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  • 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 Saturday 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 Saturday 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.

  • Posted on 10th Jul 2018, 6:24 pm

    July Translates to Family Fun at Palmetto Dunes Resort

    When we think about the month of July around Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, one word immediately pops into mind: “Family.”

    Indeed, July is the ideal month to spend with your family by the beach, enjoying the outdoor weather and cooling off on the beach or by the pool. Which is also why at Palmetto Dunes, we celebrate July as our “Family Golf” month.

    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, free range privileges, plus nine holes of golf daily on a space-available basis.

    Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort caters to golfers of all levels, having installed permanent junior tees on its Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront 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. Palmetto Dunes offers four family-oriented options:

    • The “Family Golf School,” where coaches are able to teach different skill levels at the same time is a total of $1,300, which includes three days (two hours per day) of instruction for the entire family, nine holes of golf on three different days, unlimited practice, an instructional manual, and videos and photos to remember. Scheduling is flexible.
    • The “Family Golf Class” is $200 and includes two hours of instruction, an hour on the range and an hour on the course. Coaches can teach different skill levels at the same time for up to five people ($50 per additional player). Clubs are included along with an instructional manual, and videos and photos to remember.

    • “Parents Night Out” allows for parents to have time together, while children are learning a game for a lifetime, and includes videos and photos to remember.
    • “Little Swingers” is offered Monday and Tuesday from 5:15 PM - 6 PM for $25 (ages 3-7) at the Robert Trent Jones Course. Focusing on different aspects of the game every class, the Junior Morning Clinic takes place each weekday at 10 AM for $25 and the Junior Afternoon Clinic occurs Monday through Thursday at 4 PM for $25 (ages 6-18) at the Robert Trent Jones Course. Parent participation is required, which translates into family bonding while everyone is learning. Clubs are included, along with videos and photos to remember.

    To book one of the golf lessons or clinics you see here, please call

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    In addition, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort also offers the club fitting, building and repair services of SwingFit, which is owned and operated by Chris Wycoff — one of Golf Digest magazine’s “Top 100 Club Fitters.”

    Away from the golf course, your family will also enjoy Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina and its outdoor Southern phenomenon known as HarbourFest. Shelter Cove Harbour is a Mediterranean-style village located mid-island at mile marker 8 across from Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, offering casual waterfront dining, unique shopping, live entertainment and beautiful views of Broad Creek. And don’t forget to snap a selfie with the Statue of Neptune, the world’s largest figurative sundial.

  • Posted on 11th Jun 2018, 3:54 pm

    Palmetto Dunes’ own Robert Trent Jones was the original “U.S. Open Doctor”

    On the eve of our country’s national championship, the United States Open, we remember the original U.S. Open Doctor — one of golf course architecture’s most legendary and prolific names — who indelibly left his mark at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.

    During seven decades, Robert Trent Jones, Sr. (1906-2000) traveled an estimated eight million miles and created some 350 courses — including more courses for national championships than any other golf architect — while renovating another 150 on his way to becoming the first architect to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. Today, Jones' works are found in 45 states and 35 countries.

    “Trent,” a name he chose to distinguish himself from Robert Tyre (Bobby) Jones, was a small, gentle, cherub-faced man who nevertheless was capable of near-sadistic use of huge bunkers, ponds, creeks, and undulating greens. His designs often bamboozled touring pros, particularly during the U.S. Open. Earning his nickname as the original “U.S. Open Doctor,” Jones believed he was merely defending par against the evolution of golf equipment and the golf ball. ''The shattering of par without a proper challenge is a fraud,'' he said. ''I make them play par.''

    When Jones redesigned the fourth hole at the Baltusrol Golf Club's Lower Course in Springfield, N.J., prior to the 1954 U.S. Open, some members thought the par 3 over a pond was unfair. He offered to play the hole along with the club pro, Johnny Farrell, and two members, while others watched.

    Playing from the 165-yard members tee, Farrell and the two others each hit balls on the green. Jones stepped up and swung his 4-iron. His ball landed on the green and rolled into the cup for a hole in one. Turning to the assembly, Jones said: ''Gentlemen, the hole is fair. Eminently fair.''

    As we know from his work at Palmetto Dunes, Jones’s designs embody three cardinal virtues: beauty, challenge and flexibility. Jones was dedicated to the proposition that all golfers are not created equal. By incorporating his distinctive, elongated “runway” tees — some as long as 100 yards — Jones made it possible for average golfers to play the same course.

    “The sun never sets,” he enjoyed saying, “on a Robert Trent Jones golf course.”

    In addition to his 21 United States Open courses, Jones worked on courses that have held the PGA Championship 17 times and on venues for the World Cup six times. He designed Valderrama in Spain, the site of the 1997 Ryder Cup matches, and the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club course in Virginia, the site of three President’s Cup matches.

    Jones collaborated with Bobby Jones in designing Atlanta’s Peachtree Golf Club, and in the late 1940s, he worked with Jones on the redesign of the 11th and 16th holes at Augusta National — annual site of the Masters — famously turning No. 16 into one of the world’s greatest and most beautiful one-shotters.

    He created a putting green at the White House for President Eisenhower, as well as a hole with three different tees at Camp David, the president's weekend retreat in Maryland. Jones's clients included the Rockefeller family, the Aga Khan and King Hassan II of Morocco.

    His resume also includes American gems such as Spyglass Hill in Pebble Beach, Calif., Mauna Kea in Hawaii, The Dunes in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Golden Horseshoe in Williamsburg, Va. In semi-retirement, he and his protégé, Roger Rulewich, helped transform the economy of an entire state with the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Alabama.

    Jones, who for most of his career worked out of offices in Montclair, N.J., passed away in 2000 at age 93. His legacy rests with his two sons, Robert (‘Bobby’) Trent Jones Jr. (born 1939) and Rees Jones (born 1941), both among the world’s preeminent golf course architects. Together the three formed the “first family of American golf.”

    ''You look at a piece of ground,'' Jones Sr., once said, ''and you know instinctively what makes a great hole. There is a flow and rhythm that you can feel. You think how to stake it out, and then use logic to make the right choice. It's like a jigsaw puzzle. But you have to play golf well, too.”

    Those of us at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort will never forget the second half of the 20th century’s most prolific golf course architect. We take great pride that the name Robert Trent Jones Sr., will live on here forever.

  • Posted on 11th Jun 2018, 8:13 am

    2018 Father’s Day Gift Guide

    June is here, golf season is in full swing, and Father’s Day is just around the corner! Celebrate dad and everything he does for you with the perfect gift. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite ideas for our 2018 Father’s Day gift guide.

    For the Golfing Dad:

    A New Golf Bag

    A new set of clubs can be a sizeable investment, but if you’re looking for a gesture that your golf-loving dad will appreciate and use time and time again, a new golf bag is just the thing! Some of the brands we love most (and sell in our Pro Shops) are Puma, Titleist, Nike, and Adidas.

    SwingFit Session

    Your father will flip over this incredible gift! A fitting session and swing analysis with SwingFit can take points off his game, improve ease of play, and will have your golf-loving dad feeling like a pro! Learn more about Swing Fit.

    For the Stylish Dad:

    A Razor Subscription

    Help dad keep his stubble in check with a stylish razor and grooming subscription, like Harry’s—high quality razors and shaving supplies delivered to your door. Does dad have a beard? Get him some beard oil, or a beard trim and treatment at your local barbershop.

    Some Cool New Duds

    Help your dad keep cool in that Southern summer heat with a pair of shorts and a moisture-wicking golf shirt. We’ve got all of the hottest brands in our Pro Shops, as well as our online store! If you’ve got more of a dapper dad, you can’t go wrong with a classic cotton button down or tie clip!

    For the Outdoor-Loving Dad:

    Sunglasses


    Photo credit: Costa del Mar Twitter

    Costa del Mar are the best for a reason. Get a pair at Shelter Cove Marina's Ship's Store so Dad will be able to see clear, bright colors whether he’s out running errands, on a boat tour, or on the golf greens.

    Cooler

    When you’re at Palmetto Dunes, a refreshing drink or delicious snack is never too far away, but for the dad who loves to get outdoors and away from it all, a cooler is the perfect Father’s Day gift! We love this one from Otterbox. Oh, and did we mention this cooler would also be ideal for packing a picnic for the beach?

    For Your Father the Gourmand:

    Coffee Maker


    When you’re staying at Palmetto Dunes, the best cup of joe is at the General Store (of course!) but to wow dad on Father’s Day why not set him up for success each and every morning with a perfect cup of coffee? Whether you choose basic or top-of-the-line, he’s sure to love it.

    Cookbook + BBQ Tools

    The sun is shining, the temperature is climbing, in Lowcountry that can only mean one thing: barbecue! If your father is a foodie, help him master the grill with a cookbook filled with delectable barbecue recipes Throw in a new set of BBQ tools and dad will be cooking up a storm in no time!

    Of course, the thing dad will love most is spending time together! And we can’t think of a better place to do that than with a family getaway to Palmetto Dunes. Happy Father’s Day!

  • Posted on 16th Apr 2018, 6:55 pm

    Consider yourself cordially invited — to enjoy golf

    Today, more than 3,000 people will enjoy golf at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort or on one of Hilton Head Island’s nearly two-dozen championship golf courses. Eighteen of the courses are open to the public and seven have been ranked among the nation’s Top 100. All three golf courses at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort have been awarded the South Carolina “Golf Course of the Year.”

    Palmetto Dunes Director of Instruction Doug Weaver, a former PGA Tour professional and a member of the South Carolina Golf Hall of Fame, invites you to play or take a lesson today for a number of reasons.

    This is the time to play, Doug says, because the average temperature in May is 84 for a high and 63 at night. Humidity is low and the breeze is refreshing. The average rainfall is only 3 inches so leave your umbrella in the car.

    The sunrise is at 6:30 AM and tee times start at 6:45 AM, so you can be back to the group and go to the pool or beach for the rest of the day. The sun sets close to 8:30 PM, so you can go to the beach or fish all day and then start later and come play while watching the birds do their final fishing then bedding down in the rookery. Also, the deer will come out and watch you as they graze.

    More than 500 people will take golf instruction on the island today. Doug says they will experience:

    • The exhilaration of the ball rocketing off the clubface and flying straight to the target.
    • An 80-year-old man will realize he still can play golf and experience the personal satisfaction of a well-struck shot. He can play proudly with his grandchildren.
    • A 3-year-old girl will sing songs and learn she can putt the ball in the hole consistently from 5 feet. That child will be challenged to putt with their eyes closed.
    • Families will play golf together. They will laugh and giggle having success and failure together. Dad may even let them sit in his lap and drive the cart with them.
    • A mother of three kids will discover she can join the rest of the family on the course after taking the Ladies Only Class. She is saying “this is not a strenuous game now that I know how to swing correctly.”
    • The husband is happy now because he gets an extra day of golf because his wife and kids are coming with him.
    • The 10-year-old boy or girl that lacks confidence will discover “I can do this.” I asked one young man named Bobby why he likes golf and dislikes soccer, baseball and basketball. He pondered the question and then replied, “The ball waits on me.” Another young lady named Susie later shared with me that she likes golf because no one is yelling at her to run faster and hustle more.
    • The introverts can go be by themselves and be challenged by golf — not needing anyone else to enjoy this interesting game and beautiful day.
    • The hard-working person that needs outdoor activity that does not require a lot mentally or physically will be refreshed and energized by the best natural medicines: fresh air, big skies and light activity

    Doug Weaver and the rest of the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort team cordially invite you to play golf this week so you can make your own discovery of this wonderful game for a lifetime. Come join Doug and his staff every Monday from 4-5 PM at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course and enjoy the hands-on, interactive class and demonstration that will introduce you to the game of golf with a smile on your face.