Three-Ball. Hat Trick. Trifecta. No matter what you call it — if it happens in sports, three of almost anything is reason to celebrate.
We’re excited to share with you that we’ve experienced our own three-peat after the S.C. Board of Directors of the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA) named our George Fazio golf course the 2014 South Carolina Golf Course of the Year. It’s the third and final of our three Hilton Head golf courses to receive this prestigious designation.
In 2003, the Robert Trent Jones oceanfront course was named South Carolina Golf Course of the Year, while the Arthur Hills golf course received the honor in 2009. All three have also been rated four stars or more by Fodor’s Golf Digest Places to Play.
“The award-winning George Fazio course embodies the values we cherish at Palmetto Dunes – offering year-round championship golf in the heart of the South Carolina Lowcountry,” says Brad Marra, vice president of resort operations for Palmetto Dunes. “Many golfers regard it as the island’s most challenging championship course.”
The Fazio golf course demands a combination of long play and precise golf shots. From the 432-yard 1st hole to the 462-yard 18th hole, the Fazio course is the only par-70 golf course on Hilton Head Island. Its long par-4s are beset with bunkers and water hazards. The Fazio course plays 6,239 yards from the middle white tees.
In October, the Fazio Course will be in the running for National Golf Course of the Year.
Since golfing is a way of life here at Palmetto Dunes with our three championship Hilton Head golf courses hosting hundreds of golfers every week, we thought we’d share some of our favorite golf quotes. They come not just from golf professionals, but from comedians, writers and even presidents!
Here’s our top 10:
"I know I am getting better at golf because I'm hitting fewer spectators." – Gerald Ford
“They call it golf because the other four-letter words were taken.” – Raymond Floyd
“Hit it hard, go find it and hit it hard again.” – Arnold Palmer
"The ardent golfer would play Mount Everest if somebody put a flagstick on top." – Pete Dye
"Golf is an awkward set of bodily contortions designed to produce a graceful result." – Tommy Armour
"Golf is a game in which you yell 'fore', shoot six and write down five." – Paul Harvey
"It is good sportsmanship not to pick up lost balls while they are still rolling." – Mark Twain
"The most important shot in golf is the next one." – Ben Hogan
"The golf swing is like a suitcase into which we are trying to pack one too many things." – John Updike
"I never learned anything from a match that I won." – Bobby Jones
There are plenty more great golf quotes out there but these are just a few that made us laugh or gave us pause. What’s your favorite golf quote? Who’s your favorite golfer?
Play Golf America hosts Family Golf Month during the month of July in order to promote golf as a fun, family activity. “Summer is a great time to get involved in the game of golf, because there are so many programs that focus on the benefits that golf has for everyone,” says PGA of America President Allen Wronowski.
We’ve got plenty of family-friendly opportunities to explore golf within Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, recently named one of the World’s Top-25 Family Getaways by Travel + Leisure, and our three championship Hilton Head golf courses. Here are 6:
1. Kids play FREE! – Children ages 10 and younger play free with an adult paying regular rate after 4 p.m. at all three of our Hilton Head golf courses.
2. Family Golf School – Learn to play golf all together with our three-day Hilton Head Family Golf School. Our golf instructors will tailor the instruction to your family’s skill level and have you looking like pros by the end of your Hilton Head vacation.
4. Little Swingers – Kids ages 3-7 can get started on the basics of golf with fun songs at our Little Swingers kids golf class offered seasonally.
5. Junior Clinics – Kids 6 and older can join in our junior Hilton Head golf clinics, which focus on mastering the fundamentals of golf shots, etiquette and rules. Three different shots are covered daily. More advanced players ages 8 and older can participate in the Advanced Junior Class, which includes a round with a professional.
6. Dine at Big Jim’s restaurant – After your family round of golf, head over to Big Jim’s restaurant right on the Jones course for a family-friendly meal with specialties including BBQ, burgers and pizza.
How will you celebrate Family Golf Month?
Do you get competitive when it comes to golf? We’ve got just the event for you: our 1st annual Palmetto Dunes Summer Golf Series.
The tournament will run three Saturdays in July, one Saturday at each course, with prizes and bragging rights at stake.
The format will be a shotgun start with a four-man team scramble and team handicap at 20%. The first two tournaments are independent of the championship, and the top two teams from each of the first two tournaments will be re-handicapped based on their scores.
The top two teams will be competing for the Series Grand Championship at the Robert Trent Jones golf course where six teams will be playing to be the grand champions. The rest of the teams will be competing as they did in the first two events at the Arthur Hills golf course and the George Fazio golf course.
Prizes, which will be awarded for low net, closest to the pin and long drive, will include resort gift cards, golf certificates, hotel nights, restaurant discounts and more. The grand prize winners will receive individual and team trophies and custom shirts with the series logo and 2014 champion embroidered on them.
The tournaments start at 9 a.m. on July 12 at Arthur Hills, July 19 at George Fazio and July 26 at Robert Trent Jones. Entry fees are $65 per player or $260 per team and $85 per player or $340 per team for the Jones championship.
What do you think? Can you and your golf buddies bring home the championship trophy? If you’d like to give it a go, you can save $5 by registering online or give us a call at 843-686-9624 for more information. Good luck!
One of the best things about Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort is the opportunity for golfers to experience three 18-hole championship Hilton Head golf courses all at one resort with first tees no more than 5 minutes apart. Designers Robert Trent Jones, George Fazio and Arthur Hills all have established golf courses at our resort and each offers a unique playing experience for the golf lover.
Robert Trent Jones Golf Course
The Jones course is perhaps best known for its oceanfront setting with one of only two oceanfront holes on the entire island. Its layout is immaculate and stunning in its beauty and the view from the famed 10th green is not one that will soon be forgotten (we’ve even had weddings there!). Jones plays away from the clubhouse until it reaches its famed back-to-back par-5s that play out to the ocean. It’s also known to have the most accommodating fairways of the trio of courses, though keep in mind you might lose a ball or two as the course winds its way over the resort’s inland lagoon system.
George Fazio Golf Course
We hear a lot that the Fazio course is the most challenging of our courses. It offers the island’s only par-70 layout, whose long par-4s, elevated greens and deep bunkers will test all facets of your game. Known as a great course for “faders” of the golf ball, the Fazio course features a unique double green at 11 and 16 that gives you a peek at what many experts believe is the toughest finishing stretch of holes on the island. These are a Fantastic Four featuring three par-4s over 400 yards from the white tees and a par-3 just a step less than 190.
Arthur Hills Golf Course
Lastly, you’ll find our Hills course, which is as much a tour of a wildlife sanctuary (keep your eye out for waterfowl and an alligator here or there) as a round of golf with its natural beauty. There are those who say they could play the Hills Course every day and never play it the same way twice with the diversity of strategies presented. PGA Tour star Bryce Molder shot a course-record 60 here while in college, while Tiger Woods took an 8 at the signature 17th, a par-4 that requires a drive and an approach over and around one of the many lagoons on the layout.
At all three courses, you’ll find five sets of tees, including family tees, to create an enjoyable, yet challenging round to players of all skill levels. You’ll also find three different putting surfaces: Champion Bermuda on the Jones Course, shade-tolerant Diamond Zoysia on the Fazio and TifDwarf Bermuda on the Hills Course.
Which of the courses will you take on? Do you dare try all three and 54 holes on one visit?! Let us know if you take the challenge and how you did!
We love Pinterest here at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. It’s such a wonderful way to showcase our beautiful resort and all the fun things we have to do. From beach weddings to our three championship Hilton Head golf courses to the ocean and our plentiful moss-draped oaks, Palmetto Dunes and Hilton Head Island are ripe for pinning.
Here are some of our most popular pins from May. Feel free to follow us on Pinterest, follow some of our popular boards like Beach Quotes, Hilton Head Weddings, Southern Food and HarbourFest and start sharing with all of your fellow pinners.
Pinning all things wedding related is a definite hit on Palmetto Dunes’ Pinterest. This pin of a Hilton Head beach wedding at the resort certainly made the rounds in May.
HarbourFest, especially pinners! You guys took our pins, sharing our love for HarbourFest and Shannon Tanner, and spread them all over Pinterest!
You can’t beat the beauty to be found everywhere you look on Hilton Head Island. Many people say that the moss-draped oaks are one of their favorite reminders of our Southern island. More than 70 of you pinned this pin, proving your love of stately live oak trees.
Finally, summer is here and that means Palmetto Dunes Surf Camp is back in session. In just 90 minutes, all ages can learn the basics of how to “hang ten.” This pin is the proof!
What are your favorite pins and boards on our Pinterest? Please follow us and pin away to start dreaming of days on Hilton Head Island.
To book your Hilton Head Island vacation, give us a call at 866-650-4130.
In celebration of Father’s Day, we want to recognize dads, especially those who have a love of golf, which is something near and dear to our hearts here at Palmetto Dunes.
As part of our Father’s Day Golf Selfie contest, we’re asking dads to send us a golf selfie or take a picture of your own dad playing golf and submit to us for a chance to win a great golf prize package.
To participate, you can send us your selfie on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. Be sure to “tag” Palmetto Dunes via the social network accounts listed below AND use the hashtag #DadGolfSelfie.
Send them now through the day after Father’s Day, as we’ll accept entries until midnight on June 21, 2014. On Sunday, June 22, we’ll announce one random winner on all three social media accounts, as well as right here on our blog.
What do you win?
A golf prize package that includes:
So start snapping selfies on the greens and get in your entries for a chance at MORE golf on beautiful Hilton Head Island!
RULES & RESTRICTIONS
Are you considering a Hilton Head vacation soon? Let us help you plan the perfect getaway that fits your hobbies and interests. At Palmetto Dunes, we offer so many activities from fishing to biking and from tennis to golf that you’ll be hard pressed not to find something you’ll love. Here are 5 great ways to vacation at Palmetto Dunes:
1. Tennis Getaways – If you “love” tennis, we’ve got all sorts of fun packages and activities for you. With the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center, which sees thousands of visitors every year, you can find clinics, round robins, equipment demonstrations, tennis tournaments and more. We offer tennis vacation packages that include instruction and tennis court time and are even tailored to large groups. If you really love tennis, consider ourExtreme Tennis Vacation!
2. For the Outdoor Lover – There’s so much to do outdoors at Palmetto Dunes and so much beauty to see. The Outdoor Adventure packagerolls the best of our outdoor activities all into one with at least three nights of accommodations in one of our Hilton Head vacation rentals, kayak rentals, a dolphin cruise, Hilton Head bike rentalsand tennis court time daily.
3. Romance in Bloom – Looking for a romantic getaway for just the two of you? We offer several romance packages like our Honeymooner’s Escape, Mini Moon and Anniversary Celebration that include spa treatments, bike rentals, kayak rentals and more.
4. Golfers Delight – Get your best golf buddies together and play all three of our championship golf courses, each uniquely challenging. Our golf vacation packages include instruction time, accommodations and tee times, and be sure to take advantage of our free club fittings and free golf demo on Mondays at 4 p.m. at the Robert Trent Jones course.
5. Family Fun – Got kids? We love kids here at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. Our Ultimate Family package and Sun ‘N Fun Island escape are uniquely designed to entertain all ages down to our smallest guests. Kids will find lots to do at the resort like family tees at our golf courses, junior tennis clinics and round robins, fishing, crabbing and summer Surf School just to name a few.
What kind of Hilton Head package sounds like the perfect fit for your vacation? If we can answer any questions or tailor any package to better fit your needs, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 866-650-4130.
If you've ever played golf at our Robert Trent Jones golf course, then you probably know Sammy Mulrain. This 97-year-old lover of golf served as the course starter every Thursday for the last 33 years, never missing a shift! How’s that for dedication? Sammy has finally put down his golf clubs, at least as a career, and retired as our starter ranger at 97 years young.
He’s truly beloved by the staff at Palmetto Dunes and by all the golfers who come through our doors year after year. “You don’t come across people like Sammy every day,” says Brad Marra, vice president of Palmetto Dunes. “He was a great guy to have at Palmetto Dunes and an even greater person to know. His is a wonderful story of service and dedication with a lasting impression on all of us.”
Sammy, who was named the 2009 Employee of the Year by the Lowcountry Golf Course Owners Association and recently featured in an article in the Hilton Head Island Packet, is known for his attention to detail, making sure golfers get off on time. A veteran who stormed Normandy in World War II, he’s known for his meticulous efficiency.
He also has a heart for charity and even searches for lost golf balls on his own time, donating them to a local church for their use in fundraising events. Sammy retired to Hilton Head Island in 1978 after a career working for the American Can Company.
When asked about his favorite part of his years at Palmetto Dunes, Sammy says it’s the people and the chance to stay active. In an Island Packet article featuring him several years ago, he said, “That's why I do it at my age, just to talk to people…I try to get them laughing. The Jones course has a hole on the ocean, so I tell them, ‘When you get to the 10th green, don't go swimming or nothing.’”
Matt Ginella, host of Morning Drive on the Golf Channel, mentioned our Robert Trent Jones golf course as one of the best Hilton Head golf courses to play. Watch the segment on Hilton Head here: