Valentine’s day is fast approaching and when it comes to tips for a healthy relationship, Palmetto Dunes Head Tennis Professional, Eric Wammock, advises that one of the best tips is learning how to better communicate in mixed doubles with your loved one.
First, you must always be supportive of your partner regardless of whom is the better player. It is also best to communicate as if you are playing with someone you’ve just met. You would treat new acquaintances with a respect that is sometimes forgotten when interacting with someone close to you.
Both players may have strong ideas about what to do and how to play as well. It is best to listen to your partner and give their ideas consideration – even a weaker player many times sees things that seasoned players sometimes miss.
And lastly, quite often the male player in mixed doubles decides that he will dominate the conversation. Eric has seen it countless times. Discretion is the better part of valor, so be supportive and let it end at that. If the female decides to dominate the conversation, just be quiet and take it like a man.
For better tips on the real strategies for both Doubles communication and strategy and tactics, join Palmetto Dunes’ award winning Competitive Doubles class from 9:30-11AM daily. We can save your doubles game and maybe your relationship!
Valentine’s Day is around the corner and love is in the air! Celebrate it in style by treating your love to a romantic evening at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. Whether it’s your first Valentine’s Day together or your 50th, we’ve got date night ideas to make it extra special.
Head to Alexander’s Restaurant and Wine Bar and take advantage of their Valentine’s Day specials that include decadent dishes like Wagyu beef short rib and the perfect shareable dessert for two. Cozy up at a table near the fireplace or pick a table for two with a view in their bright and airy atrium overlooking Palmetto Dunes lagoon.
If a harbour view is more your style, make a reservation at ELA'S On The Water for their Valentine’s Day prix fixe menu. The seafood-forward meal includes a starter, entrée, and a generous dessert sampler. Choose from classic date night dishes like oysters or butter poached lobster—and don’t forget to take advantage of their extensive wine and cocktail list.
Take a sunset cruise from Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina and spend a few hours enjoying each other’s company and the stunning Lowcountry scenery as you sail into the sunset. Talk about romantic! Of course, you don’t have to get out on the water to enjoy a beautiful sunset. Take a stroll along the boardwalk at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina before stopping into The Other Sister’s Wine Bar to toast to each other with a luscious glass of wine or inspired cocktail.
Skip the one-night event and opt for a weekend! A Hilton Head getaway for two is about as romantic as it gets. Add a couples massage at one of the Island’s top spas, dining, and outdoor activities for two, and you’ve got a perfect romantic escape.
For the active couple, or just the pair who is looking do something a little different, enjoy the daylight—and each other’s company—while exploring the Island on a bicycle built for two. The staff at Hilton Head Outfitters are more than happy to offer advice on which routes to take. To really go the extra mile, order some takeaway from Big Jim’s or the General Store and pack a picnic for two.
Of course, when it comes to the perfect date night, what matters most is the person you’re with so why not keep it simple with a handheld stroll along the beach? We’ve got three miles of stunning beachfront that provide the perfect place to relax and reconnect.
Make this Valentine’s Day extra special and surprise your loved one with a Lowcountry date night that’ll be one to remember.
With its winding bike paths, miles of beachfront, and a vibrant lagoon ecosystem, Palmetto Dunes is an outdoor lover’s paradise. However, even Hilton Head Island isn’t immune to grey skies and rainclouds. Don’t let a little bit of rain ruin your vacation! There are still lots of fun things to do on a rainy day at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, if you cozy up and celebrate the great indoors.
One of the best advantages of a vacation home or villa rental is you’ve got space to lounge and enjoy. Peruse your vacation rental’s DVD collection, grab a deck of cards, or use your villa’s kitchen to whip up a rainy-day feast. It’s a perfect excuse to spend time together, and there’s tons of fun to be had without having to leave your home away from home.
Enjoy beautiful marina views from the great indoors while feasting on a long lunch at one of our restaurants at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina. ELA’s On the Water offers an exquisite view of the harbor mouth and refined European flavors, Bucci and Murray’s Pub on the Harbour offers a casual atmosphere—and a covered patio, or head to Scott’s Fish Market for fresh seafood and a friendly Lowcountry vibe.
Head to Big Jim’s—our favorite sports bar is always broadcasting the hottest matchups on the big screen. Or, if a beach view is more your style, head to The Dunes House where you can have a drink or light meal while enjoying the soothing sound of beach waves in the rain.
Don’t forget that we also have kids’ activities (even on rainy days).
Rain may hamper your beach day plans, but we think you’ll find that the dolphins of Hilton Head don’t mind it one bit! Go online and book a boat charter out of Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina (most boats are covered and enclosed) and head out to see what wet wildlife you can spot! They say that rainy days make for the best fishing. It might be time to test that theory out by chartering a fishing boat.
If you’re by yourself, grab a good book and head to the Hilton Head Social Bakery, owned by award-winning Manhattan chef Philippe Feret. Enjoy a perfect pastry and wait for the rain to clear.
On the other hand, you’re on vacation, so why not treat yourself? While the sky is busy raining, you can get busy relaxing. Visit Pure Salt Studios at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, where you can indulge in a relaxing salt session, detox in the sauna, or participate in a salt yoga session—all of which are sure to relieve stress and allow for deep relaxation!
You can also take advantage of a little bit of down time to make some more vacation plans. Relax in your villa or at a café while signing up for a Tennis Clinic or Pickleball lesson. Arrange some private golf instruction for when the sun comes out, plan your next bike route, or read up on the fish of Palmetto Lagoon. You’ll be ready to make the most of your Hilton Head trip as soon as the clouds part.
How have you made the most of a rainy day at Palmetto Dunes? Tell us in the comments!
Stunning sunrises, beautiful beach days, delicious dinners, fabulous fireworks. It’s been another incredible year here at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort and we’ve loved seeing it unfold through the eyes of you, our guests! Y’all have captured the spirit of the Lowcountry, the vibe of a Palmetto Dunes vacation, and the incredible natural beauty of Hilton Head Island. Here are some of our favorite guest photos of the year.
Hilton Head sunrises are worth waking up for—especially when you get to watch them from the shores of our three-mile stretch of pristine beach.
If Palmetto Dunes beach’s stunning sunrises are the perfect way to start the day, the breathtaking sunsets at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina are the best way to end it. As our follower @stephaniesharron77 commented, it’s “heaven on earth!!”.
We couldn’t showcase a year at Palmetto Dunes without including some shots of our incredible golf courses! Whether you were playing in tournaments, picking up tips from our certified instructors, or just hanging out with your golf buddies, we loved seeing y’all enjoy yourselves out on the green.
From land—to sea! The calm waters of the Palmetto Dunes lagoon, the welcoming waves of Palmetto Dunes beach, there’s no doubt that getting out on the water is one of the best ways to spend time on Hilton Head Island.
You know what they say, you can’t fight the waves but you can learn to surf! Hilton Head Outfitters’ summer surf school was a hit again this year, as a new crew of surfers perfected the art of hanging ten.
We think follower @lori.anderson70 said it best, when she commented on this kayak photo, “Come July, that’s where I want to be!!!”
Speaking of summer, people have been returning to Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort for generations. And no wonder! With three miles of pristine beach to enjoy it’s the place-to-be for summer fun.
Welcoming families to Palmetto Dunes is one of our greatest pleasures, so we had to include some snapshots of family getaways! Beach days, ice cream dates, bike paths and HarbourFest singalongs…What fun was had!
Of course, the scenic views of the Lowcountry are ideal for romance, too. Whether you’re having a beach-themed bachelorette, or walking down the aisle, we love celebrating life’s milestones with you.
There’s something about life in Lowcountry that is just laidback, and we think these photos perfectly capture the calming quiet moments that make a Hilton Head vacation so incredibly relaxing.
Thanks for walking down memory lane with us! 2019 has been another wonderful year at Palmetto Dunes and so we raise our glass to you, our guests who made it so special. We can’t wait to see what adventures y’all get up to on Hilton Head Island next year!
In the December-January issue of Golf Digest, the venerable magazine ranks the “Best Teachers in Every State” as voted on by their peers in the golf instruction industry.
One of golf’s most comprehensive nationwide rankings, the magazine has identified, “651 great instructors who fix swings near you” by surveying more than 1,500 golf instructors across the United States.
Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort on Hilton Head Island is pleased to announce that its longtime Director of Instruction, former PGA Tour professional Doug Weaver, is ranked among the best teachers in the state of South Carolina.
“This is a vote from my peers, so I am genuinely humbled,” said Weaver, who was inducted in the Lowcountry Golf Hall of Fame in 2017 and has previously been awarded Hilton Head Island’s “PGA Teacher of the Year.” In 2017, Weaver was also named “Teacher of the Year” for the Carolinas section of the PGA of America (CPGA). He has served on the CPGA Teachers Committee for three years.
In addition, Weaver was recently awarded the 2019 “Player of the Year” for the CPGA’s Lowcountry area, which includes Charleston, Beaufort, Jasper, and Colleton Counties. “I’ve done what I ask my students to do,” Weaver said. “I’ve been willing to update my techniques in all areas of my game. Palmetto Dunes is an excellent place to practice and play on its challenging and uplifting courses.”
In addition to its trio of outstanding golf courses, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort operates one of the world’s top golf academies — including TPI Fitness, 3D instruction with Gears Golf and a top-50 club-fitting program — which offers a variety of instructional programs for golfers of all skill levels. Weaver heads a staff of outstanding PGA Class A professionals averaging 17 years of instruction, who provide hands-on instruction to golfers with proficiency and expertise.
“A ranking like this is quite an honor considering the number of exceptional instructors there are, in one of the country’s best states for golf,” said Palmetto Dunes Vice President of Resort Operations Brad Marra. “All of us at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort are proud to have Doug Weaver head up our outstanding team of golf instructors.”
Weaver once made history on the PGA Tour. As a rookie in 1989, during a breathtaking span of one hour and 50 minutes, Weaver became the first of four U.S. Open contenders at Oak Hill Country Club to ace the sixth hole. Nick Price, Jerry Pate and Mark Wiebe were the other three. Weaver has recorded 10 hole-in-ones during his career.
That historic event became one of many highlights in Weaver’s professional career. He captured 15 mini-tour titles and played in PGA Tour events during six years spanning three decades, including three Top-25 finishes. Weaver played and practiced with many of the game’s greatest including Tom Watson, Nick Faldo, Nick Price, Paul Azinger, Vijay Singh, Lee Trevino, Payne Stewart and many others.
Weaver first moved to Hilton Head as a 17-year-old prep athlete. He was taught and influenced by Sam Snead, Davis Love II and Jack Nicklaus — and he played with a left-sided swing. “In 2004, in my drive to be the best teacher I can be, I started practicing a modern approach to golf,” said Weaver, who starred at Furman University alongside Brad Faxon. “I’ve found a more natural and aggressive swing that is dependable in competition.”
All his PGA Tour experiences and passionate desire to excel in coaching have trained Weaver well to help in his ultimate calling as a coach to golfers from beginners to professionals. “The sensitive, hands-on instruction is effective and efficient,” he said. “Our patient coaches will help you kindle or rekindle your love of golf.”
To sign up for one of Weaver’s free, Monday clinics at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort or any of its other world-class golf instruction programs, please call 866-744-7558 or visit www.palmettodunes.com/golf/hilton-head-golf-instruction.
Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort on Hilton Head Island, SC, continues to ring in the holidays. The popular “Light up the Harbour” display at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina runs through the New Year, while Alexander’s Restaurant & Wine Bar will be hosting a pair of special holiday celebrations. Additional information on all holiday happenings below.
Alexander’s is hosting a “Brunch with Santa” on December 22 from 10 AM until 2 PM. Cost is $32 per person and $15 for children ages 5-12 years old, and includes an extensive selection of hot and cold offerings, along with fresh juices, coffee, tea, & a hot chocolate station.
Reservations are recommended. Call 843-785-4999 after 12 noon, or reserve online at AlexandersRestaurant.com. Locally owned and operated, Alexander’s Restaurant & Wine Bar is located at 76 Queens Folly Rd, along the main entryway to Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.
In addition, Alexander’s will be ringing in the end of a decade — and the beginning of a new one — with a special “New Year’s Eve Dinner” on December 31 from 5 PM until 9 PM. This will be a three-course prix fixe culinary celebration. Highlights include sophisticatta ricotta frittata, lobster pasta, pork shank osso Bucco and a mixed berry cobbler.
Cost is $60 per person and $25 for a special “wine pairing.” Price includes a champagne toast served with dessert & amuse bouche, party favors and more. Live Music will be provided by Tom Chambers & Bill Alcock on sax and piano. Reservations are recommended by Dec. 27.
At Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, visitors can stroll the fourth annual “Light up the Harbour” display of holiday lights decorating private and commercial boats docked in the marina each evening. The display runs through January 1, 2020. Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina is located on Hwy 278 at mile marker 8, across from the Palmetto Dunes entrance.
Shop at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina’s locally owned boutiques & galleries:
Dine at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina’s seven waterfront restaurants open for the holidays:
Services/Misc. available at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina:
Finally, the popular Dunes House at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort reopens December 21 with a limited menu. Enjoy live Holiday music on the beach from the Lowcountry Boil Bluegrass Band on Tuesday, December 24th, from 1:00 PM- 4:00PM (weather permitting).
In addition, Big Jim’s is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, serving signature Southern dishes including BBQ, gourmet burgers and grilled pizzas plus homemade soups, salads, seafood and fall-off-the-bone ribs. Enjoy big screen TV’s and outdoor seating overlooking the Robert Trent Jones golf course. Big Jim’s offers a kid’s menu, wine and beer menu, Happy Hour runs Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 PM, and take-out orders and catering are available.
We look forward to seeing you this holiday season! Happy Holidays from all of us at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.
Shorter days, cooler nights, family gatherings and twinkling lights. The holiday season is here and we’ve made a list (and checked it twice!) to help you find the perfect gift for the loved ones in your life. This year we’ve challenged ourselves to find memorable experiences to gift, because sometimes the best presents just can’t be wrapped.
The first stop for any golfer gift is our award-winning Pro Shops but when it comes to giving a golf gift that keeps on giving, nothing beats a custom club-fitting session at one of Golf Digest’s Top 100 Golf Clubfitters! SwingFit, located at the Robert Trent Jones course, is the premiere golf clubfitter on Hilton Head Island. Their state-of-the-art technology not ensures a bespoke set of clubs, your golfer will also get unparalleled insight into the strengths and weaknesses of their swing—invaluable info that’ll help lower that handicap in 2020! Learn more about SwingFit.
Stock up on favorites by Peter Millar, Travis Mathew, Stitch Golf, U.S. Kids, YETI & more from our golf pro shops! Every $100 spent earns a chance to win a new Srixon 585 Driver!
On Saturday, December 14th, in conjunction with the Presidents Cup taking place across the globe in Australia, the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course at Palmetto Dunes Resort will host its own Ryder Cup Challenge. Collect a group of friends for this two-person team, winter tournament, which will tee off with a 12:00 noon shotgun start. The fee is $65 per player, which includes golf, greens fees, prizes and beer (four drink/snack tickets per person). Member rates do not apply. The entry deadline is Monday, December 9 at 5:00 p.m., so make your plans now.
Through December 31st stop by the Palmetto Dunes Golf Pro Shops and stock up on golf balls or make a loved one happy with a great holiday gift! Purchase two dozen Callaway Chrome Soft golf balls for only $70. The Chrome Soft Golf Ball combines Tour-proven distance and performance with unparalleled feel and exceptional mis-hit forgiveness, led by the groundbreaking new Graphene Dual Soft Fast Core.
At Palmetto Dunes, we’ve not only got one of the world’s best tennis centers, we’ve got one of Pickleball’s greatest players on hand to share her winning tips. That means that not only can you surprise your loved one with the thrill of a new sport this holiday, you can help them master it with a Pickleball vacation at Palmetto Dunes, including instruction with Sarah Ansboury, Champion Pickleball player and Palmetto Dunes’ Director of Pickleball Instruction. Her Ansboury Academies have fast become a favorite and we know that the promise of some time spent with this pro will put a smile on any Pickleball player’s face. Don't forget that memberships make great gifts as well!
Nothing gets our mouths watering quite like Lowcountry cooking, so it’s no wonder foodies return to Hilton Head year after year for their favorite dishes. Surprise the foodie in your family with tickets to one of the most popular food events of the year—the Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival! Your food fanatic will be thrilled to meet famous chefs from around the country and you can treat them to a memorable meal at the Alexander’s Lowcountry Supper. Palmetto Dunes Dining gift cards also make the perfect gift!
The outdoor adventurers at Hilton Head Outfitters will tell you that there’s no better way to spend the day than out on the water, and if there’s someone on your list who feels the same, a fishing expedition is just the thing. At Palmetto Dunes, you can choose between the relaxation of inshore fishing or the adrenaline of an offshore fishing charter. No matter their level of fishing expertise, your nature lover is sure to love a day spent outdoors on Hilton Head Island regardless of what they reel in.
Stop by Hilton Head Outfitters to check out the bike sale and browse through HHI sweatshirts, long sleeve T-shirts & hats all at 10% off! Even more deals are at Shelter Cove Marina Ship's Store with up to 30% off Sperry’s and 20% off clothing, hats, belts, shoes and check out our selection of Shelter Cove Marina brand merchandise.
The Palmetto Dunes Gift Card is like sending a fun-filled getaway to your loved ones. Purchase them online, over the phone or in any of our retail locations. The gift card is redeemable for vacation rentals, golf tee times, lessons and merchandise, tennis court time, lessons and merchandise, pickleball court time and lessons, Hilton Head Outfitters merchandise and activities, Shelter Cove Marina merchandise and activities, fishing charters, resort dining and more.
Santa Claus is coming… to Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, just part of a creative and memorable celebration of the season. Palmetto Dunes will be celebrating Thanksgiving at a pair of popular resort locations.
Beginning Thanksgiving weekend, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort and Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina will ring in the holiday season with Thanksgiving dinners, visits from Santa, seasonal lights and much more.
Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina is located on Hwy 278 at mile marker 8, across from the Palmetto Dunes entrance. Visit the Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina Facebook page for more information www.ShelterCoveHiltonHead.com.
Thanksgiving at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort
Palmetto Dunes will be celebrating Turkey Day (Thursday, November 28) at a pair of popular resort locations.
Alexander’s Restaurant & Wine Bar will be offering a four-course Thanksgiving Dinner from 12 p.m. until 8 p.m. Cost is $55 per person and $25 for Children’s Thanksgiving Meal including dessert (includes tax & 18% gratuity). Reservations required, visit: AlexandersRestaurant.com/Thanksgiving or call 866-921-6639 after 12 noon daily.
In addition, the Centre Court Pavilion will be serving an All-You-Can-Eat Buffet from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Cost is $44 per person and $22 (plus tax & 18% gratuity) for kids 12 and under. Kids 5 & under are free. Reservations required, visit: www.PalmettoDunesThanksgiving.com. For additional information, please call 877-497-2068.
Santa Comes Friday, November 29th to Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina
Thanksgiving is just the start of the holiday season at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort and Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina.
On Friday, November 29th, Santa Claus will arrive at Shelter Cove Harbour — via a firetruck — at 12 noon and stay until 2:30 p.m. for children to share their Christmas wish list and snap a pic with Old Saint Nick at the iconic Neptune Statue.
There will be a variety of holiday activities for both children and adults. Parents and kids can ride the train around Shelter Cove Marina, enjoy the bounce house, and join in other arts and crafts. Adults can stroll through the area’s many unique stores and boutiques while enjoying holiday music.
In addition, the first 200 kids get to decorate a gingerbread cookie; starting at 11 a.m. Cookies are provided by the Hilton Head Social Bakery.
By the end of November, visitors can stroll the 4th annual “Light up the Harbour” display of holiday lights decorating private and commercial boats docked in the marina each evening. The display runs through January 1, 2019.
Schedule for Friday, November 23:
12:00 noon - 2:30 p.m.: Santa arrives at noon aboard a fire truck. Take photos at Neptune’s Statue until 2:30 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Enter to WIN Prizes: a variety of Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina gift cards or items from Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina shops.
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Enjoy holiday music, bounce house, wax hands & kiddie train rides around the marina.
All day: Holiday sales & dining specials at participating merchants. Enjoy strolling around the marina & the Holiday boat lights & decorations.
Shop at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina’s locally owned boutiques & galleries:
Dine at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina’s seven waterfront restaurants open for the holidays:
Home to some of America’s oldest churches, graveyards, and buildings, Hilton Head Island has been bewitching guests for generations. As the nights get cooler and Halloween draws near, we’re steeling ourselves to explore a different side of the Lowcountry, one of ghouls, ghosts, and things that go bump in the night. Read on for Hilton Head Island’s haunted tales…if you dare.
The first eerie tale on our list is one that is close to home, the tale of The Blue Lady. In the 19th century the daughter of the Leamington Lighthouse keeper suffered a terrible tragedy one fateful stormy evening and can still be seen walking the lighthouse grounds on stormy nights.
Some paranormal creatures are harmless; even friendly. The Boo Hags of Gullah lore are not those creatures. These vampiric ghouls are red, skinless creatures that come out only in darkness and survive by sneaking into bedrooms to steal breath and skin, sucking the life from their victims as they sleep. Gullah folklore says that the only thing that wards off Boo Hags is the bright blue color of indigo, which explains why you might see bright blue doors on the houses of the Lowcountry.
Not far from Hilton Head Island, in Yemassee, Beaufort County you’ll find the Old Sheldon Church Ruins. Built in the 1700s, the church was torched during the Revolutionary War. It was rebuilt only to be razed again during the American Civil War. The site is a favorite for local photographers who snap stunning pictures of the beautiful old ruins. It is also frequently visited by a different kind of guest. Among the ancient gravestones surrounding the ruins is the small grave of an infant. Visitors who approach it are overcome with an overwhelming feeling of sorrow. They might even hear sobbing – or catch a woman in a brown dress kneeling at the grave.
Take a drive to St. Helena Island and you may come across the ruins of a burnt down church. The church dates back to the 1700s and its cemetery houses the bones of many residents from that era. Our story concerns a particular headstone—a mausoleum, in fact. The vault sits to the right of the ruins, housing the remains Edgar Fripp and his beloved wife Eliza. During the Civil War, it’s said that Union soldiers tore apart the vault looking for treasure but found nothing. Disappointed, they bricked up the opening and left. The next day they returned to find the bricks stacked neatly next to the vault. Shocked and shaken, the soldiers left empty-handed. The vault remains eerily half-open to this day.
The origins of this ghost story date back to 1562 when French settler Jean Ribault arrived in Beaufort County with his jester, a dwarf nicknamed Gauche. Though Ribault would go on to explore, eventually making his way to Florida, Gauche never left. The Castle, a home built in the Italian Renaissance style by Dr. Joseph Johnson nearly 300 years later seems to be the place Gauche likes best. He's been known to prank residents of The Castle ever since, moving furniture, opening doors, leaving handprints on windows. Every so often the jingle of the bells on his jester hat can be heard as he wanders the grounds.
Not all Lowcountry ghosts are from centuries ago. Tony Hooks, lead guitarist for Sly and the Family Stone was staying at his mother Sara Hooks’ house in Bluffton in the winter of 1988 when he was shot dead at 32 when he answered his door. Though the house has since fallen into disrepair, on quiet nights locals swear they can hear Tony playing his guitar.
Have you ever felt a presence as you explored the Lowcountry? What ghostly tales have you heard on your travels? One thing is for sure, Hilton Head, with its haunted homes, ghastly ghouls, and unsettled souls is definitely ready for Halloween.
by Guest Blogger Jordan Fuller
Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort has become one of the most sought-after destinations for families, couples and — with its three spectacular courses — golfers as well. Having celebrated its 50th anniversary recently, this oceanfront resort has become one of the finest east coast backdrops for creating a wonderful oceanside vacation.
The resort’s 5-star golf serves as the centerpiece.
The trio of widely acclaimed courses at Palmetto Dunes have built a reputation through the years for their challenging layouts and stunning natural beauty. The Arthur Hills, George Fazio and Robert Trent Jones courses at Palmetto Dunes all share similar characteristics, but remain wholly singular in their personality and playing experience.
When I made my first-ever golfing trip to the oceanside resort, I headed first to the Robert Trent Jones course. Built in 1967 by Robert Trent Jones Sr., this course is known for being the most accessible of the three resort courses. Taking that into account, I thought it would be the perfect choice to play first.
As you play the RTJ Sr. layout, you’ll be knocked out by the luxurious views of the nearby Atlantic Ocean throughout the round. Yes, the opening nine does run alongside the adjacent highway, but that shouldn’t prevent you from enjoying the course’s opening front side.
The “star of the show” at the Jones Course is a back nine that features plenty of water. It also includes my favorite hole on the course, the par-5 10th, one of just two holes on Hilton Head Island that touches the ocean beach. You’ll want a camera as you putt out on the 10th green, because the view of the water rolling in against the beach is a memory worth saving.
Next, I chose the Arthur Hills course. Known for its distinct and strategic layout, Arthur Hills is the course that channels the local terrain of Hilton Head the most of the three. Surrounded by palmetto trees and an abundance of water, this course won’t force you to hit it long off the tee, but it will punish you if you aren’t accurate.
That said, I had an absolute blast on the Arthur Hills course because of the strategic mindset that the design demands from all golfers. This course doesn’t bore you with a routine of driver, 7-iron, and putter over and over like many courses, but instead engages you with each shot.
You will have to carry a lot of water on this course and wear comfortable clothing, but that makes playing the challenging layout that much more enjoyable. A great example is the spectacular par-4 second hole. Golfers have to clear a large body of water with their second shot on this hole after hitting a hybrid or iron off the tee to a small landing area.
Arthur Hills does provide a respite, with large greens that roll smoothly and don’t have a great deal of break. Following the round, one of my playing partners described the course as, “tough but fair.” I couldn’t agree more.
I ended my golf vacation at Palmetto Dunes with the resort’s third layout, the George Fazio Course. Widely considered to be the toughest of the three courses, the Fazio has been awarded many accolades over the years for its beauty and incredibly demanding golf.
The front nine at the Fazio offers golfers a more relaxed side in contrast with the tighter back nine. Fazio designed the course with an emphasis on carving his fairways through the abundance of trees that line the landing areas for tee shots. As a result, the course will be more challenging for golfers who failed to bring their accuracy with them to the first tee.
If you are looking for a standout hole, the par-3 17th at the Fazio is terrific fun, as the golfer must clear a large stream that runs diagonally across the area with their tee shot — which could be particularly challenging for women golfers. Waiting to trap your ball around the green is a front-facing bunker and a thick group of trees to the left that will swallow any shot that enters.
After playing all three courses at the Palmetto Dunes resort, I can say with total conviction that each course packs an extraordinary punch that will undoubtedly invigorate and delight any traveling golfer. To learn more about our courses or to receive your golf quote, visit us at www.palmettodunes.com/golf/hilton-head-golf today.
Jordan Fuller is a golf enthusiast with over 25 years of experience on the golf course. He’s fallen in love with the game and now teaches golf to amateur players in Omaha, Nebraska. He also loves to write and share his learnings about the game in articles on his website Golf Influence.
Learn more about bettering your game with Jordan here.