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  • 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!

  • Posted on 10th Jul 2017, 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 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 27th Jun 2017, 10:39 am

    20 Ways to Enjoy the Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy

    Our longtime Director of Golf Instruction, Doug Weaver, was recently selected for induction into the Lowcountry Golf Hall of Fame. In 2016, his colleagues voted Doug as Golf Digest magazine’s No. 2 Instructor in South Carolina and he was named the Hilton Head Island PGA chapter's “Teacher of the Year.”

    At Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy, Doug and his team present a holistic, keep-it-simple approach to learning golf. The resort atmosphere is service oriented, classy and relaxed. The coaching style is the same, turning many students into better golfers.

    Here, Doug offers some insider tips for enjoying the Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy:

    1. Parents Night Out

    Enjoy some rare free time with your spouse while your children are having fun and learning golf.

    2. Family Golf School

    “Together” is an important word in vacation. Those who play together stay together. Create great memories and have photos and videos emailed to you

    3. Digital swing analysis

    See your swing in slow motion and with all the bells and whistles that will lower your scores fast.

    4. Playing lessons on the course

    Play with the pro and learn as you go. Play with a two-time U.S. Open contender and record holder.

    5. 7 am -8 pm lesson options

    Get up early to enhance your game and be back home before breakfast.

    6. Free Golf Clinic Monday 4-5 pm

    Come try golf for free. Be a volunteer. Win a prize. This class is interactive, hands on and entertaining.

    7. Dunes Buggy

    Free taxi to and from the lesson. Let others have the car to go shopping

    8. Ladies Only Class

    The ladies love the gracious patient and nurturing teaching style. It will be fun and cool

    9. Free Bows and Arrows

    If you didn’t bring your clubs on your vacation but still want to try the Academy, all equipment is provided for free

    10. Junior Classes in the Morning or Afternoon.

    Introduce your children to golf — a game for a lifetime!

    11. Junior Classes featuring Video Instruction

    Kids love the exhilaration of a great shot. They also like to observe themselves on video swinging and seeing the ball fly away. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth 10,000 words!

    12. Lil’ Swingers for 3-7 year olds

    Learn Simple songs that provide rhythm, instruction and structure. This creates success leading to self-confidence and a desire to play. Parents will also learn how to coach their own lil’ golfer.

    13. Online lessons

    Email your video to Doug Weaver at dweaver@palmettodunes.com and Doug will respond with his wisdom.

    14. Power and Distance

    Who wants more distance? Come to this class and learn to use the five major power sources in the golf swing … and gain yardage.

    15. Short Game 1

    Have you three putted lately? Have you flubbed a chip? This class will lower your score fast and simple.

    16. Short Game 2

    On the course training where you will practice like the tour players. Led by a former PGA Tour Player — and big fun!

    17. Private Lessons

    Work one-on-one on whatever you want, when it its convenient for you.

    18. Back to Basics

    Focus on your fundamentals on the four major shots and golf will be more fun.

    19. Putting

    Forty percent of the game is putting. Drop your score by five shots … fast!

    20. Mental Golf Workshop

    Concentrate better and learn to simplify your game without changing your mechanics. This is an online class that amazes every student!

    To sign up for one of Weaver’s free, Monday clinics at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort or any of its other world-class golf instruction programs, please call (866) 455-6890 or click here to learn more.

  • Posted on 14th Jun 2017, 10:41 am

    U.S. Open brings to mind our own Robert Trent Jones Sr.

    As the U.S. Open rolls around this week, those of us at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort can’t help but think about our own, Robert Trent Jones Sr., who not only designed the resort’s original golf course in 1967, but also was the original “U.S. Open Doctor.”


    Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Course at Palmetto Dunes Resort

    In his seven decades as golf's most prolific architect, Robert Trent Jones Sr. (1906-2000) logged an estimated eight million miles of travel while creating or remodeling more than 400 courses in 45 states in the U.S. and 35 countries worldwide, including more courses — 79 — that have hosted national championships than any other golf architect.


    Robert Trent Jones Sr.

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

    Through the years, Mr. Jones worked on 21 courses that would hold the U.S. Open, notably Oakland Hills in Birmingham, Mich., in 1951. None of the world's best golfers broke par 70 that year until the final day when Ben Hogan, the winner, shot 67 and Clayton Heafner shot 69.

    At the presentation ceremony, Hogan said, “I’m glad I brought this course, this monster, to its knees.”

    The architect known as “Trent” was infamous for his sadistic use of huge bunkers, ponds, creeks and undulating greens that would often anger the touring pros, especially during the U.S. Open. Mr. 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 often said. “I make them play par.”

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

    Playing from the 165-yard members tee, Mr. Farrell and the two members each hit balls on the green. Mr. 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 assembled members, he said: “Gentlemen, the hole is fair. Eminently fair.”

    In addition to 21 U.S. Open courses, Mr. Jones worked on a dozen courses that have held the PGA Championship and six that held the World Cup. He designed Valderrama in Spain, the site of the 1997 Ryder Cup matches, and the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club course in Manassas, Va. — where former President Obama is reported to have recently joined — site of four Presidents Cup matches.

    Mr. Jones was the first architect inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. He was a founding member and a former president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) and the first recipient of its Donald Ross Award. Perhaps not coincidently, Mr. Jones’s death came on the eve of the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, where Tiger Woods won by a record-setting 15 strokes.

    Of course, at Palmetto Dunes we are well aware that this is also Father's Day weekend and Mr. Jones was certainly a good father, too. His two sons, acclaimed architects in their own right, have made an impact on the U.S. Open as well. Bobby Jr., inherited his father’s name, but Rees earned his father’s moniker, “The Open Doctor,” through his renovations of national championship sites, including Torrey Pines and Bethpage Black. The 2015 U.S. Open was contested at Chambers Bay, the first Robert Trent Jones Jr. course to host our national championship.

    During this U.S. Open week, visit Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort and enjoy the resort’s original golf course while playing tribute to its mastermind, the original “U.S. Open Doctor,” Robert Trent Jones Sr.