The Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy Director, Doug Weaver, a former PGA Tour player, recommends a handful of New Year’s Resolutions to help you enjoy your golf game more in 2017.
To schedule a lesson with Doug Weaver or any other Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy instructor or learn more about the Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy, call (866) 744-7558.
“On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me.” … If you want to give your love a gift of golf this year, consider these dynamite dozen quick and easy options that can be shipped directly to your favorite golfer.
1. Personalized Bag tags spark the excitement of the memory of the Palmetto Dunes Golf experience and can awaken the anticipation of visiting there soon. Also, the “tag” identifies your “bag” so that it will be handled correctly. Personalized ball markers are also available.
2. Head covers are leather, logo-ed and long lasting protection. Every time the golfer touches their head cover, no matter where they are, it transfers quality and confidence into the next shot.
3. Golf balls for the best or particular player, e.g. Titleist Pro V1 with a sale price with college logos Clemson, Ohio State and USC Gamecocks. New golfers will enjoy the Taylor Made Project A.
4. A lesson with a nurturing PGA Professional will allow the recipient to create memories and get better at a game they love. Men and some women are known for not caring for themselves. Give them the know-how they need. Private lessons at PD include take-home video analysis, emailed notes and practice before and after. If you have questions, please call the Director of the Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy, Doug Weaver, at 843-338-9598. We can e-mail a certificate to you in minutes.
5. Dress for success. Under Armour shirts, caps and shoes always make us dream of playing like Jordan Spieth, while also making us feel athletic like an NFL football player. Peter Millar Polo RLX and Nike golf clothes always make a golfer happier and make them play better.
6. US Kids Golf Club sets bring back the memories of children on Christmas Day enthusiastically choosing which golf bag compartment was for balls, which was for tees and which was for the “water ball.” This teaches them organization skills, planning ahead and it shows parents the excitement of golf to come. Call a PD Pro Shop and provide your child’s height and we can fit the clubs. Also, ask for Birdie Balls that can be hit in the yard.
7. Ricky Fowler junior hats of all color or PD logoed hats that fit all. Buy one get one half off, choosing from plenty of variety and styles.
8. Golf bags — Nike, Taylor Made and Ping have outstanding carry bags or the larger staff bags will make your golfer look like a true professional.
9. Pre-paid rounds of golf. Did you know that you could make a tee time and pre-pay it? You can also get gift a gift card for PD’s three courses that allows the golfer to make the tee time. When you purchase the gift card, just be sure to let the professional know your intent.
10. Advice from a Golf Psychologist. This affordable gift can be life changing. Most golfers have several bad shots or habits that are rooted in their personality, resulting from influences from work habits, parents, friends or other golfers who improperly mentored them. Mentalgolfworkshop.com is a professional online golf psychology service that identifies the golfer's patterns and offers a report on how to blend your personality into successful golf. The Web site offers testimonials from PGA Tour players, parents and college coaches. The service is branch of the DISC Profile System used worldwide in the Human Resources Industry. The cost is $65 and includes a free follow-up consultation with Golf Digest Magazine No. 2-ranked instructor in all of South Carolina, Doug Weaver, when you use the access word “palmetto.”
11. Time with a golf exercise trainer. Many people and golfers alike lose confidence in themselves simply because they have lost flexibility A Golf Mobility Class will increase confidence in kids and adults becoming more mobile, agile and stronger, therefore, seeing the ball go farther and straighter effortlessly. Also, the class benefits normal activity in life.
12. Frustration pills! The best medicine is fresh air and time playing on the course with a professional. Play with the pro and let them learn as they go. It’s kind of like going fishing in the local salt marshes or ocean — a guide is necessary, otherwise it is blind luck to catch a fish. Studies prove that many people quit golf or reduce their play significantly because they are frustrated, not successful or having fun. Enjoyment can be enhanced and quitting can be prevented by time with a coach, who teaches you how to enjoy the game.
Golf is a game for a lifetime. If you need any help choosing that special golf gift … or if you’re in need of golfing advice … please call 866-744-7558 and ask for the Pro Shop. We will help you find a gift that will be well received and cherished for many years.
Golf at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort will be back starting Thursday, Dec. 1, with the reopening of the Robert Trent Jones and Arthur Hills courses, along with the Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy. During storm cleanup following Hurricane Matthew, all three of the resort’s world-class layouts were overseeded — tee boxes, fairways and greens — so they will be in lush condition and fully playable this holiday season.
“Palmetto Dunes golf is back,” said long-time Director of Golf Clark Sinclair. “Golfers are going to find some lush, green courses and no issues with cart paths or anything else. We are very excited.”
Book your tee time today and take advantage of special December rates.
Palmetto Dunes features a trio of golf courses designed by three of the game’s most unique architects — Robert Trent Jones Sr., George Fazio and Arthur Hills — all three of which have been awarded the Palmetto State’s “Golf Course of the Year” by the South Carolina Board of Directors of the National Golf Course Owners Association.
The Jones Course was ranked No. 9 in Golfweek magazine’s 2016 rankings of the “Best Courses You Can Play in South Carolina” and recently cracked Golfweek’s Top 100 of “Best Resort Courses in the United States.”
In October, Condé Nast Traveler named Palmetto Dunes a “Top 20 Best Resort in the South.”
For more than a half-century Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort has represented the best Hilton Head has to offer. Generations of families from across the globe have enjoyed the resort’s seemingly infinite bounty of outdoor activities with a family focus: Outstanding golf and award-winning tennis, fishing, kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding on an 11-mile lagoon system, bicycling, dining and shopping, all of it along a three-mile stretch of pristine Atlantic Ocean beachfront.
Given our love of golf, all of us at Palmetto Dunes are excited about this week’s Ryder Cup matches at Minnesota’s Hazeltine National Golf Club. With the Ryder Cup in mind, we turned to our longtime Director of Instruction, Doug Weaver, a former PGA Tour player, to pick his brain about some keys to successful match-play competition. Here are a dozen of Doug’s suggestions for how to succeed in match-play golf:
1. Expect the best
Rehearse with visualization days before the round hitting every fairway green and making every putt. This is more important than beating balls on the range. The visualization will engage every part of your brain, which gives instruction to your muscles. While visualizing each individual shot, take time to feel the physical sensations. These feelings are equal to pictures. We all agree a picture is worth a thousand words. Rehearse being behind and then coming back to win. In your imagination act like steady Nick Faldo coming from four behind to beat overly aggressive Greg Norman.
2. Prepare for the worst
Fred Funk shared that he expects to win by hitting every fairway and green and making every putt. However, he prepares by practicing his short game from all the worse case positions.
3. Ride your emotions
If you feel success, go for it by playing to your strengths and avoiding your weakness. If you play a fade then on every dogleg right for a right-handed player, go for it. However on a dogleg left play to the corner and accept the longer distance on your approach shot. If the pin is on the right, go for it. If he pin is on the left go for the center.
4. Confront gamesmanship
Paul Azinger and Seve Ballesteros both are fierce competitors. Paul confronted Seve for clearing his throat in Chip Beck’s backswing. It did not happen again. Be social with your caddy or invite a friend to observe and be social with them. Talking with your opponent may cause you to lose your game face.
5. In one ear and out the other
Opponents may make statements that seem friendly and complimentary. However these statements can be intended to change your focus. Beware of, “I love your backswing,” which may be intended to get you thinking about your swing and not playing the game. Do not listen to comments about course conditions like wind or green firmness: “The greens are slow” or “the sand is firm.” Be objective, gather your own information and make your own decisions.
6. Dance with the one you brought
Accept the game you have today. Be patient waiting for the momentum to turn your way. In one famous Ryder Cup moment, Justin Leonard missed 13 fairways and 13 greens but got up and down 13 times to stay in the match. The 14th green he hit and made par. The 15th green he hit and birdied to go on to victory.
7. Ask for change
My playing opponent jingled his change occasionally. I asked “Do you have change for two dollars?” He said “No.” I said, “Here are two dollars for whatever you have.” No more jingling.
8. Know where your handicap strokes come
Study the card knowing the handicapping, the opponent may not pay attention and forget where the strokes are. Golf is a numbers game. Keep the score.
9. Know when to “hold 'em” and when to “fold 'em”
On difficult holes it may be wise to play to your strengths understanding your opponent’s weakness. Lay up or play to the center when the risk reward is too high. Take the tie or victory but do not give it away because your ego wants to go.
10. Understand your personality
A student’s personality plays a significant role in how I coach them to plan and play in match play. My training with MentalGolfWorkshop.com helps me design a strategy to overcoming the opponent’s playing style and personality characteristics. We teach this class at Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy and most students confess they have people they love to play with and people they dread playing with. Similarly, we all have holes we play well and holes we regularly explode on. After this class you learn how to score lower than your comfort zone. You will not be influenced by your opponent, but influence the opponent. The late, great Arnold Palmer’s and Tiger’s charisma won many matches for them. Fred Funk saw this and intentionally befriended Tiger and therefore learned to play his best with the No. 1 player in the world.
Most courses are set up daily with six easy holes, six medium holes and six difficult holes. Know where they are by asking for a pin placement sheet. Also, by driving the course or neighborhood, looking at the tee markers and the pins. The caddies do it. Why not you?
12. Play a Par 4 as a Par 5
The 18th hole of the Fazio is the No. 2 handicap hole. Sometimes play it as a par 5 and never make a six. When players go for this green in two shots, they easily can make a six. This is the same at No. 12 on the Hills Course, the No. 2 handicap hole, as well as No. 14 on the Jones Course.
What an incredible summer it’s been at Palmetto Dunes. From fantastic family-friendly events and outdoor adventures to delicious meals and lazy beach days, there really is no better place to spend your summer than Hilton Head Island.
This summer we got to see Palmetto Dunes through your eyes with our #PDSummer Instagram Challenge. For the past 14 weeks we’ve loved checking out your #PDSummer pics and watching you make the most of a vacation on Hilton Head Island, Travel & Leisure’s #1 Island in the Continental U.S.
Congratulations to all of our winners, and thank you to every single one of you who entered this year.
We’ve already shared some of our favorite #PDSummer entries, but y’all shared so many outstanding photos, that we couldn’t help but share some more!
One thing is for sure: Hilton Head Island is a beautiful place to vacation. A number of your entries really showcased the beautiful views that are everywhere at Palmetto Dunes! Whether photographing our white sand beaches, golf courses, or lagoon, you captured our stunning surroundings expertly!
Instagrammer @1madmom shared her beach and pool view with her entry during our “Cheers to Summer” week.
This “Totes y’all” entry from @cate_fitz shows off her cute beach tote and the beautiful waves of the beach at Palmetto Dunes.
We love this amazing rainbow photo by @chrishart_liveloveclick, showing off the views from the tee, and this lagoon pic shared by @karengannon on our “Fourth of July Fun” week.
If you’ve ever stayed at Palmetto Dunes, you know how breathtaking our sunsets can be. The photos you shared for our “Summer Sunsets” theme blew us away and we love how many of them captured the beauty of our beachfront, such as these photos shared by @glendamethvin, @mrdomie, and @palmettotides.
Palmetto Dunes is the perfect place for a family vacation. Our home and villa rentals provide enough space for everyone and are the perfect home base for a summer getaway to Hilton Head Island. All summer long our golf and tennis experts held clinics and lessons for family members of all ages and levels. Our friends at Hilton Head Outfitters provided bikes, canoes, kayaks, surfboards, and more, so you and your family could get outdoors and enjoy Hilton Head Island’s incredible natural surroundings.
There’s nothing like frolicking in the waves at Palmetto Dunes’ beach. We love this fun photo shared by @taffetatulips.
Palmetto Dunes welcomes all family members! @maxwellalexanderl shared this beautiful family portrait, including “fur babies.”
Spending time together is truly what makes a family vacation special, and there are so many ways to do so at Palmetto Dunes! Guest @rayboy55 shared this photo of his family enjoying a sweet treat, and it looks like @hollypaddles and her family had a great time heading out for a boat tour.
There’s nothing like a delicious meal to bring people together, and the food at Palmetto Dunes can’t be beat! From relaxed views at The Dunes House, to decadent desserts, to beach picnics, y’all proved that good eats are an important part of a great vacation!
Everybody loves the food and drinks at The Dunes House! We think @bburgwyn and @amy_margaret01 perfectly captured this beachfront hotspot. Then there were food photos that had our mouths watering, like these shared by user @tdubhokie.
What is your favorite memory from your summer stay at Palmetto Dunes? Tell us in the comments! If all of these photos have you wishing you were back on Hilton Head Island, start planning a return trip! Our vacation packages offer something for everyone, from golf addicts to Pokémon Go players. For even more vacation inspiration, follow us on Instagram to see stunning Palmetto Dunes photos all year long!
Happy August everyone! It’s been an incredible summer here on Hilton Head Island, and one of our favorite parts has been enjoying all of the amazing photos y’all have shared for our #PDSummer Instagram challenge!
We’ve issued 12 Instagram challenges so far, and you have been up to the task! We thought we’d share some of our favorite entries: breathtaking photos, creative snaps and good old-fashioned fun, all with a dose of southern sunshine. Your Instagram photos have perfectly captured summer at Palmetto Dunes.
Our most popular theme so far has been Stunning Sunrises. If you’ve been to Hilton Head Island before, you know that the sunrises on the beach are worth waking up for, and we think these images prove it.
Hilton Head Island is famous for its spectacular beaches, and whether you’re enjoying a good book, picnicking in the sun or feeling the sand between your toes, you know how to take advantage of the beautiful beaches at Palmetto Dunes.
Some have you have gotten quite creative with your entries, and we love it. Check out these #PDSummer pics featuring a one-of-a-kind travel companion, and a sandcastle that’s one for the books!
There are so many things to do when you're on vacation at Palmetto Dunes! Hilton Head Outfitters offers beach chairs, bikes, canoes and more, for exploring all of Hilton Head Island, from our bike trails to beach paths to remarkable lagoon system.
Of course, there are also our tennis and golf facilities – each a perfect way to spend a summer afternoon! Here are some of our favorite submissions from people enjoying all of Palmetto Dunes’ summer activities.
Summer isn’t over yet, and we’ve got more fun themes for our Instagram Challenge. Next up is Cheers To Summer, so get ready to show us your favorite summer drinks. Check out the rest of our #PDSummer themes:
August 11: Totes Y’all – Beach Totes
August 18: Summer Sunsets
August 25: Family Fun
September 1: Dog Days Of Summer
Here’s to summer adventure at Palmetto Dunes! Share your #PDSummer photo for a chance to win. For full contest details visit: www.palmettodunes.com/hilton-head-resort-blog/introducing-palmetto-dunes-summer-instagram-challengeresort-blog/
You wouldn't buy a suit or a dress without first trying them on to make sure they fit. In the same vein, it doesn't make any sense to buy a new set of golf clubs without making sure that they have been properly customized for your own, individual fittings.
So if you are planning to plunk down the cash for a set of clubs… and you have wisely decided to employ someone to ensure the ideal customization for you… doesn't it also make sense to employ the finest club fitter available?
Palmetto Dunes Resort and the Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy want the best of the best for its students, which is why the resort now offers the expertise of Swing Fit, headed by Chris Wycoff, who has been named one of Golf Digest magazine’s “Top 100 Club Fitters.”
The Golf Digest recognition as one of the best fitters in the United States shows Wycoff’s quality and passion for club fitting and club building. Wycoff understands that a properly fitted golf club allows four important things:
That’s why the Swing Fit process at the Palmetto Dunes’ Robert Trent Jones Course is significantly more in depth than a typical ‘get your specs’ fitting at retail, club or demo day. “We take the time to find the club set up that looks right, feels good and delivers repeatable improvements in distance, accuracy and consistency,” said Wycoff, who became a Mizuno Top 100 fitter in 2014. “Our passion is helping people play better and more enjoyable golf.”
Swing Fit’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. “When you make the decision to get fitted for a new set of golf clubs, you don’t want to wait weeks before you get to hit them,” said Wycoff. “We have invested in the inventory and on-site build capabilities to deliver custom fit clubs quickly.”
For more information about the new club fitting, building and repair services at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort go here or call (855) 255-8214.
Golf: leisurely and precise, a game for the patient, and around here, played next to spectacular ocean bluffs. Biking through the three Palmetto Dunes courses might seem a little strange, but golf bikes offer a number of advantages over a cart—not least of all that they’re pretty fun to zoom around on.
But there are some less obvious benefits to golf bikes as well. Let’s start with one of the more obvious ones:
1. It’s healthier. We’re not talking about some major workout here, and the Palmetto courses are fairly flat. That lets you concentrate on the golf while burning some calories, and we all know every little bit counts. After a week spent in an office, it makes sense to get up and move around when you travel. Take care of golf and a workout at once and free up some time for dinner or an evening relaxing on the beach.
2. Golf bikes give better access. They can be driven on the greens and the wide wheels mean you can ride easily on grass. There’s no need to get stuck on a busy path and there’s no more trudging after that drive. Just hop on the bike and cruise.
3. These are easy-to-use bikes, designed for golf. Unlike a mountain bike with loads of gears, these bikes are straightforward. The frame is built low to make stepping on and off simple, which also makes acceleration easier. The wide wheels provide good traction and stability and it even carries your clubs on the back.
4. All that peddling means the golf bike is a lot friendlier for our pristine environment here at Palmetto Dunes. Even hybrid golf carts are drawing electricity—a bike gets you around the course (and the rest of Hilton Head Island) without exhaust fumes, noise, or damage to animal habitats. That means breathing the best ocean air while you play.
With paths like this one, just imagine a leisurely cruise down this hill.
5. Did we mention it’s fun? Golf may be a gentleman’s game but there’s no reason not to let your inner child out while on vacation. There’s a thrill to riding a bike and even leisurely exercise releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel happy. And feeling good is the whole point of coming to Palmetto Dunes.
The Palmetto Dunes courses were the first on the East Coast to get the Golf Bikes after the prototype was showcased on the PGA Tour in 2010. The bikes have only been in wide circulation for about a year.
Call to reserve a golf bike when booking a tee time at any Palmetto Dunes golf course. The cost is the same as a golf cart. For more information on Palmetto Dunes resorts and golf packages call 877-567-6513.
Hilton Head, S.C., and the island’s famed Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort have long been ranked among the world’s finest family getaways. Hilton Head named “Best Island in the U.S.” by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine.
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.
Reader scores were based on natural attractions and beaches, sights and activities, friendliness, food and overall value of the world’s top islands. “Our No. 1 this year? An outpost of Southern hospitality and traditional American recreation,” wrote the Travel + Leisure editors. “The best islands in the continental U.S. share an ability to slow down the hands of time: to recall simpler times and slower, laid-back living.”
Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort on Hilton Head has long represented the best the island has to offer. For nearly a half-century, generations of families from across the globe have enjoyed Palmetto Dunes’ seemingly infinite bounty of outdoor activities with a family focus: World-class golf and award-winning tennis, fishing, kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding on an 11-mile lagoon system, bicycling, dining and shopping, all of it along a three-mile stretch of pristine Atlantic Ocean beachfront.
Palmetto Dunes is designed for families to get active together by offering a variety of ways to do just that — including its Hilton Head Family Golf School. Whatever levels at which a family may play, Palmetto Dunes will tailor its golf school to specific needs and skill level. Its head of golf instruction, former PGA TOUR player Doug Weaver, is great with kids and teaches them moves like “closing the car door” and “alligator arms” to help them learn golf in a fun and engaging way.
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, lunch daily, free range privileges, plus nine holes of golf daily on a space-available basis and 25 percent discount on rentals such as bikes, kayaks and canoes from Hilton Head Outfitters.
Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort caters to golfers of all levels, having installed permanent junior tees on its Robert Trent Jones golf course, while the George Fazio course caters to juniors. The Fazio junior tees measure 3,384 yards for 18 holes, with the longest hole (No. 10) measuring 316 yards. Holes range between 90 and 316 yards. In addition, 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.
This summer, the Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy features lessons and clinics for all ages and skill levels. "Little Swingers" is offered Monday through Wednesday from 5:15 PM - 6 PM for $25 (ages 3-7) at the Robert Trent Jones Course. The "Junior Morning and Afternoon Clinic" occurs Monday through Thursday at 4 PM for $25 (ages 6-18) at the Robert Trent Jones Course and focuses on different aspects of the game every class.
In addition, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort recently added the club fitting, building and repair services of SwingFit, formerly Golf Etc. Hilton Head. SwingFit is owned and operated by Chris Wycoff, who has been named one of Golf Digest magazine’s “Top 100 Club Fitters.”
For more information about Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort and its many golf packages or to sign up for a Family Golf Program call (866) 744-7558.
Every golfer’s goal is the illusive ace. Whether you’re new to the sport or a PGA pro, you’ll never forget your first hole-in-one. Hopefully, these tips … and a lot of luck … will help you jar the perfect shot.
Attitude is everything when aiming for an ace. Approach the tee with confidence, and plan to play aggressively. Never up never in. The odds of an amateur making a hole-in-one are about 12,500-to-1.
Be realistic. You’re not going to ace George Fazio’s 562-yard par 5. You’re not going to make an ace on any par-5 hole and most par-4s. But if you walk up to Arthur Hills’ 146-yard hole No. 3 with the right mix of confidence, luck and skill, you just might.
When teeing off, make sure you square yourself to your target – playing to the right or left is less likely to result in a hole-in-one – and take a full swing. You want to be hitting with the most speed and velocity you can muster, and you want to aim high.
Practice, practice, practice. Hit the driving range to practice hitting with your irons — or check out our weekly Power and Distance and Full Swing golf clinics. As Arnold Palmer famously said, “the more I practice the luckier I get,” and as is always the case with golf, a little luck never hurts.
Our golf school manager Doug Weaver describes a hole-in-one as, “a beautiful few moments, like a lightning bolt” … and Doug would know. He was once one of four golfers to ace the same hole on the same day during the 1989 U.S. Open. We bet you’ll feel similar exhilaration if you finally sink that dream shot. So celebrate! Snap a pic, hoot and holler, happy dance. Revel in your success, but don’t linger in it so long that you affect the pace of play.
Put that blessed ball in your pocket – tradition states that that ball is never to be used again – and get back into the game.
To keep the golf gods on your side, buy a round at the 19th hole. Traditionally the player with a hole-in-one buys for the whole bar, but even picking up the tab for your golf pals will do the trick.
Don’t forget to stop by the Pro Shop to report your hole-in-one! We might just give you a little something to commemorate the occasion. View past hole-in-one winners on our Facebook page here.
Pictured above: Cecile Lashman (on right), who got a hole-in-one on #8 on the Robert Trent Jones course. That's a par three hole, and she hit a 9 wood 89 yards from the red tees for her victory shot.
Have you ever hit a hole-in-one? Tell us about it! We love seeing your golfing photos on Twitter and Instagram, and we can’t wait to celebrate with you when you ace a hole on one of our three award-winning golf courses.