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.
Golf: leisurely and precise, a game for the patient, and around here, played next to spectacular ocean bluffs. Biking through the three Palmetto Dunes courses might seem a little strange, but golf bikes offer a number of advantages over a cart—not least of all that they’re pretty fun to zoom around on.
But there are some less obvious benefits to golf bikes as well. Let’s start with one of the more obvious ones:
1. It’s healthier. We’re not talking about some major workout here, and the Palmetto courses are fairly flat. That lets you concentrate on the golf while burning some calories, and we all know every little bit counts. After a week spent in an office, it makes sense to get up and move around when you travel. Take care of golf and a workout at once and free up some time for dinner or an evening relaxing on the beach.
2. Golf bikes give better access. They can be driven on the greens and the wide wheels mean you can ride easily on grass. There’s no need to get stuck on a busy path and there’s no more trudging after that drive. Just hop on the bike and cruise.
3. These are easy-to-use bikes, designed for golf. Unlike a mountain bike with loads of gears, these bikes are straightforward. The frame is built low to make stepping on and off simple, which also makes acceleration easier. The wide wheels provide good traction and stability and it even carries your clubs on the back.
4. All that peddling means the golf bike is a lot friendlier for our pristine environment here at Palmetto Dunes. Even hybrid golf carts are drawing electricity—a bike gets you around the course (and the rest of Hilton Head Island) without exhaust fumes, noise, or damage to animal habitats. That means breathing the best ocean air while you play.
With paths like this one, just imagine a leisurely cruise down this hill.
5. Did we mention it’s fun? Golf may be a gentleman’s game but there’s no reason not to let your inner child out while on vacation. There’s a thrill to riding a bike and even leisurely exercise releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel happy. And feeling good is the whole point of coming to Palmetto Dunes.
The Palmetto Dunes courses were the first on the East Coast to get the Golf Bikes after the prototype was showcased on the PGA Tour in 2010. The bikes have only been in wide circulation for about a year.
Call to reserve a golf bike when booking a tee time at any Palmetto Dunes golf course. The cost is the same as a golf cart. For more information on Palmetto Dunes resorts and golf packages call 877-567-6513.
Hilton Head, S.C., and the island’s famed Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort have long been ranked among the world’s finest family getaways. Hilton Head named “Best Island in the U.S.” by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine.
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.
Reader scores were based on natural attractions and beaches, sights and activities, friendliness, food and overall value of the world’s top islands. “Our No. 1 this year? An outpost of Southern hospitality and traditional American recreation,” wrote the Travel + Leisure editors. “The best islands in the continental U.S. share an ability to slow down the hands of time: to recall simpler times and slower, laid-back living.”
Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort on Hilton Head has long represented the best the island has to offer. For nearly a half-century, generations of families from across the globe have enjoyed Palmetto Dunes’ seemingly infinite bounty of outdoor activities with a family focus: World-class 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.
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, lunch daily, free range privileges, plus nine holes of golf daily on a space-available basis and 25 percent discount on rentals such as bikes, kayaks and canoes from Hilton Head Outfitters.
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. "Little Swingers" is offered Monday through Wednesday from 5:15 PM - 6 PM for $25 (ages 3-7) at the Robert Trent Jones Course. The "Junior Morning and Afternoon Clinic" occurs Monday through Thursday at 4 PM for $25 (ages 6-18) at the Robert Trent Jones Course and focuses on different aspects of the game every class.
In addition, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort recently added the club fitting, building and repair services of SwingFit, formerly Golf Etc. Hilton Head. SwingFit is owned and operated by Chris Wycoff, who has been named one of Golf Digest magazine’s “Top 100 Club Fitters.”
For more information about Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort and its many golf packages or to sign up for a Family Golf Program call (866) 744-7558.
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.
Father’s Day is just around the corner and we’ve got our eye on some gifts that we know Dad will love! Our Father’s Day Gift Guide has ideas for the perfect way to say ‘I love you’ this Father’s Day.
1. We know by the line-ups at Big Jim’s that a good meal goes a long way. Does your dad like to cook? Give him the gift of Lowcountry cooking at home with a cookbook featuring southern flavors, like Georgia-based Chef Hugh Acheson’s A New Turn in the South. If your father prefers eating to cooking, why not give him a gift certificate for his favorite Palmetto Dunes restaurant?
2. There are plenty of options for the golf-loving dad at Palmetto Dunes! Help him improve his game with a golf clinic or private lesson from The Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy – rated one of the best in the state. Or, give Dad an experience he’ll never forget! Our Stay and Play Package is the perfect golf getaway for a busy, golf-loving dad. (And maybe he’ll bring the whole family along!)
Another idea is some new golf gear. The Sun Mountain Four 5 bag is a great golf bag for those who like to carry their clubs. If your father prefers riding his way through our picturesque golf courses, the C-130 Cart Bag would be perfect.
3. One of the best-selling items on our online shop is the ¼ zip stretch thermal top. Its lightweight and breathable fabric makes it a go-to layer for golfers no matter the weather! Customize Dad’s top with a logo to make it truly one-of-a-kind.
4. We know from your #PDSummer Instagram pics that y’all know how to take a pretty picture of your time at Palmetto Dunes, so why not capture the memory of a family vacation to give to Dad? Print off one of your favorite Instagram photos onto a piece of metal for a unique of artwork Dad will love!
5. A new wallet is a classic Father’s Day gift, and the Winston Collection Money Clip Wallet will never go out of style, in fact its gorgeous 100% Vacquetta leather virtually guarantees that this wallet will age beautifully.
6. We can just picture Dad lounging on the beach – or by your villa pool – with a good book. Help Dad unwind and get into a good read with a thriller from master spy novel writer John le Carré. The Night Manager has recently been made into a mini-series, and we promise your father won’t be able to put this book down!
7. Can’t decide? A gift card lets Dad pick his present. The gift of Palmetto Dunes? We can’t think of anything better! Call us if you have any questions or other needs.
Palmetto Dunes guests share incredible Instagram photos. Why? Because they’re having the most fun in the most beautiful place!
If you’re vacationing at Palmetto Dunes this summer, we have a challenge for you; The Palmetto Dunes Summer Instagram Challenge!
How the contest works:
Every Thursday morning this summer, we’ll announce a theme. If you’re staying at the resort, snap a photo fitting that theme and post it to Instagram with the hashtag #PDsummer. Each week, one lucky Instagrammer will win a Palmetto Dunes gift card!
The Palmetto Dunes Summer Instagram Challenge themes are:
May 26-June 1: Beach Reads
June 2-8: Picnicking
June 9-15: Stunning Sunrises
June 16-22: Love Tennis
June 23-29: Life’s Better Barefoot
June 30-July 6: Fourth of July Fun
July 7-13: Ice Cream and Popsicles
July 14-20: On the Water
July 21-27: Fore!
July 28-August 3: Lowcountry Food
August 4-10: Cheers To Summer
August 11-17: Totes Y’all – Beach Totes
August 18-24: Summer Sunsets
August 25-31: Family Fun
September 1-7: Dog Days of Summer
Ready, set, ‘gram! And don’t forget to follow Palmetto Dunes on Instagram.
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.