“Golf has fireworks!” says longtime Palmetto Dunes Director of Golf Instruction Doug Weaver.
“Golf is exhilarating and has moments of spectacular celebration,” Doug tells us.
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When — you might ask Doug — will we see these bright lights?
Or consider the following classes that provide equipment and can meet the needs of all skill levels:
Doug Weaver believes that those experiences … and many others on and around the golf course … will allow you to enjoy personal fireworks that you never thought possible.
“Golf is a game for a lifetime,” Doug likes to say. “Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Bring someone close to you and learn to enjoy and love golf.”
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Longtime Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort Golf Academy Director & PGA Teacher of the Year for North and South Carolina, Doug Weaver made U.S. Open history three decades ago at storied Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y., which recently played host to the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship.
As a tour rookie in 1989, during a breathtaking span of one hour and 50 minutes, Doug became the first of four U.S. Open contenders at Oak Hill to ace the sixth hole. Nick Price, Jerry Pate and Mark Wiebe were the other three. The hole-in-one was Weaver’s eighth.
From right: Mark Weibe, Nick Price, Jerry Pate & Doug Weaver
News 8 and RochesterFirst.com sports anchor and reporter Thad Brown put together a video to commemorate the event at Oak Hill, including interviews with all four golfers and other witnesses that day 30 years ago. The video can be viewed here:
For Doug — who was inducted in the Lowcountry Golf Hall of Fame in 2017 and is consistently ranked among the state’s best instructors — that historic event became one of many professional highlights. He captured 14 mini-tour titles and played in PGA Tour events during six years spanning three decades, including three Top-25 finishes.
Jim Uremovich congratulates Doug on his 5-shot victory in the Old South Pro Am in March of 2019
Doug played and practiced with many of the game’s best including Tom Watson, Nick Faldo, Nick Price, Paul Azinger, Vijay Singh, Lee Trevino and Payne Stewart — and many others. He took lessons during the years from some other legends, including David Leadbetter, Harvie Ward, Davis Love Jr., and Sam Snead.
Doug — who first moved to Hilton Head as a 17-year-old prep athlete, later playing at Furman University alongside Brad Faxon — eventually returned to the island full time to teach and spend more time with his family.
All his PGA Tour experiences Doug firmly believes trained him well for his ultimate calling. “Today, I ask my students, ‘How much are you willing to invest?’ Doug said. “I know what it takes, and if you aren’t willing, I can help you with another game plan. But let’s be realistic and enjoy the journey.”
To sign up for one of Doug Weaver’s free, Monday clinics at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort or any of its other world-class golf instruction programs, please call 866-744-7558 or visit https://www.palmettodunes.com/golf/hilton-head-golf-instruction.
With three award-winning golf courses, enviable Pro Shops, and professional instructors, it’s no secret that we’re passionate about golf at Palmetto Dunes! On Tuesday, June 4, 2019, we’re celebrating some of our favorite golfers—women!
National Women’s Golf Day is celebrated across the globe, with special events happening in over 50 countries worldwide. So join us and the 50,000 other golfers who are supporting women and sharing their love of the sport.
Join us at our Robert Trent Jones course at 4 pm for a two-hour golf clinic lead by Krista Dunton and Dana Johnson. Get hands-on attention from these impressive women golf experts as you work on putting, chipping, driving, and more, all in the company of like-minded women who love golf and love learning.
Aching to get off the range and onto the course? Opt for our Women’s Golf Day 9-hole play deal, instead. Head out on the stunning Robert Trent Jones Course from 4–6 pm to get some holes in and enjoy the company of some golf-loving gals.
After engaging two hours of golf, make sure you stay for our Women’s Golf Day Social Hour. You can talk golf, or just meet some new people, all while sipping on complimentary beer and wine and enjoying some light appetizers.
Not only are these unique Women’s Golf Day events a fun way to engage, empower, and support women golfers, they’re affordable, with the two hours of golf and social hour priced at only $30.Register and pay online here
Can’t make it to Palmetto Dunes on June 4th? Treat the women golfers in your life to a round of their favorite game. A Palmetto Dunes gift card can go towards tee time on any of our courses and can even be used to be a round at the “19th hole”.
It’s outdoors, which in Hilton Head Island generally means beautiful, warm and sunny conditions. It also provides wonderful exercise! If you walk an 18-hole course, you can burn up to 1,400 calories. Palmetto Dunes Resort offers a fleet of nimble BagBoy pushcarts on all three golf courses. Our Tempo Walk caddies (available for a small rental fee) are perfect for enjoying a golf course with your gal pals without having to worry about carrying your irons. To pick up the pace, consider renting a golf bike. Aside from the chance for outdoor exercise, golf is also wonderfully social! It’s a chance to catch up and connect with girlfriends or your partner as you swing your way to victory.
As Bobby Jones once famously said, “golf is the closest game to the game we call life,” so get out and live a little with the golf loving women in your life! Show off your Women's Golf Day spirit by wearing red and white on June 4th and don’t forget to share the love by posting on social media, tagging @palmettodunessc and @womensgolfday. See you on the course.
At Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, every day is golf day.
Hey, what can we say? We’re surrounded by three award-winning golf courses designed by a trio of legendary names, not to mention outstanding golf instructors giving interactive lessons and clinics, a nationally recognized club-fitting service, the most stylish attire adorning our pro shops — and we could go on and on.
But there actually is an official National Golf Day… and in 2019, that day is May 1.
National Golf Day celebrates the game’s more than $84 billion economy, nearly $4 billion annual charitable impact and many environmental and fitness benefits.
Golf industry leaders travel to Washington, DC to meet with Members of Congress, the Executive Branch and federal agencies to discuss the game’s 15,000 diverse businesses, 2 million jobs impacted, tax revenue and tourism value.
WE ARE GOLF, a coalition of the game’s leading associations and industry partners, hosts the annual National Golf Day event in Washington, D.C.
The Community Service Project on the National Mall will occur on April 30. This year, the day includes turf restoration projects between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. There are opportunities to lay irrigation pipe along the Reflecting Pool, mow near the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and lay sod near the Washington Monument.
“Golf plays a substantial role in stimulating the American economy, as the industry impacts $58.7 billion in annual wage income,” says WE ARE GOLF Executive Director Steve Mona. “In addition to nearly 24 million U.S. golfers, a record-high 14.9 million are ‘very interested’ in playing the game, further cementing why it is vital to advocate on behalf of golf's interests with our country's lawmakers.”
Last year's event was the most successful to date. The public relations and social media campaign outreach exceeded 2017 numbers. Organizations who participated include the Club Managers Association of America, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, Ladies Professional Golf Association, National Alliance for Accessible Golf, National Golf Course Owners Association, PGA of America, PGA Tour, United States Golf Association, United States Golf Manufacturers Council, World Golf Foundation and others.
So, to celebrate National Golf Day, let’s see a show of hands — who is planning to do their part and leave work early to enjoy nine holes of golf at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort? And … if you really want to make a difference… make it 18!
The azaleas are popping, the birds are chirping, the iconic theme music is playing … and Jim Nantz is clearing his throat.
The golf world has hit that magical time of the year — Masters week.
Around Hilton Head Island, the arrival of the year’s first major championship, the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club, also signifies that our own RBC Heritage is close ahead — teeing off in just one week.
For the first time ever this year, golf fans around the world were treated to a peek inside the gates at Augusta National a week earlier than usual, with the debut of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur — where an international field of 72 women amateurs competed over 54 holes of stroke play. After 36 holes, the leading 30 players advanced to Saturday’s final round at Augusta National.
And, of course, as has become a recent tradition, on Sunday prior to the Masters final round, Augusta National played host to some of the country’s best up-and-coming junior golfers during the finals of the Drive, Chip and Putt competition.
Palmetto Dunes has long been a proponent of growing the game with women and junior golfers alike. The resort provides a varying array of tee boxes on all three of its championship courses to accommodate golfers of every level. The Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy offers a wide variety of programming aimed at all players, young and old, beginner or skilled alike.
And with SwingFit, the state-of-the-art club-fitting technology housed at the Robert Trent Jones clubhouse, Palmetto Dunes can custom fit golf clubs for anyone to ensure they are getting the most out of their equipment.
Not to mention all the other cutting-edge enhancements around the 54 award-winning holes of golf at Palmetto Dunes. “We’ve always tried to do things a little different here at Palmetto Dunes,” said Samm Wolfe, the head golf professional and general manager at the Arthur Hills Course. “We have a way of looking at things outside the box. All these things make us unique in the area.”
So that families can play together more enjoyably, Palmetto Dunes offers a dozen four-person golf carts that provide a sense of camaraderie and relationship building. All of the resort’s Club Car fleets of golf carts come equipped with Global Positioning System (GPS), as well as USB ports to charge cell phones and play music devices designed to suit a golfer’s functionality.
To further encourage walking, the resort has recently introduced a fleet of nimble BagBoy pushcarts by on all three golf courses, while golfers on the Jones and Fazio courses can test drive the new, autonomous golf caddie units called the “Tempo Walk” by Club Car, which enhance play while also fostering health and wellness.
In addition to the Tempo Walk, golfers can also pedal from hole to hole. The first resort in the Carolinas and along the East Coast to offer the revolutionary Golf Bike, Palmetto Dunes visitors can boost their calorie-burning quotient while teeing it up on a trio of the south's most beautiful and challenging courses.
All three of Palmetto Dunes’ magnificent layouts have been named South Carolina’s “Golf Course of the Year.”
“We can’t wait for our spring season,” said Wolfe. “Everything is starting to green up. Our tee sheets are busy and the golf courses are in great shape.”
Considering all the resort’s offerings on and away from the golf course, little wonder Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort was named No. 12 “Best Resort in the South” in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2018 Readers' Choice Awards and to the Top 25 World’s Best Family Getaways by Travel + Leisure. For information about activities or reservations, please call 877-567-6513 or visit www.palmettodunes.com.
Like clockwork every year, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort’s trio of golf courses receives some type of prestigious recognition.
The most recent honor goes to our Robert Trent Jones Course, which was recently named one of South Carolina’s “Top Courses Available for Public Play” in 2019 by the state’s Golf Course Ratings Panel.
A total of 32 courses across the state were named to the list by members of the ratings panel, which consists of about 120 media, golf business and avid player members. These individuals have been charged with the task of identifying the best that South Carolina golf has to offer.
“Once again, the South Carolina Golf Panel has recognized Palmetto Dunes for our outstanding golf offerings,” said Palmetto Dunes Director of Golf Clark Sinclair. “We are extremely proud of our trio of renowned golf layouts designed by legends of the game. The recognition from the prestigious golf panel further validates the feedback we receive from members and guests on a daily basis.”
The Robert Trent Jones Course is arguably the most well known of the three Palmetto Dunes designs. However, all three courses — including the Arthur Hills Course and the George Fazio Course — have been named South Carolina’s “Course of the Year” by the state’s Golf Course Owners Association and ranked among the state’s finest by the Ratings Panel.
The objective of the Ratings Panel is to promote excellence in golf course design and operations around the state through competitive rankings, education and public advocacy. The Panel serves as an ambassador for golf in South Carolina by striving to stimulate and facilitate the promotion and marketing of the outstanding golf courses, resorts, and real estate developments.
In odd-numbered years, the Panel releases a bi-annual listing of the best non-private courses in the state, called “The Best Courses You Can Play.” Every resort, public access, and daily fee course is eligible for this elite listing. In even-numbered years, the panel taps “South Carolina’s 50 Best Courses,” public or private.
In determining their ratings panelists consider the following criteria:
Information on previous rankings can be found on the organization's website www.scgolfpanel.org.
Classes will be conducted on Wednesday, March 27th, Tuesday, April 2nd and Tuesday, April 9th from 3 to 3:40 PM. The clinics will take place during the summer months, as well, with a weekly schedule to come.
Young children will be able to learn golf with proven methods — the kids will “own” their swing. There are numerous fun elements as well, including singing. Parents and kids will learn a song that will provide rhythm, relaxation and to-do list.
Golf clubs are included … and parent participation is required! Don’t forget to bring your camera. Cost is $30 per clinic.
The Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy wants the best of the best for its students. For juniors and ladies alike, lessons and daily clinics are available from PGA professionals, as well as Monday evening demonstrations and specialized programs, all under the direction of former PGA Tour player Doug Weaver, Palmetto Dunes’ highly respected Director of Instruction. The golf school includes a video analysis sent by email, on-course instruction, rules and etiquette lessons, the school’s video lending library, take-home materials, free range privileges, plus nine holes of golf daily on a space-available basis.
Palmetto Dunes prides itself on catering to up-and-coming golfers. Permanent junior tees at the Jones Course allow younger golfers and beginners to tackle a beautiful, 2,625-yard layout, while the Fazio Course also caters to juniors, with markings of 150 yards or less on the course.
Longtime Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort Director of Golf Instruction Doug Weaver, a former PGA Tour professional, fired a 66 on March 2nd to capture the 10th annual CPGA Old South EZ Go Pro-Am by five strokes.
Old South Director of Golf Jim Uremovich, host professional, congratulates Doug Weaver following Weaver’s round of 66 on March 2nd at the 10th annual CPGA Old South EZ Go Pro-Am. Weaver won the event by five strokes.
Twenty-one CPGA professionals led five-player teams competing at Old South Golf Links in Bluffton. Weaver’s squad, which consisted of residents of Palmetto Dunes Resort, finished third overall.
A Callaway Staff player, Weaver credited his equipment for the low round. “My transition to the Callaway Rogue Pro Irons and the Mac Daddy wedges has been very easy,” Weaver said. “Along with the dependability of the Chrome Soft Golf Balls, I have more confidence and can play more aggressively.”
Swingfit Clubfitting staff, Chris Wycoff and Mike Haddick was meticulous in matching the correct shaft, lofts and lies to allow me to play aggressively, said Weaver.
In 2017, Weaver was selected for induction into the Lowcountry Golf Hall of Fame.
He starred for a Hilton Head high school team before taking his talents to Furman University, where he played alongside fellow future PGA Tour player Brad Faxon.
Weaver’s professional breakthrough came in 1987 at the Zell Wood Country Club Open in Florida, where — despite playing in a final group with three former PGA Tour pros — he birdied the 72nd hole to capture his inaugural title.
Weaver went on to win 14 mini-tour events and earn his PGA Tour card in 1988. At the 1989 U.S. Open, he gained notoriety as one of four PGA Tour pros in less than a two-hour period to record a hole-in-one on the sixth hole at Oak Hill Country Club.
His colleagues have voted him as Golf Digest magazine’s No. 2 Instructor in South Carolina. Also, he has been named the Carolinas PGA “2017 Teacher of the Year” and Hilton Head Island PGA chapter's “ 2012 Teacher of the Year.” In addition, Weaver hosted a local TV golf show for more than a decade.
Pictured From Left: Craig Varrelman, Evan Greenplate, Doug Weaver, Jeff Druzak, Brian Greenplate. The team took 3rd out of 21 teams.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or text it to (843) 338-9598.
2. Come visit Doug at The Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy by calling (866) 744-7558.
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:
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.