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.
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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.
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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.
Keeping one’s New Year’s resolutions is not always an easy task. With that in mind, a good way to stick to your goals might be setting your sights on a friendlier challenge. For instance, a golfer might simply resolve to play more golf in 2016 — and travel to more renowned golf courses.
If this type of “new” New Year’s resolutions has appeal, the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C., offers everything a golfer needs.
Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort offers a storied history of unparalleled golf experiences for guests from all corners of the globe. The resort is renowned for the excellent quality of its courses, challenging layouts and commitment to customer service. All three golf courses at Palmetto Dunes — each one distinctively different and uniquely appealing — have been rated an outstanding four stars or more by Fodor’s Golf Digest Places to Play and each named the South Carolina Golf Course of the Year. Since the 1970s, Palmetto Dunes has been a prime example of what a longstanding commitment to quality and customer satisfaction can accomplish. Golf has always served as the heart and soul of the Palmetto Dunes experience.
Readers of Golfweek magazine have rated the Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Course among the best courses in the Southeast. The Jones Course’s signature hole, the dramatic par-five 10th, which was named a South Carolina Dream Hole, offers sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean and is widely considered one of the most spectacular holes in the United States. One of only two oceanfront holes on Hilton Head Island, the course’s legendary 10th hole delights golfers of every skill level.
An extensive renovation of the Jones Oceanfront Course involved reshaping and restructuring tees, greens and bunkers, along with elevating and reshaping the fairways, and improving natural drainage with the addition of the unique, 11-mile lagoon system that weaves its way through and around all three golf courses. Adding a set of junior or “short course” tees to the Jones Oceanfront Course’s layout enabled the resort to launch the Palmetto Dunes Junior Golf Academy and underscored Greenwood’s commitment to the next generation of golfers. When renovation work was completed, the South Carolina Board of Directors of the National Golf Course Owners Association named it the 2003 South Carolina Golf Course of the Year.
Many golfers regard the George Fazio Course at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, the island’s only par-70 course, as Hilton Head Island’s most challenging championship course. Designed by George Fazio, the Fazio Course has been ranked among America’s Top 100 courses and was named the 2014 South Carolina Golf Course of the Year by the state’s National Golf Course Owners Association. The Fazio layout, which recently underwent a complete greens replacement, demands a combination of long play and precise golf shots.
The Arthur Hills Course at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort takes full advantage of the natural beauty of this South Carolina sea island.
Named the 2009 Course of the Year by the South Carolina Golf Course Owners Association, this spectacular layout represents a careful blend of beauty and challenge. Stands of palmetto trees line the graceful fairways. Built on a series of rolling dunes, the Arthur Hills Course presents many opportunities for off-balance lies, while ocean breezes add to the challenge. Ten holes on the water further encourage precision play.
Palmetto Dunes does not cater to the advanced golfer only. Permanent junior tees at the Jones Course allow younger golfers and beginners to tackle a beautiful, 2,625-yard layout, while the Fazio Course also caters to juniors, with markings of 150 yards or less on the course. For juniors and ladies alike, lessons and daily clinics are available from PGA Professionals, as well as Monday evening demonstrations and specialized programs, all under the direction of former PGA Tour player Doug Weaver, Palmetto Dunes’ highly respected Director of Instruction.
Don’t want to lug your golf clubs on your trip to Hilton Head? The Palmetto Dunes Rental Club Program features full sets of the latest clubs from top brands Taylor Made, Nike, and Cobra. Or, for golfers looking for a new set of clubs or a new swing, Palmetto Dunes offers their popular launch-monitor testing and club fitting on the practice ranges with free instructional demonstrations every Monday afternoon.
Now, golfers playing Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort's trio of award-winning courses can now pedal from hole to hole. The first resort in the Carolinas and along the East Coast to offer the revolutionary new “Golf Bike,” Palmetto Dunes visitors can boost their calorie-burning quotient while teeing it up on some of the South's most beautiful and challenging courses. For more information about the three world-class golf courses at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort and many of the resort’s other offerings, please call 877-567-6513.
Here in Hilton Head where most days the skies are blue and the weather is mild, there is plenty to do to keep active during the winter months.
Here are our top 10 winter activities on Hilton Head Island:
1) Polish your golf game – Our Hilton Head golf academy offers a variety of classes for golfers all winter long. Learn to play more carefree like Bubba Watson, improve your mental golf game or enjoy daily 50-minute clinics on different skills. Check out our winter golf academy schedule for more information.
2) Ride a bike! – With over 50 miles of paved pike paths on Hilton Head Island, there’s no excuse not to get out and enjoy the beauty of our island. Hilton Head Outfitters offers Hilton Head bike rentals for every member of your family, including cruisers, kiddie carts, tag-a-longs and child seats.
3) Get in a cardio workout with a game of tennis – Our mild weather on Hilton Head Island is ideal for outdoor play! Try a Hilton Head tennis lesson from our award-winning Palmetto Dunes Tennis Centre or try something new and get the blood pumping with a game of Pickleball!
4) Shop! – There are plenty of unique boutiques and stores on Hilton Head, so make sure you head home with a one-of-a-kind souvenir of your Hilton Head vacation. Our favorite spots to shop are along the waterfront at Shelter Cove Harbour, the golf pro shops at Palmetto Dunes and our tennis pro shop.
5) Paddle the 11-mile lagoon – Rent a kayak or canoe from Hilton Head Outfitters and head out mid afternoon, when the weather is warmest. Enjoy a peaceful tour of our 11-mile inland lagoon system, take in the wildlife and see Palmetto Dunes in an entirely new way.
6) Beach combing! – Take a walk on the beach and look for shells. With fewer people visiting Hilton Head in the winter, you could have the beach all to yourself and you’ll have a better chance of finding some stunning seashells. Keep your eye out for dolphins in the surf and see what treasures have washed ashore.
7) Catch a redfish! – Fall and winter are some of the best times to catch a “big red” and our team of experienced fishermen can help you do it. Whether you take an offshore or inshore Hilton Head fishing charter, or rent some gear and cast-off from the beach, learn to fish from our pros and see if you can land a trophy-sized red!
8) Eat oysters – Oysters are never as fresh and delicious as they are in the fall and winter on Hilton Head Island, so slurp up! Whether you prefer a touch of lemon, a dash of hot sauce or plain, these are a perfect lowcountry delight.
9) Go birdwatching – The birds are out in winter, and in fact, over past years we’ve spotted more species than ever before! Grab some binoculars and head out on a kayak in the lagoon, or take a Hilton Head boat tour to Daufuskie Island or Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge for some great birdwatching. Head to the Hilton Head Outfitters blog for more birdwatching tips.
10) Do nothing! – What’s a vacation without a little bit of R&R? After you’ve done our Top 9, relax, unwind and do nothing at all! Kick back in your Hilton Head vacation rental and enjoy an ocean or palm tree view. Embrace the charm and ease of lowcountry life; grab a book, a cup of coffee and rest. Ahhh…
Palmetto Dunes offers plenty of vacation packages to help you work in everything on your ‘Things to Do’ list! From our spa packages to Hilton Head tennis and golf packages.
Call us at 866-744-7558 and start planning your 2016 Winter Getaway!
Before arriving to Hilton Head Island, turn to PackPoint, a free travel packing list organizer and packing planner perfect for every family on the go! Eliminate the worry of forgetting the essentials (from your favorite waterproof mascara to the baby’s favorite pacifier) and keep yourself from over packing car with non-essentials. Once your build your packing list in the app, you can share with your friends and family in case they need help packing too! You can even select the types of activities you are participating in during your vacation and PackPoint will help you choose the right items, even taking weather into consideration.
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Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few years, you have probably already heard of or have already downloaded Instagram. This free photo sharing and editing tool will take your Hilton Head Island vacation photos to the next level! Not only can you share your awesome experiences and photos from your trip, but you can follow Hilton Head Island accounts for great suggestions of what to do, where to eat and what you need to see.
Follow these Hilton Head Island Instagrammers for the inside scoop:
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Download the Hilton Head Island Compass app to build your own custom Hilton Head Island experience! The app serves as an interactive map to find activities, restaurants and special offers nearby. You can also search for activities to create your own itinerary with restaurants, beaches, shopping and everything in between. Check-in to receive exclusive deals from your favorite places. Make sure to review Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort’s golf courses, Tennis Center, Hilton Head Outfitters, Big Jim’s and the Dunes House.
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Enhance your ultimate golf vacation with the free Palmetto Dunes Golf App! The app allows you to receive notifications with exclusive offers and tee time specials. You can book your tee time directly from the app! During play, take advantage of the interactive scorecard, GPS system, hole descriptions, playing tips, live tournaments and leader board, course tours, Facebook sharing and even order lunch from the food & beverage menu.
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The best part of vacationing on Hilton Head Island is enjoying the natural beauty of the beaches, shady bike paths and endless walking/jogging trails. More and more, people want to stay active while on vacation and “Charity Miles” provides an added bonus! “Charity Miles” is an app available for iOS and Andriod and donates money to a charitable cause on your behalf for every mile that you run, walk or ride your bicycle. Now, you can burn calories, spend quality time with your family and donate to a great cause simultaneously! You do not have to solicit donations, just launch the app, pick a charity and hit the ground running (or the beach walking, or the pavement walking)!
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Fall is almost here and the weather is cooling off. But that doesn’t mean the fun is stopping! Autumn is the perfect season to enjoy sports and outdoor activities at Palmetto Dunes Resort. We created a fun infographic to show how much fun you can have this fall!
One of the most unique things about Palmetto Dunes is our lagoon. Did you know that it’s 11 miles long? The waters are calm, making kayaking or canoeing a great family activity. Your kids will have so much fun spotting the different kinds of wildlife.
There are 3,000 bikes at Hilton Head Outfitters, including one with your name on it. Book ahead, and have it delivered to your vacation home or villa. Talk about easy riding! You can ride your bike along the three miles of pristine beachfront at our resort – or just grab a chair, a good book, and relax.
If golf is your game, fall is a great time to visit! Our 54 holes of golf can keep you entertained for days. Book online in advance to save up to 30%!
After all that kayaking, golfing and biking, you’ve probably worked up an appetite! Luckily, there are 11 different restaurants to try out while you’re here. Sample the frozen cocktails at Dunes House, stop by the General Store for their famous fried chicken, or have a romantic date night at HH Prime.
That’s not all! Did you know that the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center boasts the most courts of all of Hilton Head Island? Tennis fans love our 23 clay and two Nova ProBounce courts, our daily round-robin tournaments, and our world-renowned tennis instruction!
What are you waiting for? The perfect fall adventure awaits. Here’s one more number: Call 1-877-567-6511 to get started!
There is so much to do when visiting us this spring! For those of you counting down the days until you arrive to gorgeous Hilton Head Island and Palmetto Dunes, we’ve compiled a spring to-do list for you. See how many you can complete and let us know:
What’s missing from our Palmetto Dunes To-Do List? Is there anything your family cannot leave the resort without doing?
To book your Palmetto Dunes vacation this spring, visit www.palmettodunes.com or call us at 866-650-4130.
For more information about booking your Hilton Head Island tee time for the Arthur Hills Course to try this hole for yourself, visit www.palmettodunes.com or call us at 866-650-4130.
In a recent blog post, we provided you with video answers to some of your most pressing golf questions. Now, we’ve compiled some tips from Palmetto Dunes Director of Golf Instruction and former PGA pro Doug Weaver to help you do everything from perfect your putt to refine your swing in the New Year.
Here are 15 golf tips from Doug to get you off to a great start on the green:
1. Let others watch the ball. If you look up, you will not like what you see.
2. Listen for the putt to drop. When you turn to watch the ball go in, that action changes your alignment. Looking up usually happens before impact, therefore causing stroke misdirection and missing the sweet spot.
3. Tell one joke per round. The benefits of laughing will lower your score. Laughing produces a sense of well-being, lowers the heart rate and stress hormone levels. It also releases endorphins that are natural pain relievers. Also, you will more than likely to be invited back to play, regardless of your score.
4. When it’s breezy, swing easy. When you swing at pace of 70 percent, you are more likely to strike the sweet spot. The sweet spot produces more distance and imparts a spin on the ball that aids in overcoming the influence of the wind.
5. Remember that golf is a game of opposites. The harder you try, the worse you do. This always gets giggles, and all golfers say it is true.
6. Visit www.mentalgolfworkshop.com (password palmetto). Yogi Berra said, "Golf is 90 percent mental and the other 10 percent requires a lot of thinking.”
7. Watch the movie Seven Days in Utopia. Robert Duvall is the star, along with a number of PGA Tour players. Put yourself in the character of Lucas Black.
8. Attend the Free Golf Class at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course on Mondays from 4 to 5 p.m. It’s hands-on, interactive and you may even win a prize
9. Take a golf lesson from a pro who keeps it simple. The fewer the words, the better. After all, actions speak louder than words.
10. Understand that putting correctly will help your driver go farther. Golf is actually much simpler than most think. The fundamentals of excellent putting can be applied to improve your driver as well.
11. Transfer your present skills into golf. What hobbies or skills do you have? We can take the fundamentals of that skill and transfer the principals into golf. For example, when your posture and hand placement are done correctly, this leads to unconscious finger movement and minimal errors.
12. Read fewer golf books. An ancient Chinese proverb says, “experiencing is the best way to learn.” An effective coach will have you experiencing successful golf with a hands-on method in much less time.
13. Trust a proven coach for all areas of your game. Jordan Speith expresses significant gratitude to his entourage.
14. Perspire 15 minutes before you practice and play. The perspiration tells you your body has blood flowing to all your joints, ligaments and tendons and to every brain cell. You are ready to swing fluidly, creating effortless power not powerless effort.
15. Attend the Palmetto Dunes Golf Forum on February 24. This will be an evening of golf entertainment, education and enjoyment.
January and February are great months to play golf on HIlton Head Island, says Doug. Book your tee times at one of our three championship Hilton Head golf courses, or sign up for lesson, golf school or clinic at the Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy.