Palmetto Dunes Resort’s Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Course on Hilton Head Island enters Golfweek magazine's 2016 “Best Courses You Can Play” at No. 9 in South Carolina.
Golfweek magazine’s rating panel took a fresh look at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort’s venerable Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Course, and as a result the resort masterpiece has catapulted into the 2016 rankings of the “Best Courses You Can Play in South Carolina” at No. 9 in the state.
The Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Course has been long been rated by Golfweek readers among the best courses in the Southeast, and now the magazine’s ranking panel concurs. One of only two oceanfront holes on Hilton Head Island, the RTJ Course’s signature hole, the dramatic par-five 10th, which was named a “South Carolina Dream Hole,” offers sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean and is widely considered one of the most spectacular holes in the United States.
An extensive 2003 renovation of the Jones Oceanfront Course involved reshaping and restructuring tees, greens and bunkers. Workers also elevated and reshaped the fairways, and improved natural drainage with the addition of the unique, 11-mile lagoon system that weaves its way through and around all three resort golf courses. Adding a set of junior or “short course” tees to the Jones Oceanfront Course’s layout enabled the resort to launch the Palmetto Dunes Junior Golf Academy and underscored Greenwood Development’s commitment to the next generation of golfers.
When renovation work was completed, the South Carolina Board of Directors of the National Golf Course Owners Association named it the 2003 South Carolina Golf Course of the Year. The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program, has also designated the course a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” for its commitment to providing a sanctuary for wildlife.
All three golf courses at Palmetto Dunes — each one distinctively different and uniquely appealing — have been named the South Carolina Golf Course of the Year, including designs by Arthur Hills and George Fazio.
Golfweek's eclectic ranking panel consists of 675 voters from seven countries who rely on 10 criteria to rate a golf course, including overall land plan, variety and memorability of golf holes, conditioning and ecology, and the “Walk in the park test,” which rates the sense of the course as worthy of spending four hours on it. The number of courses per state varies based on course supply, population and level of play; and the Golfweek rankings include daily-fee layouts and golf courses accessible via resorts.
Spring Break is just around the corner, and Palmetto Dunes is the perfect destination for your family vacation. Whether you’re travelling with young kids or teenagers, looking for adventure or R&R, have the best spring break vacation ever, with these tips:
Spread out, make room.
Our rental vacation homes and villas are ideal for family vacations. Lots of bedrooms and common space mean there’s room for everyone, and our pet-friendly rentals mean your furry friend won’t be left out of the fun!
A spring break vacation is a great way to bring the family together, but scheduling time and room for some alone time will help keep conflict to a minimum and ensure everyone has nothing but an enjoyable time.
Pick the right soundtrack.
Nothing gets a party started like the perfect playlist, and whether you’re lounging by the pool, cooking up a storm, or setting the scene for a slumber party, the Hilton Head Island Spotify Channel will help you set the scene.
Learn something new.
Check out our golf and tennis clinics! There’s a different one every day of the week! Or enroll your family in a private lesson – you’ll be playing like the pros in no time. During your stay at Palmetto Dunes, you can learn an entirely new sport! We now offer Pickleball and POP Tennis, two court-based sports that are fun for any age or fitness level!
One of the most fun things to do on Hilton Head Island is get outdoors and explore. Biking is hands down the best way to get around. Or rent a kayak and explore Hilton Head Island by water! You never know what wildlife you’ll come across or what memories you’ll make.
Find an activity for everyone.
One of the struggles when planning a family vacation is ensuring everyone is having a fun time. Your 16 year-old daughter may not want to do the same thing as your 11 year-old son, and that’s okay! Remember that just because you’re taking a family trip together doesn’t mean you don’t all still have individual interests.
One of the best things about Hilton Head Island is the lowcountry lifestyle. So take a cue, and sit back and relax. Your Spring Break vacation will be over before you know it, so slow down and enjoy every moment.
We are very pleased to share wedding highlights of Leslie and Jeremy, married at the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort in 2015. For more information on our wedding films, please visit moonlightproductionshhi.com.
For more information about Weddings at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort call 843.686.9142 to speak with a wedding planner.
Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to tell your special someone how much they mean to you… and to go out of your way to enjoy some quality time with them.
If your special someone happens to be a golfer, there could be no better place to celebrate the year’s most romantic day than Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.
Not only does Palmetto Dunes feature three world-class golf courses designed by some of the game’s most legendary architects, the resort also prides itself for providing everything a golfer needs.
How about giving them some sporty new golf apparel? The trio of Palmetto Dunes golf shops is renowned for their cutting-edge golf clothing and equipment. New Greg Norman women’s sportswear has just arrived, while Sport Haley, Bette & Court, Annika and others are coming in daily. The Palmetto Dunes website even makes it easy to shop on-line for your favorite brands such as Brooks Brothers, Bobby Jones, Dunning, Southern Tide and more.
Or you can give your love the gift of a new set of golf clubs. Palmetto Dunes has recently added the club fitting, building and repair services of Golf Etc. Hilton Head. Golf Etc. Hilton Head is owned and operated by Chris Wycoff, who was recently named one of Golf Digest magazine’s “Top 100 Club Fitters.”
Golf Etc. Hilton Head will be performing fittings for all clubs, driver to putter — in an outdoor setting at the Palmetto Dunes Robert Trent Jones Course that permits full ball flight. Its services also include re-gripping and repair with fast turnaround and delivery. Weekday service is now available from 9 am to 5 pm with every day hours starting in March. Fitting and repair services are available to all resort guests as well as locals and other visitors to Hilton Head Island.
Or, to make the process even easier, you can give your sweetheart a Palmetto Dunes gift card, which can be purchased on-line and are redeemable for golf rounds and lessons, resort shops merchandise, The Dunes House, Big Jim's and Golf Grills, home and villa rentals, marina activities and charter operations, bikes, kayaks and canoe rentals and much more.
If you have a golf lover in your life, visit www.PalmettoDunes.com or come by in person. The Palmetto Dunes staff of cupids has got you covered. Want to customize a vacation just for you and your sweetheart? Give Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort a call at 866-650-4130 or check the numerous offerings on-line.
Part of our new ‘How-to’ series on the Palmetto Dunes Blog. Check back each month for more how-tos on making the most of your Palmetto Dunes vacation and having the ultimate lowcountry experience!
Draping live oak trees, miles of unspoiled beaches and picture-perfect sunsets make Hilton Head Island the ideal setting for a romantic escape. With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, here’s how to plan the perfect romantic couple’s getaway at Palmetto Dunes.
Enjoy activity and adventure for two
At Palmetto Dunes, there are so many ways to spend the day with your special someone. Enjoy precious alone time riding a bicycle built for two along miles of paved bike paths across the island, or by taking a kayak or canoe ride down our peaceful inland lagoon system. Turn up the heat with a playful game of tennis or golf, or cozy up on our beautiful beaches with the sound of waves crashing in the background. Whatever your activity, enjoying time together can’t help but ignite the flame between you.
Find time for rest, relaxation and romance
Pamper your partner with a rejuvenating spa treatment at the Ocean Tides Spa at the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort or Spa Soleil at Hilton Head Marriot Resort and Spa. A couples’ massage is a perfect way to mellow your mood and heighten your senses, setting the tone for an evening of romance.
Tantalize your taste buds
They say that the way to the heart is through the stomach and with so many places to eat on Hilton Head Island, you can awaken both your passion and your palate during your couples vacation. Dine overlooking the beach at the Dunes House or share a romantic dinner with a view of the harbour at one of the many oceanside restaurants at Shelter Cove Harbour.
Adore one another at dusk
There’s nothing quite like gazing at the sunset over the ocean to spark romance. Take a walk along the beach at twilight or join an evening sail aboard a Hilton Head Island cruise, and forget the rest of the world as the sun sets on your perfect day.
Retreat for romance
Nothing quickens the heart like the intimate setting of one of our Oceanview Villas. Retire to your suite and finish off your day with a romantic rendezvous for two.
Need a last minute gift for your Valentine? Don’t worry, you’ll find the perfect present at our Palmetto Dunes and Shelter Cove shops.
To plan a romantic couples vacation to Hilton Head Island, consider our romance packages that combine accommodations, activities and spa services. Want to customize a vacation just for you and your sweetheart? Call us at 866-650-4130.
Photography by Danny Gorman Photography
For many reasons, destinations weddings have recently grown in popularity and appeal. Many brides and grooms today are looking for a unique event that is fun for all their guests while really letting their personality as a couple shine through. We’ve compiled a list of the top 5 reasons for you to skip the typical venue options near home and let us host your wedding at Palmetto Dunes:
1. Picturesque Setting
From charming mossy oaks and scenic hidden pathways to beautiful ocean views and stunning sunsets, our resort will leave you with pictures and memories that you will never forget.
2. Ceremony and Reception
Get married oceanfront on the beach, on the deck of one of our venues or under the mossy oaks overlooking the golf course. Then walk on up to either The Dunes House deck overlooking the ocean, Arthur Hills Grille with the golf course as your back drop, head to Centre Court with its charming southern porch or host an intimate soiree at one of the many homes for rent within the resort. With a variety of options, we can guarantee a unique event catered to whatever you have envisioned.
3. It’s Cost-effective
With a variety of options for venues and a diverse menu selection, Palmetto Dunes offers an a la carte style wedding allowing us flexibility to provide you with the wedding of your dreams without breaking your budget. All of our venues offer a scenic backdrop and require little to no extra décor. Also included in our events is a full day of event coordinator who will put your mind at ease and take care of all the little details to make sure you can relax and enjoy your day.
4. Family friendly
Choosing a destination wedding offers your guests the excuse for a vacation! Hosting your event at Palmetto Dunes allows for a family friendly atmosphere with plenty of options for an awesome wedding with the bonus of a vacation everyone will remember. Rent an amazing beach house or a few villas close by to keep everyone together. Spend quality time on a fishing excursion or kayak trip. Plan a family golf tournament or tennis match. Or set up camp on the beach and simply relax and enjoy the view!
5. Hassle free destination wedding
You and your guests can travel to our beautiful resort and gorgeous beaches hassle free and without a passport! Let us take care of your ceremony and reception while you enjoy your time with your new husband or wife. Then after the big day you can relax and enjoy your honeymoon. No waking up at 3 a.m. to get to the airport, you are already here! Start your marriage with a custom-designed honeymoon package that includes luxurious accommodations, fine dining, and an extensive list of activities.
For more information about Weddings at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort call 843.686.9643.
Part of our new ‘How-to’ series on the Palmetto Dunes Blog. Check back each month for more how-tos on making the most of your Palmetto Dunes vacation and having the ultimate lowcountry experience!
If getting in shape is one of your New Year’s Resolutions, you may wonder how you’re going to keep up with your fitness goals during your Palmetto Dunes vacation.
Not only will you never run out of things to do on Hilton Head Island, you’ll have a blast staying fit with these fun activities!
Two wheels good, four wheels bad
With over 50 miles of paved bike paths, it’s no secret that a bike is the perfect way to get around Hilton Head Island. Our bike rentals at Hilton Head Outfitters are just the thing to get you out on the open road! Did you know that you can burn up to 300 calories per hour just enjoying our many bike paths and trails?
Take a hike
Whether you’re combing the beaches on Hilton Head Island, strolling along the boardwalk at the marina, or strutting through the shops at Shelter Cove Harbour, incorporating walking into your vacation is a great way to get around, see some sights, and stay active. The incredible beach at Palmetto Dunes is over three miles long, so a walk to the end and back will add up to well over an hour of exercise – and with such a great view, we know you’ll enjoy every minute of it!
Go to court
The tennis facilities at Palmetto Dunes are world renowned, and nothing gets your heart rate going like a fast-paced set of tennis. Whether you’re a new to the game and in need of instruction or a seasoned player looking to play on superb courts, tennis is a fun way to stay fit while on vacation. One hour of tennis can burn up to 600 calories and health benefits of playing the game include cardiovascular and heart health, improved coordination and balance, muscle development, and strengthened bones.
If tennis isn’t quite your thing, try your paddle at Pickleball - the newest net game to hit Palmetto Dunes. This sport is great for all ages, combining elements of tennis, ping-pong and badminton. Best of all, it’s a blast to play.
Add some spin to your golf game
There’s now an easy way to work some extra fitness into your favorite game: the golf bikes at Palmetto Dunes! You can reserve a golf bike just as you would a golf cart when booking your tee time. Bonus: the bikes are easier on the greens than a golf cart! It’s never been easier to pedal and putt your way to fitness at Palmetto Dunes.
Paddle to the metal
If your legs are wearing out from all of your biking, walking and running, hop in a kayak and give your arms a workout. Did we say arms? We meant arms, shoulders, back, abdomen, chest and hands. Yep, kayaking is one heck of an upper body workout, not to mention a fantastic way to discover and experience all of the wildlife Hilton Head Island is home to. Hilton Head Outfitters has a great selection of kayaks to choose from, and Hilton Head Island has over 11 miles of lagoon systems to explore, so what are you waiting for?
We know that vacations are all about sitting back and relaxing, but with so many recreational activities at Palmetto Dunes, incorporating fitness into your vacation has never been simpler or more fun! Besides, an ice-cold drink at The Dunes House tastes mighty fine after a great workout.
Check back next month for another blog post on how to make the most of your Hilton Head Island vacation and have the ultimate lowcountry experience!
For most brides the perfect bridal gown plays a starring role in their wedding day festivities. Brides-to-be spend days researching and shopping for “THE” dress. It is often a very emotional part of the wedding planning process that can involve anyone from just the mother of the bride or a close friend, to a whole brigade of shoppers tagging along to weigh in on the selection process. At Palmetto Dunes, one of our biggest pay offs after spending months coordinating the wedding and getting to know each bride, is watching her walk down the aisle in her perfect dress.
This summer we had the pleasure of catering for Essence of Australia while they photographed their Spring 2016 Bridal Gown line at one of our favorite venues, the Rose Hill Plantation House. In between serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner, we were able to blend into the background and catch a sneak peek at this dreamy line of Martina Liana gowns. Bridal fashion in 2016 promises everything from elegant lace details, glamorous beading, and breathtaking illusion sleeves to stunning mix and match separates and Martina Liana does not disappoint. These gowns exude southern elegance and charm and we can’t wait to see some of our brides dazzling their guests as they walk down the beach in one of these amazing dresses!
Pictured at center: Martine Harris, Chief Creative Officer and Head Designer - Martina Liana
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For more information about Weddings at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort call 843.686.9142 to speak with Lou Anne.
Congratulations to @julianerose! Of the dozens of photos submitted, her Instagram picture was chosen as the winner!
Juliane will be receiving our Ultimate Shelter Cove Experience Prize, including three nights in a two-bedroom villa at Harbourside III and gift certificates from the amazing restaurants and shops at Shelter Cove, including: San Miguel’s Mexican Restaurant, Seasons Shelter Cove, Scotts Fish Market, NASH Art Gallery, Bistro 17, Camp Hilton Head and more!
The holidays may be over, but there are still some wonderful reasons to visit Shelter Cove! Strolling the marina is one of our favorite things to do on Hilton Head Island, and with nightly entertainment, and your favorite shops and restaurants, Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina is the perfect place to shop, dine and play!
Keeping one’s New Year’s resolutions is not always an easy task. With that in mind, a good way to stick to your goals might be setting your sights on a friendlier challenge. For instance, a golfer might simply resolve to play more golf in 2016 — and travel to more renowned golf courses.
If this type of “new” New Year’s resolutions has appeal, the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C., offers everything a golfer needs.
Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort offers a storied history of unparalleled golf experiences for guests from all corners of the globe. The resort is renowned for the excellent quality of its courses, challenging layouts and commitment to customer service. All three golf courses at Palmetto Dunes — each one distinctively different and uniquely appealing — have been rated an outstanding four stars or more by Fodor’s Golf Digest Places to Play and each named the South Carolina Golf Course of the Year. Since the 1970s, Palmetto Dunes has been a prime example of what a longstanding commitment to quality and customer satisfaction can accomplish. Golf has always served as the heart and soul of the Palmetto Dunes experience.
Readers of Golfweek magazine have rated the Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Course among the best courses in the Southeast. The Jones Course’s signature hole, the dramatic par-five 10th, which was named a South Carolina Dream Hole, offers sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean and is widely considered one of the most spectacular holes in the United States. One of only two oceanfront holes on Hilton Head Island, the course’s legendary 10th hole delights golfers of every skill level.
An extensive renovation of the Jones Oceanfront Course involved reshaping and restructuring tees, greens and bunkers, along with elevating and reshaping the fairways, and improving natural drainage with the addition of the unique, 11-mile lagoon system that weaves its way through and around all three golf courses. Adding a set of junior or “short course” tees to the Jones Oceanfront Course’s layout enabled the resort to launch the Palmetto Dunes Junior Golf Academy and underscored Greenwood’s commitment to the next generation of golfers. When renovation work was completed, the South Carolina Board of Directors of the National Golf Course Owners Association named it the 2003 South Carolina Golf Course of the Year.
Many golfers regard the George Fazio Course at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, the island’s only par-70 course, as Hilton Head Island’s most challenging championship course. Designed by George Fazio, the Fazio Course has been ranked among America’s Top 100 courses and was named the 2014 South Carolina Golf Course of the Year by the state’s National Golf Course Owners Association. The Fazio layout, which recently underwent a complete greens replacement, demands a combination of long play and precise golf shots.
The Arthur Hills Course at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort takes full advantage of the natural beauty of this South Carolina sea island.
Named the 2009 Course of the Year by the South Carolina Golf Course Owners Association, this spectacular layout represents a careful blend of beauty and challenge. Stands of palmetto trees line the graceful fairways. Built on a series of rolling dunes, the Arthur Hills Course presents many opportunities for off-balance lies, while ocean breezes add to the challenge. Ten holes on the water further encourage precision play.
Palmetto Dunes does not cater to the advanced golfer only. 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. 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.
Don’t want to lug your golf clubs on your trip to Hilton Head? The Palmetto Dunes Rental Club Program features full sets of the latest clubs from top brands Taylor Made, Nike, and Cobra. Or, for golfers looking for a new set of clubs or a new swing, Palmetto Dunes offers their popular launch-monitor testing and club fitting on the practice ranges with free instructional demonstrations every Monday afternoon.
Now, golfers playing Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort's trio of award-winning courses can now pedal from hole to hole. The first resort in the Carolinas and along the East Coast to offer the revolutionary new “Golf Bike,” Palmetto Dunes visitors can boost their calorie-burning quotient while teeing it up on some of the South's most beautiful and challenging courses. For more information about the three world-class golf courses at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort and many of the resort’s other offerings, please call 877-567-6513.