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  • Posted on 10th Jun 2016, 7:00 pm

    Five Ways to Have a Social Media Friendly Wedding

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    Social media has become part of our everyday lives, so it's bound to be a part of the biggest day of your life too – your wedding! There are plenty of social media tools and tricks to help you navigate your nuptials, from wedding planning to documenting the big day! So listen up social media savvy brides and grooms, here are five ways to use social media when saying ‘I do’ at Palmetto Dunes:

    Get inspired

    The days of carrying around a stack of wedding magazines are gone. Nowadays brides-to-be are turning to Pinterest to gain inspiration, learn about the latest in wedding trends, and find DIY ideas. From the ring to the dress to the decor, Pinterest provides a seemingly infinite collection of wedding ideas and allows brides to keep track of their favorite finds. For our top beach wedding ideas, visit the Hilton Head Weddings Pinterest board!

    Connect with your guests

    With friends and family around the globe, what better way to connect with your guests than on social media? Announcing your engagement to the world on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, and sending out beautifully designed digital invitations are staples of every modern bride. But no social media friendly wedding is complete without a wedding website. It's not only a great way to keep everyone in the loop about the details of your big day, but can show off photos of the wedding party, share your registry, allow guests to RSVP, and even have guests contribute music to your wedding playlist.

    Document the big day

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    With social media, there are so many great ways for you and your guests to share photos, videos and memories. Get creative in creating a wedding hashtag and, with help from your MC and descriptive decor, encourage your guests to share pictures throughout the day. Don’t forget to tag Palmetto Dunes so your followers know the location of your amazing celebration!

    Social media savvy brides can turn to Snapchat to document their day. By sending photos and videos, brides can create a montage to share with their Snapchat friends and family. Include your guests in the fun by customizing your own filter that will temporarily appear on the app within the physical location of your wedding venue.

    Undoubtedly you will have friends and family in other parts of the world, who aren’t able to make it to your special day. Live streaming the ceremony, using Periscope or Facebook Live is a fantastic way to bring your wedding to those unable to attend.

    Say selfie!

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    A popular trend at weddings and special events is the selfie booth. Head to your local craft or costume shop and pick up a handful of fun props. Find the perfect background – or make your own – and let your guests have fun dressing up and taking photos at your reception. These photos make for great mementos from your reception, and great content for your social media feed!

    Relive those magic moments

    After the celebrations, curled up in your honeymoon suite, dig into your guests’ wedding photos by searching for your personalized hashtag. Companies like Social Print Studio and Artifact Uprising make it easy to create photo albums, prints, greeting cards even magnets, using the Instagram and social media photos shared on your special day.

    Looking for a little extra help to pull you wedding wishes together? Let us help you plan your Palmetto Dunes wedding.

    Request a Wedding Proposal here

    For more information about Weddings at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort call 843.686.9142 to speak with Lou Anne.

  • Posted on 3rd Jun 2016, 7:00 pm

    The Best Beach Wedding Décor Ideas

    Your wedding is an important day, and it should be just that – yours. There are many fantastic ways to add unique touches to your dream beach wedding.

    As a popular and memorable beach wedding destination, seen so many beautiful seaside wedding ceremonies and receptions over the years. Now, we’re sharing some of our favorite beach wedding décor, inspired by real Palmetto Dunes weddings!

    Bouquets

    A cute idea for a beach wedding is to include a starfish in your bridal bouquet! Small starfish are always an option too, or skip the flowers entirely and make your bouquet out of seashells. You’ll save money and your beautiful seashell bouquet will last forever.

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    The Cake

    Don’t you just love this elegant cake covered in edible shells? There are lots of ways to incorporate a coastal theme into your wedding cake. Try an adorable beach-themed cake topper, fondant beach chairs, or blue ombré icing.

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    Table Centerpieces

    Muted tones with bright pops of color and natural accents are the perfect fit for a seaside celebration centerpiece! We love the idea of incorporating different textures and colors into reception centerpieces for a multifaceted look. The great thing about beach-themed centerpieces is that they make affordable and easy DIY projects. Look for grass, driftwood, seashells, and beach glass.

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    Shoe Sign

    For a casual beach wedding, encourage guests to go barefoot! Let them know shoes are optional with a cute homemade chalkboard sign. Providing flip-flops is always a nice added touch!

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    Reception and Ceremony Seating Decor

    Burlap or raffia are great for beach wedding décor – particularly when paired with a bright pop of color like the green ribbon shown below. Use starfish or seashells to decorate chairs, or go for a more nautical theme with rope, stripes and buoys.

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    Image courtesy McCully & Carver Wedding

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    The Aisle

    Make your sandy ceremony aisle stand out with something you normally wouldn’t find on the beach, but is still natural and elegant. These flower petals look beautiful, and won’t cause the bride to trip!

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    Ceremony Arch

    Take advantage of that warm ocean breeze and think whimsical for your ceremony arch. Capture the easy-breezy vibe of your surroundings by using a lightweight white fabric, and palm leaves!

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    “Just Married” Bicycle Flag

    The best way to get around Palmetto Dunes is by bicycle, so forget the tin cans tied to a car bumper and hop onto a bicycle built-for-two! For an added touch, add a pennant reading “Just Married!”

    This is one beach-themed wedding décor idea we love, but have yet to see at Palmetto Dunes… maybe you could be the first!

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    Request a Wedding Proposal here

    For more information about Weddings at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort call 843.686.9142 to speak with Lou Anne.

  • Posted on 19th May 2016, 9:52 am

    Introducing the Palmetto Dunes Summer Instagram Challenge!

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    Palmetto Dunes guests share incredible Instagram photos. Why? Because they’re having the most fun in the most beautiful place!

    If you’re vacationing at Palmetto Dunes this summer, we have a challenge for you; The Palmetto Dunes Summer Instagram Challenge!

    How the contest works:

    Every Thursday morning this summer, we’ll announce a theme. If you’re staying at the resort, snap a photo fitting that theme and post it to Instagram with the hashtag #PDsummer. Each week, one lucky Instagrammer will win a Palmetto Dunes gift card!

    Winners will be announced on Thursday mornings, and must be available to pick up their prizes from the Palmetto Dunes Welcome Center located at 4 Queens Folly Road, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928.

    The Palmetto Dunes Summer Instagram Challenge themes are:

    May 26-June 1: Beach Reads
    June 2-8: Picnicking
    June 9-15: Stunning Sunrises
    June 16-22: Love Tennis
    June 23-29: Life’s Better Barefoot
    June 30-July 6: Fourth of July Fun
    July 7-13: Ice Cream and Popsicles
    July 14-20: On the Water
    July 21-27: Fore!
    July 28-August 3: Lowcountry Food
    August 4-10: Cheers To Summer
    August 11-17: Totes Y’all – Beach Totes
    August 18-24: Summer Sunsets
    August 25-31: Family Fun
    September 1-7: Dog Days of Summer

    Ready, set, ‘gram! And don’t forget to follow Palmetto Dunes on Instagram.

  • Posted on 9th May 2016, 10:18 am

    Your Guide to HarbourFest 2016

    The weather is heating up on Hilton Head Island, and as we inch closer to summer, we at Palmetto Dunes can’t help but be excited for HarbourFest 2016 at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina.

    If you’re planning on visiting Palmetto Dunes this summer and you’re looking for things to do on your Hilton Head Island vacation, make sure you add HarbourFest to your list! There’s something for everyone at this family-friendly local event, and it runs all summer long. To help you plan, and get you as excited as we are for all of the exciting summer festivities at Shelter Cove Harbour, here’s your guide to HarbourFest 2016. Arguably the most famous thing about HarbourFest is also the most fantastic – the fireworks at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina! This year, fireworks will start at 9:30 p.m. to make sure everyone is able to get to Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina and settle in for the show.

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    HarbourFest fireworks will be held Tuesdays on the following dates:

    June 14, 21 & 28
    July 12, 19 & 26
    August 2, 9, 16 & 23

    We want to make sure your Palmetto Dunes vacation is as sunny and stress-free as can be, so if it should rain, we’re planning on holding HarbourFest Fireworks the next day, Wednesday, if the weather permits.

    Cappy.jpgHarbourFest is an event for the whole family, and there is entertainment happening at Shelter Cove Harbour virtually every night of the week, all summer long! Kids will love clowning around with Cappy the Clown, a recurring guest at HarbourFest who has been entertaining kids of all ages for over 25 years. Cappy the Clown will be performing Monday through Friday between 6 and 9 p.m.

    Enjoy a long lowcountry summer evening at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina while taking in the tunes of Shannon Tanner, who is returning to HarbourFest again this year to perform every weekday evening at 7 and 8:30 p.m.

    If you’re really enjoying living the island lifestyle on Hilton Head, you’ll want to swing by Parrot Palooza on Thursday nights, beginning June 16. Live music and entertainment with an island vibe, what a perfect way to wrap up your Palmetto Dunes day!

    Harbourfest_Food.jpgOf course, there is a ton to do and see while at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina. Head out onto the open water with one of the Shelter Cove Marina water cruises before heading to the concert; or grab a bite before the fireworks at San Miguel’s, Scott’s or any of the incredible dining options at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina.


    The excitement of HarbourFest is sure to be a highlight of your Hilton Head Island summer vacation. Don’t forget to capture the fun and share with us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram! We love seeing your #HarbourFest2016 photos!

  • Posted on 2nd May 2016, 9:59 am

    Spa Days for Summer

    At long last, lowcountry summer days are just around the corner! That means it’s time to put away your winter wardrobe and prepare for shorter sleeves, higher hemlines, and body-baring bathing suits. Make the transition to warmer weather a whole lot easier with these spa treatments at Palmetto Dunes:

    Treat Your Feet

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    Photo via Nicole B.

    With summer upon us, open-toe shoes are calling and there’s no better time to turn your attention to your winter-worn feet with a luxurious spa treatment.

    The Ocean Tides Signature Pedicure at Ocean Tides Spa will get your feet sandal ready with a sugar exfoliation, followed by a cooling mint mask application, pineapple oil massage, and paraffin dip to induce moisture.

    Smooth Your Skin

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    Nothing says summertime like soft, smooth, touchable skin. Giving your body a little extra TLC with one of our waxing, massage and body treatments will leave you glowing this season.

    For perfectly prepped summer skin, we recommend the Ultimate Zen Body Ritual at Spa Soleil. This invigorating treatment includes full body exfoliation, skin hydrating and a renewing body wrap.

    Face the Season

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    Photo via Kate Dunphy of Taffeta & Tulips

    After a long winter you want to put your best face forward this summer season, so leave your winter skin behind with one of our refreshing and renewing facial treatments.

    With the Sea of Life Deluxe Facial at Spa Soleil you’ll experience the healing powers of the sea, the calming properties of the earth’s finest essential oils, and the energy glow of Bio-Dynamic Cranial Therapy.

    Find Your Summer Style

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    There’s nothing quite like taking care of your hair to get into the summer spirit. Trim away dry winter ends and find the perfect style this season with our personalized salon services.

    We may be biased, but there’s no better place to spoil your strands with a cut, color and style than our Ocean Tides Salon.

    Now that you’re primped, pampered and prepped for summer thanks to our Ocean Tides Spa and Spa Soleil, all that’s left to do is book your Palmetto Dunes vacation!

  • Posted on 20th Apr 2016, 1:30 pm

    Callaway Golf Invades Hilton Head Island to Launch New Club Technology

    To say Callaway Golf is riding high these days would be an understatement. In the past month Callaway tour professionals brought home some of golf’s biggest prizes. Still teenage phenom, Lydia Ko, won her second major championship at the ANA Inspiration. England’s Danny Willett closed with a final round 67 to win The Masters and the coveted green jacket. And just last week, Branden Grace won his first PGA Tour event capturing the RBC Heritage on Hilton Head Island. Must be the clubs, right?

    Team Callaway certainly thinks so and wanted to put their new 360 Face Cup Technology to the test. Their plan … travel to Hilton Head Island and ask unsuspecting golfers to hit a few shots with their existing irons followed by hitting the new Callaway XROS irons. What is 360 Face Cup Technology you ask? Well, to keep it simple, the entire club face is the sweet spot which guarantees more distance.

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    To make things fun, Callaway decided to bring in PGA Tour Radio Hosts John Maginnes and Brian Katrek for a little friendly competition to see whose golfers would achieve the most total yards gained. The prize: bragging rights. Team Maginnes consisted of golfers from Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort and Team Katrek filled his squad with golfers from Sea Pines Resort. In order to track the competition down to the yard, Callaway Golf brought in TrackMan technology to capture and report the data. No guessing for this fierce competition!

    So, did golfers see increased distance with the new Callaway technology?

    Did Team Maginnes triumph over Team Katrek? Watch the entertaining video below to see for yourself…

  • Posted on 18th Apr 2016, 2:19 pm

    How-to Gear up for the 2016 Golf Season

    As 2016 heats up, new professional golf gear is flooding onto courses. It can be hard to decide what gear is best for you, so we’ve scoured top sources to bring you the buzzworthy golf gear that is sure to help you gain a technical edge and keep more drives on the fairway.

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    At Palmetto Dunes, we’ve got your every need covered at our three pro shops and with our expert staff. With this how-to guide, you’ll be geared up and hitting the golf course like a pro just in time for the peak of the season!

    1. Get fitted.

    Your best golf game starts with a professional club fitting. Palmetto Dunes has your fitting needs covered with Chris Wycoff, one of Golf Digest’s 100 Best Club Fitters in America and a dedicated fitter at our Robert Trent Jones Golf Course. At Palmetto Dunes you’ll not only get your clubs fitted, but a complete swing analysis as well! Learn more about our SwingFit analysis here.

    2. Grab the #1 iron in golf.

    When you’re gearing up for a new golf season, you want to be sure that you’re investing in gear that will help your game. Enter Callaway’s new 360 Face Cup technology. Hype around the new irons that use this technology including Callaway's new APEX irons (pictured above) is building. The 360 Face Cup allows makes the face of the club as efficient as possible. The face is flexible allowing for more consistent ball speeds at every impact location. The overall result is that pretty much everyone will get better distance with these irons.

    Our pro shop at the Robert Trent Jones course has both the Callaway Apex and Apex Pro reader to be fitted. We’ve even checked the distance for you! Take a look for yourself in our video.


    3. Learn app-solutely everything you can about your favorite courses.

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    Keep score, view yardages, book tee times and pack a virtual caddie in your pocket with the Palmetto Dunes Golf App, available for free on Apple and Android devices. You can even make a plan for the 19th hole, by viewing menus at our course dining options. Technology like apps and smart watches can help your overall game and keep track as your scores get lower and lower in the process!

    4. Track your stats with Smart Watches that let you know your game.

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    Understanding your golf game is essential for improving your score, and advances in wearable technology make it easy to get on-the-spot coaching and game analysis. Smartwatches like the Apple Watch can lend an edge that clubs and fitters can’t.Golf-specific devices from Garmin and Bushnell provide a full interface to track swing and distance data in real-time. The watch apps work just like a phone on your wrist and come pre-loaded with map data on many courses, including all three Palmetto Dunes courses. As you use it, it’ll slowly build a complete statistical picture for you to evaluate.

    5. Pick the right putter.

    Choosing a quality putter is all about understanding the fine-tuned technology and design that goes into making it. A lot of putting is in the feel, but how your club handles, how much it weighs, and how it strikes the ball can help your short game.

    Nike has designed the new Method Origin putter to perfect all these factors, and it’s without a doubt a winner, having been used by various PGA Tour winners last year, including four-time major winner Rory McIlroy, who helped test it.

    It’s an elite putter aimed at the best players, but it’s surprisingly user-friendly too. In particular, its grooves cut down on skidding, giving both experts and amateurs a lot more consistency no matter how the ball is hit.

    This club is a great tool to tackle the kind of complex greens you’ll find on the bottom half of the George Fazio course.

    The best gear in the business won’t improve your game the way consistent practice will, so it’s time to start planning your golf getaway to Palmetto Dunes! We’ve got some of the best golf courses on Hilton Head Island, and our daily lessons and clinics – and expert golf instructors – are just what you’ll need to take your golf game up a notch in the 2016 golf season. So get shopping, grab your gear, and we’ll see you on the green!

  • Posted on 13th Apr 2016, 10:37 am

    Get into the swing of things with POP Tennis!

    Looking for a fun activity for the whole family during your stay at Palmetto Dunes? POP Tennis retains elements of traditional tennis while staying simple and low-impact. No previous tennis experience is required to enjoy this unique sport. Anyone of any age can pick up a racquet and hit the court like a pro! Check out the infographic below for more info! If you’re interested in playing during your stay click here to book courts and lessons.

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  • Posted on 9th Apr 2016, 11:00 am

    Hilton Head Island Golf Traditions

    With this week’s golf spotlight shining on Hilton Head Island — and the PGA TOUR’s RBC Heritage — just minutes away at mid-island, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort continues to offer its own distinct, Lowcountry golf experiences.

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    In the spirit of RBC Heritage week, Palmetto Dunes will host a variety of events at its renowned Robert Trent Jones Golf Course. On Monday, April 11 from 9 am to 4 pm at the driving range, there will be a free Club Fitting 15 Minute Challenge by SwingFit. Then, former PGA Tour professional Doug Weaver will host a free golf exhibition from 4 pm to 4:50 pm. On Tuesday, there will be a free TaylorMade Golf Fitting Day by appointment from 10 am to 2 pm, followed by Wednesday free Club Fittings at the NIKE Tour van by appointment from 10 am to 4 pm. On Thursday, try the latest styles at the Ecco Comfort Tech Van from 10 am to 2 pm.

    “It’s an electric week around here,” said Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort Director of Golf Clark Sinclair. “Our guests and residents are constantly coming and going back and forth to the [RBC Heritage]. The tournament helps create an exciting buzz throughout the resort.”

    It is a synergy that dates back to the mid-1960s, when a group of physicians and executives from Greenwood, S.C., entered into an innovative business venture with Charles Fraser. For $1,000 an acre, the group bought a 2,000-acre property that would become the award-winning Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.

    This week, those seeking a break from the tournament traffic on the south end of Hilton Head Island can enjoy Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort’s wide variety of luxurious accommodations along with its acclaimed trio of golf course designs by Robert Trent Jones, Arthur Hills and George Fazio and many more resort activities.

    Finally, a little history: While the RBC Heritage is known for its candy-cane striped lighthouse that overlooks its 18th green, Palmetto Dunes boasts a lighthouse of its own with some renown. The Hilton Head Lighthouse in the Leamington neighborhood on the Arthur Hills Course was built in 1881 and put to use in 1884.

    In August 1898, the lighthouse keeper, a man named Adam Fripp, died of a heart attack while trying to sustain the light. Right before he passed away, Fripp urged his 21-year-old daughter, Caroline, to keep the light burning, but she died three weeks later. Since her passing, it has been reported that a girl (who wears her blue dress), known as “The Blue Lady” has been seen in one of the lighthouse windows or at the foot of the lighthouse on wild, stormy nights.

    While golf fans around the world are thinking about beautiful Hilton Head Island and its rich heritage in the game this week, they should think no further than Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.

    For more information, call 877-567-6513 or visit www.PalmettoDunes.com.

  • Posted on 6th Apr 2016, 9:31 am

    21st Century Jordan Rules

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    By: Doug Weaver, Director of Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy

    Golf Digest Magazine's 2015 #2 Golf Instructor in South Carolina and Hilton Head Island's 2012 PGA Teacher of the Year


    Much like Michael Jordan redefined basketball; defending Masters champ Jordan Spieth scores on many fronts.

    Jordan Spieth has won the hearts of many as he has conquered the game of golf. Spieth left college early after dominating NCAA Men’s Golf as a freshman at the University of Texas, where he captured the individual national championship.

    Just one year later, in 2013, Spieth was PGA Rookie of the Year and he became the youngest player to earn a PGA Tour Membership, play in the Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup and win on the PGA Tour. In 2015, Spieth was named Player of the Year after winning the U.S. Open, Masters, The Tour Championship, and two other PGA Tour events.

    One attribute that makes Spieth successful and sets him apart is the fact that he is an incredible putter who does it differently. How so? By employing a cross handed grip. This allows him to make a better, squarer stroke, resulting in more solid impact and ball control. When you place your lead hand lower than your trail hand it can adjust your shoulders, which controls the direction of the stroke. Many golfers unknowingly open their shoulders, giving them a natural stroke that scrapes across the ball, which makes the ball spin and roll away from their target … but not Spieth.

    Another interesting characteristic of his play is his tendency to putt with his eyes on the cup. This allows him to relieve tension and focus. Many golf instructors, myself included, encourage students to do this so they learn to trust their mechanics and play golf on a more unconscious level. Have you heard of “paralysis from analysis”? Analyzing and mulling over all the 1,000 variables in a golf shot can stymie your execution of the shot and steal your joy. Jordan Spieth enjoys the difficult moments in golf because he has learned to react to the target, like in baseball, which was his first love as a kid.

    But Spieth hasn’t just found success in his game of golf. Inspired by his sister Ellie, who as born with a neurological disorder, he launched the Jordan Spieth Family Foundation, a charitable endeavor focused on providing financial assistance and support to children with special needs, as well as military families and junior golfers. With all of the opportunities he was given, Spieth chose to serve and help others in the community, which is one of his biggest dreams — to give back in some of the biggest ways possible.

    Some things can’t be taught, but technique and respect are teachable qualities that end up not only shaping a golfer’s game, but also their outlook and attitude.

    Jordan-UnderArmour-blog.jpgStop by the Robert Trent Jones Golf Pro Shop at Palmetto Dunes Resort and get outfitted like Jordan at our Under Armour Concept Shop.