses You Can Play.” Every resort, public access, and daily fee course is eligible for this elite listing. In even-numbered years, the panel taps “South Carolina’s 50 Best Courses,” public or private.
In determining their ratings panelists consider the following criteria:
Information on previous rankings can be found on the organization's website www.scgolfpanel.org.
Classes will be conducted on Wednesday, March 27th, Tuesday, April 2nd and Tuesday, April 9th from 3 to 3:40 PM. The clinics will take place during the summer months, as well, with a weekly schedule to come.
Young children will be able to learn golf with proven methods — the kids will “own” their swing. There are numerous fun elements as well, including singing. Parents and kids will learn a song that will provide rhythm, relaxation and to-do list.
Golf clubs are included … and parent participation is required! Don’t forget to bring your camera. Cost is $30 per clinic.
The Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy wants the best of the best for its students. For juniors and ladies alike, lessons and daily clinics are available from PGA professionals, as well as Monday evening demonstrations and specialized programs, all under the direction of former PGA Tour player Doug Weaver, Palmetto Dunes’ highly respected Director of Instruction. The golf school includes a video analysis sent by email, on-course instruction, rules and etiquette lessons, the school’s video lending library, take-home materials, free range privileges, plus nine holes of golf daily on a space-available basis.
Palmetto Dunes prides itself on catering to up-and-coming golfers. Permanent junior tees at the Jones Course allow younger golfers and beginners to tackle a beautiful, 2,625-yard layout, while the Fazio Course also caters to juniors, with markings of 150 yards or less on the course.
Pickleball isn’t only a paddle sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. It is a social affair bringing people together on the court and on occasion, reuniting old friends and lost connections.
Just last Spring, two Minnesota men were preparing for a game on the pickleball courts at Palmetto Dunes Pickleball Center and quickly found out that they played at the same local pickleball club and in the same men’s senior golf league back home. They have returned again this year and have shared that they continued their friendship back in Minnesota by gathering for dinner accompanied by their wives.
A similar occurrence has already transpired this year. In one of the round robins in February, two women were paired together as partners. A few screams and shouts later, it was apparent that they knew each other and we later learned that they were sorority sisters reconnecting after 40 years. As it turns out, Mary Beth and Cindy were in the same pledge class in 1979 at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. They quickly exchanged contact information and went on to beat their opponents.
As described by the “regulars”, round robins at Palmetto Dunes are the best two hours of social fun on Hilton Head Island. Palmetto Dunes has 10 round robins each week – every morning from 10:00am to 12:00pm and on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. Each round robin is pro supervised with the goal to have every player playing at their skill level within the first 20 minutes, so matches are both competitive and social.
Don’t just take it from us. Be sure to review the comments by fellow pickleball players on TripAdvisor, Yelp or Google by searching Palmetto Dunes Tennis and Pickleball Center.
For more information visit PalmettoDunes.com/Activities. To reserve a spot in one of our clinics or round robins call (866) 242-3169.
See you on the court soon!
Longtime Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort Director of Golf Instruction Doug Weaver, a former PGA Tour professional, fired a 66 on March 2nd to capture the 10th annual CPGA Old South EZ Go Pro-Am by five strokes.
Old South Director of Golf Jim Uremovich, host professional, congratulates Doug Weaver following Weaver’s round of 66 on March 2nd at the 10th annual CPGA Old South EZ Go Pro-Am. Weaver won the event by five strokes.
Twenty-one CPGA professionals led five-player teams competing at Old South Golf Links in Bluffton. Weaver’s squad, which consisted of residents of Palmetto Dunes Resort, finished third overall.
A Callaway Staff player, Weaver credited his equipment for the low round. “My transition to the Callaway Rogue Pro Irons and the Mac Daddy wedges has been very easy,” Weaver said. “Along with the dependability of the Chrome Soft Golf Balls, I have more confidence and can play more aggressively.”
Swingfit Clubfitting staff, Chris Wycoff and Mike Haddick was meticulous in matching the correct shaft, lofts and lies to allow me to play aggressively, said Weaver.
In 2017, Weaver was selected for induction into the Lowcountry Golf Hall of Fame.
He starred for a Hilton Head high school team before taking his talents to Furman University, where he played alongside fellow future PGA Tour player Brad Faxon.
Weaver’s professional 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 — he birdied the 72nd hole to capture his inaugural title.
Weaver went on to win 14 mini-tour events and earn his PGA Tour card in 1988. At the 1989 U.S. Open, he gained notoriety as one of four PGA Tour pros in less than a two-hour period to record a hole-in-one on the sixth hole at Oak Hill Country Club.
His colleagues have voted him as Golf Digest magazine’s No. 2 Instructor in South Carolina. Also, he has been named the Carolinas PGA “2017 Teacher of the Year” and Hilton Head Island PGA chapter's “ 2012 Teacher of the Year.” In addition, Weaver hosted a local TV golf show for more than a decade.
Pictured From Left: Craig Varrelman, Evan Greenplate, Doug Weaver, Jeff Druzak, Brian Greenplate. The team took 3rd out of 21 teams.