What do you get when you cross ping-pong and tennis? America’s fastest growing sport, Pickleball! This game is easy to learn and fun to play and is now available at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. Recognized as the “#1 Tennis Center in the Carolinas” by Tennis Magazine and considered one of the best tennis resorts in the country, the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center strives to maintain its esteemed reputation by hosting USTA sanctioned tournaments, local charity tennis tournaments, daily round robins, a variety of lessons and clinics, fitness programs, carry the latest in tennis merchandise and apparel and keep up with the latest trends in the tennis world.
The staff at the tennis center was thrilled to learn that everyone from tennis enthusiasts to families were jumping at the opportunity to play this fun sport with a silly name. Now, the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center is home to four pickleball courts, rental equipment and pickleball merchandise. For guests and visitors wanting to give pickleball a shot, pickleball courts can be rented by the hour and rental equipment for a set of four players will only set you back $10. Palmetto Dunes also has a pickleball machine available to rent for those who want to get ahead of the competition.
For those who are interested in learning more about the strokes, strategies and rules of pickleball, Palmetto Dunes offers a beginner’s clinic from 8:30 – 9:30 am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings for $20 and on Sunday from 10:00 - 11:00 am. Immediately following this informative and fun lesson from 9:30 – 10:30 am, beginner pickleball round robins allow players to test their skills and master the game of pickleball. Round robin participation is only $10 per player or you can book a “Daily Double” package that includes both the beginner’s clinic and a spot in the round robin for only $25. Palmetto Dunes offers a variety of tennis and pickleball vacation packages for the ultimate Hilton Head Island escape.
Whether you are serious about the game of tennis or looking for something new to try, come visit the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center to see why we think pickleball is such a “BIG DILL”! For more information or to make a pickleball reservation, please call 843-785-1152.
Everyone loves fireworks; it is hard to imagine someone who cannot associate the magic of fireworks to a childhood memory, favorite holiday or great story. Often, when people recount their favorite fireworks memory, they remember their family’s summer vacation and the Tuesday night fireworks at Shelter Cove for HarbourFest Summer Celebration. After 27 years of sending fairy dust into the sky and watching everyone’s eyes light up, we figured it might be fun to give you the inside scoop.
How much really goes into setting up a fireworks show? You just light the fuse and let them do their thing, right?
HarbourFest and Tuesday night fireworks begin in mid-June and continue through mid-August, but planning for the event begins immediately following the closing night of HarbourFest. Applications & Permits with a variety of law enforcement entities involved are required to stage such an event. We work closely with the Town of Hilton Head Island Fire Department, Beaufort County Sherriff’s office, the South Carolina State Fire Marshal’s office, SC Department of Natural Resources, etc. Once all the logistic & planning details are approved, the Tuesday night fireworks events are given the green light. The Shelter Cove HarbourFest event has been fortunate to have the continued and generous support of Greenwood Communities and Resorts, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, the Shelter Cove Harbour Merchants Association, the Town of Hilton Head Island & local business sponsors for many years and has received funding to help offset the cost of producing the shows, security, traffic management and facilities maintenance. This additional funding has helped sustain and keep this event going even through the economic downturn.
With six to eight months of planning complete, it is show time (literally!). Preparation for a Tuesday night fireworks show begins around 2:00pm with fireworks scheduled to shoot at dusk (usually 9:00-9:30pm). As is the case with all outdoor events, weather and safety conditions play a huge part in the execution of the event. Here in the South Carolina Lowcountry, afternoon thunderstorms are a frequent occurrence. The daily weather conditions and forecast are tracked constantly and they dictate when and if we can set-up a show.
On the show dates, the Fire Marshal & Marina Dockmaster are called by the pyrotechnic company to alert them of their arrival time at the designated location. Once the crew and marina team are assembled, a safe zone clearance of 50 feet is created around the area and boat where the fireworks are being moved. The pyrotechnic company and crew can then begin to transport more than 500 pounds of fireworks (the July 4th show generally exceeds 1,000 pounds of fireworks and entails an 8-10 hour set-up time) onto a boat which is then driven to the barge that is positioned outside the Shelter Cove Marina in Broad Creek.
The loaded vessel leaves the marina and makes the trip to the barge just a few miles away. All of the fireworks are then offloaded onto the barge, individually wired and covered, if necessary, in case of inclement weather. The fireworks crew then gets back on to the boat to shoot the fireworks remotely from a safe 100 yard distance from the barge. Two additional boats must secure the perimeter of the barge for additional safety measures until the end of the fireworks show.
The entire loading, unloading and set up process takes four to five hours, weather permitting. As mentioned, factors like rain, wind, lightening and even heat advisories can disrupt the set up of the show and cause a show delay or cancellation. Simply put, if there is a threat of severe weather or any inclement weather during the set-up or firing of a fireworks show, our staff has no choice but to delay or cancel the show.
We have faced nights where we had to cancel a show at 4:00pm because the fireworks crew cannot set up in thunder and lightning conditions. But when the weather clears and it is sunny and nice by 6:00pm, people want to know why on Earth the fireworks were cancelled. The answer? Safety. The safety of our staff and guests is our main priority and is not something we take lightly.
Trust us when we say there is no one more disappointed than our staff when a fireworks show is forced into cancellation. We speak to residents and visitors every week who tell us that the Tuesday night fireworks at HarbourFest is the event they look forward to the most every summer with their family. We hate to let these folks down, but unfortunately, sometimes the weather just doesn't cooperate.
We hope that by explaining the process of Tuesday night fireworks, guests, visitors and locals will gain a better understanding of the reasoning behind a cancelled show. No matter, the magic occurs every Tuesday night, mid-June to mid-August! … Weather permitting. : )
If you like curry, you'll enjoy the rich flavor of this creamy shrimp mixture that is delicious served over rice. Try this delicious curried shrimp recipe from Palmetto Dunes.
Serves 4, prep time 15 minutes, cooking time 25 minutes.
2# large raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 green bell pepper (diced)
1 carrot (diced)
1 onion (diced)
1 can coconut milk
2 tbsp. curry powder
2 tsp. cooking oil
Salt, pepper and blackening spice to taste
In a large saucepan, sauté the vegetables until tender. Add curry powder and stir until fragrant. Add coconut milk and bring to a simmer. Stir in shrimp and cook until shrimp are opaque and firm. Season to taste with salt, pepper and blackening spice. Serve over steamed white rice.
Summer is in full swing, and we love following along on your adventures! If you’re staying at Palmetto Dunes, tag your Instagram photos with #PalmettoDunes. There were so many great posts in June, it was nearly impossible to choose just five to highlight.
Instagramer @stillscapes shared this photo of one of San Miguel’s famous margaritas! What’s your vacation cocktail of choice? With seven different dining options at Shelter Cove Harbour, the options are plentiful!
Hold on… let me take a selfie! After all, you’ll want to remember the family fun you have at Palmetto Dunes. Instagramer @sheiswoven snapped this photo of her “canoe crew” while exploring our lagoon system.
Did you know that you can book canoes & kayaks online before your vacation? It’s true! Visit Hilton Head Outfitters for more info.
Why do Palmetto Dunes guests take the best sunrise and sunset photos? Because Hilton Head Island is home to the best sunrises and sunsets! Instagramer @mrs_gabby_photos snapped a pic of the gorgeous pink and purple sky while she was strolling along Palmetto Dunes Beach.
One of the best things about staying at Palmetto Dunes is being surrounded by nature. Twitter user @AroundIndy woke up to find these new friends right in his vacation home’s backyard!
Last but not least, we had to share this photo that Twitter user @TotalGolfTravel shared of the iconic Robert Trent Jones course! If you’ve golfed there before, we bet you know which hole this is. Take an online hole-by-hole tour!
Stay tuned for more guest photography from July! In the meantime, don’t forget to follow us on Instagram at Instagram.com/PalmettoDunesSC.
Fourteen years ago, when Scott George began organizing a bunch of friends to participate in a fun but competitive golf buddy trip, the group first tried Myrtle Beach. Unfortunately, they were not fond of the arduous drive off the beaten path simply to reach Myrtle Beach from their various homes around the London, KY area — nor were they wild about the long drives between golf courses once they arrived.
After a few years on the Grand Strand, they moved to the Lowcountry, tried a few other resorts and eventually ended up at the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort on Hilton Head Island, where they have stayed in various villas and other homes while enjoying the trio of award-winning Palmetto Dunes golf courses designed by legends of the game.
“Our guys absolutely love Palmetto Dunes,” said George. “The golf courses are so close, it allows plenty of time between rounds. And the golf courses are always in great condition. Some of our guys like the Robert Trent Jones Course the best, some the Arthur Hills — and many like the Fazio Course the most. One of them even broke par last time on Fazio.”
George’s group has as many as 28 players — some fathers and sons, some old friends, some new — with mostly single-digit and low double-digit handicap golfers ranging in age from 27 all the way up to 71. “I told our 71-year-old he was going to need to get a physical,” said George with a laugh. Nevertheless, his “tournament,” now called the Hilton Head Open, or “H2O,” is no laughing matter — “We play for a pretty big purse,” said George — including numerous “games within the game.”
“It’s a good thing I’m an accountant,” George says.
As he prepares to round up the troops and head out for the 2015 event, now enjoying its third year at Palmetto Dunes, George said the resort has won him over for life. He even brought his entire family to Palmetto Dunes on a recent spring break trip. “The folks at Palmetto Dunes knew we were coming back, and they even comped some of our golf during the trip,” said George. “That shows the type place Palmetto Dunes is. They want you there, and it shows.”
Did you visit Palmetto Dunes last month? If so, we hope you shared photos from your trip! Tag your photos #PalmettoDunes, and you might see them shared on our social channels, or here on this blog!
Instagramer @101ThingsILove shared this photo and said “Hard to get sick of this view.” Truer words were never spoken! That’s why guests love returning to Palmetto Dunes year after year.
Don’t you just love a good round of golf on a sunny Spring day? We have three incredible courses for you to play. Instagramer @jasonphess snapped this photo while playing the Robert Trent Jones course.
Time flies when you’re having fun! Harry S. and his family went on an eight-mile bike ride during their vacation. You can make your vacation even easier by booking your bicycles online, and having them delivered before you arrive.
Wow, doesn’t this look like heaven? Sunrise at Palmetto Dunes Beach is so peaceful. Instagramer @elfernandoville posted this gorgeous shot. What’s your favorite time to take a stroll on the beach?
Thanks to everyone who shared their photos with us last month! Don’t forget, tag your photos with #PalmettoDunes on Instagram and Twitter to share them with us, or come find us on Facebook! We’ll highlight five more photos next month.
Vacations shouldn’t be go, go, go. They should be slow, slow, slow. Here on Hilton Head Island, we travel at our own pace. And when you vacation at Palmetto Dunes, you do too. You’re living on island time now.
Make sure you visit hiltonheadisland.org/myislandtime to enter the contest. If you win, you’ll receive a three-night stay at Palmetto Dunes, with complimentary bicycle and kayak rentals!
# Your Way to Fun @ShelterCoveMarina
Summer is back at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina and there are so many ways to make your friends jealous of your Hilton Head Island lifestyle or vacation! Sometimes, as locals, we forget how lucky we are to live on such a beautiful island – until we are sipping on one of the infamous margaritas from San Miguel’s, listening to live entertainment while the sun sets over Broad Creek. And visitors – we know you have been counting down the days until the Saturday morning when you cross the bridge onto Hilton Head Island for you well-deserved getaway. What better way is there to commemorate your trip than posting spectacular photos for all of your friends and family to see?
During the month of June, we invite locals and visitors alike to post photos with #ShelterCoveHarbour for a chance to win a gift certificate from one of the six waterfront restaurants or shops in the harbour. We will choose our favorite photo each Friday during the month of June and notify you via social media! Happy Hashtagging from your friends @Shelter Cove Harbour!
Follow @PalmettoDunesSC for the latest info and photos from #ShelterCoveHarbour
It's BBQ time at Big Jim's! Are you ready for this Summer's grilling season? We are! Start off summer with this easy grilling dry rub right from Big Jim's. And if you are hungry for some great BBQ and don't want to do any of the work, stop by Big Jim's and try our BBQ ribs.
8 Ounces Paprika
6 Ounces Granulated Sugar
4 Ounces Kosher Salt
3 Ounces Black Pepper
2 Ounces Oregano
2 Ounces Thyme
Combine all ingredients and use as a dry rub for BBQ, seasoning for grilled meats and poultry or as a condiment to season grilled items, sauces and dressings.
Wow! Everyone at Palmetto Dunes is thrilled to have been honored in several categories of WTOC’s 2015 Best of the Lowcountry Awards!
Big Jim’s was voted Best Burger AND Best BBQ. If you’ve never been, plan a visit next time you’re on Hilton Head Island! It’s located at the Robert Trent Jones Course. We have a happy hour every day from 4-7pm, and great daily specials.
Shelter Cove Marina was also named the Best Marina on Hilton Head Island. Everyone who’s been to Hilton Head Island before knows it’s a must-visit place during vacation! You’ll find fishing charters, nature excursions, power boat rentals and more.
Last but not least, Palmetto Dunes also tied for Best Resort on Hilton Head Island! But hey – don’t take everyone else’s word for it. Plan your visit so you can discover exactly what makes Palmetto Dunes the best of the Lowcountry! Click here to find the perfect vacation package for you. See y’all soon!