It happens every day… kids and grandparents pass by the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center and shout with glee, “They got Pickleball!” while their parents, avid tennis players exclaim, “What is Pickleball!?”
So, what is Pickleball?
Some people think that it is game for “old people,” or for people “that can’t play tennis anymore.” And some avid tennis players feigningly describe it as “not a real sport!” Those that venture out to our pickleball courts to give the game a try, quickly discern that pickleball is easy-to-learn, very social, much more aerobic than they thought, and FUN, FUN, FUN. Pickleball is not a replacement for tennis, nor is it even tennis-like. It is more akin to playing ping-pong standing on the table than anything, and who in their right mind could imagine that such a game could be anything but FUN.
Why has pickleball become so popular?
The answer is simple: it is easy to learn and fun to play. This is a magical combination. Most of the people who venture onto our courts at Palmetto Dunes to take one of our beginner clinics, have only recently learned of the sport. Most have walked by our courts, seen people playing, and quickly decide they have the physical prowess and the raw skill to try the game. Our clinics last an hour and within that time most people conclude that not only can they play the sport but it is a fun, affordable, social activity, where people laugh and have a good time. Most people stay for the hour and a half round robin that follows, and by the time they finish they are well prepared to begin playing in their local community and want to learn more about how to find places to play.
Today, pickleball is being played in 5,000+ locations nationwide, up from on 750 in 2010, with most of these locations only offering pickleball indoors on a drop-in basis.
Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort has started the island’s first dedicated Pickleball Center on eight outdoor courts. The Palmetto Dunes Pickleball Center has instructional pickleball programs for both the beginner and intermediate player and offers daily opportunities for players to play in round robins or drop-in’s.Come see us and join the revolution!
1. Myth: You go on golf trips to get away from your family.
Fact: You don’t go on golf trips to get away from your family. And if you did, you wouldn’t dare say it out loud. No, the more diplomatic approach involves talking about bonding time with your friends, badly needed relaxation (and exercise!) on the golf course and a healthy dose of culture away from the course. And for all that … Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort has got you well covered. Three award-winning golf courses designed by a trio of the game’s legends: Robert Trent Jones golf course, Arthur Hills golf course and George Fazio course. And plenty of culture including the Mediterranean-style Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina that features premium waterfront shopping and dining — everything from upscale clothing boutiques to fine art galleries, elegant restaurants and casual pubs overlooking the marina and waterfront — and is home to a wide variety of charters including nature cruises, dolphin tours, sport crabbing and fishing.
2. Myth: On a golf trip, all you will have time for is hitting the links, eating (and drinking), and sleeping.
Fact: At Palmetto Dunes, we know this isn’t the case. Our three courses are so conveniently located and there are sooo many other things to enjoy around here. Named to the top 25 World’s Best Family Getaways by Travel + Leisure, the resort features not only a trio of world-class golf courses, but also an award-winning tennis center, an 11-mile inland salt-water lagoon system for kayaking and fishing, and Hilton Head Outfitters for bike rentals, canoes, kayaks, fishing and much more. Play More. Do More. Get More. That’s the promise Palmetto Dunes fulfills every day for thousands of vacationers, golfers, tennis players, beach lovers, groups and nature lovers.
3. Myth: On a golf trip, the comfort of your accommodations isn’t all that important.
Fact: Wrong. With all you’re going to be doing at Palmetto Dunes, you’ll want nothing more when you hit the hay than to enjoy a comfortable, peaceful night’s sleep. For short-term and long-term accommodations, Palmetto Dunes proudly offers the island’s premier selection of vacation rental properties from oceanfront hotel rooms to spacious villas overlooking the harbour, lagoon, fairways or beach.
4. Myth: You go on a golf trip to play golf, not get lessons.
Fact: Well, at Palmetto Dunes you can do both. Former PGA TOUR player Doug Weaver has served 13 years as Palmetto Dunes’ highly respected Director of Golf Instruction. One of the resort's popular attractions is the complimentary Monday golf exhibition and clinic, where participants experience Weaver’s effective and entertaining style. The weekly event is hands on, interactive and prizes are given. Last year, his colleagues voted Weaver as Golf Digest magazine’s No. 2 Instructor in South Carolina and he was named the Hilton Head Island PGA chapter's “Teacher of the Year.” At Hilton Head Family Golf School, Weaver and his team present a holistic, keep-it-simple approach to learning golf. The resort atmosphere is service oriented, classy and relaxed. The coaching style is the same, making many students much better golfers. Private lessons at PD include take-home video analysis, emailed notes and practice before and after.
5. Myth: People take golf trips to remote locales such as Bandon Dunes and Pinehurst because there’s nothing else to do other than play golf … and that’s the way it should be.
Fact: We happen to think that’s NOT the way it should be. Palmetto Dunes is nestled in the heart of Hilton Head Island and surrounded by most anything and everything fun you can think of to do during the day AND at night. Hilton Head Island has long been renowned as a family friendly destination. The readers of Travel + Leisure magazine agree, naming Hilton Head as 2016’s “No. 1 Island in the U.S.” in the magazine’s annual “World’s Best” survey.
6. Myth: On a golf trip, you need to “dance with the one who brought you” … in other words, bring your own golf clubs, no matter how old and outdated they are, because they’re what you’re accustomed to playing.
Fact: Well, maybe some places, but not Palmetto Dunes. Don’t want to lug your golf clubs on your trip? The Palmetto Dunes Rental Club Program is a far cry from the worn-out, no name sets available elsewhere. Only full sets of the very latest clubs from top brands Taylor Made, Nike, and Cobra are offered to visiting golfers in need of equipment. Or, if you’ve been giving thought to a new set of sticks, Palmetto Dunes now offers the expertise of SwingFit, headed by Chris Wycoff, who has been named one of Golf Digest magazine’s “Top 100 Club Fitters.” SwingFit’s approach includes more than 20,000 total club and shaft combinations, including Titleist, Cobra, Callaway, TaylorMade, Nike, Ping, Mizuno, Edel, Fujikura, Matrix, Aerotec Steelfiber, Nipon, KBS, TrueTemper, Accra, Paderson and others — using a data-driven process to improve performance by identifying the ideal combination of club, shaft and build specifications for each golfer. Another important feature of the new service at Palmetto Dunes: With on-site inventory and a team of skilled builders, many clubs can be delivered within 48 hours.
7. Myth: Golf trips are fun, but they tend to be very expensive, too.
Fact: Not necessarily. At Palmetto Dunes, the arrival of spring allows golfers to begin scheduling their next golf getaway while also saving money through the resort’s numerous, attractive golf stay-and-play packages. For guests who booked their accommodations directly through Palmetto Dunes Resort Reservations, additional packages and specials are available. In addition if you’re with your family, kids 10 and under play free after 4 PM at the Robert Trent Jones Hilton Head golf course and the Arthur Hills golf course with an adult paying regular rate.
Hilton Head Island has everything you need for the perfect vacation! Beautiful beaches, warm weather, friendly people, stunning scenery, top-notch golf, there’s no end to all of the things you can experience! But there are some things that you can only experience at Palmetto Dunes. So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your Palmetto Dunes vacation so you can cross these one-of-a-kind activities off your list.
1. Outdoor Pickleball
Pickleball is one of America’s fastest growing sports. This fast-paced paddle racket sport is often played in gymnasiums but at Palmetto Dunes you can play it outdoors in the South Carolina sunshine! Our tennis center offers 8 outdoor Pickleball courts and a variety of round robins, clinics and lessons for players of all ages and skill levels.
2. Lagoon Fishing
The man-made lagoon at Palmetto Dunes is one of our most unique features. It not only helped create the dunes our beach is famous for, it’s a vibrant ecosystem that weaves its way past our golf courses and through the property. The lagoon is home to a variety of fish and the experts at Palmetto Lagoon Fishing Charters have all of the gear and knowledge you need to land a catch!
3. See a Mermaid
The waters of Hilton Head Island are home to an astounding array of marine life, but, if you head out from Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina at Palmetto Dunes, you just might see the most elusive and mystical marine creature of all: the mermaid! This one-of-a-kind experience is a memorable family excursion and a fun experience for kids of all ages.
4. Fried Chicken at The General Store
If you don’t think the fried chicken at The General Store is an experience then you haven’t tried it! It’s no secret that fried chicken is a staple of Southern cuisine, and the homemade recipe that’s made daily at The General Store is crispy, juicy, and just plain delicious!
5. Fireworks at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina
Summer in Hilton Head isn’t complete without the weekly fireworks display at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina! Join us throughout the summer for HarbourFest, and experience all that Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina has to offer, plus live music, family entertainment, and of course fireworks!
There’s no doubt that Palmetto Dunes is the perfect place for a family vacation. Vacation rentals and vacation homes provide space for everyone, as well as the convenience of a cooking space, and in some cases even an on-site pool. Hilton Head Outfitters offers bike equipment in all sizes so you can be sure your little ones are cycling safely. Best of all, Palmetto Dunes offers some fun activities and beautiful outdoor spaces to explore. Don’t believe us? Check out our Family Itinerary!
There’s no better way to explore Hilton Head Island than by bike, so first stop on our Family Itinerary is Hilton Head Outfitters! Did you know that you can reserve your bike in advance and they will deliver your bike right to your rental unit? Mine was waiting for me when I arrived, ready to roll as soon as I had settled in and wanted to head out exploring. If your child is still learning to bike, rent a kid’s beach cruiser with training wheels or a tag-a-long bike attachment. Child seats and kiddie carts allow even the smallest of your brood to enjoy the ride.
To start my day with an unbeatable breakfast, I headed to The General Store. This bustling hub is an excellent starting point for a day of adventure. After fueling up on eggs, bacon and grits, I headed off to Hilton Head Outfitters for a morning of paddling and nature exploring on Palmetto Dunes’ lagoon.
The man-made lagoon at Palmetto Dunes is ideal for novice paddlers. No large boats are allowed in the lagoon, and any motorboats must be electric in order to preserve the lagoon’s pristine environment. This makes for an incredibly peaceful and calm paddle. One of the things I’ll never forget from my kayak trip was the wildlife I was able to witness up close and personal! Brave baitfish leaping out of the water. Cormorants drying their wings, egrets and heron patrolling the water’s edge, turtles sunning, even a small herd of deer enjoying some shade by the lagoon!
A morning of cycling and water sports drums up quite the appetite! For a Mexican feast fit for a family, we dined at San Miguel’s. Complete with a kid’s menu that doubles as a coloring page, this Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina restaurant is a delightful place to stop for a family meal. (And the queso dip was delicious!)
One of the most exciting items that is included in our Family Itinerary is a dolphin watching tour! I couldn’t wait to get back out onto the open water to see what other wildlife I could find. There are some excellent charters and cruises available at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina, and many of them can even be booked online! We boarded the Dolphin Seafari and set sail. This time of year you’re less likely to see as many dolphins as you can see in the height of summer, but we were fortunate enough to see a few as we traveled out of Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina and into Broad Creek. The crew on Dolphin Seafari were really knowledgeable. I learned all about local shellfish and fish, and was told that in the summer months they’ll pull up local sea creatures to create an onboard aquarium for kids to enjoy! If you keep your eyes peeled, you may even catch glimpse of a mermaid sunning on a rock while cruising with Dolphin Seafari. What fun!
The winner of our Family Itinerary will receive a dining certificate so you can wrap up a busy day of family fun with some delicious eats! I headed to Big Jim’s. The convenient location, homemade Lowcountry cooking, and casual atmosphere made the perfect recipe for an easy and delightful dinner.
By now your kids might be worn out, but if not I highly recommend an evening walk—or bike ride—on the beach. As for me, I headed to my vacation rental where I relaxed while watching a DVD and went to bed in anticipation of another exciting and eventful day at Palmetto Dunes.
Are you dreaming of a family getaway to Palmetto Dunes? Enter our Palmetto Dunes Your Way contest and you could win our Family Itinerary! Visit our blog for more information on the Palmetto Dunes Your Way contest as well as details on our sports and romance itineraries.
What does your Palmetto Dunes vacation look like? Maybe you’re a sports buff drawn to our golf courses on Hilton Head Island, our tennis courts, or our outstanding outdoor activities. Maybe you’re looking for a secluded escape for two, filled with hazy Southern days and romantic Lowcountry nights. Maybe you’re looking for a vacation destination that the whole family will enjoy.
This February we’re showcasing all that Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort offers by showing off three ways to make the most of your Hilton Head Island vacation. Starting February 6, Alex from our social media team will be sharing three incredible itineraries at Palmetto Dunes. She’ll be live updating our social media profiles with all of her adventures so make sure you’re following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Of course, we’re always offering vacation ideas and travel tips on our blog so be sure to check back to hear all about Alex’s experiences on Hilton Head Island. Stay tuned and enter to win your favorite itinerary to see Palmetto Dunes your way. That’s right! We’re giving away a jam-packed Palmetto Dunes vacation based on one of our itineraries. There’s no shortage of things to do on Hilton Head Island and when you combine our vacation expertise with our laid back Lowcountry lifestyle, planning the perfect vacation is easy as can be.
Hi, I’m Alex and I can’t wait to share some of Palmetto Dunes’ most memorable vacation experiences with you! Do you have any favorite activities, restaurants or Hilton Head Island views that you think should be included on the ultimate Palmetto Dunes itinerary? Share them in the comments or on our Facebook page.
This Christmas, golfers dreaming of something more exciting than another trip over the river and through the woods will be well taken care of at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.
In fact, you can simply let your favorite golfer — or non-golfer for that matter — decide exactly what they want with a Palmetto Dunes Resort Gift Card. The possibilities are endless. Along with golf rounds and lessons — same with tennis and pickleball — PD gift cards can be redeemed for resort shops merchandise, bikes, kayaks and canoe rentals, marina activities and charters, and of course delicious food at The Dunes House, Big Jim's and the golf grills. Palmetto Dunes gift cards can be purchased at pro shops, the PD welcome center or online.
For more than a half-century, vacationers from across the globe have flocked to Palmetto Dunes to enjoy the resort’s three miles of wide Atlantic Ocean beach and countless amenities, highlighted by PD’s sterling trio of world-class golf courses designed by legends of the industry. In the past decade alone, all three Palmetto Dunes courses have been honored as South Carolina’s Golf Course of the Year.
For all your Christmas shopping needs this year, Santa's helpers at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort are standing by. Call them at 866-744-7558.
Hilton Head Island is the perfect place for a restful retreat any time of year, but it’s during the hectic holiday season that you can appreciate most the peace of a Palmetto Dunes vacation with loved ones. De-stress with a laidback Lowcountry New Year’s Eve in Hilton Head Island, named Coastal Living's 2015 list of the best places to spend New Year's!
Drive straight into 2017 with a game on one of our Championship golf courses. We can’t think of a better way to ring in the New Year than by aiming for an ace at our recently reopened Robert Trent Jones and Arthur Hills golf courses. Check out our vacation packages for ways to save on your last golf getaway of 2016.
Treat yourself to a luxurious spa experience and greet 2017 fresh-faced, relaxed, and ready to tackle anything. Hotel spas within Palmetto Dunes offer anything from full-body massage treatments and facials to manicures and make-up application so you can look extra special should you step out on New Year’s Eve. Hurry tickets are almost sold out.
If you are looking to get out and celebrate, you’ve got plenty of New Year’s Eve events on Hilton Head to choose from. The Rooftop Bar at Poseidon located at Shelter Cove Towne Center will be ringing in the New Year in style with Whitley Deputy & The B-Town Project. Purchase general admission tickets of reserve tables or VIP booths.
If you’re looking for dinner with a view, head to Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina where several restaurants, including ELA’s Blu Water Grille and Bucci’s Italian Cuisine, are offering special New Year’s Eve menus. Reservations are highly recommended! New Year’s Eve is also your last opportunity to enjoy the festive lights at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina and to enter our #ShelterCoveChristmas contest, which ends January 2.
Whether you’re looking to ring in 2017 to the beat of live music or to the sounds of the ocean waves, Palmetto Dunes is the perfect place to be this New Year’s Eve. Call 866-744-7558 or search vacation rental availability here to book your Hilton Head Island vacation.
The most wonderful time of year is fast approaching! It truly is better to give than receive, and so we’re back with our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Add some Hilton Head Island to your holidays with gifts perfect for the Lowcountry lover in your life.
The Perfect Beach Bag
If you’ve been to Palmetto Dunes, you know that the beach is the best escape anyone can have, so why not broadcast it with this handcrafted Escape Canvas Bag? Throw in a customized ball cap from the Palmetto Dunes Online Shop, beach towel, and sunscreen and you're ready to hit the beach! This bag would also be perfect for toting essentials to a weekend getaway to Palmetto Dunes!
Game-Changing Golf Gear
Our golf clinics and expert golf instructors—including one of South Carolina’s top instructors, according to Golf Digest—can help improve your game during your stay at Palmetto Dunes Resort, and today’s impressive golf technology can help shave a few points off your handicap too. Straight off the Golf Digest 2016 Hot List, the Callaway XR OS offers increased lofts for height regardless of your swing speed and Cobra Max irons are half hollow irons with wide soles, perfect for hackers in need of a hand. Schedule a club fitting with one of our experts, and stop by one of our pro shops for some top-of-the-line golf apparel from the sport’s most popular brands.
Take the guesswork out of your long game with the NEXUS Laser Rangefinder. Improve your course management and shot accuracy with powerful precision magnification. The Precision Pro Rangefinder is accurate within 1 yard and it’s available at the Palmetto Dunes Online Shop!
A Little Touch of Lowcountry
There’s nothing quite like a Hilton Head Island vacation and there’s no reason why you can’t take our laid-back Lowcountry lifestyle with you during the hectic holiday season! Give a beautiful beach-themed ornament to remind your loved one of long walks on Palmetto Beach, or perhaps a bike ornament as a reminder of days spent cycling the Island’s beautiful bike trails. If you’ve ever visited Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina then you’ll remember the incredible year-round store Christmas on the Harbor. It's one of many shops in the area and the perfect place to pick up a special holiday memento for a Palmetto Dunes fan.
A Present for a Pup
We know that our four-legged guests love Palmetto Dunes as much as you do, and our pet-friendly vacation rentals on Hilton Head Island offer the perfect excuse to bring your furry friend with you on vacation. Don’t forget Fido or Spot during the holidays! This Harry Barker Pup Expedition Kit is hand-packaged in Charleston and is filled with toys and treats to make sure your dog has a holly jolly Christmas, too.
The Coolest New Camera Gear
Hilton Head Island is one of the world’s best—and most beautiful destinations. We love seeing the Island through your eyes, or lens rather, on Facebook and Instagram. Y’all sure can snap pretty pictures! The Olloclip Active Lens Kit clips right onto your smartphone and is ideal for taking photos of all of your Palmetto Dunes adventures.
The Gift That Keeps On Giving
There’s always that one person on the list that seems to already have everything. Enter the Palmetto Dunes Gift Card. Our gift cards are redeemable throughout the resort, and are the perfect excuse to start planning the next Palmetto Dunes getaway! Order your gift card from our online store soon to guarantee its arrival before Christmas. If you’re more of a last-minute shopper we’re happy to send you an email version of your gift card.
Still feeling stumped? Check out the Bestsellers at our online shop! Our online shop always offers free shipping. If you’re looking to get away from it all this holiday season, check out our Hilton Head Vacation Packages and book a vacation the whole family will love.
Seasons Greetings from all of us at Palmetto Dunes, and happy shopping!
Heading on a vacation to Hilton Head Island this winter? Take your four-legged friend with you! At Palmetto Dunes, all family members are welcome. After all, what’s a vacation without your very best friend?
To get the most out of your stay at Palmetto Dunes, we’ve compiled a few pet-friendly pointers to help you and your furry friend have the vacation of a lifetime!
1. Double check your pet’s paperwork.
Before you leave, take a look through all of your pet’s paperwork and make sure they have the appropriate veterinary travel documents.
2. Do a medical check.
Ensure all required injections are current. If your pet is on any medications, be sure to visit the vet prior to your trip so that any necessary supplies are in order.
3. Make a reservation.
Book a Palmetto Dunes property fit for you and Fido. From one-bedroom condos to spacious villas, the perfect spot for pets up to 40 pounds are available seasonally.
4. Call ahead.
Be prepared! We’re here to help with any questions you have or any special needs your pet may require, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch prior to your visit at 866-650-4130.
1. Use a crate.
Whether you’re driving or flying, it’s best to use a crate for safe transport. To help your pet adjust to their crate, let them enter it on their own, and consider tossing in their favorite treat and/or toy.
2. Review policies.
If you’re traveling by air, be sure to review the airline’s pet policies, as they’ll likely have specific rules and protocols to get your pet ready.
3. Plan mealtimes.
Some pups can be sensitive to motion, so help make things a little easier on their stomach by serving their meal well before transit (4-6 hours is ideal).
4. Schedule in activity.
Let your furry friend run or take them for a long walk prior to crate time – a tired dog is much more likely to remain calm during transit.
1. Familiarize yourself with the surroundings.
Identify parks, paths, and other locations to get some exercise with your dog. Your front desk staff can point you in the direction of Hilton Head Beaches, which are dog friendly in the mornings and evenings, and a must for your vacation to-do list.
2. Explore the new environment.
When you arrive, be sure to take your pup out for a walk. It’s the perfect way to explore, and it helps you both relax and adjust to your new surroundings.
3. Keep your schedule.
Pets thrive on healthy routines so do your best to keep to your regular walking and meal times throughout your trip.
4. Create a comfortable space.
Make your pet at home with familiar items such as their bedding or favorite toy. This will instantly help them to feel more secure and relaxed.
Now that you’ve made all of the necessary arrangements, and booked your pet-friendly Palmetto Dunes vacation rental, it’s time to relax and enjoy your vacation!
Did we miss your top pet traveling tip? Let us know in the comments.
There are few experiences as authentically Lowcountry as the Oyster Roast. Cooking outdoors, good friends, fresh local seafood, the Oyster Roast is our way of ushering in the fall and winter, and of having the kind of casual good time one can only enjoy on Hilton Head Island.
If you’d like to bring some Lowcountry flair to your next gathering, host your own oyster roast! Here’s how:
Get some fresh oysters. On Hilton Head Island, and throughout the Lowcountry, clusters of oysters are typically used for oyster roasts. Around here, the oysters are often so fresh they’re still covered in mud! However, individual oysters are more likely what you'll be able to find at home. Plan for 10-12 oysters per person.
Get fired up. Open fire pits may be the tradition for our oyster roasts, but your backyard grill will do just fine. Place a large iron plate or piece of sheet metal on top of your grill and crank up the heat. Test your temperature by sprinkling a few drops of water onto your piece of metal—if it sizzles upon contact you’ll know it’s time to…
Get cooking! Lay your oysters onto your iron plate and cover with a thoroughly damp piece of burlap. It’s best to avoid any synthetic fibers, so make sure your burlap is the real deal. For added flavor, douse your burlap with some local beer.
Get steamy. As soon as your damp burlap hits the heat, it should start to steam. If, as you cook the burlap starts to dry and the steam starts to die down, dump a liberal amount of ice on top of your burlap oyster pile. As it melts, it will create steam to help the oysters cook. The oysters are essentially cooking in their own juices, which is what makes them so incredibly delicious! The steam from the burlap and ice helps this process along.
Get shucking. After 8-10 minutes your oyster shells should have opened slightly, meaning they’re ready to eat! Use a shovel to take them off the grill and Let them cool for a couple of minutes before carefully shucking the oysters.
Now you’re ready to eat! Serve your oysters alongside saltine crackers, with cocktail sauce or fresh lemon juice, or, enjoy their succulent, briny flavor on its own. A Lowcountry oyster roast can last all night long, with pile after pile of delicious, steamed oysters being loaded on and off the grill.
Oyster roasts are a fantastic excuse to get a group of people together to enjoy simple Lowcountry cooking, fresh seafood, and good company. There’s no such thing as “too many people” at an oyster roast on Hilton Head Island. Don’t believe us? Come on down to The Dunes House on Saturday, November 26 for our annual Dunes House Oyster Roast! Live music, beer and menu specials, and of course, oysters, oysters and more oysters! Between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. For more information, call 843-686-9143.