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  • Posted on 26th Apr 2019, 8:01 am

    Palmetto Dunes celebrates National Golf Day on May 1 … and every other day!

    At Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, every day is golf day.

    Hey, what can we say? We’re surrounded by three award-winning golf courses designed by a trio of legendary names, not to mention outstanding golf instructors giving interactive lessons and clinics, a nationally recognized club-fitting service, the most stylish attire adorning our pro shops — and we could go on and on.

    But there actually is an official National Golf Day… and in 2019, that day is May 1.

    National Golf Day celebrates the game’s more than $84 billion economy, nearly $4 billion annual charitable impact and many environmental and fitness benefits.

    Golf industry leaders travel to Washington, DC to meet with Members of Congress, the Executive Branch and federal agencies to discuss the game’s 15,000 diverse businesses, 2 million jobs impacted, tax revenue and tourism value.

    WE ARE GOLF, a coalition of the game’s leading associations and industry partners, hosts the annual National Golf Day event in Washington, D.C.

    The Community Service Project on the National Mall will occur on April 30. This year, the day includes turf restoration projects between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. There are opportunities to lay irrigation pipe along the Reflecting Pool, mow near the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and lay sod near the Washington Monument.

    “Golf plays a substantial role in stimulating the American economy, as the industry impacts $58.7 billion in annual wage income,” says WE ARE GOLF Executive Director Steve Mona. “In addition to nearly 24 million U.S. golfers, a record-high 14.9 million are ‘very interested’ in playing the game, further cementing why it is vital to advocate on behalf of golf's interests with our country's lawmakers.”

    Last year's event was the most successful to date. The public relations and social media campaign outreach exceeded 2017 numbers. Organizations who participated include the Club Managers Association of America, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, Ladies Professional Golf Association, National Alliance for Accessible Golf, National Golf Course Owners Association, PGA of America, PGA Tour, United States Golf Association, United States Golf Manufacturers Council, World Golf Foundation and others.

    So, to celebrate National Golf Day, let’s see a show of hands — who is planning to do their part and leave work early to enjoy nine holes of golf at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort? And … if you really want to make a difference… make it 18!

  • Posted on 9th Apr 2019, 2:36 pm

    Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort ready for a new golf season’s opening drive

    The azaleas are popping, the birds are chirping, the iconic theme music is playing … and Jim Nantz is clearing his throat.

    The golf world has hit that magical time of the year — Masters week.

    Around Hilton Head Island, the arrival of the year’s first major championship, the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club, also signifies that our own RBC Heritage is close ahead — teeing off in just one week.

    For the first time ever this year, golf fans around the world were treated to a peek inside the gates at Augusta National a week earlier than usual, with the debut of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur — where an international field of 72 women amateurs competed over 54 holes of stroke play. After 36 holes, the leading 30 players advanced to Saturday’s final round at Augusta National.

    And, of course, as has become a recent tradition, on Sunday prior to the Masters final round, Augusta National played host to some of the country’s best up-and-coming junior golfers during the finals of the Drive, Chip and Putt competition.

    Palmetto Dunes has long been a proponent of growing the game with women and junior golfers alike. The resort provides a varying array of tee boxes on all three of its championship courses to accommodate golfers of every level. The Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy offers a wide variety of programming aimed at all players, young and old, beginner or skilled alike.

    And with SwingFit, the state-of-the-art club-fitting technology housed at the Robert Trent Jones clubhouse, Palmetto Dunes can custom fit golf clubs for anyone to ensure they are getting the most out of their equipment.

    Not to mention all the other cutting-edge enhancements around the 54 award-winning holes of golf at Palmetto Dunes. “We’ve always tried to do things a little different here at Palmetto Dunes,” said Samm Wolfe, the head golf professional and general manager at the Arthur Hills Course. “We have a way of looking at things outside the box. All these things make us unique in the area.”

    So that families can play together more enjoyably, Palmetto Dunes offers a dozen four-person golf carts that provide a sense of camaraderie and relationship building. All of the resort’s Club Car fleets of golf carts come equipped with Global Positioning System (GPS), as well as USB ports to charge cell phones and play music devices designed to suit a golfer’s functionality.

    To further encourage walking, the resort has recently introduced a fleet of nimble BagBoy pushcarts by on all three golf courses, while golfers on the Jones and Fazio courses can test drive the new, autonomous golf caddie units called the “Tempo Walk” by Club Car, which enhance play while also fostering health and wellness.

    In addition to the Tempo Walk, golfers can also pedal from hole to hole. The first resort in the Carolinas and along the East Coast to offer the revolutionary Golf Bike, Palmetto Dunes visitors can boost their calorie-burning quotient while teeing it up on a trio of the south's most beautiful and challenging courses.

    All three of Palmetto Dunes’ magnificent layouts have been named South Carolina’s “Golf Course of the Year.”

    “We can’t wait for our spring season,” said Wolfe. “Everything is starting to green up. Our tee sheets are busy and the golf courses are in great shape.”

    Considering all the resort’s offerings on and away from the golf course, little wonder Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort was named No. 12 “Best Resort in the South” in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2018 Readers' Choice Awards and to the Top 25 World’s Best Family Getaways by Travel + Leisure. For information about activities or reservations, please call 877-567-6513 or visit www.palmettodunes.com.

  • Posted on 4th Apr 2019, 9:54 am

    Robert Trent Jones Course named one of South Carolina’s “Top Courses Available for Public Play” in 2019

    Like clockwork every year, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort’s trio of golf courses receives some type of prestigious recognition.

    The most recent honor goes to our Robert Trent Jones Course, which was recently named one of South Carolina’s “Top Courses Available for Public Play” in 2019 by the state’s Golf Course Ratings Panel.

    A total of 32 courses across the state were named to the list by members of the ratings panel, which consists of about 120 media, golf business and avid player members. These individuals have been charged with the task of identifying the best that South Carolina golf has to offer.

    “Once again, the South Carolina Golf Panel has recognized Palmetto Dunes for our outstanding golf offerings,” said Palmetto Dunes Director of Golf Clark Sinclair. “We are extremely proud of our trio of renowned golf layouts designed by legends of the game. The recognition from the prestigious golf panel further validates the feedback we receive from members and guests on a daily basis.”

    The Robert Trent Jones Course is arguably the most well known of the three Palmetto Dunes designs. However, all three courses — including the Arthur Hills Course and the George Fazio Course — have been named South Carolina’s “Course of the Year” by the state’s Golf Course Owners Association and ranked among the state’s finest by the Ratings Panel.

    The objective of the Ratings Panel is to promote excellence in golf course design and operations around the state through competitive rankings, education and public advocacy. The Panel serves as an ambassador for golf in South Carolina by striving to stimulate and facilitate the promotion and marketing of the outstanding golf courses, resorts, and real estate developments.

    In odd-numbered years, the Panel releases a bi-annual listing of the best non-private courses in the state, called “The Best Courses You Can Play.” Every resort, public access, and daily fee course is eligible for this elite listing. In even-numbered years, the panel taps “South Carolina’s 50 Best Courses,” public or private.

    In determining their ratings panelists consider the following criteria:

    • Routing – How the course flows from hole to hole in harmony with existing topography.
    • Variety – Degree to which the course demands a full range of shot requirements.
    • Strategy – How design features test course management.
    • Equity – The course’s capacity to reward good shots and penalize poor ones.
    • Memorability – The distinctiveness of the golf course and its individual holes.
    • Aesthetics – The degree to which scenery and surrounds lend to the enjoyment.
    • Experience – Incorporates all elements of the course: practice areas, clubhouse and more.

    Information on previous rankings can be found on the organization's website www.scgolfpanel.org.

  • Posted on 29th Mar 2019, 4:26 pm

    Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy adds “Lil Swingers” classes

    The Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy has added “Lil Swingers” classes. The weekly clinics are for children ages 3-7 years and up, and will be held at the Jones Course.

    Classes will be conducted on Wednesday, March 27th, Tuesday, April 2nd and Tuesday, April 9th from 3 to 3:40 PM. The clinics will take place during the summer months, as well, with a weekly schedule to come.

    Young children will be able to learn golf with proven methods — the kids will “own” their swing. There are numerous fun elements as well, including singing. Parents and kids will learn a song that will provide rhythm, relaxation and to-do list.

    Golf clubs are included … and parent participation is required! Don’t forget to bring your camera. Cost is $30 per clinic.

    The Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy wants the best of the best for its students. 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. The golf school includes a video analysis sent by email, on-course instruction, rules and etiquette lessons, the school’s video lending library, take-home materials, free range privileges, plus nine holes of golf daily on a space-available basis.

    Palmetto Dunes prides itself on catering to up-and-coming golfers. 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 information about activities or reservations, please call 877-567-6513 or visit www.palmettodunes.com.

  • Posted on 11th Mar 2019, 3:09 pm

    Weaver Wins CPGA Old South by 5 Shots

    Longtime Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort Director of Golf Instruction Doug Weaver, a former PGA Tour professional, fired a 66 on March 2nd to capture the 10th annual CPGA Old South EZ Go Pro-Am by five strokes.


    Old South Director of Golf Jim Uremovich, host professional, congratulates Doug Weaver following Weaver’s round of 66 on March 2nd at the 10th annual CPGA Old South EZ Go Pro-Am. Weaver won the event by five strokes.

    Twenty-one CPGA professionals led five-player teams competing at Old South Golf Links in Bluffton. Weaver’s squad, which consisted of residents of Palmetto Dunes Resort, finished third overall.

    A Callaway Staff player, Weaver credited his equipment for the low round. “My transition to the Callaway Rogue Pro Irons and the Mac Daddy wedges has been very easy,” Weaver said. “Along with the dependability of the Chrome Soft Golf Balls, I have more confidence and can play more aggressively.”

    Swingfit Clubfitting staff, Chris Wycoff and Mike Haddick was meticulous in matching the correct shaft, lofts and lies to allow me to play aggressively, said Weaver.

    In 2017, Weaver was selected for induction into the Lowcountry Golf Hall of Fame.

    He starred for a Hilton Head high school team before taking his talents to Furman University, where he played alongside fellow future PGA Tour player Brad Faxon.

    Weaver’s professional breakthrough came in 1987 at the Zell Wood Country Club Open in Florida, where — despite playing in a final group with three former PGA Tour pros — he birdied the 72nd hole to capture his inaugural title.

    Weaver went on to win 14 mini-tour events and earn his PGA Tour card in 1988. At the 1989 U.S. Open, he gained notoriety as one of four PGA Tour pros in less than a two-hour period to record a hole-in-one on the sixth hole at Oak Hill Country Club.

    His colleagues have voted him as Golf Digest magazine’s No. 2 Instructor in South Carolina. Also, he has been named the Carolinas PGA “2017 Teacher of the Year” and Hilton Head Island PGA chapter's “ 2012 Teacher of the Year.” In addition, Weaver hosted a local TV golf show for more than a decade.

    Pictured From Left: Craig Varrelman, Evan Greenplate, Doug Weaver, Jeff Druzak, Brian Greenplate. The team took 3rd out of 21 teams.


  • Posted on 27th Feb 2019, 4:29 pm

    Increase Your Swing Speed While Decreasing Your Waistline

    Our own Doug Weaver knows a thing or two about hitting the golf ball a long distance.

    The legendary Palmetto Dunes Director of Golf Instruction was the 2017 Carolinas PGA Teacher of the Year and was selected for induction into the Lowcountry Golf Hall of Fame that same year. Doug is Golf Digest magazine’s No. 2 Instructor in South Carolina and has been named the Hilton Head Island PGA chapter’s “Teacher of the Year.”

    Yet, before he settled down on Hilton Head Island and began teaching at Palmetto Dunes, Doug battled week in and week out against the world’s best on the PGA Tour.

    His professional breakthrough came in 1987 at the Zell Wood Country Club Open in Florida, where — despite playing in a final group with three former PGA Tour pros — Doug birdied the 72nd hole to capture his first title.

    He went on to win 14 mini-tour events and earn his PGA Tour card in 1988. At the 1989 U.S. Open, Doug gained notoriety as one of four PGA Tour pros in less than a two-hour period to record a hole-in-one on the sixth hole at Oak Hill Country Club.

    Doug definitely could (and still can) strike his iron shots with great precision.

    But Doug was also one of the longest drivers of the golf ball in the game, as well. In 1989, he ranked fifth on the PGA Tour in driving distance. And, by virtue of being one of the Tour’s longest hitters, Doug regularly competed in various national long-drive competitions with tremendous success.

    Doug maintains that the average golfer is capable of carrying the ball much further than their current total distance. He says a majority of golfers are sacrificing 30 yards of total distance off the tee — which subsequently makes the approach shots more challenging.

    Doug says golfers can speed up their swing for more distance — and, as an added value, says it might help them reduce their waistlines, too.

    “Let’s consider the average approach shot distance on a par-4 hole at The Robert Trent Jones golf course as 160 yards,” Doug says. “On hole No. 1, the approach shot must come in high and soft to avoid the bunkers on both the right and the left. On No. 2, there is forced carry over water. On No. 3, the front of the green is elevated and will not allow a ball to roll on — and bunkers border the sides. Go to No. 5, which is a par-3 measuring 160 yards, with bunkers front right and to the left.

    “We see right away that long irons — hybrids, along with 6, 5 and 4 irons — into these greens put you at a severe disadvantage.

    “Go back to the tee box and do the math,” Doug says. “If you drive the ball 220 yards and are consistently left with 160 to 180 yards to the green, then you need to increase your swing speed.

    “I have exercises and tools that are utilized by guys like Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods — both of whom played at Palmetto Dunes during their college days — that keep them among the longest hitters in the game, even though they are more than 40 years old now.

    “We can do this by you sending me your swing video from your basement or yard. I return a video to you making my suggestions for a faster swing. I can provide you the appropriate exercise protocol that will increase your swing speed — and decrease your waistline. This will result in your average approach short decreasing … thus improving … by 20 yards — from a 160-yard average to 140 yards.

    “Wouldn’t you rather use an 8 iron into the green?” Doug asks. “Not a 6 or 5?”

    How to get started:

    1. Send a video of your swing to Doug at dweaver@palmettodunes.com or text it to (843) 338-9598.

    2. Come visit Doug at The Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy by calling (866) 744-7558.

  • Posted on 24th Jan 2019, 8:47 am

    Fixating On Your Winter Golf Fix

    On Hilton Head Island and throughout the pleasantly temperate South Carolina Lowcountry, there are very few weeks during the calendar year that we find ourselves unable to “tee it up” due to cold weather.

    But at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, we understand that many of our visitors arrive here from frigid, winter-weather locales. And while we are playing golf in short-sleeved shirts, they are stuck inside, dreaming of their next sunny round.

    Longtime Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort Director of Golf Instruction Doug Weaver knows golf — particularly Lowcountry golf — as well as anyone. The former PGA Tour player grew up on Hilton Head Island and starred for a local high school team before taking his talents to Furman University, where he played alongside fellow future PGA Tour player Brad Faxon. In 2017, Doug was selected for induction into the Lowcountry Golf Hall of Fame.

    His colleagues have voted Doug as Golf Digest magazine’s No. 2 Instructor in South Carolina and he has been named the Hilton Head Island PGA chapter's “Teacher of the Year.” In addition, Doug has served as the golf coach for all three area high schools and he hosted a local TV golf show for more than a decade.

    For those looking to work on their golf game when the weather isn’t cooperating, here are three “action steps” suggested by Doug:

    1. Swing in a designated safe area. Do not focus on mechanics. Feel the stretching and suppleness while you imagine striking excellent golf shots. Keep reminding yourself that dreams really do come true.

    2. Practice your putting to a cup that makes a tingling sound. Try it with your eyes closed or your eyes on the cup, like Jordan Spieth. Put on snow gloves and practice your putting. This will teach you to hold the putter softly. How did you do?

    3. Ponder your mental patterns from last year’s golf season. Have you ever lost your temper and acted out of character? Does your attitude determine your enjoyment for the round, or do the results determine the attitude?

    Doug also recommends two additional tools that helped him on his path to the PGA tour, as well as participating in a pair of U.S. Open Championships.

    1. Doug’s Concentration Score Card

    Answer “Yes” or “No” to the questions below:

    • Did I do a pre shot routine? Yes/No
    • Did I breath a lot to relax prior to approaching the ball? Yes/No
    • Did I visualize the successful shot in my mind before I approached the ball? Yes/No
    • Did I feel the sensations of my favorite swing before I approached the ball? Yes/No
    • Did I do a practice swing searching for feels? Yes/No
    • Did I do a practice swing thinking mechanics? Yes/No

    IF you had 3 No’s or more, then proceed to the second tool….

    2. Doug’s Mental Golf Workshop

    Has your handicap index been going up and you are searching for a fix? You may have tried a few strategies only to find that the index goes up more — because as we know, “analysis leads to paralysis.” Go to this link and peruse the site.

    If you choose to participate, Doug will follow up with an email, then a phone call. Doug is trained to help you apply the successful mental strategies for your specific game.

    One of Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort's popular attractions is the complimentary, interactive Monday golf exhibition and clinic, where participants experience Doug’s effective and entertaining style. To sign up for one of our free, Monday clinics at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort or any of its other world-class golf instruction programs, call 866-744-7558.

  • Posted on 23rd Jan 2019, 10:12 pm

    Seen and Heard at the 2019 PGA Show

    In January, a group of Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort golf representatives made their annual, four-day pilgrimage from Hilton Head Island down to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida for the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show.

    Our crew joined some 1,000 golf brands and companies, and more than 40,000 industry professionals who descended from around the world to attend the industry’s global summit for the business of golf.

    Pictured from left: Samm Wolfe, Stephen Arnold, Brad Marra, Sharin Moran, Clark Sinclair

    The Palmetto Dunes team reported seeing plenty of cutting-edge golf innovations during the Show, including our very own Club Car Tempo Walkers — autonomous golf caddie units that the resort introduced late last year — along with the Finn Cycle, a motorized scooter constructed to carry a golf bag, and an amazing array of Full Swing Simulators.

    But one of the most unique developments on the sprawling floor of the PGA Show — and particularly exciting for us at Palmetto Dunes — was that for the first time, paddle-sport vendors also showed off their wares.

    Organized by the Tennis Industry Association (TIA) in conjunction with the PGA Show, the inaugural Racquet & Paddle Sports Conference brought together racquet and paddle sports brands, professionals and industry leaders. Events included an exhibit pavilion, with demo courts, at the northern end of the Convention Center.

    One particular focus of the conference was on pickleball — which, with more than three million players, has become one of the country’s fastest-growing sports.

    At Palmetto Dunes, we love pickleball, a big part of the reason the award-winning Palmetto Dunes Tennis and Pickleball Center — named the top tennis resort in the Carolinas by Tennis Magazine — doubled in size late last year, expanding from eight pickleball courts to 16.

    “I think the inclusion of paddle sports at the Show was one of the coolest things we saw down there,” said Palmetto Dunes VP of Resort Operations Brad Marra. “It was particularly exciting to see pickleball displayed so prominently.”

    During the PGA Show, legendary golf instructor Hank Haney, Tiger Woods’ former coach, made an appearance and described himself as a pickleball “fanatic.” He took up the sport three years ago, and has taken lessons and competed in tournaments.

    Haney even built a court at his house. He says he plays three hours a day during the summer. “It’s so addictive,” Haney said on Thursday during the PGA Show, prior to playing an exhibition match. “I just love it.”

    “In three to four years, pickleball will be bigger than golf and it won’t even be close,” Haney told GOLF Magazine. “If you have a retirement community in the U.S., and you don’t have a pickleball court, you might as well be out of business.”

    In addition during the 2019 PGA Show, it was announced that the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA) was forming a multi-year, strategic alliance to co-locate NGCOA’s annual Golf Business Conference with the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, beginning in 2020.

    “We were particularly happy to hear the PGA Show is merging with the NCGOA show next year,” Marra said. “This will help get the NCGOA annual conference back to the size it used to be.”

    Hosted by NGCOA for more than 30 years, the Golf Business Conference is the industry’s largest meeting specifically for golf course owners and operators. The event typically conducts nearly 40 classes and workshops on the most critical areas of golf course operations, a casual golf outing for attendees and sponsors to network, and an awards banquet to recognize some of the most significant contributors to the golf industry.

    Next year, the conference will be held at the Orange County Convention Center Monday through Wednesday, Jan. 20-22, 2020.

    Pictured from left: Stephen Arnold, John Daly, Samm Wolfe

  • Posted on 22nd Jan 2019, 1:16 pm

    For Some Professionals, Pickleball and Golf go Hand in Hand

    In 1965, as a way to entertain their children during the summer, a trio of fathers residing on Bainbridge Island, Washington invented the game that has since become known as “pickleball.

    Congressman Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell and Barney McCallum fashioned handmade equipment, and based the simple rules on the existing sports of tennis, badminton and Ping-Pong.

    According to the USA Pickleball Association, in 2016-17 the number of active players grew by more than 12 percent, most of the growth coming from the Baby Boomer set. About 75 percent of core pickleball players are 55 and older. At The Villages in Sumpter County, Florida — America’s largest retirement community — there are more than 100 pickleball courts.

    Last year, our award-winning Palmetto Dunes Tennis and Pickleball Center doubled in size, expanding from eight pickleball courts to 16. In addition, Palmetto Dunes hired Sarah Ansboury as its Pickleball Touring Professional and Director of Pickleball Instruction. A nationally ranked tennis player, Ansboury has been a pioneer in the pickleball explosion of the last few years.

    “Sarah Ansboury’s expertise and hard work conducting 40 PPR (Professional Pickleball Registry) workshops in less six months were integral to the rapid growth of the sport of pickleball,” said PPR CEO Dan Santorum. He added that PPR set a record at the end of 2018 with more than 1,000 members — easily becoming the world’s largest organization of pickleball coaches. PPR now has members in all 50 sates and is set to expand beyond its current 11 countries.

    (Sarah Ansboury, Palmetto Dunes' Touring Professional and Director of Pickleball Instruction)

    Now, the synergies between golf and pickleball are becoming evident, as many PGA Tour and LPGA Tour stars — as well as premier golf instructors — compete on the pickleball court. Former USGA executive director David Fay calls the bourgeoning sport, “terrific,” and adds: "I took one lesson and feel like I got it."

    Among the tour pros who have caught the pickleball bug is Daniel Summerhays. When he built his house in Fruit Heights, Utah, Summerhays put in a half basketball court. Wanting to see what else he could play on the court, he came across pickleball, which he had played in high school.

    Pickleball quickly became Summerhays’ non-golf sport of choice. “It's very competitive and fast, so it stimulates your brain, but we won't get hurt playing it,” he told Golf Digest.

    Summerhays plays with friends and even competes in some amateur events. He also plays with his wife and kids, and he travels on tour with his paddles.

    Fellow PGA Tour pros Matt Kuchar, Phil Mickelson, Ricky Barnes and Patton Kizzire have also picked up the sport.

    Says Summerhays: “When I'm leaving a tour event, one of the first things I do, besides looking forward to spending time with my family, is to text my pickleball group asking where the game is the next morning.”

    Unlike tennis, racquetball and many other sports, pickleball has a short learning curve; you don’t need months of lessons to participate in a fun game. It also is less running compared to tennis. However, at the same time, it can be very competitive and addicting for all ages, as well as an excellent, fun family activity.

    Pickleball is a social sport and it is relatively inexpensive to enjoy. Rackets cost about $50.

    Pickleball can be played as both a singles and doubles game, and can be played inside or outdoors, on a court that uses the dimension of a doubles badminton court, along with a modified tennis net. A pickleball court is 20 feet by 44 feet for both singles and doubles. A non-volley zone called the “Kitchen” extends 7 feet back from the net on each side. Games are usually played to 11, win by two, and only the server can score. Often a total of three games are played, typically taking no more than an hour and a half.

  • Posted on 5th Dec 2018, 10:24 am

    Golf Technology is Here to Stay

    In the early days of Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, the subject of technology wasn’t mentioned much when it came to golf. Goes to show how everything changes with time. Fast-forward five decades. Nowadays, golf technology is all the rage. And as always, Palmetto Dunes has remained ahead of the curve.

    The most recent example of Palmetto Dunes’ commitment to technology is the introduction of the “Tempo Walk” by Club Car, a fleet of autonomous golf caddie units that provides resort golfers the enjoyment of walking the courses, while also enhancing play, and fostering health and wellness. Tempo Walks are available for rental from $25 per round per person at both the Robert Trent Jones Course and George Fazio Course.


    The Tempo Walk offers state-of-the-art wireless technology including GPS yardage and hands-free remote control to maneuver easily around the course. Palmetto Dunes has 12 units available for golfers.

    “We are delighted to introduce this enhancement to the Palmetto Dunes golf experience,” said Palmetto Dunes Director of Golf Clark Sinclair.“ It is already generating quite a buzz from our resort guests and our staff also enjoys using the technology.”

    Constructed with a durable aluminum frame, Tempo Walk contains a lithium ion battery, which holds a 36-hole charge. It moves up to 7 mph and weighs 95 pounds. Additional technology features include a USB port and touchscreen tablet with GPS yardage. Traditional golf car offerings — a cup holder, cooler, divot repair and sand bottle — are also included.

    “Tempo Walk is the perfect blend of tradition and technology, bringing a new golf experience to the course; one that will excite golfers and provide a fun, healthy experience for 18 holes,” said Mark Wagner, president of Club Car. “The Tempo Walk further underscores our commitment to move the game of golf forward, particularly for the thousands of golf courses that attract a significant number of health-conscious walkers and are looking to generate a new revenue stream for their operation.”

    Palmetto Dunes also boasts a state-of-the-art fleet of golf carts produced by Club Car. The fleets at Palmetto Dunes include golf carts equipped with Global Positioning System (GPS), as well as USB ports to charge cell phones and play music devices — all designed to suit a golfer’s enjoyment and functionality.

    You can also try out our 4-person golf carts now available at Palmetto Dunes for groups and families.

    In addition, SwingFit arrived at Palmetto Dunes in 2016, its state-of-the-art technology housed at the Robert Trent Jones clubhouse. SwingFit is a true, custom club fitter and club maker. They are also brand agnostic to fit all major manufacturers of clubs.

    “We don’t play favorites,” said SwingFit Owner and Lead Fitter Chris Wycoff. “This allows us find the ideal combination of shaft and club head for each golfer. It’s pretty rare someone needs one brand all the way throughout their bag. We can mix and match. You can have the best fit in the world, but if the build isn’t exactly right, the performance won’t equal.”

    Wycoff became a Mizuno Top 100 fitter in 2014 and has been included on Golf Digest’s list of the 100 Best Club Fitters in America for the past three years. He is also a member of the International Clubmakers Guild and is FlightScope and Gears Golf certified.

    Wycoff said technology is imperative when it comes to finding the right clubs for every golfer. SwingFit’s data-driven fittings are performed by experienced fitters and leverage SwingFit’s extensive matrix of club heads and shafts.

    “At SwingFit, we go far beyond the simple loft, lie, length and flex,” Wycoff said. “We incorporate the different shaft profiles. We’re going to test for weight. We’re going to test the shaft — how it’s loading and unloading — so it’s going to give you the right combination of performance and give you repeatable, consistent distance gains, along with improvements in consistency and accuracy by giving you the right feedback to improve your swing.”

    SwingFit follows the Palmetto Dunes creed: Give your guest everything they desire to not only have the most memorable visit possible, but also to learn some new information about themselves and develop through the wonders of technology.

    “We fit hundreds and thousands of people every year,” Wycoff said. “Our passion is helping find the right equipment for golfers so they can play better golf and have more fun.”

    Little wonder Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort was named No. 12 “Best Resort in the South” in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2018 Readers' Choice Awards and to the Top 25 World’s Best Family Getaways by Travel + Leisure.

    For more information about the latest and greatest golf technology at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort and many of the resort’s extensive offerings please call 877-567-6513.