Pickleball isn’t only a paddle sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. It is a social affair bringing people together on the court and on occasion, reuniting old friends and lost connections.
Just last Spring, two Minnesota men were preparing for a game on the pickleball courts at Palmetto Dunes Pickleball Center and quickly found out that they played at the same local pickleball club and in the same men’s senior golf league back home. They have returned again this year and have shared that they continued their friendship back in Minnesota by gathering for dinner accompanied by their wives.
A similar occurrence has already transpired this year. In one of the round robins in February, two women were paired together as partners. A few screams and shouts later, it was apparent that they knew each other and we later learned that they were sorority sisters reconnecting after 40 years. As it turns out, Mary Beth and Cindy were in the same pledge class in 1979 at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. They quickly exchanged contact information and went on to beat their opponents.
As described by the “regulars”, round robins at Palmetto Dunes are the best two hours of social fun on Hilton Head Island. Palmetto Dunes has 10 round robins each week – every morning from 10:00am to 12:00pm and on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. Each round robin is pro supervised with the goal to have every player playing at their skill level within the first 20 minutes, so matches are both competitive and social.
Don’t just take it from us. Be sure to review the comments by fellow pickleball players on TripAdvisor, Yelp or Google by searching Palmetto Dunes Tennis and Pickleball Center.
For more information visit PalmettoDunes.com/Activities. To reserve a spot in one of our clinics or round robins call (866) 242-3169.
See you on the court soon!
Longtime Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort Director of Golf Instruction Doug Weaver, a former PGA Tour professional, fired a 66 on Saturday to capture the 10th annual CPGA Old South EZ Go Pro-Am by five strokes.
Old South Director of Golf Jim Uremovich, host professional, congratulates Doug Weaver following Weaver’s round of 66 on Saturday at the 10th annual CPGA Old South EZ Go Pro-Am. Weaver won the event by five strokes.
Twenty-one CPGA professionals led five-player teams competing at Old South Golf Links in Bluffton. Weaver’s squad, which consisted of residents of Palmetto Dunes Resort, finished third overall.
A Callaway Staff player, Weaver credited his equipment for the low round. “My transition to the Callaway Rogue Pro Irons and the Mac Daddy wedges has been very easy,” Weaver said. “Along with the dependability of the Chrome Soft Golf Balls, I have more confidence and can play more aggressively.”
Swingfit Clubfitting staff, Chris Wycoff and Mike Haddick was meticulous in matching the correct shaft, lofts and lies to allow me to play aggressively, said Weaver.
In 2017, Weaver was selected for induction into the Lowcountry Golf Hall of Fame.
He starred for a Hilton Head high school team before taking his talents to Furman University, where he played alongside fellow future PGA Tour player Brad Faxon.
Weaver’s professional breakthrough came in 1987 at the Zell Wood Country Club Open in Florida, where — despite playing in a final group with three former PGA Tour pros — he birdied the 72nd hole to capture his inaugural title.
Weaver went on to win 14 mini-tour events and earn his PGA Tour card in 1988. At the 1989 U.S. Open, he gained notoriety as one of four PGA Tour pros in less than a two-hour period to record a hole-in-one on the sixth hole at Oak Hill Country Club.
His colleagues have voted him as Golf Digest magazine’s No. 2 Instructor in South Carolina. Also, he has been named the Carolinas PGA “2017 Teacher of the Year” and Hilton Head Island PGA chapter's “ 2012 Teacher of the Year.” In addition, Weaver hosted a local TV golf show for more than a decade.
Pictured From Left: Craig Varrelman, Evan Greenplate, Doug Weaver, Jeff Druzak, Brian Greenplate. The team took 3rd out of 21 teams.
Alexander’s Restaurant & Wine Bar is an OpenTable Diners’ Choice award winner for 2019! It has been voted by OpenTable diners as one of the best around for the second year in a row since Palmetto Dunes Resort took over as the owner and operator in 2017.
Located at 76 Queen’s Folly Road on the main entry road to Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, Alexander’s has been a popular choice of the Hilton Head Island dining scene since 1977. Alexander’s is an upscale seafood restaurant and wine bar, featuring seasonally-inspired cuisine, locally-caught seafood and many locally-sourced ingredients. The menu pays tribute to several classic lowcountry and Alexander’s favorites such as Stuffed Flounder, Shrimp and Grits, and Wiener Schnitzel.
In addition to the decadent cuisine and lagoon-front setting, Alexander’s also hosts monthly wine dinners and events featuring wonderful wine, spectacular food and lively conversation. New dates and details are being added all the time, so be sure to check Alexander’s website often to see what’s coming soon.
One recent OpenTable diner said that the “restaurant was very charming inside! Very cozy feel. Service was excellent! Food was delicious. Will definitely be going back on our next trip to Hilton Head." While another calls it “a re-birth in fine dining ... I was drawn to the prime rib and I was so pleased because it was perfect.”
Come dine with us and see for yourself! To view the full menu and for more information, visit AlexandersRestaurant.com. Reservations are suggested and are available on the website or by calling 888-653-6591.
Our own Doug Weaver knows a thing or two about hitting the golf ball a long distance.
The legendary Palmetto Dunes Director of Golf Instruction was the 2017 Carolinas PGA Teacher of the Year and was selected for induction into the Lowcountry Golf Hall of Fame that same year. Doug is Golf Digest magazine’s No. 2 Instructor in South Carolina and has been named the Hilton Head Island PGA chapter’s “Teacher of the Year.”
Yet, before he settled down on Hilton Head Island and began teaching at Palmetto Dunes, Doug battled week in and week out against the world’s best on the PGA Tour.
His professional breakthrough came in 1987 at the Zell Wood Country Club Open in Florida, where — despite playing in a final group with three former PGA Tour pros — Doug birdied the 72nd hole to capture his first title.
He went on to win 14 mini-tour events and earn his PGA Tour card in 1988. At the 1989 U.S. Open, Doug gained notoriety as one of four PGA Tour pros in less than a two-hour period to record a hole-in-one on the sixth hole at Oak Hill Country Club.
Doug definitely could (and still can) strike his iron shots with great precision.
But Doug was also one of the longest drivers of the golf ball in the game, as well. In 1989, he ranked fifth on the PGA Tour in driving distance. And, by virtue of being one of the Tour’s longest hitters, Doug regularly competed in various national long-drive competitions with tremendous success.
Doug maintains that the average golfer is capable of carrying the ball much further than their current total distance. He says a majority of golfers are sacrificing 30 yards of total distance off the tee — which subsequently makes the approach shots more challenging.
Doug says golfers can speed up their swing for more distance — and, as an added value, says it might help them reduce their waistlines, too.
“Let’s consider the average approach shot distance on a par-4 hole at The Robert Trent Jones golf course as 160 yards,” Doug says. “On hole No. 1, the approach shot must come in high and soft to avoid the bunkers on both the right and the left. On No. 2, there is forced carry over water. On No. 3, the front of the green is elevated and will not allow a ball to roll on — and bunkers border the sides. Go to No. 5, which is a par-3 measuring 160 yards, with bunkers front right and to the left.
“We see right away that long irons — hybrids, along with 6, 5 and 4 irons — into these greens put you at a severe disadvantage.
“Go back to the tee box and do the math,” Doug says. “If you drive the ball 220 yards and are consistently left with 160 to 180 yards to the green, then you need to increase your swing speed.
“I have exercises and tools that are utilized by guys like Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods — both of whom played at Palmetto Dunes during their college days — that keep them among the longest hitters in the game, even though they are more than 40 years old now.
“We can do this by you sending me your swing video from your basement or yard. I return a video to you making my suggestions for a faster swing. I can provide you the appropriate exercise protocol that will increase your swing speed — and decrease your waistline. This will result in your average approach short decreasing … thus improving … by 20 yards — from a 160-yard average to 140 yards.
“Wouldn’t you rather use an 8 iron into the green?” Doug asks. “Not a 6 or 5?”
How to get started:
1. Send a video of your swing to Doug at email@example.com or text it to (843) 338-9598.
2. Come visit Doug at The Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy by calling (866) 744-7558.
The 12th Annual Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival is just around the corner and we can’t wait. This week-long culinary and cultural festival is for foodies and families alike, featuring local chefs, seafood, musicians, and more. Here’s what we’re looking forward to.
Seafood is undoubtedly the star of the Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival, but the chefs slated to appear at this year’s event are a close second! We’re proud of our very own Executive Chef Sean Carroll who will be cooking up a storm at the sold out James Beard Foundation’s Celebrity Chef Tour alongside some of the industry’s best, like chef, author, and sustainability advocate Barton Seaver, Anthony Lamas, owner of the acclaimed Seviche restaurant in Louisville Kentucky, and award-winning Chef Victor Albisu.
Here on Hilton Head Island, we like to think that our Southern etiquette makes us the best kind of host, and the Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival is the perfect example! Get ready to be a part of the family as you barbeque with some of the region’s best pitmasters, set out to sea for a day of fishing, hang at a good old fashioned oyster roast, or pig out at the Saturday Seafood Festival.
Not only are the events at this year’s Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival promising to be delicious, they’re shaping up to be a toe-tapping good time! From country blues to Motown, to good old-fashioned rock and roll, Lowcountry’s favorite live bands are headed to the Seafood Festival and we can’t wait to dance the night away!
The best part of the Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival is the food, of course! And we can’t wait to try every last bite. We’re particularly looking forward to the Lowcountry Supper at Alexander’s. Executive Chef Sean Carroll is preparing a beautiful five-course meal including decadent dishes like roasted shellfish velouté, snowy grouper with winter succotash and Charleston rice, and a biscuit doughnut, each paired perfectly with delectable wines.
What are you waiting for! There are still tickets available for many of these once-in-a-lifetime events, and our HHI Seafood Vacation Packages gives you access to all the action while enjoying all of the amenities of a Palmetto Dunes vacation rental. Come see for yourself why the Hilton Head Seafood Festival is one of the best things about visiting Palmetto Dunes at this time of year.
Looking to explore the great outdoors on Hilton Head Island? Whether it’s a serene journey down the lagoon, a vigorous bike ride on the beach, or hanging ten on the beautiful ocean waters, this is the perfect destination for kids of all ages to have fun and get active on vacation. Discover the perfect itinerary to get your family outside and enjoying our island’s shining sunshine and warm breezes!
Explore the Trails
The famed bike trails around the island offer picturesque views, and glimpses of exciting wildlife. Too young to ride? No problem! We have plenty of options—jogging strollers, bike seats, kiddie carts, and tagalongs—to take even the youngest members of the family along for the ride!
Photo Credit: @incrediblecolorado
It might sound simple, but relaxing on the beach can be a great activity for toddlers. Grab your buckets, shovels, and get ready to make some seriously cool castles! Need a beach chair or umbrella to keep an eye on the kids while you relax? We’ve got you covered.
Bike the Beach
The wind in your hair and a little sand on your feet is the best way to experience the great outdoors! Hilton Head Outfitters offers bike rentals for all sizes, including bikes perfect for young ones. The pedal-activated coaster brakes work great on the beach, leaving room to explore between the dunes.
Photo Credit: @ahippphoto
Connect with Critters
There’s no better way to learn about the Lowcountry than from the locals—even the smallest inhabitants! It’s easy to connect with nature on Hilton Head Island. While you’re at the beach, you can spot tiny ocean critters, sea-turtle nests, and even dolphins! It’s like nature’s own treasure hunt.
Private Surfing Lessons
For younger children, private surfing lessons are a fun, safe introduction to the sport. The lessons last for 90 minutes with certified instructors, so you can feel comfortable watching them ride the (gentle) waves!
Bike the Trails
With more than 80 miles of trails connecting you to anywhere you want to go, the island is truly your oyster—and it’s time to work up your appetite! Your kids will love exploring the Spanish Moss-draped paths with a bike rental from Hilton Head Outfitters.
Kayak the Lagoon
Who would win a kids versus parents race? Come find out! With single and double kayak rentals, you can explore the beautiful lagoon with the whole family.
SUP (Surf’s Up)
You and your kids can ride the waves straight into family fun! Paddleboard and surfboard rentals are a great way to enjoy the salt water and get active. For beginners, group lessons are available if you want to learn, but if you’re already comfortable with a board you can head straight for the salty water.
Go Fishing in a Canoe
Triple canoe rentals are the perfect solution for families who want to explore the lagoon together, because the family that fishes together, stays together! These canoes can accommodate two adults with two small children plus fishing equipment, which you can also rent from us.
Photo Credit: @hollypaddles
Renting a paddleboard is a great way to explore the island’s calm oceans. Standing up, you’ll be in a prime position to spot sea creatures swimming beneath you, or something exciting on the horizon! The activity is a great workout, and perfect for more independent,older children.
Now that you’ve got the perfect itinerary for family fun, there’s only one thing left for you to do: get outside! Don’t forget to share your family selfies with us using #Lowcountry lifestyle to show us how you enjoy the great outdoors on Hilton Head Island.
We are happy to be awarded the 2019—WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards for the 4th time. We are honored by your support and thrilled to know Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort represents the top wedding professionals nationwide for excellence in quality, service, responsiveness, and professionalism within the wedding industry.
Winners of the Couples’ Choice Awards are selected solely based on their reviews, so thank YOU for trusting us with your special day and taking the time to let our work shine. Hear what one of our recent 2018 brides has to say:
"What a beautiful night for a wedding. Courtney and Devon did an amazing job. We had a beautiful ceremony on the beach with our reception at the Dunes House. Courtney and Devon were there every step of the way. From our initial decision to have our wedding at Palmetto Dunes to the day of the event. The reception was beautiful with the lights, lanterns and table decorations. I appreciate everything they did for us including the last minute heaters which was not a problem for them. Thank you again for making our day so amazing. Love, Eileen and Gill."
Planning a wedding? Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort provides the perfect Hilton Head Island wedding setting. Our expert team at the resort can customize your wedding to make your dreams a reality. At Palmetto Dunes, we offer spectacular wedding venues, world-class cuisine, superior accommodations and array of exciting amenities including golf, tennis, kayaking and more. We have everything on site as a convenience to you and your guests for a complete wedding experience. Our event team is ready to help you create the perfect, memorable wedding of a lifetime.
You’re newly engaged—congratulations! Here at Palmetto Dunes, we know how exciting—and stressful—planning your dream wedding can be. With all of the excitement of planning, the little details can often become overwhelming and leave you with wedding woes.There’s so much to think about! How many guests will my venue accommodate? Do I want an outdoor or indoor reception? But don’t worry; we’re here to help. We’ve created a cheat sheet to help you find “the one”; one venue, that is! From reception styles to questions you should be asking, we’ve got you covered.
First Things First
You’ve said yes and your dream of walking down the aisle in a Lowcountry setting is within reach. Now it’s time to narrow down your venue options. Here are a few things you should ask yourself when starting to plan:
With these four questions in mind, you can begin slimming down your options. If you don’t yet know the answers—don’t fret. Our on-site wedding experts can help you with any detail big or small.
Find Your Style
Your venue is key in setting the tone for the entire day, which is why it is so important to nail down a style that best suits you and your partner. Is your style nautical-chic? Or garden-party casual? Making the connections between color schemes, decor details, and lighting fixtures are all just as important as the venue itself. These details will help our experts guide you in finding the best wedding package and venue for you and your guests.
Our tip: Doing your research, saving links, and creating Pinterest boards to show your wedding coordinator will make your planning process much easier.
Outdoor Wedding Venue Ideas
Dreaming of a wedding on the beach? Or perhaps just an understated beachfront reception? Palmetto Dunes offers outdoor locations that will dazzle any couple and their guests.
For beach-lovers, the 800-square-foot Dunes House offers sweeping views of the ocean and can accommodate up to 200 guests (but can also be set up for intimate gatherings). For the dinner, the venue can be styled to host a casual set-up, or to offer your guests one-of-a-kind dining experience.
Built on beautiful green rolling dunes, The Arthur Hills Golf Course boasts outstanding outdoor scenery worthy of any prince and princess. Exchange your vows with a hint of Southern charm thanks to the shade of swaying oak trees. Then, move on to your al-fresco dining reception or dance the night away in your very own tent.
Our tip: With an outdoor wedding, Mother Nature can play a significant part in determining how your day will go. Make a weather plan with your on-site coordinator, and plan for heavier decor to hold down your table pieces in case a nice gust of ocean breeze decides to say hi!
Indoor Wedding Venue Ideas
Brimming with Lowcountry charm, the Centre Court Pavilion boasts an all-in-one location perfect for any celebration style. This bright and airy venue can accommodate up to 150 guests and features a host of amenities you may need on the big day.
A true staple, Alexander’s Restaurant & Wine Bar is what wedding venue dreams are made of. This lagoon-side location is great for intimate gatherings, seating up to 60 guests. Don’t forget to ask about our specialized event menus!
The Dunes House Inside Room is a great budget-friendly option. This space would be ideal for smaller weddings. Our catering team can create everything from simple lunches to fine-dining dinners! Please note, by choosing the Inside Room, you will not have access to the outside deck.
A note: None of these venues tickling your fancy? No problem! Dunes Catering & Events can help you create an off-site wedding at many locations on or near Hilton Head Island! Please inquire to learn more.
Amenities and Activities:
With destination weddings, most (if not all) guests are traveling and may not know the island or area very well. When selecting a venue, keep in mind locations that can offer a “one-stop-shop” with all the amenities and activities they may want to enjoy while they’re here. Palmetto Dunes offers bikes, kayaks, canoes, fishing charters, tennis, golf, pickleball, and so much more, making it the perfect home base for the whole family.
Knowledge is Power:
Make sure you understand exactly what is and what is not included when booking your venue. For example, there are some places where you are responsible for booking your own catering and equipment rentals. Some venues require you to hire a professional wedding planner. These details can be added to the expenses you may not have considered with your overall budgeting. Ask questions! Palmetto Dunes is proud to offer full-service weddings and catering to make our brides’ lives easier. Our experts will be there with you throughout the entire process.
After you have found the venue that embodies you both as a couple, the rest will come naturally. Learn more about planning your perfect Palmetto Dunes wedding, here. Or contact our wedding specialists and begin planning. Happy (venue) hunting!
On Hilton Head Island and throughout the pleasantly temperate South Carolina Lowcountry, there are very few weeks during the calendar year that we find ourselves unable to “tee it up” due to cold weather.
But at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, we understand that many of our visitors arrive here from frigid, winter-weather locales. And while we are playing golf in short-sleeved shirts, they are stuck inside, dreaming of their next sunny round.
Longtime Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort Director of Golf Instruction Doug Weaver knows golf — particularly Lowcountry golf — as well as anyone. The former PGA Tour player grew up on Hilton Head Island and starred for a local high school team before taking his talents to Furman University, where he played alongside fellow future PGA Tour player Brad Faxon. In 2017, Doug was selected for induction into the Lowcountry Golf Hall of Fame.
His colleagues have voted Doug as Golf Digest magazine’s No. 2 Instructor in South Carolina and he has been named the Hilton Head Island PGA chapter's “Teacher of the Year.” In addition, Doug has served as the golf coach for all three area high schools and he hosted a local TV golf show for more than a decade.
For those looking to work on their golf game when the weather isn’t cooperating, here are three “action steps” suggested by Doug:
1. Swing in a designated safe area. Do not focus on mechanics. Feel the stretching and suppleness while you imagine striking excellent golf shots. Keep reminding yourself that dreams really do come true.
2. Practice your putting to a cup that makes a tingling sound. Try it with your eyes closed or your eyes on the cup, like Jordan Spieth. Put on snow gloves and practice your putting. This will teach you to hold the putter softly. How did you do?
3. Ponder your mental patterns from last year’s golf season. Have you ever lost your temper and acted out of character? Does your attitude determine your enjoyment for the round, or do the results determine the attitude?
Doug also recommends two additional tools that helped him on his path to the PGA tour, as well as participating in a pair of U.S. Open Championships.
1. Doug’s Concentration Score Card
Answer “Yes” or “No” to the questions below:
IF you had 3 No’s or more, then proceed to the second tool….
2. Doug’s Mental Golf Workshop
Has your handicap index been going up and you are searching for a fix? You may have tried a few strategies only to find that the index goes up more — because as we know, “analysis leads to paralysis.” Go to this link and peruse the site.
If you choose to participate, Doug will follow up with an email, then a phone call. Doug is trained to help you apply the successful mental strategies for your specific game.
One of Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort's popular attractions is the complimentary, interactive Monday golf exhibition and clinic, where participants experience Doug’s effective and entertaining style. To sign up for one of our free, Monday clinics at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort or any of its other world-class golf instruction programs, call 866-744-7558.
In January, a group of Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort golf representatives made their annual, four-day pilgrimage from Hilton Head Island down to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida for the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show.
Our crew joined some 1,000 golf brands and companies, and more than 40,000 industry professionals who descended from around the world to attend the industry’s global summit for the business of golf.
Pictured from left: Samm Wolfe, Stephen Arnold, Brad Marra, Sharin Moran, Clark Sinclair
The Palmetto Dunes team reported seeing plenty of cutting-edge golf innovations during the Show, including our very own Club Car Tempo Walkers — autonomous golf caddie units that the resort introduced late last year — along with the Finn Cycle, a motorized scooter constructed to carry a golf bag, and an amazing array of Full Swing Simulators.
But one of the most unique developments on the sprawling floor of the PGA Show — and particularly exciting for us at Palmetto Dunes — was that for the first time, paddle-sport vendors also showed off their wares.
Organized by the Tennis Industry Association (TIA) in conjunction with the PGA Show, the inaugural Racquet & Paddle Sports Conference brought together racquet and paddle sports brands, professionals and industry leaders. Events included an exhibit pavilion, with demo courts, at the northern end of the Convention Center.
One particular focus of the conference was on pickleball — which, with more than three million players, has become one of the country’s fastest-growing sports.
At Palmetto Dunes, we love pickleball, a big part of the reason the award-winning Palmetto Dunes Tennis and Pickleball Center — named the top tennis resort in the Carolinas by Tennis Magazine — doubled in size late last year, expanding from eight pickleball courts to 16.
“I think the inclusion of paddle sports at the Show was one of the coolest things we saw down there,” said Palmetto Dunes VP of Resort Operations Brad Marra. “It was particularly exciting to see pickleball displayed so prominently.”
During the PGA Show, legendary golf instructor Hank Haney, Tiger Woods’ former coach, made an appearance and described himself as a pickleball “fanatic.” He took up the sport three years ago, and has taken lessons and competed in tournaments.
Haney even built a court at his house. He says he plays three hours a day during the summer. “It’s so addictive,” Haney said on Thursday during the PGA Show, prior to playing an exhibition match. “I just love it.”
“In three to four years, pickleball will be bigger than golf and it won’t even be close,” Haney told GOLF Magazine. “If you have a retirement community in the U.S., and you don’t have a pickleball court, you might as well be out of business.”
In addition during the 2019 PGA Show, it was announced that the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA) was forming a multi-year, strategic alliance to co-locate NGCOA’s annual Golf Business Conference with the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, beginning in 2020.
“We were particularly happy to hear the PGA Show is merging with the NCGOA show next year,” Marra said. “This will help get the NCGOA annual conference back to the size it used to be.”
Hosted by NGCOA for more than 30 years, the Golf Business Conference is the industry’s largest meeting specifically for golf course owners and operators. The event typically conducts nearly 40 classes and workshops on the most critical areas of golf course operations, a casual golf outing for attendees and sponsors to network, and an awards banquet to recognize some of the most significant contributors to the golf industry.
Next year, the conference will be held at the Orange County Convention Center Monday through Wednesday, Jan. 20-22, 2020.
Pictured from left: Stephen Arnold, John Daly, Samm Wolfe