Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort has carved out an outstanding, worldwide reputation during its first 50 years by remaining on the cutting edge of resort innovation.
One of America’s fastest growing sports in terms of popularity, Pickleball is a fun sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. Pickleball can be played both indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court and with a slightly modified tennis net and can be played as doubles or singles.
What makes the sport particularly appealing is that all ages and skill levels can play. The rules are simple and pickleball is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.
Demonstrating its commitment to this fast-growing sport, Palmetto Dunes not only added eight pickleball courts, it also hired one of the sport’s most accomplished players, Sarah Ansboury, as its Pickleball Touring Professional and Director of Pickleball Instruction.
A nationally ranked tennis player, Ansboury discovered pickleball in 2014 and was instantly hooked. She entered her first national pickleball tournaments in 2015 and earned Gold and Silver at the September 2015 Tournament of Champions. In November, she medaled four times at the USAPA National Tournament including winning Gold in the Women’s Doubles Open with her friend, Gigi LeMaster.
“Palmetto Dunes is excited to announce our first Ansboury Academy,” said Palmetto Dunes’ Director of Tennis & Pickleball John Kerr. “This academy will be the first of many for Palmetto Dunes that will allow pickleball players to learn from one of the very best instructors in the game.”
Palmetto Dunes has also announced an expansion of its Pickleball Center. Eight new courts are being constructed and are expected to be open for play by mid-October.
The first Ansboury Academy will be held September 24-27 at the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort’s Tennis & Pickleball Center. Participants will enjoy a week of pickleball — 15 hours of instruction — with Sarah and Linh Ansboury. Each day will focus on techniques and tactics for every player to improve on the court.
This week of instruction leads up to The Island Rec Center Pickleball Tournament being hosted at the Palmetto Dunes Tennis & Pickleball Center September 29-30. Sign up here.
The Palmetto Dunes Tennis & Pickleball Center has been named the top tennis resort in the Carolinas by Tennis Magazine. Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort offers outstanding tennis and pickleball packages for players at all skill levels at one of the world's finest family resort destinations. The award-winning tennis resort offers dream vacations for tennis players year-round on Hilton Head Island.
For those who haven’t experienced this exciting and hot new sport, the Pickleball center at Palmetto Dunes is offering a perfect opportunity in the fall. Don’t miss out on the fun!