The Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy Director, Doug Weaver, a former PGA Tour player, recommends a handful of New Year’s Resolutions to help you enjoy your golf game more in 2017.
To schedule a lesson with Doug Weaver or any other Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy instructor or learn more about the Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy, call (866) 744-7558.
“On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me.” … If you want to give your love a gift of golf this year, consider these dynamite dozen quick and easy options that can be shipped directly to your favorite golfer.
1. Personalized Bag tags spark the excitement of the memory of the Palmetto Dunes Golf experience and can awaken the anticipation of visiting there soon. Also, the “tag” identifies your “bag” so that it will be handled correctly. Personalized ball markers are also available.
2. Head covers are leather, logo-ed and long lasting protection. Every time the golfer touches their head cover, no matter where they are, it transfers quality and confidence into the next shot.
3. Golf balls for the best or particular player, e.g. Titleist Pro V1 with a sale price with college logos Clemson, Ohio State and USC Gamecocks. New golfers will enjoy the Taylor Made Project A.
4. A lesson with a nurturing PGA Professional will allow the recipient to create memories and get better at a game they love. Men and some women are known for not caring for themselves. Give them the know-how they need. Private lessons at PD include take-home video analysis, emailed notes 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. We can e-mail a certificate to you in minutes.
5. Dress for success. Under Armour shirts, caps and shoes always make us dream of playing like Jordan Spieth, while also making us feel athletic like an NFL football player. Peter Millar Polo RLX and Nike golf clothes always make a golfer happier and make them play better.
6. US Kids Golf Club sets bring back the memories of children on Christmas Day enthusiastically choosing which golf bag compartment was for balls, which was for tees and which was for the “water ball.” This teaches them organization skills, planning ahead and it shows parents the excitement of golf to come. Call a PD Pro Shop and provide your child’s height and we can fit the clubs. Also, ask for Birdie Balls that can be hit in the yard.
7. Ricky Fowler junior hats of all color or PD logoed hats that fit all. Buy one get one half off, choosing from plenty of variety and styles.
8. Golf bags — Nike, Taylor Made and Ping have outstanding carry bags or the larger staff bags will make your golfer look like a true professional.
9. Pre-paid rounds of golf. Did you know that you could make a tee time and pre-pay it? You can also get gift a gift card for PD’s three courses that allows the golfer to make the tee time. When you purchase the gift card, just be sure to let the professional know your intent.
10. Advice from a Golf Psychologist. This affordable gift can be life changing. Most golfers have several bad shots or habits that are rooted in their personality, resulting from influences from work habits, parents, friends or other golfers who improperly mentored them. Mentalgolfworkshop.com is a professional online golf psychology service that identifies the golfer's patterns and offers a report on how to blend your personality into successful golf. The Web site offers testimonials from PGA Tour players, parents and college coaches. The service is branch of the DISC Profile System used worldwide in the Human Resources Industry. The cost is $65 and includes a free follow-up consultation with Golf Digest Magazine No. 2-ranked instructor in all of South Carolina, Doug Weaver, when you use the access word “palmetto.”
11. Time with a golf exercise trainer. Many people and golfers alike lose confidence in themselves simply because they have lost flexibility A Golf Mobility Class will increase confidence in kids and adults becoming more mobile, agile and stronger, therefore, seeing the ball go farther and straighter effortlessly. Also, the class benefits normal activity in life.
12. Frustration pills! The best medicine is fresh air and time playing on the course with a professional. Play with the pro and let them learn as they 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 having fun. Enjoyment can be enhanced and quitting can be prevented by time with a coach, who teaches you 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 … please call 866-744-7558 and ask for the Pro Shop. We will help you find a gift that will be well received and cherished for many years.
Golf at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort will be back starting Thursday, Dec. 1, with the reopening of the Robert Trent Jones and Arthur Hills courses, along with the Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy. During storm cleanup following Hurricane Matthew, all three of the resort’s world-class layouts were overseeded — tee boxes, fairways and greens — so they will be in lush condition and fully playable this holiday season.
“Palmetto Dunes golf is back,” said long-time Director of Golf Clark Sinclair. “Golfers are going to find some lush, green courses and no issues with cart paths or anything else. We are very excited.”
Book your tee time today and take advantage of special December rates.
Palmetto Dunes features a trio of golf courses designed by three of the game’s most unique architects — Robert Trent Jones Sr., George Fazio and Arthur Hills — all three of which have been awarded the Palmetto State’s “Golf Course of the Year” by the South Carolina Board of Directors of the National Golf Course Owners Association.
The Jones Course was ranked No. 9 in Golfweek magazine’s 2016 rankings of the “Best Courses You Can Play in South Carolina” and recently cracked Golfweek’s Top 100 of “Best Resort Courses in the United States.”
In October, Condé Nast Traveler named Palmetto Dunes a “Top 20 Best Resort in the South.”
For more than a half-century Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort has represented the best Hilton Head has to offer. Generations of families from across the globe have enjoyed the resort’s seemingly infinite bounty of outdoor activities with a family focus: Outstanding golf and award-winning tennis, fishing, kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding on an 11-mile lagoon system, bicycling, dining and shopping, all of it along a three-mile stretch of pristine Atlantic Ocean beachfront.
Given our love of golf, all of us at Palmetto Dunes are excited about this week’s Ryder Cup matches at Minnesota’s Hazeltine National Golf Club. With the Ryder Cup in mind, we turned to our longtime Director of Instruction, Doug Weaver, a former PGA Tour player, to pick his brain about some keys to successful match-play competition. Here are a dozen of Doug’s suggestions for how to succeed in match-play golf:
1. Expect the best
Rehearse with visualization days before the round hitting every fairway green and making every putt. This is more important than beating balls on the range. The visualization will engage every part of your brain, which gives instruction to your muscles. While visualizing each individual shot, take time to feel the physical sensations. These feelings are equal to pictures. We all agree a picture is worth a thousand words. Rehearse being behind and then coming back to win. In your imagination act like steady Nick Faldo coming from four behind to beat overly aggressive Greg Norman.
2. Prepare for the worst
Fred Funk shared that he expects to win by hitting every fairway and green and making every putt. However, he prepares by practicing his short game from all the worse case positions.
3. Ride your emotions
If you feel success, go for it by playing to your strengths and avoiding your weakness. If you play a fade then on every dogleg right for a right-handed player, go for it. However on a dogleg left play to the corner and accept the longer distance on your approach shot. If the pin is on the right, go for it. If he pin is on the left go for the center.
4. Confront gamesmanship
Paul Azinger and Seve Ballesteros both are fierce competitors. Paul confronted Seve for clearing his throat in Chip Beck’s backswing. It did not happen again. Be social with your caddy or invite a friend to observe and be social with them. Talking with your opponent may cause you to lose your game face.
5. In one ear and out the other
Opponents may make statements that seem friendly and complimentary. However these statements can be intended to change your focus. Beware of, “I love your backswing,” which may be intended to get you thinking about your swing and not playing the game. Do not listen to comments about course conditions like wind or green firmness: “The greens are slow” or “the sand is firm.” Be objective, gather your own information and make your own decisions.
6. Dance with the one you brought
Accept the game you have today. Be patient waiting for the momentum to turn your way. In one famous Ryder Cup moment, Justin Leonard missed 13 fairways and 13 greens but got up and down 13 times to stay in the match. The 14th green he hit and made par. The 15th green he hit and birdied to go on to victory.
7. Ask for change
My playing opponent jingled his change occasionally. I asked “Do you have change for two dollars?” He said “No.” I said, “Here are two dollars for whatever you have.” No more jingling.
8. Know where your handicap strokes come
Study the card knowing the handicapping, the opponent may not pay attention and forget where the strokes are. Golf is a numbers game. Keep the score.
9. Know when to “hold 'em” and when to “fold 'em”
On difficult holes it may be wise to play to your strengths understanding your opponent’s weakness. Lay up or play to the center when the risk reward is too high. Take the tie or victory but do not give it away because your ego wants to go.
10. Understand your personality
A student’s personality plays a significant role in how I coach them to plan and play in match play. My training with MentalGolfWorkshop.com helps me design a strategy to overcoming the opponent’s playing style and personality characteristics. We teach this class at Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy and most students confess they have people they love to play with and people they dread playing with. Similarly, we all have holes we play well and holes we regularly explode on. After this class you learn how to score lower than your comfort zone. You will not be influenced by your opponent, but influence the opponent. The late, great Arnold Palmer’s and Tiger’s charisma won many matches for them. Fred Funk saw this and intentionally befriended Tiger and therefore learned to play his best with the No. 1 player in the world.
Most courses are set up daily with six easy holes, six medium holes and six difficult holes. Know where they are by asking for a pin placement sheet. Also, by driving the course or neighborhood, looking at the tee markers and the pins. The caddies do it. Why not you?
12. Play a Par 4 as a Par 5
The 18th hole of the Fazio is the No. 2 handicap hole. Sometimes play it as a par 5 and never make a six. When players go for this green in two shots, they easily can make a six. This is the same at No. 12 on the Hills Course, the No. 2 handicap hole, as well as No. 14 on the Jones Course.
You wouldn't buy a suit or a dress without first trying them on to make sure they fit. In the same vein, it doesn't make any sense to buy a new set of golf clubs without making sure that they have been properly customized for your own, individual fittings.
So if you are planning to plunk down the cash for a set of clubs… and you have wisely decided to employ someone to ensure the ideal customization for you… doesn't it also make sense to employ the finest club fitter available?
Palmetto Dunes Resort and the Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy want the best of the best for its students, which is why the resort now offers the expertise of Swing Fit, headed by Chris Wycoff, who has been named one of Golf Digest magazine’s “Top 100 Club Fitters.”
The Golf Digest recognition as one of the best fitters in the United States shows Wycoff’s quality and passion for club fitting and club building. Wycoff understands that a properly fitted golf club allows four important things:
That’s why the Swing Fit process at the Palmetto Dunes’ Robert Trent Jones Course is significantly more in depth than a typical ‘get your specs’ fitting at retail, club or demo day. “We take the time to find the club set up that looks right, feels good and delivers repeatable improvements in distance, accuracy and consistency,” said Wycoff, who became a Mizuno Top 100 fitter in 2014. “Our passion is helping people play better and more enjoyable golf.”
Swing Fit’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. “When you make the decision to get fitted for a new set of golf clubs, you don’t want to wait weeks before you get to hit them,” said Wycoff. “We have invested in the inventory and on-site build capabilities to deliver custom fit clubs quickly.”
For more information about the new club fitting, building and repair services at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort go here or call (855) 255-8214.
Every golfer’s goal is the illusive ace. Whether you’re new to the sport or a PGA pro, you’ll never forget your first hole-in-one. Hopefully, these tips … and a lot of luck … will help you jar the perfect shot.
Attitude is everything when aiming for an ace. Approach the tee with confidence, and plan to play aggressively. Never up never in. The odds of an amateur making a hole-in-one are about 12,500-to-1.
Be realistic. You’re not going to ace George Fazio’s 562-yard par 5. You’re not going to make an ace on any par-5 hole and most par-4s. But if you walk up to Arthur Hills’ 146-yard hole No. 3 with the right mix of confidence, luck and skill, you just might.
When teeing off, make sure you square yourself to your target – playing to the right or left is less likely to result in a hole-in-one – and take a full swing. You want to be hitting with the most speed and velocity you can muster, and you want to aim high.
Practice, practice, practice. Hit the driving range to practice hitting with your irons — or check out our weekly Power and Distance and Full Swing golf clinics. As Arnold Palmer famously said, “the more I practice the luckier I get,” and as is always the case with golf, a little luck never hurts.
Our golf school manager Doug Weaver describes a hole-in-one as, “a beautiful few moments, like a lightning bolt” … and Doug would know. He was once one of four golfers to ace the same hole on the same day during the 1989 U.S. Open. We bet you’ll feel similar exhilaration if you finally sink that dream shot. So celebrate! Snap a pic, hoot and holler, happy dance. Revel in your success, but don’t linger in it so long that you affect the pace of play.
Put that blessed ball in your pocket – tradition states that that ball is never to be used again – and get back into the game.
To keep the golf gods on your side, buy a round at the 19th hole. Traditionally the player with a hole-in-one buys for the whole bar, but even picking up the tab for your golf pals will do the trick.
Don’t forget to stop by the Pro Shop to report your hole-in-one! We might just give you a little something to commemorate the occasion. View past hole-in-one winners on our Facebook page here.
Pictured above: Cecile Lashman (on right), who got a hole-in-one on #8 on the Robert Trent Jones course. That's a par three hole, and she hit a 9 wood 89 yards from the red tees for her victory shot.
Have you ever hit a hole-in-one? Tell us about it! We love seeing your golfing photos on Twitter and Instagram, and we can’t wait to celebrate with you when you ace a hole on one of our three award-winning golf courses.
To say Callaway Golf is riding high these days would be an understatement. In the past month Callaway tour professionals brought home some of golf’s biggest prizes. Still teenage phenom, Lydia Ko, won her second major championship at the ANA Inspiration. England’s Danny Willett closed with a final round 67 to win The Masters and the coveted green jacket. And just last week, Branden Grace won his first PGA Tour event capturing the RBC Heritage on Hilton Head Island. Must be the clubs, right?
Team Callaway certainly thinks so and wanted to put their new 360 Face Cup Technology to the test. Their plan … travel to Hilton Head Island and ask unsuspecting golfers to hit a few shots with their existing irons followed by hitting the new Callaway XROS irons. What is 360 Face Cup Technology you ask? Well, to keep it simple, the entire club face is the sweet spot which guarantees more distance.
To make things fun, Callaway decided to bring in PGA Tour Radio Hosts John Maginnes and Brian Katrek for a little friendly competition to see whose golfers would achieve the most total yards gained. The prize: bragging rights. Team Maginnes consisted of golfers from Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort and Team Katrek filled his squad with golfers from Sea Pines Resort. In order to track the competition down to the yard, Callaway Golf brought in TrackMan technology to capture and report the data. No guessing for this fierce competition!
So, did golfers see increased distance with the new Callaway technology?
Did Team Maginnes triumph over Team Katrek? Watch the entertaining video below to see for yourself…
As 2016 heats up, new professional golf gear is flooding onto courses. It can be hard to decide what gear is best for you, so we’ve scoured top sources to bring you the buzzworthy golf gear that is sure to help you gain a technical edge and keep more drives on the fairway.
photo credit callawaygolf.com
At Palmetto Dunes, we’ve got your every need covered at our three pro shops and with our expert staff. With this how-to guide, you’ll be geared up and hitting the golf course like a pro just in time for the peak of the season!
1. Get fitted.
Your best golf game starts with a professional club fitting. Palmetto Dunes has your fitting needs covered with Chris Wycoff, one of Golf Digest’s 100 Best Club Fitters in America and a dedicated fitter at our Robert Trent Jones Golf Course. At Palmetto Dunes you’ll not only get your clubs fitted, but a complete swing analysis as well! Learn more about our SwingFit analysis here.
2. Grab the #1 iron in golf.
When you’re gearing up for a new golf season, you want to be sure that you’re investing in gear that will help your game. Enter Callaway’s new 360 Face Cup technology. Hype around the new irons that use this technology including Callaway's new APEX irons (pictured above) is building. The 360 Face Cup allows makes the face of the club as efficient as possible. The face is flexible allowing for more consistent ball speeds at every impact location. The overall result is that pretty much everyone will get better distance with these irons.
Our pro shop at the Robert Trent Jones course has both the Callaway Apex and Apex Pro reader to be fitted. We’ve even checked the distance for you! Take a look for yourself in our video.
3. Learn app-solutely everything you can about your favorite courses.
Keep score, view yardages, book tee times and pack a virtual caddie in your pocket with the Palmetto Dunes Golf App, available for free on Apple and Android devices. You can even make a plan for the 19th hole, by viewing menus at our course dining options. Technology like apps and smart watches can help your overall game and keep track as your scores get lower and lower in the process!
4. Track your stats with Smart Watches that let you know your game.
photo credit Garmin International
Understanding your golf game is essential for improving your score, and advances in wearable technology make it easy to get on-the-spot coaching and game analysis. Smartwatches like the Apple Watch can lend an edge that clubs and fitters can’t.Golf-specific devices from Garmin and Bushnell provide a full interface to track swing and distance data in real-time. The watch apps work just like a phone on your wrist and come pre-loaded with map data on many courses, including all three Palmetto Dunes courses. As you use it, it’ll slowly build a complete statistical picture for you to evaluate.
5. Pick the right putter.
Choosing a quality putter is all about understanding the fine-tuned technology and design that goes into making it. A lot of putting is in the feel, but how your club handles, how much it weighs, and how it strikes the ball can help your short game.
Nike has designed the new Method Origin putter to perfect all these factors, and it’s without a doubt a winner, having been used by various PGA Tour winners last year, including four-time major winner Rory McIlroy, who helped test it.
It’s an elite putter aimed at the best players, but it’s surprisingly user-friendly too. In particular, its grooves cut down on skidding, giving both experts and amateurs a lot more consistency no matter how the ball is hit.
This club is a great tool to tackle the kind of complex greens you’ll find on the bottom half of the George Fazio course.
The best gear in the business won’t improve your game the way consistent practice will, so it’s time to start planning your golf getaway to Palmetto Dunes! We’ve got some of the best golf courses on Hilton Head Island, and our daily lessons and clinics – and expert golf instructors – are just what you’ll need to take your golf game up a notch in the 2016 golf season. So get shopping, grab your gear, and we’ll see you on the green!
With this week’s golf spotlight shining on Hilton Head Island — and the PGA TOUR’s RBC Heritage — just minutes away at mid-island, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort continues to offer its own distinct, Lowcountry golf experiences.
In the spirit of RBC Heritage week, Palmetto Dunes will host a variety of events at its renowned Robert Trent Jones Golf Course. On Monday, April 11 from 9 am to 4 pm at the driving range, there will be a free Club Fitting 15 Minute Challenge by SwingFit. Then, former PGA Tour professional Doug Weaver will host a free golf exhibition from 4 pm to 4:50 pm. On Tuesday, there will be a free TaylorMade Golf Fitting Day by appointment from 10 am to 2 pm, followed by Wednesday free Club Fittings at the NIKE Tour van by appointment from 10 am to 4 pm. On Thursday, try the latest styles at the Ecco Comfort Tech Van from 10 am to 2 pm.
“It’s an electric week around here,” said Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort Director of Golf Clark Sinclair. “Our guests and residents are constantly coming and going back and forth to the [RBC Heritage]. The tournament helps create an exciting buzz throughout the resort.”
It is a synergy that dates back to the mid-1960s, when a group of physicians and executives from Greenwood, S.C., entered into an innovative business venture with Charles Fraser. For $1,000 an acre, the group bought a 2,000-acre property that would become the award-winning Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.
This week, those seeking a break from the tournament traffic on the south end of Hilton Head Island can enjoy Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort’s wide variety of luxurious accommodations along with its acclaimed trio of golf course designs by Robert Trent Jones, Arthur Hills and George Fazio and many more resort activities.
Finally, a little history: While the RBC Heritage is known for its candy-cane striped lighthouse that overlooks its 18th green, Palmetto Dunes boasts a lighthouse of its own with some renown. The Hilton Head Lighthouse in the Leamington neighborhood on the Arthur Hills Course was built in 1881 and put to use in 1884.
In August 1898, the lighthouse keeper, a man named Adam Fripp, died of a heart attack while trying to sustain the light. Right before he passed away, Fripp urged his 21-year-old daughter, Caroline, to keep the light burning, but she died three weeks later. Since her passing, it has been reported that a girl (who wears her blue dress), known as “The Blue Lady” has been seen in one of the lighthouse windows or at the foot of the lighthouse on wild, stormy nights.
While golf fans around the world are thinking about beautiful Hilton Head Island and its rich heritage in the game this week, they should think no further than Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.
For more information, call 877-567-6513 or visit www.PalmettoDunes.com.
By: Doug Weaver, Director of Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy
Golf Digest Magazine's 2015 #2 Golf Instructor in South Carolina and Hilton Head Island's 2012 PGA Teacher of the Year
Much like Michael Jordan redefined basketball; defending Masters champ Jordan Spieth scores on many fronts.
Jordan Spieth has won the hearts of many as he has conquered the game of golf. Spieth left college early after dominating NCAA Men’s Golf as a freshman at the University of Texas, where he captured the individual national championship.
Just one year later, in 2013, Spieth was PGA Rookie of the Year and he became the youngest player to earn a PGA Tour Membership, play in the Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup and win on the PGA Tour. In 2015, Spieth was named Player of the Year after winning the U.S. Open, Masters, The Tour Championship, and two other PGA Tour events.
One attribute that makes Spieth successful and sets him apart is the fact that he is an incredible putter who does it differently. How so? By employing a cross handed grip. This allows him to make a better, squarer stroke, resulting in more solid impact and ball control. When you place your lead hand lower than your trail hand it can adjust your shoulders, which controls the direction of the stroke. Many golfers unknowingly open their shoulders, giving them a natural stroke that scrapes across the ball, which makes the ball spin and roll away from their target … but not Spieth.
Another interesting characteristic of his play is his tendency to putt with his eyes on the cup. This allows him to relieve tension and focus. Many golf instructors, myself included, encourage students to do this so they learn to trust their mechanics and play golf on a more unconscious level. Have you heard of “paralysis from analysis”? Analyzing and mulling over all the 1,000 variables in a golf shot can stymie your execution of the shot and steal your joy. Jordan Spieth enjoys the difficult moments in golf because he has learned to react to the target, like in baseball, which was his first love as a kid.
But Spieth hasn’t just found success in his game of golf. Inspired by his sister Ellie, who as born with a neurological disorder, he launched the Jordan Spieth Family Foundation, a charitable endeavor focused on providing financial assistance and support to children with special needs, as well as military families and junior golfers. With all of the opportunities he was given, Spieth chose to serve and help others in the community, which is one of his biggest dreams — to give back in some of the biggest ways possible.
Some things can’t be taught, but technique and respect are teachable qualities that end up not only shaping a golfer’s game, but also their outlook and attitude.
Stop by the Robert Trent Jones Golf Pro Shop at Palmetto Dunes Resort and get outfitted like Jordan at our Under Armour Concept Shop.