A month ago we showcased Alex’s unforgettable Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort vacation. Hilton Head Island is a beautiful destination, with tons to explore, and Palmetto Dunes is the perfect place to experience all that Hilton Head has to offer.
From romantic getaways, to endless days of family fun, to premiere sporting facilities including some of the best golf on Hilton Head Island, there’s everything you need to plan your dream Palmetto Dunes vacation.
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And now, the moment we’ve all been waiting for! Congratulations to Keith C. of North Carolina for winning Palmetto Dunes His Way: a romantic itinerary filled with dining, spa sessions, biking, and more! We can’t wait to welcome him, and all of you, to Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort soon.
Hilton Head Island has everything you need for the perfect vacation! Beautiful beaches, warm weather, friendly people, stunning scenery, top-notch golf, there’s no end to all of the things you can experience! But there are some things that you can only experience at Palmetto Dunes. So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your Palmetto Dunes vacation so you can cross these one-of-a-kind activities off your list.
1. Outdoor Pickleball
Pickleball is one of America’s fastest growing sports. This fast-paced paddle racket sport is often played in gymnasiums but at Palmetto Dunes you can play it outdoors in the South Carolina sunshine! Our tennis center offers 8 outdoor Pickleball courts and a variety of round robins, clinics and lessons for players of all ages and skill levels.
2. Lagoon Fishing
The man-made lagoon at Palmetto Dunes is one of our most unique features. It not only helped create the dunes our beach is famous for, it’s a vibrant ecosystem that weaves its way past our golf courses and through the property. The lagoon is home to a variety of fish and the experts at Palmetto Lagoon Fishing Charters have all of the gear and knowledge you need to land a catch!
3. See a Mermaid
The waters of Hilton Head Island are home to an astounding array of marine life, but, if you head out from Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina at Palmetto Dunes, you just might see the most elusive and mystical marine creature of all: the mermaid! This one-of-a-kind experience is a memorable family excursion and a fun experience for kids of all ages.
4. Fried Chicken at The General Store
If you don’t think the fried chicken at The General Store is an experience then you haven’t tried it! It’s no secret that fried chicken is a staple of Southern cuisine, and the homemade recipe that’s made daily at The General Store is crispy, juicy, and just plain delicious!
5. Fireworks at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina
Summer in Hilton Head isn’t complete without the weekly fireworks display at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina! Join us throughout the summer for HarbourFest, and experience all that Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina has to offer, plus live music, family entertainment, and of course fireworks!
There’s no doubt that Palmetto Dunes is the perfect place for a family vacation. Vacation rentals and vacation homes provide space for everyone, as well as the convenience of a cooking space, and in some cases even an on-site pool. Hilton Head Outfitters offers bike equipment in all sizes so you can be sure your little ones are cycling safely. Best of all, Palmetto Dunes offers some fun activities and beautiful outdoor spaces to explore. Don’t believe us? Check out our Family Itinerary!
There’s no better way to explore Hilton Head Island than by bike, so first stop on our Family Itinerary is Hilton Head Outfitters! Did you know that you can reserve your bike in advance and they will deliver your bike right to your rental unit? Mine was waiting for me when I arrived, ready to roll as soon as I had settled in and wanted to head out exploring. If your child is still learning to bike, rent a kid’s beach cruiser with training wheels or a tag-a-long bike attachment. Child seats and kiddie carts allow even the smallest of your brood to enjoy the ride.
To start my day with an unbeatable breakfast, I headed to The General Store. This bustling hub is an excellent starting point for a day of adventure. After fueling up on eggs, bacon and grits, I headed off to Hilton Head Outfitters for a morning of paddling and nature exploring on Palmetto Dunes’ lagoon.
The man-made lagoon at Palmetto Dunes is ideal for novice paddlers. No large boats are allowed in the lagoon, and any motorboats must be electric in order to preserve the lagoon’s pristine environment. This makes for an incredibly peaceful and calm paddle. One of the things I’ll never forget from my kayak trip was the wildlife I was able to witness up close and personal! Brave baitfish leaping out of the water. Cormorants drying their wings, egrets and heron patrolling the water’s edge, turtles sunning, even a small herd of deer enjoying some shade by the lagoon!
A morning of cycling and water sports drums up quite the appetite! For a Mexican feast fit for a family, we dined at San Miguel’s. Complete with a kid’s menu that doubles as a coloring page, this Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina restaurant is a delightful place to stop for a family meal. (And the queso dip was delicious!)
One of the most exciting items that is included in our Family Itinerary is a dolphin watching tour! I couldn’t wait to get back out onto the open water to see what other wildlife I could find. There are some excellent charters and cruises available at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina, and many of them can even be booked online! We boarded the Dolphin Seafari and set sail. This time of year you’re less likely to see as many dolphins as you can see in the height of summer, but we were fortunate enough to see a few as we traveled out of Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina and into Broad Creek. The crew on Dolphin Seafari were really knowledgeable. I learned all about local shellfish and fish, and was told that in the summer months they’ll pull up local sea creatures to create an onboard aquarium for kids to enjoy! If you keep your eyes peeled, you may even catch glimpse of a mermaid sunning on a rock while cruising with Dolphin Seafari. What fun!
The winner of our Family Itinerary will receive a dining certificate so you can wrap up a busy day of family fun with some delicious eats! I headed to Big Jim’s. The convenient location, homemade Lowcountry cooking, and casual atmosphere made the perfect recipe for an easy and delightful dinner.
By now your kids might be worn out, but if not I highly recommend an evening walk—or bike ride—on the beach. As for me, I headed to my vacation rental where I relaxed while watching a DVD and went to bed in anticipation of another exciting and eventful day at Palmetto Dunes.
Are you dreaming of a family getaway to Palmetto Dunes? Enter our Palmetto Dunes Your Way contest and you could win our Family Itinerary! Visit our blog for more information on the Palmetto Dunes Your Way contest as well as details on our sports and romance itineraries.
by Alex Archibald, a guest blogger
Life can be so hectic in this day and age that it can be hard to find quality time to connect with your loved ones. Slowing down to a laid-back, Lowcountry pace is just the ticket to building stronger bonds and spending a romantic vacation together, enjoying each other’s company and the fun couples activities Palmetto Dunes has to offer.
I’ve seen way too many stunning sunrise photos on Instagram to miss seeing one in person, so I started the day by heading to the beach. It is worth the early morning wake up, believe me. As the sun rose and the tide shifted and the warmth of the sun began to spread across the beach, I couldn’t help but smile from ear to ear, nor could I stop thinking as I strolled along the white sand, “is this romantic, or what?!”. Palmetto Dunes offers three miles of beach to enjoy, so you can stroll for as long or little as you like.
After a breathtaking morning at the beach, I headed to Hilton Head Social Bakery for some breakfast. Paris is the city of love, so for a day all about romance, authentic French pastries seemed like the perfect fit! Philippe, owner and head pastry chef is a gregarious Frenchman who makes what might be the best croissant I’ve ever had. Even if you and your sweetheart are more of a ‘stay in the villa rental for breakfast in bed’ kind of couple, you should swing by Hilton Head Social Bakery at least once during your Palmetto Dunes couples vacation.
Next up on the road to romance was a visit to Hilton Head Outfitters to pick up a bicycle built for two! A tried-and-true couples activity that also happens to be an ideal way to explore the natural beauty of Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. Whether you follow the bike paths along the lagoon or head back to the beach to pedal along the sand, discovering your new surroundings together is a wonderful way to make memories as a couple.
When it comes to biking, you’ve got plenty of options! Explore the resort along the many bike trails. A trip through the south gate will take you through the George Fazio course and along the lagoon. Or, head through the north gate and turn off towards the beach! A bike ride along Palmetto Beach is restorative, romantic, and just plain beautiful.
Our Romantic Itinerary includes a trip to the spa, and after a visit to the Ocean Tides Spa at Omni Resort, I must say this is an enviable part of the prize indeed! Nikki at the spa was warm and welcoming and the space is beautiful. I felt more relaxed almost as soon as I walked in the door! The facilities include a sauna, stunning treatment rooms, a manicure/pedicure lounge, and hair salon. One look at the salon and nail lounge and I knew it would be the perfect place to get ready with your bridesmaids on your wedding day!
The spa offers many services and treatments so if a couples’ massage isn’t up your alley, try the Himalayan Salt Rock Massage—the spa’s most popular treatment—or a facial.
There’s no better place to watch the sun come up than the beach at Palmetto Dunes. If a romantic sunset is what you’re after, a sunset sail out of the marina is just the ticket! Our sunset cruise departed from Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina at 5:30 p.m. and headed out towards the point. The sunset beyond the silhouette of boats moored on public buoys was breathtaking, to say the least. Having a dolphin follow us home was icing on the cake.
To finish off an impeccable evening, we went for a decadent candlelit meal at one of Shelter Cove Marina’s most romantic restaurants: ELA’s Blu Water Grille. Situated at the end of the marina, the water views are unparalleled, and the food was divine. Oysters to set the mood, an ample wine list to choose from, and, to cap off the night, something sweet from a mouth-watering offering of house-made desserts.
From sunrise to sunset, and well into the warmth of a Lowcountry night, there are opportunities for romance everywhere you turn at Palmetto Dunes and our Romance Itinerary offers you some of the best of them.
Are you in love with the idea of a romantic getaway to Palmetto Dunes? Enter our Palmetto Dunes Your Way contest and you could win our Romance Itinerary!
by Alex Archibald, a guest blogger
I started the day on the Robert Trent Jones course. I’d definitely recommend an early tee time! By the time we got to the 10th hole the sun was newly risen, and the golden glow and long shadows it cast over the green was just as glorious as getting a hole in one! If possible, Hurricane Matthew has made this hole even more beautiful, as you can see clear through the greenery and palm trees to the ocean and Palmetto Beach.
A big day full of active adventure calls for a big breakfast, so naturally I headed to The General Store. My meal was hearty, homemade, and delicious. I’ll be dreaming of that biscuit for weeks to come! My only regret was not trying the cheesy grits—a menu item I’ll have to go back and try another time.
I had the chance to sit in on a Golf Exhibition with the resorts Director of Golf Instruction, Doug Weaver upon my arrival at Palmetto Dunes on Monday afternoon. The free clinic is offered every Monday at 4 p.m. and I’d highly recommend it! Doug Weaver’s knowledge of the game is impressive to say the least. But it’s his cheerful demeanor and easy teaching style that truly stand out. He has a way of making the game accessible for players of all skill levels and he takes away any intimidation you may feel about playing the game. I ran into Doug several times throughout my stay (the man is everywhere!), giving private lessons, or leading stroke of the day workshops. One woman I talked to said that Doug Weaver had changed her swing more in three days than the past 10 years of golf! When you finally master the stroke you’ve been working on, it’s hard to tell who is more excited, him, or you! No wonder he’s been inducted into the Hilton Head Island Golf Hall of Fame.
I ran into a few golfers on their golf bikes while out on the Arthur Hills course. What a great way to get around and add an added active element to your golf game! One player I talked to joked that he liked the golf bike more than the game itself.
These courses truly are beautiful. I didn’t get a chance to see George Fazio, as it was being readied for its reopening this spring, but I’ll be eager to return to check it out. I think you’ll have a hard time choosing just one course to play should you head down to Palmetto Dunes for our Sports Itinerary!
As part of our Sports Itinerary we’re offering court time at the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center, so I had to go check it out. Palmetto Dunes has over two dozen clay tennis courts, as well as junior-sized and pickleball courts, and the friendliest staff and tennis instructor’s you’ll ever meet! Hank’s Stroke of the Day clinic was great, and Mark’s Pickleball Clinic was a ton of fun. (If you’ve never played Pickleball before, you’ve got to try it! It’s a fun, fast-paced leisure sport that also happens to be one of the fastest-growing in America. Click here to learn more about the game.)
After lunch on the patio at Big Jim’s—feasting on shrimp n’ grits, a must-try meal when you’re in South Carolina—it was time to head to Shelter Cove Marina to try our hand at fishing. A chartered offshore fishing excursion is included in our Sports Itinerary and whether you’re an avid angler or a first-time fisherman you’ll enjoy being out on the water and enjoying the beauty of the bay at Palmetto Dunes. And, with the expert help from you’re guide, and a little luck, you might just catch a fish, too!
We headed out with Miles and John on The Phantom. We spent a delightful few hours exploring, trying different “fishing holes”, learning a ton about baiting and casting, and finally reeling in our whiting, we headed back to the marina for dinner. On our way we saw two dolphins! A mother and her baby. What a precious moment. A glimpse of dorsal fin and flick of tail were just about enough to make my day. John tells me that in the summer months when the water is warmer and the bait fish are plentiful, you can’t help but see dolphins on your excursion as there are so many in the area!
Once back on dry land, we headed to Bucci’s for dinner. Sitting on their patio during happy hour is the perfect place to regale with tales of your fishing adventures. (We won’t say a word if you add a few extra inches to the length of your catch!). I tried one of the chef’s favorites, veal marsala, and it was delicious! If you’re still stuck on seafood, try the calamari, catch of the day, or lobster ravioli. As I watched the sunset at the marina, and listen to the ocean breeze rustle the palm trees, I realized Palmetto Dunes has everything you need for an incredible active vacation.
Are you dreaming of a sports getaway to Palmetto Dunes? Enter our Palmetto Dunes Your Way contest and you could win our Sports Itinerary!
Longtime Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort Director of Golf Instruction Doug Weaver has been selected for induction into the Lowcountry Golf Hall of Fame.
Weaver and famed landscape artist Linda Hartough were selected as the Lowcountry Golf Hall of Fame’s third induction class. They join Sea Pines founders Charles Fraser and Joseph Fraser Jr., well-known professionals Mike Harmon, Tim Moss and Jim and Karen Ferree, successful amateur Kevin King, longtime Sea Pines executive Cary Corbitt and golf writer Charles Price.
The 2017 ceremony is scheduled April 1 at Moss Creek Golf Club with Bob Collar serving as master of ceremonies and 13-time LPGA Tour winner Rosie Jones speaking.
"I am both honored and humbled to be included with such outstanding individuals who have been my mentors and role models uplifting and protecting the game of golf,” said Weaver. “I want to thank Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort for providing the platform to do what I love."
Weaver certainly knows golf, particularly Lowcountry golf, as well as anyone.
A former PGA Tour player, Weaver has coached 23 years — the past 13 serving as Palmetto Dunes’ highly respected Director of Golf Instruction. One of the resort's popular attractions is the complimentary Monday golf exhibition and clinic, where participants experience Weaver’s effective and entertaining style. The weekly event is hands on, interactive and prizes are given.
Weaver also stays busy helping others improve and grow in the game. He has been faithful for 23 years to the HHIPGA Junior Golf Programs. He has led programs with Special Olympics, the Boys and Girls Clubs, and both Boys and Girls Scouting. Weaver has been the golf coach for all three area high schools and he hosted a local TV golf show for 10 years.
A Hilton Head native, Weaver played golf at Furman University alongside future PGA Tour star Brad Faxon. But when graduation rolled around, Weaver wasn’t confident about his chances on the PGA Tour. He moved back to Hilton Head, manned the bag drop of the Robert Trent Jones course at Palmetto Dunes and pondered his future.
“I did not have the desire to compete professionally,” Weaver said. “I enjoyed competing as an amateur while also playing tennis and fishing.” During those years, Weaver co-founded the Golf World Magazine Intercollegiate at Palmetto Dunes and also served as Vice President of the Hilton Head Fishing Club.
At age 24, Weaver began selling timeshares for Dunes Marketing Group in Palmetto Dunes. It was during those three years that Weaver found his focus.
“I matured a lot,” he says. “I grew up a lot and became a Christian. God got hold of my mind and taught me how to think about myself. It gave me a more positive outlook about my future. I knew it was time to go back to golf.”
Weaver mustered the courage — and the game — to tackle professional golf.
“At first I couldn’t make a check,” he said. “But gradually I started to lower my scores enough to be in contention against veteran players.”
His mini-tour 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 players — Weaver birdied the final hole to capture his first title. “I knew then that I could play with these guys and beat them.”
And beat them he did, winning 14 mini-tour events and earning his PGA Tour card in 1988.
Once he reached the professional Mecca, Weaver flirted with success, making about a third of the cuts in tournaments he played and missing a number of others by a shot. But a PGA Tour victory eluded him and his full-time status on tour only lasted a year.
Nevertheless, it was an experience that Weaver firmly believes trained him well for his ultimate calling as an encouraging coach.
“I didn’t fulfill my potential as a player but the mistakes I made are ones I can help others prevent from making today,” he says. “ I played a practice round with Tom Watson at Pebble Beach. I played with Lee Trevino at the Buick Open and was in the top-10 after Saturday’s round. I played in two U.S. Opens and practiced with greats like Vijay Singh, Nick Price, Payne Stewart and many others. I took lessons from the top teachers in the world not knowing I would become a golf instructor. My wife Trish and I had dinner with Arnold and Winnie Palmer several times.”
At Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy Weaver and his team present a holistic, keep-it-simple approach to learning golf. The resort atmosphere is service oriented, classy and relaxed. The coaching style is the same, making many students much better golfers. Weaver's student's reviews on Trip Advisor call him the "Golf Whisperer," and say things like: " He made golf fun again."" He set me free for success." And, "He lowered my score."
Last year, his colleagues voted Weaver as Golf Digest magazine’s No. 2 Instructor in South Carolina and he was named the Hilton Head Island PGA chapter's “Teacher of the Year.”
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.
What does your Palmetto Dunes vacation look like? Maybe you’re a sports buff drawn to our golf courses on Hilton Head Island, our tennis courts, or our outstanding outdoor activities. Maybe you’re looking for a secluded escape for two, filled with hazy Southern days and romantic Lowcountry nights. Maybe you’re looking for a vacation destination that the whole family will enjoy.
This February we’re showcasing all that Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort offers by showing off three ways to make the most of your Hilton Head Island vacation. Starting February 6, Alex from our social media team will be sharing three incredible itineraries at Palmetto Dunes. She’ll be live updating our social media profiles with all of her adventures so make sure you’re following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Of course, we’re always offering vacation ideas and travel tips on our blog so be sure to check back to hear all about Alex’s experiences on Hilton Head Island. Stay tuned and enter to win your favorite itinerary to see Palmetto Dunes your way. That’s right! We’re giving away a jam-packed Palmetto Dunes vacation based on one of our itineraries. There’s no shortage of things to do on Hilton Head Island and when you combine our vacation expertise with our laid back Lowcountry lifestyle, planning the perfect vacation is easy as can be.
Hi, I’m Alex and I can’t wait to share some of Palmetto Dunes’ most memorable vacation experiences with you! Do you have any favorite activities, restaurants or Hilton Head Island views that you think should be included on the ultimate Palmetto Dunes itinerary? Share them in the comments or on our Facebook page.
In the world of golf business, the PGA Merchandise Show is a major championship. The 64th PGA Merchandise Show took place in late January in Orlando, with 1,000-plus top golf companies and brands, and more than 40,000 industry professionals from around the world descending upon the industry’s annual global summit for the business of golf.
Of course, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort was well represented around the Orange County Convention Center. Here are some of the latest and greatest golf equipment and technologies our correspondents saw at “The Show.”
Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy Director, Doug Weaver, brought home some cutting-edge technology with Blast Golf and Putting, a full-swing analysis tool that Doug’s friend and seven-time PGA Tour winner Brad Faxon designed and uses. The Blast Golf swing analyzer sensor captures a user’s stroke metrics, helps analyze their data and provides drills to improve their timing. By improving timing, they will make more putts. Said Doug: “Blast Golf allows us to gather swing and stroke metrics on students. We combine with video show the student faults and offer fixes.”
Palmetto Dunes is also offering the latest video technology to create a personalized cyber vision tool for students to learn how to truly visualize. “Visualization connects the brain to muscles faster in the learning process,” Doug said. “Jason Day, the No. 1 player in the world closing his eyes in his pre-shot routine, has created a surge of interest in this area of high level of performance in golf.” https://blastmotion.com
Director of Golf Clark Sinclair was roaming the aisles in Orlando. One of his favorite pieces of equipment was the new GBB Epic driver from Callaway Golf http://cmp.callawaygolf.com. In 2017 Callaway clubs (XR woods and irons) will be available for rental at all three Palmetto Dunes courses. Clark said he also was impressed with the newest PUMA Golf http://www.cobragolf.com/pumagolf/ line of clothing, which is one of the most popular Palmetto Dunes pro shop offerings, while PD has PUMA GOLF music speakers for sale in the pro shops. On Clark’s wish list is a full-swing simulator from Foresight Sports, which allows golf junkies to turn practically any space around the house into the ultimate golf simulator. http://www.foresightsports.com/golf-simulators
Finally, one of our correspondents at The Show bumped into former PGA Tour caddie and current ESPN.com senior golf analyst Michael Collins. Collins said the coolest thing he had seen in Orlando was the Swing Coach. Swing Coach is a self-improvement training aid for consistency and accuracy, a game-changing personal training aid to help golfers develop a repeatable swing—resulting in better shots and lower scores. https://www.swingcoachclub.com
Collins also took note of the most expensive golf clubs at The Show that went for $75,000 including a hosel made from gold and platinum, manufactured by Japanese equipment company Honma Golf. We better get out there and win the lottery! http://www.honmagolf.com
The Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy Director, Doug Weaver, a former PGA Tour player, recommends a handful of New Year’s Resolutions to help you enjoy your golf game more in 2017.
To schedule a lesson with Doug Weaver or any other Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy instructor or learn more about the Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy, call (866) 744-7558.
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the holiday season, and to all who entered our #ShelterCoveChristmas contest. Dozens of photos capturing Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina’s festive décor were submitted this year and we enjoyed every single one of them.
Mandy will be receiving our Ultimate Shelter Cove Prize, which includes a 2-night stay at Palmetto Dunes, a 2-hour guided kayak tour of Hilton Head Island, $50 for Nash Gallery at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina and $25 to Neptune’s Niche in Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina. She’ll also get to take home a little bit of Hilton Head Holiday spirit with her—an ornament from Christmas on the Harbour.
The holidays may be over, but there are still some wonderful reasons to visit Shelter Cove! Strolling the marina is one of our favorite things to do on Hilton Head Island, and with nightly entertainment, shops, and restaurants, Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina is the perfect place to shop, dine and play!