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  • 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.


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    “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.

  • Posted on 20th Apr 2017, 3:17 pm

    SwingFit Recently Honored by Golf Digest

    SwingFit at Palmetto Dunes Resort, was recently honored by Golf Digest as one of America's Best Clubfitters for the third consecutive year.

    Another year, another honor for 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.

    Little wonder that Golf Digest has honored Wycoff for three years running now. He is a true equipment expert. Chris has written extensively about various aspects of club fitting for the golf news outlet www.golfwrx.com. Click here to read about topics such as "Finding the right wedge shaft for your game" or "Do lighter shafts increase clubhead speed?"

    You can also read more about Chris and SwingFit in this recent GolfAdvisor.com article.

    SwingFit’s approach includes more than 20,000 total club and shaft combinations, including Titleist, Cobra, Callaway, TaylorMade, Nike, Ping, Mizuno, Edel, Fujikura, Matrix, Aerotec Steelfiber, Nipon, KBS, TrueTemper, Accra, Paderson and others — using a data-driven process to improve performance by identifying the ideal combination of club, shaft and build specifications for each golfer.

    SwingFit has recently announced new arrivals of the TaylorMade M1 and M2 clubs, as well as the Callaway Epic driver, and will soon be receiving the new X line of woods from PXG and the Single Length Iron fitting system from Edel.

    We can’t think of a better way to get the perfect set of golf clubs in your hands than by going to see Chris and the crew at SwingFit. They are located at the Robert Trent Jones Course at Palmetto Dunes.

    Visit SwingFitClubs.com or call (855) 225-8214 for more information.

  • Posted on 10th Apr 2017, 10:25 am

    Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort Celebrates Heritage Week on Hilton Head

    Heritage Week around Hilton Head Island and the world-renowned Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort is one of the most popular times of the year.

    While PGA Tour players and fans are flocking to the island, Palmetto Dunes is enjoying a number of guest-friendly events. For starters, in celebration of Heritage Week, when you buy a dozen Chrome or Supersoft Callaway golf balls, you get a sleeve for free at the Robert Trent Jones pro shop located in Palmetto Dunes.

    Former PGA Tour player and longtime Palmetto Dunes Director of Instruction Doug Weaver kicked off the week Monday afternoon with a free golf exhibition at the Robert Trent Jones Course, where participants experienced Weaver’s effective and entertaining style. Tuesday is Travis Mathew Day, meaning customers receive 20 percent off all Travis Mathew products in the Robert Trent Jones pro shop, plus a free koozie, insulated bag and Travis Mathew hat with purchase.

    Next, it’s time to turn to golf equipment. On Tuesday, SwingFit instructors will conduct a “Beat Your Driver” event at the Robert Trent Jones Course, where golfers bring their driver and in 10 minutes, a Palmetto Dunes representative will beat their driver distance or consistency. If not, customers receive a $10 gift certificate to SwingFit. Wednesday afternoon from 1-4 pm will be an Edel Single Length Fitting Demonstration by SwingFit at the Robert Trent Jones Course.

    SwingFit is headed by Chris Wycoff, who has been named one of Golf Digest magazine’s “Top 100 Club Fitters.” SwingFit’s approach includes more than 20,000 total club and shaft combinations, including Titleist, Cobra, Callaway, TaylorMade, Nike, Ping, Mizuno, Edel, Fujikura, Matrix, Aerotec Steelfiber, Nipon, KBS, TrueTemper, Accra, Paderson and others — using a data-driven process to improve performance by identifying the ideal combination of club, shaft and build specifications for each golfer.

    Enjoy Heritage Week … and before you head down to the tournament or after your fun day of viewing, stop by the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort and enjoy all there is to offer.

    For more information, please call 877-567-6513.

  • Posted on 3rd Apr 2017, 1:01 pm

    Seven Myths About Golf Trips Everyone Thinks Are True

    1. Myth: You go on golf trips to get away from your family.

    Fact: You don’t go on golf trips to get away from your family. And if you did, you wouldn’t dare say it out loud. No, the more diplomatic approach involves talking about bonding time with your friends, badly needed relaxation (and exercise!) on the golf course and a healthy dose of culture away from the course. And for all that … Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort has got you well covered. Three award-winning golf courses designed by a trio of the game’s legends: Robert Trent Jones golf course, Arthur Hills golf course and George Fazio course. And plenty of culture including the Mediterranean-style Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina that features premium waterfront shopping and dining — everything from upscale clothing boutiques to fine art galleries, elegant restaurants and casual pubs overlooking the marina and waterfront — and is home to a wide variety of charters including nature cruises, dolphin tours, sport crabbing and fishing.

    2. Myth: On a golf trip, all you will have time for is hitting the links, eating (and drinking), and sleeping.

    Fact: At Palmetto Dunes, we know this isn’t the case. Our three courses are so conveniently located and there are sooo many other things to enjoy around here. Named to the top 25 World’s Best Family Getaways by Travel + Leisure, the resort features not only a trio of world-class golf courses, but also an award-winning tennis center, an 11-mile inland salt-water lagoon system for kayaking and fishing, and Hilton Head Outfitters for bike rentals, canoes, kayaks, fishing and much more. Play More. Do More. Get More. That’s the promise Palmetto Dunes fulfills every day for thousands of vacationers, golfers, tennis players, beach lovers, groups and nature lovers.

    3. Myth: On a golf trip, the comfort of your accommodations isn’t all that important.

    Fact: Wrong. With all you’re going to be doing at Palmetto Dunes, you’ll want nothing more when you hit the hay than to enjoy a comfortable, peaceful night’s sleep. For short-term and long-term accommodations, Palmetto Dunes proudly offers the island’s premier selection of vacation rental properties from oceanfront hotel rooms to spacious villas overlooking the harbour, lagoon, fairways or beach.

    4. Myth: You go on a golf trip to play golf, not get lessons.

    Fact: Well, at Palmetto Dunes you can do both. Former PGA TOUR player Doug Weaver has served 13 years as Palmetto Dunes’ highly respected Director of Golf Instruction. One of the resort's popular attractions is the complimentary Monday golf exhibition and clinic, where participants experience Weaver’s effective and entertaining style. The weekly event is hands on, interactive and prizes are given. Last year, his colleagues voted Weaver 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 Hilton Head Family Golf School, Weaver 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, making many students much better golfers. Private lessons at PD include take-home video analysis, emailed notes and practice before and after.

    5. Myth: People take golf trips to remote locales such as Bandon Dunes and Pinehurst because there’s nothing else to do other than play golf … and that’s the way it should be.

    Fact: We happen to think that’s NOT the way it should be. Palmetto Dunes is nestled in the heart of Hilton Head Island and surrounded by most anything and everything fun you can think of to do during the day AND at night. Hilton Head Island has long been renowned as a family friendly destination. The readers of Travel + Leisure magazine agree, naming Hilton Head as 2016’s “No. 1 Island in the U.S.” in the magazine’s annual “World’s Best” survey.

    6. Myth: On a golf trip, you need to “dance with the one who brought you” … in other words, bring your own golf clubs, no matter how old and outdated they are, because they’re what you’re accustomed to playing.

    Fact: Well, maybe some places, but not Palmetto Dunes. Don’t want to lug your golf clubs on your trip? The Palmetto Dunes Rental Club Program is a far cry from the worn-out, no name sets available elsewhere. Only full sets of the very latest clubs from top brands Taylor Made, Nike, and Cobra are offered to visiting golfers in need of equipment. Or, if you’ve been giving thought to a new set of sticks, Palmetto Dunes now offers the expertise of SwingFit, headed by Chris Wycoff, who has been named one of Golf Digest magazine’s “Top 100 Club Fitters.” SwingFit’s approach includes more than 20,000 total club and shaft combinations, including Titleist, Cobra, Callaway, TaylorMade, Nike, Ping, Mizuno, Edel, Fujikura, Matrix, Aerotec Steelfiber, Nipon, KBS, TrueTemper, Accra, Paderson and others — using a data-driven process to improve performance by identifying the ideal combination of club, shaft and build specifications for each golfer. Another important feature of the new service at Palmetto Dunes: With on-site inventory and a team of skilled builders, many clubs can be delivered within 48 hours.

    7. Myth: Golf trips are fun, but they tend to be very expensive, too.

    Fact: Not necessarily. At Palmetto Dunes, the arrival of spring allows golfers to begin scheduling their next golf getaway while also saving money through the resort’s numerous, attractive golf stay-and-play packages. For guests who booked their accommodations directly through Palmetto Dunes Resort Reservations, additional packages and specials are available. In addition if you’re with your family, 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.

  • Posted on 15th Feb 2017, 6:54 pm

    Palmetto Dunes Your Way: A Sporting Good Time!

    by Alex Archibald, a guest blogger

    I started the day on the Robert Trent Jones course. I’d definitely recommend an early tee time! By the time we got to the 10th hole the sun was newly risen, and the golden glow and long shadows it cast over the green was just as glorious as getting a hole in one! If possible, Hurricane Matthew has made this hole even more beautiful, as you can see clear through the greenery and palm trees to the ocean and Palmetto Beach.

    A big day full of active adventure calls for a big breakfast, so naturally I headed to The General Store. My meal was hearty, homemade, and delicious. I’ll be dreaming of that biscuit for weeks to come! My only regret was not trying the cheesy grits—a menu item I’ll have to go back and try another time.

    I had the chance to sit in on a Golf Exhibition with the resorts Director of Golf Instruction, Doug Weaver upon my arrival at Palmetto Dunes on Monday afternoon. The free clinic is offered every Monday at 4 p.m. and I’d highly recommend it! Doug Weaver’s knowledge of the game is impressive to say the least. But it’s his cheerful demeanor and easy teaching style that truly stand out. He has a way of making the game accessible for players of all skill levels and he takes away any intimidation you may feel about playing the game. I ran into Doug several times throughout my stay (the man is everywhere!), giving private lessons, or leading stroke of the day workshops. One woman I talked to said that Doug Weaver had changed her swing more in three days than the past 10 years of golf! When you finally master the stroke you’ve been working on, it’s hard to tell who is more excited, him, or you! No wonder he’s been inducted into the Hilton Head Island Golf Hall of Fame.

    I ran into a few golfers on their golf bikes while out on the Arthur Hills course. What a great way to get around and add an added active element to your golf game! One player I talked to joked that he liked the golf bike more than the game itself.

    These courses truly are beautiful. I didn’t get a chance to see George Fazio, as it was being readied for its reopening this spring, but I’ll be eager to return to check it out. I think you’ll have a hard time choosing just one course to play should you head down to Palmetto Dunes for our Sports Itinerary!

    As part of our Sports Itinerary we’re offering court time at the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center, so I had to go check it out. Palmetto Dunes has over two dozen clay tennis courts, as well as junior-sized and pickleball courts, and the friendliest staff and tennis instructor’s you’ll ever meet! Hank’s Stroke of the Day clinic was great, and Mark’s Pickleball Clinic was a ton of fun. (If you’ve never played Pickleball before, you’ve got to try it! It’s a fun, fast-paced leisure sport that also happens to be one of the fastest-growing in America. Click here to learn more about the game.)

    After lunch on the patio at Big Jim’s—feasting on shrimp n’ grits, a must-try meal when you’re in South Carolina—it was time to head to Shelter Cove Marina to try our hand at fishing. A chartered offshore fishing excursion is included in our Sports Itinerary and whether you’re an avid angler or a first-time fisherman you’ll enjoy being out on the water and enjoying the beauty of the bay at Palmetto Dunes. And, with the expert help from you’re guide, and a little luck, you might just catch a fish, too!

    We headed out with Miles and John on The Phantom. We spent a delightful few hours exploring, trying different “fishing holes”, learning a ton about baiting and casting, and finally reeling in our whiting, we headed back to the marina for dinner. On our way we saw two dolphins! A mother and her baby. What a precious moment. A glimpse of dorsal fin and flick of tail were just about enough to make my day. John tells me that in the summer months when the water is warmer and the bait fish are plentiful, you can’t help but see dolphins on your excursion as there are so many in the area!

    Once back on dry land, we headed to Bucci’s for dinner. Sitting on their patio during happy hour is the perfect place to regale with tales of your fishing adventures. (We won’t say a word if you add a few extra inches to the length of your catch!). I tried one of the chef’s favorites, veal marsala, and it was delicious! If you’re still stuck on seafood, try the calamari, catch of the day, or lobster ravioli. As I watched the sunset at the marina, and listen to the ocean breeze rustle the palm trees, I realized Palmetto Dunes has everything you need for an incredible active vacation.

    Are you dreaming of a sports getaway to Palmetto Dunes? Enter our Palmetto Dunes Your Way contest and you could win our Sports Itinerary!

  • Posted on 5th Feb 2017, 8:33 am

    Doug Weaver Tapped for Lowcountry Golf Hall of Fame

    Longtime Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort Director of Golf Instruction Doug Weaver has been selected for induction into the Lowcountry Golf Hall of Fame.

    Weaver and famed landscape artist Linda Hartough were selected as the Lowcountry Golf Hall of Fame’s third induction class. They join Sea Pines founders Charles Fraser and Joseph Fraser Jr., well-known professionals Mike Harmon, Tim Moss and Jim and Karen Ferree, successful amateur Kevin King, longtime Sea Pines executive Cary Corbitt and golf writer Charles Price.

    The 2017 ceremony is scheduled April 1 at Moss Creek Golf Club with Bob Collar serving as master of ceremonies and 13-time LPGA Tour winner Rosie Jones speaking.

    "I am both honored and humbled to be included with such outstanding individuals who have been my mentors and role models uplifting and protecting the game of golf,” said Weaver. “I want to thank Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort for providing the platform to do what I love."

    Weaver certainly knows golf, particularly Lowcountry golf, as well as anyone.

    A former PGA Tour player, Weaver has coached 23 years — the past 13 serving as Palmetto Dunes’ highly respected Director of Golf Instruction. One of the resort's popular attractions is the complimentary Monday golf exhibition and clinic, where participants experience Weaver’s effective and entertaining style. The weekly event is hands on, interactive and prizes are given.

    Weaver also stays busy helping others improve and grow in the game. He has been faithful for 23 years to the HHIPGA Junior Golf Programs. He has led programs with Special Olympics, the Boys and Girls Clubs, and both Boys and Girls Scouting. Weaver has been the golf coach for all three area high schools and he hosted a local TV golf show for 10 years.

    A Hilton Head native, Weaver played golf at Furman University alongside future PGA Tour star Brad Faxon. But when graduation rolled around, Weaver wasn’t confident about his chances on the PGA Tour. He moved back to Hilton Head, manned the bag drop of the Robert Trent Jones course at Palmetto Dunes and pondered his future.

    “I did not have the desire to compete professionally,” Weaver said. “I enjoyed competing as an amateur while also playing tennis and fishing.” During those years, Weaver co-founded the Golf World Magazine Intercollegiate at Palmetto Dunes and also served as Vice President of the Hilton Head Fishing Club.

    At age 24, Weaver began selling timeshares for Dunes Marketing Group in Palmetto Dunes. It was during those three years that Weaver found his focus.

    “I matured a lot,” he says. “I grew up a lot and became a Christian. God got hold of my mind and taught me how to think about myself. It gave me a more positive outlook about my future. I knew it was time to go back to golf.”

    Weaver mustered the courage — and the game — to tackle professional golf.

    “At first I couldn’t make a check,” he said. “But gradually I started to lower my scores enough to be in contention against veteran players.”

    His mini-tour 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 players — Weaver birdied the final hole to capture his first title. “I knew then that I could play with these guys and beat them.”

    And beat them he did, winning 14 mini-tour events and earning his PGA Tour card in 1988.

    Once he reached the professional Mecca, Weaver flirted with success, making about a third of the cuts in tournaments he played and missing a number of others by a shot. But a PGA Tour victory eluded him and his full-time status on tour only lasted a year.

    Nevertheless, it was an experience that Weaver firmly believes trained him well for his ultimate calling as an encouraging coach.

    “I didn’t fulfill my potential as a player but the mistakes I made are ones I can help others prevent from making today,” he says. “ I played a practice round with Tom Watson at Pebble Beach. I played with Lee Trevino at the Buick Open and was in the top-10 after Saturday’s round. I played in two U.S. Opens and practiced with greats like Vijay Singh, Nick Price, Payne Stewart and many others. I took lessons from the top teachers in the world not knowing I would become a golf instructor. My wife Trish and I had dinner with Arnold and Winnie Palmer several times.”

    At Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy Weaver 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, making many students much better golfers. Weaver's student's reviews on Trip Advisor call him the "Golf Whisperer," and say things like: " He made golf fun again."" He set me free for success." And, "He lowered my score."

    Last year, his colleagues voted Weaver 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.”

    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 866-744-7558 or visit www.PalmettoDunes.com.

  • Posted on 4th Feb 2017, 2:07 pm

    Introducing Palmetto Dunes Your Way Contest!

    What does your Palmetto Dunes vacation look like? Maybe you’re a sports buff drawn to our golf courses on Hilton Head Island, our tennis courts, or our outstanding outdoor activities. Maybe you’re looking for a secluded escape for two, filled with hazy Southern days and romantic Lowcountry nights. Maybe you’re looking for a vacation destination that the whole family will enjoy.

    This February we’re showcasing all that Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort offers by showing off three ways to make the most of your Hilton Head Island vacation. Starting February 6, Alex from our social media team will be sharing three incredible itineraries at Palmetto Dunes. She’ll be live updating our social media profiles with all of her adventures so make sure you’re following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

    Of course, we’re always offering vacation ideas and travel tips on our blog so be sure to check back to hear all about Alex’s experiences on Hilton Head Island. Stay tuned and enter to win your favorite itinerary to see Palmetto Dunes your way. That’s right! We’re giving away a jam-packed Palmetto Dunes vacation based on one of our itineraries. There’s no shortage of things to do on Hilton Head Island and when you combine our vacation expertise with our laid back Lowcountry lifestyle, planning the perfect vacation is easy as can be.

    Hi, I’m Alex and I can’t wait to share some of Palmetto Dunes’ most memorable vacation experiences with you! Do you have any favorite activities, restaurants or Hilton Head Island views that you think should be included on the ultimate Palmetto Dunes itinerary? Share them in the comments or on our Facebook page.

  • Posted on 1st Feb 2017, 9:45 am

    Our Favorite Toys from the 64th Annual PGA Merchandise Show

    In the world of golf business, the PGA Merchandise Show is a major championship. The 64th PGA Merchandise Show took place in late January in Orlando, with 1,000-plus top golf companies and brands, and more than 40,000 industry professionals from around the world descending upon the industry’s annual global summit for the business of golf.

    Of course, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort was well represented around the Orange County Convention Center. Here are some of the latest and greatest golf equipment and technologies our correspondents saw at “The Show.”

    Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy Director, Doug Weaver, brought home some cutting-edge technology with Blast Golf and Putting, a full-swing analysis tool that Doug’s friend and seven-time PGA Tour winner Brad Faxon designed and uses. The Blast Golf swing analyzer sensor captures a user’s stroke metrics, helps analyze their data and provides drills to improve their timing. By improving timing, they will make more putts. Said Doug: “Blast Golf allows us to gather swing and stroke metrics on students. We combine with video show the student faults and offer fixes.”

    Palmetto Dunes is also offering the latest video technology to create a personalized cyber vision tool for students to learn how to truly visualize. “Visualization connects the brain to muscles faster in the learning process,” Doug said. “Jason Day, the No. 1 player in the world closing his eyes in his pre-shot routine, has created a surge of interest in this area of high level of performance in golf.” https://blastmotion.com

    Director of Golf Clark Sinclair was roaming the aisles in Orlando. One of his favorite pieces of equipment was the new GBB Epic driver from Callaway Golf http://cmp.callawaygolf.com. In 2017 Callaway clubs (XR woods and irons) will be available for rental at all three Palmetto Dunes courses. Clark said he also was impressed with the newest PUMA Golf http://www.cobragolf.com/pumagolf/ line of clothing, which is one of the most popular Palmetto Dunes pro shop offerings, while PD has PUMA GOLF music speakers for sale in the pro shops. On Clark’s wish list is a full-swing simulator from Foresight Sports, which allows golf junkies to turn practically any space around the house into the ultimate golf simulator. http://www.foresightsports.com/golf-simulators

    Finally, one of our correspondents at The Show bumped into former PGA Tour caddie and current ESPN.com senior golf analyst Michael Collins. Collins said the coolest thing he had seen in Orlando was the Swing Coach. Swing Coach is a self-improvement training aid for consistency and accuracy, a game-changing personal training aid to help golfers develop a repeatable swing—resulting in better shots and lower scores. https://www.swingcoachclub.com

    Collins also took note of the most expensive golf clubs at The Show that went for $75,000 including a hosel made from gold and platinum, manufactured by Japanese equipment company Honma Golf. We better get out there and win the lottery! http://www.honmagolf.com