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  • 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.

  • Posted on 9th Apr 2018, 12:05 pm

    Tips for Starting Your Golf Season Off Right

    Spring has sprung, the sun gets warmer with every day, the birds are chirping, flowers are in bloom. This is a beautiful time of year to be on Hilton Head Island, and the perfect time to brush the dust off those clubs and get swinging in preparation for the best season of the year: golf season!

    We spoke with the golf pros at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort to get some tips on how to get ready for the upcoming golf season so that you can get right back into the swing of things on your next golf getaway.

    Tip #1: Loosen Up

    If you’ve been away from the greens all winter long, you’re probably tempted to head straight for the driving range, but before you do make sure you warm up to reduce the risk of injury. Try some arm and leg swings and dynamic torso swings, followed by a series of practice swings, warming up from a half swing to full swing before you even tee up. It’s also a good idea to stretch before and after your round whenever you golf, but especially for the first few rounds of the year.

    Tip #2: Get Your Equipment Up to Par

    Your golf gear should help, not hinder. So take inventory of what you have and what you might need. Give your grips a good clean, or even get some new ones! (You won’t believe the difference a properly sized grip can make). Get your wedges tested for loft and bounce. You could even book in with SwingFit when you first arrive at Palmetto Dunes to get a full club and swing analysis!

    How are your golf shoes holding up? Is it time for a new pair—or at least some new cleats? Why not do a quick spring cleaning of your golf bag, replenishing anything that is running low and wiping out last year’s grime.

    Tip #3: Practice Your Grip

    Now's the time to reacquaint yourself with your golf clubs so relax, grab your clubs and practice your grip. Take care to notice your stance, where you're tense, and spend some time practicing some swings until you're back to feeling perfectly comfortable.

    Tip #4: Putt ‘Er Up

    You don’t need a golf course to practice your putting—a crucial part of your game—so take the time to work on your short game before your season starts. Start practicing your putt from two feet and gradually increase your distance, or consider using some putting aids to help you regain and improve your accuracy and consistency.

    Tip #5: Find Your Touch

    Putts aren’t the only swing worth practicing; you can also reacquaint yourself with chipping and pitching using some simple practice exercises and one-handed drills. While you practice your swings, pay attention to your fundamentals—breaking down your swing to build it back up again will have you starting your season off strong.

    Tip #6: Stay In Shape

    Maintaining a base level of fitness in the off-season can make a world of difference once you get back on the greens. If you like to walk (or bike) your courses, keep your cardio up with regular walks, jogs, or bike rides. Keeping your glutes and core strong will do wonders for your drives—and comfort level—when you get back at it. Exercises like deadlifts, squats, and Russian twists are excellent for maintaining stability in these areas.

    Tip #7: Set Some Goals

    As we all know too well, golf is a game of patience. So before you launch into the golf season, consider making the time to come up with some realistic, measurable goals to work on over the summer. Throughout your golf season, why not start tracking your stats by recording not only what you shot, but why you shot a particular number. Use your scorecard or a golf app to track stats like number of fairways hit, number of putts, so you can start to really see where your strengths (and weaknesses) lie.

    Tip #8: Start Planning!

    Find the golf package that is right for you and start planning your Hilton Head Island golf getaway! Here at Palmetto Dunes, not only do we have three award-winning golf courses for you to play, our incredible golf instructors offer clinics, lessons and golf academies throughout the week (and year!).

  • Posted on 30th Mar 2018, 9:47 am

    At Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, the start of the golf season puts spring in our step

    Tiger Woods is healthy again and back on the prowl. The ageless Phil Mickelson is playing some of the best golf of his illustrious career. Two-time Masters champ Bubba Watson dominated the recent Match-Play Championship. Young guns such as Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth can strike at any time. Not to mention uber-talents like Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Rickie Fowler.

    If you can’t tell, those of us at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort are excited about the 2018 golf season. We look at the Masters and, of course, the RBC Heritage of Golf on our own Hilton Head Island, as the true start of the season.

    Tiger, Phil and many other members of the PGA Tour have honed their talents at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort during the years — all part of Palmetto Dunes’ rich history, celebrated in 2018 with our 50th Palmetto Dunes’ rich history, celebrated in 2018 with our 50th anniversary anniversary!

    Palmetto Dunes visitors can “get their plaid on” during the Heritage Golf Tournament, which will be played on Hilton Head Island the week following the Masters, April 9-15. The Heritage of Golf Stay & Play Special includes three nights, two rounds of golf, tournament badges and more.

    The Heritage of Golf Stay & Play Package

    • Three nights in a two-bedroom villa at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort
    • Two rounds of golf for four players to play on our three top rated championship courses
    • Four RBC Heritage Golf Tournament tickets (ground ticket or practice round ticket)
    • One $50 Palmetto Dunes Resort gift card
    • 10% resort dining at The Dunes House, Big Jim's & Alexander's Restaurant
    • 20% off bike/kayak/canoe rentals at Hilton Head Outfitters located inside Palmetto Dunes Resort

    (*Based on availability and pricing subject to change. Pricing above based on quad occupancy in a 2 bedroom villa. Valid for stays between April 7-16, 2018. Must book by March 31st, 2018. May not be combined with any other offer.) Call (866) 744-7558 to get a package quote today.

    Need help with your swing while you’re here? Schedule a lesson at Hilton Head Island's No. 1 Golf Academy and the second-best instructor in the state of South Carolina, Doug Weaver. The Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy offers nine distinct programs, seven teaching pros and game-changing instruction. Join us each Monday for a free golf clinic at the Jones Course. Ask questions of Weaver, a former PGA Tour player and his talented staff. Unsure which golf school is right for you? Contact Doug Weaver at DWeaver@PalmettoDunes.com or call (866) 744-7558.

  • Posted on 5th Feb 2018, 5:26 pm

    The 8 Coolest Things We Saw at the PGA Show

    While the 65th PGA Merchandise Show has come and gone, from the look of things, the game of golf appears to be alive and vibrant.

    More than 40,000 global attendees including 7,000-plus PGA Professionals flocked to Orlando in late January for this iconic trade show event that has long represented the heartbeat of the golf industry.

    Of course, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort was well represented, with a half-dozen staff members making the nearly five-hour trek south to help celebrate the game, while at the same time networking and exploring all the new products, services and trends in the golf industry.

    Our Palmetto Dunes reps filed an insiders report from the interactive PGA Show floor, which included a golf fitness, wellness & instruction stage, a golf travel pavilion, an equipment test center, a new product zone, an inventors spotlight, a performance textile fair, an adaptive golf center, a short-game area and much more.

    The PGA Show truly must be seen to be believed.

    Here’s our Palmetto Dunes ranking of the “8 Coolest Things We Saw at the PGA Show”:

    1. We know that just about every golfer would love to hit the ball farther and be more consistent off the tee. For golfers of all ages and abilities, the Superspeed Golf Training System is the fastest way to increase club head speed. More than 350 top touring professionals are currently using the SuperSpeed Golf Training System, including Phil Mickelson and 2017 Tour Championship winner Xander Schauffele.


    2017 Tour Championship winner Xander Schauffele endorses Superspeed Golf

    2. Although, as Palmetto Dunes Director of Golf Clark Sinclair says, stand-up putters “seem a repeat of many moons ago,” with the Bloodline Golf putter, golfers can align putts from a clearer perspective. Standing behind the face, you can see the club, ball, target line and hole without having to tilt your head or use your peripheral vision. How good is Bloodline Golf? Well, three different players with multiple major championship wins on the PGA Tour used Bloodline’s pioneering and premium design features last year alone.


    3. While we’re on the subject of putters, The Perfect Putter allows golfers of all levels to test their green reading abilities, work on their visualization of the true break on a putt and set up very effective practice drills to improve their putting. Used by numerous PGA Tour players including major champions Justin Rose and Jim Furyk, this device is great for golfers of all levels, from professionals to beginners.


    Justin Rose practicing with The Perfect Putter

    4. When it comes to drivers, the traditional hand-polishing process can lead to inconsistencies in face thickness and curvature between each manufactured driver head. “CNC precision milling” ensures that every driver face is machined to precise specifications to achieve optimal performance. Golf's first CNC precision milled forged titanium driver face with E9 technology is Cobra Golf’s KING F8, which the company describes as “thinner, hotter and more precise.” Sounds good to us!

    5. Our PGA Show attendees also reported that the new Callaway Rogue line of drivers looked great. With the Rogue, the company promises, “jailbreak distance with increased forgiveness.” A Golf Digest 2018 Hot List Gold Medal Winner, the Rogue Driver delivers exceptional ball speed from the combination of Callaway’s new Jailbreak Technology and X-Face VFT, plus increased MOI for a breakthrough in driver performance.

    6. The Flightscope Mevo can assist not only golfers, but soccer and baseball players as well. So, what is a “mevo,” you ask? Well, the mevo is a personal launch monitor with multi-sport capabilities designed for athletes to practice with a purpose. The technology was developed by FlightScope, a global high-tech company and industry leader in the development and manufacturing of sports technology. For golf, the Flightscope Mevo’s data parameters include carry distance, club head speed, ball speed, smash, vertical launch angle, spin, and height and flight time.

    7. One of the most talked-about announcements during the PGA Show was the Greg Norman’s SHARK partnering with Visage for a more enhanced golf experience. Norman's company will produce golf cart equipped with an HD-touchscreen that streams music, live sports and highlights, premium videos and golf tips from the Shark himself — all without disturbing other golfers who may be nearby. Along with the entertainment features, the carts will have food and beverage options, shot tracer and eventually hole-in-one technology that will give golfers an opportunity to win prizes if they record a hole-in-one. "We've taken TopGolf from the driving range to the golf cart,” said the two-time major champion.

    8. Pulling up the rear, if you will, in the new products area at the PGA Show there was a golf cart seat called Cool Ass Seats. That’s right, we said Cool Ass Seats. A replacement golf cart seat system currently only available for Club Car and EZGO Golf Car owners, these seats replace stock seats and have an internal element that will either cool or heat your golf cart seat. Whether cooling or heating, these revolutionary seating options provide climate-controlled comfort in all weather and seasonal conditions.

  • Posted on 22nd Jan 2018, 2:48 pm

    How to Improve Your Game During the Winter Months

    On a day when Hilton Head Island experienced its first significant snow fall in years, Carolinas PGA Teacher of the Year 2017 and Palmetto Dunes Director of Instruction Doug Weaver sat down to share some secrets to improving your golf game during the cold, winter months.


    Photo credit: Douglas Dershimer

    Many of you ask, “What I can do during the winter months?” Jack Nicklaus grew up in Columbus Ohio and he came out each spring ready to go. A few of the following ideas come from him. Many of his Januarys and Februarys were filled with basketball. The following are some ideas for you.

    1. Visit Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort for a week to thaw out and to stretch the muscles and play a few rounds of golf. This is a trip that will pay dividends in all areas of your life. Sunshine and outdoors are the best medicine for what is ailing you. Add a golf lesson to simplify your thoughts and enjoy a smooth round of golf on our championship courses.

    2. While at home watching TV, perform stretching and strengthening exercises slowly. Do this in the morning and again in the evening. I invite you to email me (dweaver@palmettodunes.com) requesting warm up and stretching protocols that we use in our Golf Mobility Class. Try these to get started: Warm up first by briskly walking around the house or neighborhood until you develop a sweat. While doing this swing your arms forward and back to loosen up your shoulders and to create a rhythm useful in golf. Pretend you are walking our George Fazio Golf Course. Now, do the common stretches you are familiar with. A. Touching your toes, while keeping your knees flexed B. Stand tall with feet shoulder width apart, cross your arms on your chest, rotate your torso to the right and to the left. C. Now take your golf posture and do the same. You can watch your favorite TV Program while doing this. D. Standing tall, slowly lift your right knee upwards toward your chest. Now do it with your left knee. E. Last one for now: stand tall, feet shoulder width apart, slowly reach high with both arms and stretch higher for five (5) seconds. Repeat three (3) times. Complete your session by walking briskly again and compare how you feel now compared to the beginning walk.

    3. Swing in a designated area of your house. No one wants to be practicing the wrong things even if it is without a ball in the house. Did Einstein really define insanity as "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results?” Consider doing this, having your swing analyzed by sending a video from your smartphone to dweaver@palmettodunes.com. I will return a video to you with suggestive drills and stretches.

    4. If you are staying home, go to your club’s driving range and hit off the mats. Take a broom for sweeping the snow off. Use your own lost and found golf balls because the Pro does not want you using his. These items can be attached to your pull cart or laid on a snow sled {sleigh}. Dress appropriately — your winter coat is excellent for teaching you to turn your body and keep your arms connected to your body. Your winter gloves can prove to you that a loose grip feels out of control yet produces more power and accuracy.

    5. Yogi Berra said, “golf is 90% mental and the other 10% we have to think a lot.” Lee Trevino said, “the best golf psychology is to blame your errors on someone or something else.” The winter is an excellent time to be proactive and take responsibility for your golf game’s improvement. Consider this: Do off-season research and education leading to reach the type of scores about which you’ve been dreaming. Better scores, less stress and more fun on the golf course in 2018 is what Jordan Spieth wants. He met with his entourage of coaches to determine a game plan for becoming No. 1 again. There are many books on this topic. Choosing what book or application are self-diagnoses. Attempting to teach yourself can be dangerous to your golf game. Jordan listened to his coaches. Make it easy by going to www.mentalgolfworkshop.com. First, peruse the website, and read testimonials and learn how it works. If you choose to do this, use the access word: palmetto, this will connect you with me in for one free consultation Q-and-A.

    6. Swing Fit at Palmetto Dunes Resort — Getting fit for clubs is easy, getting fit properly is not. That’s why Swing Fit’s sole focus is on fitting and building clubs that help golfers of all skill levels maximize the potential of their swing. Their data-driven fittings are performed by experienced fitters and leverage their extensive fitting matrix of club heads and shafts from all the major manufacturers. They have over 15,000 potential combinations from all the major manufacturers, so you get to test and feel the exact setup you will put into play. New clubs are an investment; their fitting specialists ensure you don’t waste money on the wrong ones. For scheduling a fitting call (855) 225-8214 or info@swingfitclubs.com. The fittings take place at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course.

    7. Remember the 6 P’s of putting: “proper posture promotes the proper path of the putter.” Putting can be included in your indoor practice. Use a glass that “tings” when the ball hits it. Remember, the winter is time to improve your process or the technique. This will lead to more rapid and lasting improvement. Email me a video of your stroke. When videoing the stroke, imagine and seriously role-play that it’s in front of your group with all the money riding on it.

    8. Take Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy’s 2- or 3-Day Schools and find success fast with hands on instruction in 1:1 or small group environments. The agenda covers all areas of the game and playing the courses. The schools begin before you leave home. First you will complete a questionnaire that will help the Instructor develop a game plan. Optional, is the Mental Golf Workshop profile completed while at home and discussed before you arrive. This allows you time absorb what is learned and begin to apply the info as you prepare.

    9. Email me your questions in January or February to get a head start on better golf in 2018: dweaver@palmettodunes.com.

    10. Thank you for reading our blog post!

  • Posted on 6th Dec 2017, 9:42 am

    Palmetto Dunes Holiday Gift Guide

    It’s that time of year again! Time to start searching for the perfect gift to put a smile on the faces of your loved ones. Luckily for you, we at Palmetto Dunes are shopping pros! Not only do we have a wonderful selection of stores at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, the helpful staff at our tennis and golf pro shops are happy to help you choose a thoughtful and memorable gift.

    For the golfer in your life, our very own Doug Weaver put together his wish list, The 12 Golf Gifts of Christmas:

    1. Personalized Titleist golf balls and bag tags. Titleist is one of the top names in golf for a reason. Their golf balls are specially formulated and designed to deliver the performance you need with every shot.

    2. Palmetto Dunes hats. With plenty of variety and styles, there’s a logoed hat for every one! Plus, you can buy one get one half off at Palmetto Dunes Pro Shops.

    3. Pre-paid rounds of golf. Did you know that you could make a tee time and pre-pay it? You can also get a gift card for so the golfer on your list can choose which of our three beautiful courses to play.

    4. Dress for success. So maybe your loved one can’t play like Jordan Speith or Lexi Thompson. That doesn’t mean he or she can’t dress like a pro! Send your golfer onto the green dressed to impress with golf wear by Under Armour, Peter Millar, Polo RLX, Nike, and more!

    5. A lesson with a nurturing PGA Professional will allow your golfer to create memories and get better at a game they love. Give them the know-how they need to play better golf. Private lessons include a digital video analysis, emailed notes, personalized golf instruction, 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.

    6. Protect your loved-one’s clubs with attractive headcovers. Some of our favorites are PRG leather embroidered headcovers and Just 4 Golf covers. Visit our Pro Shops to find the perfect set.

    7. Whether you pick a lightweight carry bag or larger staff bag, one thing is for sure; a golf bag makes a perfect gift for the golfer in your life! Visit our online shop and have your golfer looking like a true professional. PLUS receive 20% everything in our online store now and ALWAYS free shipping!

    8. A well-fitted putter can help your golfer lower his or her score. We love the Odyssey Putters like the Tour players use because they utilize leading golf technology and can be matched to the player.

    9. Footjoy Windshirts are attractive and wearable year around! Keep your golfer comfortable and stylish out on our Hilton Head golf courses regardless of the weather!

    10. For the times when your golfer can’t get out on the course, a must-have golf book is just the thing! Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book: Lessons and Teachings from a Lifetime in Golf is a classic pick that will help your golfer improve his or her game.

    11. Custom Clubs. Did you know that SwingFit at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course at Palmetto Dunes is the only clubfitter in Hilton Head Island to be recognizes on Golf Digest’s List of 100 Best Clubfitters? Book your golfer in with SwingFit and their custom-fitted clubs will have them swinging better and scoring lower in 2018!

    12. Someone to play with! The best medicine is fresh air and time playing on the course with a professional. Play with a pro and learn as you 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 not having fun. Awaken your golfer’s love of the game with time with a coach, who reminds them 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, call our pro shop at 843-785-1155. We will help you find a gift that will be cherished for many years and we LOVE special orders!

  • Posted on 17th Nov 2017, 1:26 pm

    Palmetto Dunes Golf Stays Busy as the Holidays Arrive

    As the holiday season approaches, activity around the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort golf courses has not slowed down a bit.


    Photo credit @aedreams

    October was an exceptional month on the links and on one recent chilly, mid-November day, Palmetto Dunes Director of Golf Clark Sinclair said he had nearly 160 golfers. This included one group of 90 Canadians staying for a month, who have spread the word about Palmetto Dunes through the years and who enjoy traveling in a pack.

    “We've got a lot of northerners and Canadians from all provinces,” said Sinclair.


    Photo credit @s2key13

    Sinclair said the three courses are in tip-top shape. “The Zoysia greens are in near perfect condition during the winter,” he said. “We over-seeded the Hills and Jones Courses, but did not over-seed the Fazio Course.”

    Sinclair said now that the weather has started to cool, Palmetto Dunes popular “golf bikes” are being used more than during the heat of the summer. And, for the particularly health-conscious, the courses allow golfers to walk the courses year-round. Finally, Sinclair said, the four-player golf carts offered by Palmetto Dunes were “super popular” during the spring and summer months, particularly for families who wanted to tour the links together.

    Speaking of the holiday spirit, Visage Mobile Golf Information System will be added to the Hills Course fleet of golf carts in December, meaning all three golf courses will now enjoy this cutting-edge technology that serves as “fleet diagnostician, marshal, ranger, concierge, caddie, marketing assistant, security officer and goodwill ambassador.”

    Want to give your special golfer a Christmas present they will remember forever? Give them a visit to SwingFit, the expert club-fitting service at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.. SwingFit is headed by Chris Wycoff, who has been once again named one of Golf Digest magazine’s "Top 100 Club Fitters” in America for 2017-2018. “Swing Fit is doing very well with steady traffic most of the time,” Sinclair said. “We enjoy having this offering because we are a full-service resort and we are offering golfers the ultimate in club-fitting precision.”


    Photo credit @corrigan872

    Sinclair added that the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour will be coming to the Fazio Course Nov. 18-19 for the Hilton Head Junior Challenge, with players from up and down the east coast including plenty of local, Hilton Head-area talent.

    Palmetto Dunes offers numerous packages and specials throughout the year that can be catered to your needs including packages for golf, tennis, spa, family, romance, weddings and seasonal, not to mention some very enticing group offers.

    Clearly, when the holiday season rolls around, there is no better place to be than Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.

  • Posted on 27th Oct 2017, 1:33 pm

    5 Pro Golf Tips For Beginners

    At Palmetto Dunes, life is simply better on the golf course! With three superb courses, top-notch golf pros, daily lessons—not to mention complimentary golf clinics on Monday nights—and fully-stocked pro shops, it’s no surprise that novices and golf legends alike are drawn to our oceanfront resort to perfect their game. To help inspire your next golf trip to Palmetto Dunes, here are 5 golf tips from the pros:

    Palmetto Dunes has not one, not two, but three (yes, you heard us right!) world-class courses to choose from—each guaranteed put your swing to the test! The Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Course, South Carolina’s Golf Course of the Year, the George Fazio Course, Hilton Head Island’s only par-70 public golf course, and the award-winning, Arthur Hills Course, challenge and delight golfers of all levels. No matter which you choose, you can trust that your time on the course will be memorable.

    At Palmetto Dunes, not only can you “smell the roses” but you can take in the natural beauty of this South Carolina sea island, including rolling dunes, ocean views, and iconic Lowcountry scenery. On top of that, but you can admire the dozens of species of birds as well as alligators and deer that call the island home. In fact, the scenic Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Course has been named a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” for its commitment to providing a sanctuary for wildlife.

    We couldn’t agree more with this quote—that’s why Palmetto Dunes operates one of the finest golf academies in the world. With golf lessons, clinics, and instruction available to golfers of all ages and levels, you’ll be just at the top of your game before you know it—now that’s lucky!

    It’s fair to say the more you play, the better you’ll get—and, of course, the more fun you’ll have! Fortunately, our golf packages offer you the chance to play plenty during your stay at Palmetto Dunes.

    The golf courses at Palmetto Dunes are open year-round, giving you plenty of chances to come back and play like a champion!

    Do these professional tips have you feeling inspired to hit the course? Let us help you plan your perfect golf trip!

  • Posted on 18th Sep 2017, 10:20 am

    Arthur Hills is One of History's Best, If Most Underrated, Golf Course Architects


    Photo via GolfConversations.com

    Among the pantheon of renowned golf course architects, Arthur Hills may not be as well known as some of his contemporaries — names like Robert Trent Jones, Pete Dye or Tom Fazio — but Hills’ body of work during a career spanning six decades ranks up there with anyone.

    His work at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort is a perfect example. Opened in 1986, the Arthur Hills Course at Palmetto Dunes is 6,651 yards of rolling landscape. Taking full advantage of the natural beauty of this South Carolina sea island, his spectacular layout represents a careful blend of beauty and challenge.

    True to the resort’s name, palmettos and dunes are scattered throughout the golf course, along with mature, Spanish-moss-covered live oaks. The tree-lined fairways and an ocean breeze add more teeth, while water hazards also come into play on more than half of the 18 spectacular holes.

    When they were in college, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson honed their golfing skills on the Arthur Hills Course at Palmetto Dunes. President Bill Clinton, who annually began visiting Palmetto Dunes during the late 1990s, called the Arthur Hills Course his favorite of the resort's three outstanding golf courses. The Hills Course is a mainstay among the South Carolina "Best You Can Play" and was previously named the Palmetto State’s “Course of the Year.”

    Now 87 years young, Hills has designed more than 200 new golf courses around the world and has been called upon to refine or renovate more than 125 others including some of the country’s most renowned clubs such as Congressional, Oakmont, Oakland Hills and Inverness. Twenty-eight Hills-designed courses have been selected as USGA, PGA, LPGA, NCAA and PGA of America tournament venues.

    Down-to-earth, personable, friendly and willing to share his wisdom, Hills is a past president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects. He was voted the “Architect of the Year” in 1991 and 1998, and was Boardroom Magazine’s “Architect of the Year” in 2002. A proficient golfer back in his day, Hills was the captain of his Michigan State golf team and won the 1950 Ann Arbor City Championship. He was voted into the Ohio Golf Hall of Fame in 1993.

    "My design philosophy comes from a very traditional or historic approach to the game," Hills said. "I’ve always admired the more traditional courses like Pinehurst No. 2, Shinnecock Hills, Cypress Point, Seminole, Prairie Dunes, Inverness and Merion."

    Hills' design objectives include the nature of the land that minimizes earth moving. "We also always keep in mind the strategy of the game and the elements that provide beauty in a golf course — textures and colors, shadowing and framing," he says.

    Hills has also written about designing golf holes from the green complex back to the tee, not from tee to green. Shot angles, interesting grasses and plants, gently plateaued greens, waters and views also come into the design work.

    "All of these subtleties help us build a fair and balanced course which is both aesthetically pleasing and strategically sound," Hills said.

    The next time you play the Arthur Hills Course at Palmetto Dunes, enjoy the knowledge that you are playing a design by one of history’s best — and most underrated — golf course architects.

    Search tee time availability at the Arthur Hills Golf Course here.

  • Posted on 27th Jul 2017, 10:47 am

    How to stay fit on your vacation

    Sure, at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort we know that when you take a vacation, your main goal is to relax and have fun. We also know that relaxing and having fun does not necessarily translate into staying fit.

    However, when you are visiting Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, enjoying your vacation and staying fit do not have to be mutually exclusive. We offer plenty of ways you can relax, enjoy your vacation AND stay fit at the same time! Condé Nast Traveler named Palmetto Dunes one of the country’s top 50 mainland resorts, which is why vacationers never run out of things to do at this beautiful, 2,000-acre locale.

    From biking and fishing to surfing and paddleboarding, plus kayaking and canoeing the Palmetto Dunes lagoon, if you want to explore the island while engaging in some fun physical fitness, Hilton Head Outfitters is the place to go. They offer free delivery and pick-up for bikes rented for three days or more and they offer the largest bike fleet on the island. If you’re feeling particularly motivated, Hilton Head Outfitters can also teach you how to surf.

    Of course, Palmetto Dunes is probably best known for its world-class golf. A trio of outstanding courses to choose from designed by three legends of the game: Robert Trent Jones, Arthur Hills and George Fazio. The Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy is a leader in providing quality golf lessons, instruction and support, offering nine distinct programs for golfers of all ages. Fifteen teaching pros, including some former PGA Tour professionals, provide hands-on instruction for all skill levels.

    Want to run around and swing the racket, instead? Well, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort is also the ultimate tennis vacation destination for anyone who wants to improve his or her court skills. The resort has been ranked among “The 50 Greatest U.S. Tennis Resorts” by Tennis Magazine, ranked No. 4 in the world for instruction and programming, ranked No. 3 in the world for overall children’s programs, ranked No. 2 in the world for best tennis pro shop and ranked in Top 25 in the world overall by Tennis Resorts Online. We also now offer Pickleball and POP Tennis, which are rapidly growing racket sports that can be enjoyed by all ages.

    So, when you visit Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, plan on relaxing and having fun… but don’t plan on getting soft while you’re here!