Palmetto Dunes helps ring in National Bike Month by becoming the first East Coast oceanfront resort to offer “The Golf Bike.” Allows golfers to play at the speed of a cart, while getting paid back in fun and fitness.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.- Just in time for National Bike Month, golfers playing Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort's trio of award-winning courses can now pedal from hole to hole versus taking a golf cart or hoofing it.
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 — including one of Hilton Head Island’s two oceanfront layouts.
Indeed, bicycling has long been renowned as one of Hilton Head’s most versatile activities. More than one million bikers annually enjoy the island’s 50 miles of paved, winding bike paths — including five miles within Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort itself — or along Hilton Head’s pristine beaches.
Now, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort is taking bicycling to the links, helping celebrate National Bike Month in May with the initial delivery of Golf Bikes.
Palmetto Dunes received nine of the first 100 Golf Bikes being delivered this month across the country which allows golfers the ability to play at the speed of a cart while getting paid back with fun and fitness.
“We are always looking for fun new products to enhance our golf experience and The Golf Bike really caught our attention,” said Director of Golf Clark Sinclair.“These specially prepared golf bikes should heighten the fitness experience of a round at Palmetto Dunes.”
The Golf Bike, available at all three courses, will cost the same amount as a golf cart. Golfers interested in using a Golf Bike during their rounds at Palmetto Dunes can reserve one when making their tee time reservation.
Built from the ground up to play golf, The Golf Bike’s step-thru frame allows golfers to easily get on and off the bike. The bike holds up to 14 clubs and supplies are integrated into the frame of the bike, making it stable and easy to balance. The bike’s wide tires and small diameter wheels make for easy acceleration with less impact to the course than a motorized cart.
In 2010, the first prototype Golf Bike was designed and then presented at the 2013 PGA Show’s Inventors Spotlight. Some courses tested the bikes last year before the first 100 of 600 Golf Bikes were delivered this month.
The Golf Bike is yet another Hilton Head Island first and head-turning amenity that’s available at the place Travel and Leisure Magazine called “The Best Family Golf Resort” in the country, on an Island that Golf Digest calls one of its “Top 10 Buddy Trip Destinations.”
Last summer, Palmetto Dunes introduced its exclusive Visage GPS system to the golf carts at the Robert Trent Jones Course that allows for an interactive experience. Previously, it rolled out the most comprehensive, state-of-the-art golf app on Hilton Head Island that allows you to book future rounds and see what else is happening on and off the three courses and was the place that brought golf-outfitted Segways to the Island a few years ago.
For more information about Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort and its many golf packages, call 877-567-6513 or visit www.PalmettoDunes.com.
The weather is getting warmer and golfers everywhere are flocking to their favorite golf courses to test their skills and enjoy the greens in their pristine condition. Professional golfers are gearing up for major tournaments and we cannot wait to follow their every move on our favorite sports shows, networks and on social media. In honor of the major tournaments, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort is excited to announce a new contest series, the “Major Golf Challenge”!
For each of the major golf tournaments, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort will hold a contest on social media where the winner will be awarded a free round of golf on any of our three world-class golf courses. All you have to do is like Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort on Facebook and comment on our “Major Golf Challenge” Post with your prediction of who will win the tournament and their winning score. Guess correctly – and you win! It is that easy. Contest details below. Good luck and happy predictions golf fans!
U.S. Open Contest Dates: June 14 – (Midnight) June 17, 2015
Open Championship Contest Dates: July 8 - (Midnight) July 11, 2015
PGA Championship Contest Dates: August 6 - (Midnight) August 9, 2015
The Masters Contest Dates: March 31 - (Midnight) April 3, 2016
The “Major Golf Challenge” will run four times a year directly prior to the first round of The U.S. Open, The Open Championship, The PGA Championship and The Masters. See contest dates above. Enter to win by commenting the winner’s name and score on the “Major Golf Challenge” Post on Facebook before the deadline. Up to four winners will be chosen based on time of entry. Winners will be presented with a certificate for a free round of golf on any of the golf courses at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. Round is subject to availability and some restrictions may apply. Only one winner per foursome may redeem their certificate.
What do you love about Spring in lowcountry? Maybe it’s seeing the flowers bloom, or enjoying a leisurely bike ride on a warm day. Spring is perfect weather for golf and tennis, or to simply lounge by the pool. What we love about Spring is seeing your incredible vacation photos!
We asked you to share your photos with us on social media by tagging them #PalmettoDunes, and you delivered! Here are five of our favorites from the month of April.
Instagramer @cherylgirl36 snapped this photo during a scavenger hunt. Sounds like fun!
John F. Kennedy once said “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike.” We couldn’t agree more! Bikes are fun, relaxing, and a great way to explore the resort. Instagramer @101ThingsILove rented a bike during her Spring Break, and shared this great photo!
Did you know that you can rent your bike in advance from Hilton Head Outfitters? They’ll even deliver it to your vacation rental, and pick it up when you’re done.
Another favorite Springtime activity is tennis! Not only is tennis a great workout, it’s also a fun social activity. Instagramer @artnsole shared this photo from her visit to the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center.
Check out this action shot! Instagramer @meegsmcswain shared this photo and said “Great day for some golf at #PalmettoDunes!”
Tennis, biking and golf are great, but sometimes you just want to relax and catch a few rays. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered there, too. Palmetto Dunes features three miles of pristine beachfront. This Instagram by @tranix9624 says it all!
Thanks to everyone who shared their photos with us! 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.
Not that you needed any convincing, but how great does it sound to skip work -- just for a day or two -- and head over to Hilton Head Island for some golf in the warm sun?
Here are 9 reasons to play hooky from work and spend the day at Palmetto Dunes’ golf courses instead:
1. Get warm - There’s a pretty good chance it’s warmer here than wherever you live.
2. Clear your head - Don’t we all need some time away from the action to clear our head so we can think better. Who knows? Maybe you’ll return with a slew of new ideas gained on the golf course.
3. You need the exercise - It’ll be great for your health to get out and walk the course (or try our new golf bikes coming this spring). Plus, some fresh air and sunshine does a body good!
4. You’ll feel younger - Calling in sick just may bring back a few memories of those good ol’ school days where you just may have done something similar.
5. You’ll be nicer - Won’t your colleagues appreciate your new attitude after some much deserved leisure time?
6. Get in touch with nature - Not only can you enjoy the sport of golf, you’ll be surrounded by the natural beauty of the Lowcountry from live oaks with hanging moss and palm trees to our lovely 11-mile lagoon system and its feathered friends who call it home. Oh, and don’t miss the azalea show in spring!
7. It’s a stress reliever - Now, we don’t want you throwing your clubs for stress relief, but a solid round of golf can be a good way to let go of some built up frustration and relieve the effects of hard work.
8. Escape technology - Get away from the computer screen for a day and even be daring enough to turn off your phone! Enjoy the camaraderie, the weather and the purity of the game.
9. It’s more fun - Well, enough said on this one! Just about anything is more fun than work, right?
Have we convinced you to take a day off work and come to Palmetto Dunes? Good! Call us at 866-650-4130 or get a quick golf quote.
Did you know you never even have to leave Palmetto Dunes to satisfy just about any food craving you might have while here on Hilton Head Island? Whether you’re dreaming of shrimp, pizza, fried chicken or BBQ, you can find it all within the resort.
Here’s a guide to dining at Palmetto Dunes’ many Hilton Head restaurants:
Big Jim’s BBQ, Burgers and Pizza - Family-friendly Big Jim’s located right on the Robert Trent Jones golf course has a variety of options to please everyone in your group. Choose from seafood, salads, pizzas, burgers, BBQ, nachos and a variety of drink selections for those 21 and older.
The Dunes House - The Dunes House is the place to be if you’re at the beach. Head up around lunch (or a little before or after to avoid waiting) to this outdoor Hilton Head restaurant (open weather permitting) for some fish tacos, shrimp cocktail, frozen cocktails and more. There’s also a kid-pleasing children’s menu. Did we mention the ocean view?
Palmetto Dunes General Store - It’ll be hard not to find what you’re in the mood for at this Palmetto Dunes classic landmark. Get there early for fresh-brewed coffee and cinnamon rolls, try their delicious fried chicken at lunch, snack on their plentiful candy and stop by in the evening for ice cream to round out the day.
Golf Grills - Arthur’s Grill at the Arthur Hills golf course and Fazio Grill at the George Fazio course offer a perfect filler-upper before or after a round of golf. Choose from sandwiches, snack and drinks to eat on or off the course.
Hilton Head Outfitters - If you need a quick bost after bike riding or spending the day on the lagoon fishing, Outfitters may have just what you need. They carry a selection of energy bars from Clif, as well as some sweet treats like Dippin Dots.
Alexander’s - For a more upscale dining experience within the resort, try Alexander’s Seafood Restaurant overlooking the lagoon. They offer seafood dishes complemented by an outstanding wine list. Reservations accepted.
HH Prime, Omni - Got a hankering for a steak? Head over to HH Prime at the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort, offering the finest aged steaks, fresh seafood and the island’s largest wine selection. Reservations accepted.
Conroy’s, Marriott - Conroy’s oceanfront restaurant at the Marriott Hilton Head Resort serves classic American fare and seafood, including crab cakes, salmon and shrimp.
Did we miss anything you might want to eat? If so, be sure to check out our marina just across the highway at Shelter Cove. You’ll find even more dining there, including Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, French and more.Bon Appetit!
One of the most popular Hilton Head events every year is coming up in April. The annual Heritage golf tournament held at Harbour Town Golf Links is scheduled for April 13-19, 2015. Bring a group and enjoy the tournament, but make your homebase Palmetto Dunes!
Our Heritage Golf Package gets you three nights in a two-bedroom resort-view villa, two rounds of golf on one of our championship Hilton Head golf courses (each named the South Carolina golf course of the year), 2 Heritage 1-day ground tickets, $75 Palmetto Dunes Resort gift card, 20% off of bike, kayak and canoe rentals, two hours of free tennis court time daily and discounts for Palmetto Dunes dining and pro shops.
With this Hilton Head golf package, you can head over to the Heritage as much as you’d like, but make it a complete vacation with lots of fun activities back at Palmetto Dunes. And it’s no fun to just watch golf, you’ll definitely want to play too, and you’ll be able to choose two or three of our beautiful courses.
Other popular activities around the resort include biking, dining at the oceanfront Dunes House restaurant, kayaking our 11-mile lagoon system, fishing charters, tennis and even golf lessons if you want to polish your game while you’re on the island.
What do you say? Book our Heritage Golf Package using code HERITAGE and start counting down the days to golf -- and fun -- in the sun!
For more information, call us at 866-650-4130 or visit www.palmettodunes.com.
The slight, almost imperceptible tug on the rod tip signaled the sheepshead had taken the crab in his mouth. Pulling back gently to tighten the connection I waited for the second tap. At this point, history has taught me that it may be too late, the crab crushed and the fish gone, but there it was, another light tap!
Setting the hook quickly the classic tug and war battle was on. Bending the rod double on surging runs and taking drag, the sheepshead did his best to return to the structure below. After several minutes we finally had color, the black and white striped master bait thief was close. But they never give up easy and the fish took line again and headed for the depths.
Back and forth he went until finally the fish was close enough to slide the net under. Weighing around eight pounds, the sheepshead was mostly grown, while weights in the double digits are possible, few are caught over the ten pound mark.
Sheepshead are present year round in the low country but March is a banner month for this fishery. A member of the snapper family, they rank in my list of favorites to catch Difficult to hook due to their feeding habits, a real scrapper when it comes to fighting and last but definitely not least- they are delicious on the plate. A large set of teeth, almost human like, are used to crush barnacles, crabs and other hard shell critters.
The preferred bait for most anglers are fiddler crabs. The most common rig is a fish finder rig, a sliding sinker rigged above a short leader with the hook at the end. Dropping the crab over structure until the sinker hits bottom, then reeling the sinker up a foot or so allows the angler, if he’s lucky, to feel the light tap or tug when the sheepie takes the crab in his mouth. Only seconds pass before the sheepshead crushes the crab, spits the hook and then he’s on his way. Needless to say you need a good supply of fiddlers if you want to seriously sheepshead fish. Fresh clams and live shrimp are also productive baits.
One of the things I like most about March is that sheepshead are the harbingers of the season. They kickstart our local season, keeping us busy until the cobia show in late April and May, but that’s another month and another story. Now it’s time to catch the sheepies!
P.S. A note for our guests and residents of northern origin, these are not the same fish as the freshwater species you know from back home.
With Palmetto Dunes’ famous oceanfront Dunes House restaurant opening later this month, we wanted to get you excited for your chance to eat at this classic beach location on Hilton Head Island. Here are 8 reasons you don’t want to miss a visit to the Dunes House on your Hilton Head vacation:
Have we convinced you that the Dunes House should be your first stop when you arrive on Hilton Head Island? Be sure to check out our resort calendar for upcoming events.
For more information about booking your Hilton Head vacation, visit www.palmettodunes.com or call 866-650-4130.
Palmetto Dunes is first and foremost a family resort. Our resort was developed by a family and, our staff, who is like family, works hard to insure that you feel a part of the Palmetto Dunes family during your stay. We are passionate about Hilton Head Island and our guests’ experience is of utmost importance. We could not be more proud to announce that our guests have rewarded us by crowning us with accolades from Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler!
This month, Travel + Leisure selected us as a Top 500 World’s Best Hotels. We were the only Hilton Head Island resort included! The publication asks readers to vote on their favorite hotels around the globe and you voted for us! Thanks so much for putting us in such great company.
In the November 2014 issue of Conde Nast Traveler, the magazine named Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort as one of the Top 25 Resorts in the South. In fact, we came in pretty high at No. 13. This award is also voted on by readers, so we greatly appreciate your support and recognition.
Hilton Head Island overall has received some new accolades lately, as well. Fodor’s Travel named Hilton Head Island a Top 15 U.S. Destination on the Rise and Yahoo Travel picked us as one of America’s Buzziest Beach Towns. We also loved that The Travel Channel said we were one of the 22 Best U.S. Islands!
Thank you so much for your continued support. We could not be happier that you love Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort just as much as we do!
What is your favorite thing about Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort?
For more information about booking your Hilton Head vacation and Palmetto Dunes getaway, visit www.palmettodunes.com or call 866-650-4130.
There is so much to do when visiting us this spring! For those of you counting down the days until you arrive to gorgeous Hilton Head Island and Palmetto Dunes, we’ve compiled a spring to-do list for you. See how many you can complete and let us know:
What’s missing from our Palmetto Dunes To-Do List? Is there anything your family cannot leave the resort without doing?
To book your Palmetto Dunes vacation this spring, visit www.palmettodunes.com or call us at 866-650-4130.