Looking for a fun activity for the whole family during your stay at Palmetto Dunes? POP Tennis retains elements of traditional tennis while staying simple and low-impact. No previous tennis experience is required to enjoy this unique sport. Anyone of any age can pick up a racquet and hit the court like a pro! Check out the infographic below for more info! If you’re interested in playing during your stay click here to book courts and lessons.
With this week’s golf spotlight shining on Hilton Head Island — and the PGA TOUR’s RBC Heritage — just minutes away at mid-island, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort continues to offer its own distinct, Lowcountry golf experiences.
In the spirit of RBC Heritage week, Palmetto Dunes will host a variety of events at its renowned Robert Trent Jones Golf Course. On Monday, April 11 from 9 am to 4 pm at the driving range, there will be a free Club Fitting 15 Minute Challenge by SwingFit. Then, former PGA Tour professional Doug Weaver will host a free golf exhibition from 4 pm to 4:50 pm. On Tuesday, there will be a free TaylorMade Golf Fitting Day by appointment from 10 am to 2 pm, followed by Wednesday free Club Fittings at the NIKE Tour van by appointment from 10 am to 4 pm. On Thursday, try the latest styles at the Ecco Comfort Tech Van from 10 am to 2 pm.
“It’s an electric week around here,” said Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort Director of Golf Clark Sinclair. “Our guests and residents are constantly coming and going back and forth to the [RBC Heritage]. The tournament helps create an exciting buzz throughout the resort.”
It is a synergy that dates back to the mid-1960s, when a group of physicians and executives from Greenwood, S.C., entered into an innovative business venture with Charles Fraser. For $1,000 an acre, the group bought a 2,000-acre property that would become the award-winning Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.
This week, those seeking a break from the tournament traffic on the south end of Hilton Head Island can enjoy Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort’s wide variety of luxurious accommodations along with its acclaimed trio of golf course designs by Robert Trent Jones, Arthur Hills and George Fazio and many more resort activities.
Finally, a little history: While the RBC Heritage is known for its candy-cane striped lighthouse that overlooks its 18th green, Palmetto Dunes boasts a lighthouse of its own with some renown. The Hilton Head Lighthouse in the Leamington neighborhood on the Arthur Hills Course was built in 1881 and put to use in 1884.
In August 1898, the lighthouse keeper, a man named Adam Fripp, died of a heart attack while trying to sustain the light. Right before he passed away, Fripp urged his 21-year-old daughter, Caroline, to keep the light burning, but she died three weeks later. Since her passing, it has been reported that a girl (who wears her blue dress), known as “The Blue Lady” has been seen in one of the lighthouse windows or at the foot of the lighthouse on wild, stormy nights.
While golf fans around the world are thinking about beautiful Hilton Head Island and its rich heritage in the game this week, they should think no further than Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.
For more information, call 877-567-6513 or visit www.PalmettoDunes.com.
By: Doug Weaver, Director of Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy
Golf Digest Magazine's 2015 #2 Golf Instructor in South Carolina and Hilton Head Island's 2012 PGA Teacher of the Year
Much like Michael Jordan redefined basketball; defending Masters champ Jordan Spieth scores on many fronts.
Jordan Spieth has won the hearts of many as he has conquered the game of golf. Spieth left college early after dominating NCAA Men’s Golf as a freshman at the University of Texas, where he captured the individual national championship.
Just one year later, in 2013, Spieth was PGA Rookie of the Year and he became the youngest player to earn a PGA Tour Membership, play in the Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup and win on the PGA Tour. In 2015, Spieth was named Player of the Year after winning the U.S. Open, Masters, The Tour Championship, and two other PGA Tour events.
One attribute that makes Spieth successful and sets him apart is the fact that he is an incredible putter who does it differently. How so? By employing a cross handed grip. This allows him to make a better, squarer stroke, resulting in more solid impact and ball control. When you place your lead hand lower than your trail hand it can adjust your shoulders, which controls the direction of the stroke. Many golfers unknowingly open their shoulders, giving them a natural stroke that scrapes across the ball, which makes the ball spin and roll away from their target … but not Spieth.
Another interesting characteristic of his play is his tendency to putt with his eyes on the cup. This allows him to relieve tension and focus. Many golf instructors, myself included, encourage students to do this so they learn to trust their mechanics and play golf on a more unconscious level. Have you heard of “paralysis from analysis”? Analyzing and mulling over all the 1,000 variables in a golf shot can stymie your execution of the shot and steal your joy. Jordan Spieth enjoys the difficult moments in golf because he has learned to react to the target, like in baseball, which was his first love as a kid.
But Spieth hasn’t just found success in his game of golf. Inspired by his sister Ellie, who as born with a neurological disorder, he launched the Jordan Spieth Family Foundation, a charitable endeavor focused on providing financial assistance and support to children with special needs, as well as military families and junior golfers. With all of the opportunities he was given, Spieth chose to serve and help others in the community, which is one of his biggest dreams — to give back in some of the biggest ways possible.
Some things can’t be taught, but technique and respect are teachable qualities that end up not only shaping a golfer’s game, but also their outlook and attitude.
Stop by the Robert Trent Jones Golf Pro Shop at Palmetto Dunes Resort and get outfitted like Jordan at our Under Armour Concept Shop.
You did it! You’ve made it through another winter and now spring is in the air. Spring gives us lots to celebrate, with longer days, lighter clothing, and even brighter skies!
Although winter is mild on Hilton Head, springtime brings a certain kind of rejuvenation and optimism, reminding us that summertime is just around the corner - and we think that’s a cause for celebration!
Here’s how to celebrate spring at Palmetto Dunes:
‘Par-tee’ on our three championship golf courses.
It’s time for a ‘hole’ new golf season. Why not make it ‘tee’-rrific? All puns aside, our three award-winning golf courses are distinctively different, with pristine conditions and challenging layouts, making Palmetto Dunes the perfect place for you to get back into the ‘swing’ of things after a long winter!
Relax on a patio
The only things you’ll find frozen at Palmetto Dunes are the drinks! And of course, every celebration should include food. Now that the days are getting longer, that also means The Dunes House is open later (depending on the weather, The Dunes House opens at 11 a.m. and stays open until dark!) Enjoy this laid-back beach bar and restaurant and its spectacular view of the beach.
If you prefer a golf course view, head to Big Jim’s patio, which overlooks our Robert Trent Jones course. Every celebration needs vino, so visit Big Jim’s for Wine Down Wednesday and enjoy half price bottles of wine. Cheers to spring!
Fall in ‘love’ with Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center
At the heart of the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center, you'll find 26 clay tennis courts, five of these courts are designated for junior/POP tennis and eight for pickleball.
Pickleball is one of the fastest-growing new sports in North America and it’s great for all ages. It’s a cross between tennis, ping-pong and badminton, created to provide families with a game they can play together. Give it a try!
Shop your winter woolies off!
It’s time to ditch the winter layers for shorts, t-shirts, and flip-flops! There are plenty of unique boutiques and stores on Hilton Head, so forget your winter woes with lighter clothes and one-of-a-kind souvenirs of your springtime getaway. Our favorite spots to shop are along the waterfront at Shelter Cove Harbour, the golf pro shops at Palmetto Dunes, and our tennis pro shop.
‘Seas’ the day on a boat
Shelter Cove Marina is the largest deep-water marina on Hilton Head Island and home to some of the island’s best boat tours, rentals and water sports. Choose a leisurely exploration of Hilton Head’s coastal waterways or a fun-filled fishing adventure. Rent a boat, go on a nature tour, take a dolphin cruise - there’s no better way to ‘sail’-ebrate spring than on a boat!
Palmetto Dunes Resort’s Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Course on Hilton Head Island enters Golfweek magazine's 2016 “Best Courses You Can Play” at No. 9 in South Carolina.
Golfweek magazine’s rating panel took a fresh look at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort’s venerable Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Course, and as a result the resort masterpiece has catapulted into the 2016 rankings of the “Best Courses You Can Play in South Carolina” at No. 9 in the state.
The Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Course has been long been rated by Golfweek readers among the best courses in the Southeast, and now the magazine’s ranking panel concurs. One of only two oceanfront holes on Hilton Head Island, the RTJ Course’s signature hole, the dramatic par-five 10th, which was named a “South Carolina Dream Hole,” offers sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean and is widely considered one of the most spectacular holes in the United States.
An extensive 2003 renovation of the Jones Oceanfront Course involved reshaping and restructuring tees, greens and bunkers. Workers also elevated and reshaped the fairways, and improved natural drainage with the addition of the unique, 11-mile lagoon system that weaves its way through and around all three resort golf courses. Adding a set of junior or “short course” tees to the Jones Oceanfront Course’s layout enabled the resort to launch the Palmetto Dunes Junior Golf Academy and underscored Greenwood Development’s commitment to the next generation of golfers.
When renovation work was completed, the South Carolina Board of Directors of the National Golf Course Owners Association named it the 2003 South Carolina Golf Course of the Year. The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program, has also designated the course a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” for its commitment to providing a sanctuary for wildlife.
All three golf courses at Palmetto Dunes — each one distinctively different and uniquely appealing — have been named the South Carolina Golf Course of the Year, including designs by Arthur Hills and George Fazio.
Golfweek's eclectic ranking panel consists of 675 voters from seven countries who rely on 10 criteria to rate a golf course, including overall land plan, variety and memorability of golf holes, conditioning and ecology, and the “Walk in the park test,” which rates the sense of the course as worthy of spending four hours on it. The number of courses per state varies based on course supply, population and level of play; and the Golfweek rankings include daily-fee layouts and golf courses accessible via resorts.
Spring Break is just around the corner, and Palmetto Dunes is the perfect destination for your family vacation. Whether you’re travelling with young kids or teenagers, looking for adventure or R&R, have the best spring break vacation ever, with these tips:
Spread out, make room.
Our rental vacation homes and villas are ideal for family vacations. Lots of bedrooms and common space mean there’s room for everyone, and our pet-friendly rentals mean your furry friend won’t be left out of the fun!
A spring break vacation is a great way to bring the family together, but scheduling time and room for some alone time will help keep conflict to a minimum and ensure everyone has nothing but an enjoyable time.
Pick the right soundtrack.
Nothing gets a party started like the perfect playlist, and whether you’re lounging by the pool, cooking up a storm, or setting the scene for a slumber party, the Hilton Head Island Spotify Channel will help you set the scene.
Learn something new.
Check out our golf and tennis clinics! There’s a different one every day of the week! Or enroll your family in a private lesson – you’ll be playing like the pros in no time. During your stay at Palmetto Dunes, you can learn an entirely new sport! We now offer Pickleball and POP Tennis, two court-based sports that are fun for any age or fitness level!
One of the most fun things to do on Hilton Head Island is get outdoors and explore. Biking is hands down the best way to get around. Or rent a kayak and explore Hilton Head Island by water! You never know what wildlife you’ll come across or what memories you’ll make.
Find an activity for everyone.
One of the struggles when planning a family vacation is ensuring everyone is having a fun time. Your 16 year-old daughter may not want to do the same thing as your 11 year-old son, and that’s okay! Remember that just because you’re taking a family trip together doesn’t mean you don’t all still have individual interests.
One of the best things about Hilton Head Island is the lowcountry lifestyle. So take a cue, and sit back and relax. Your Spring Break vacation will be over before you know it, so slow down and enjoy every moment.
We are very pleased to share wedding highlights of Leslie and Jeremy, married at the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort in 2015. For more information on our wedding films, please visit moonlightproductionshhi.com.
For more information about Weddings at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort call 843.686.9142 to speak with a wedding planner.
Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to tell your special someone how much they mean to you… and to go out of your way to enjoy some quality time with them.
If your special someone happens to be a golfer, there could be no better place to celebrate the year’s most romantic day than Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.
Not only does Palmetto Dunes feature three world-class golf courses designed by some of the game’s most legendary architects, the resort also prides itself for providing everything a golfer needs.
How about giving them some sporty new golf apparel? The trio of Palmetto Dunes golf shops is renowned for their cutting-edge golf clothing and equipment. New Greg Norman women’s sportswear has just arrived, while Sport Haley, Bette & Court, Annika and others are coming in daily. The Palmetto Dunes website even makes it easy to shop on-line for your favorite brands such as Brooks Brothers, Bobby Jones, Dunning, Southern Tide and more.
Or you can give your love the gift of a new set of golf clubs. Palmetto Dunes has recently added the club fitting, building and repair services of Golf Etc. Hilton Head. Golf Etc. Hilton Head is owned and operated by Chris Wycoff, who was recently named one of Golf Digest magazine’s “Top 100 Club Fitters.”
Golf Etc. Hilton Head will be performing fittings for all clubs, driver to putter — in an outdoor setting at the Palmetto Dunes Robert Trent Jones Course that permits full ball flight. Its services also include re-gripping and repair with fast turnaround and delivery. Weekday service is now available from 9 am to 5 pm with every day hours starting in March. Fitting and repair services are available to all resort guests as well as locals and other visitors to Hilton Head Island.
Or, to make the process even easier, you can give your sweetheart a Palmetto Dunes gift card, which can be purchased on-line and are redeemable for golf rounds and lessons, resort shops merchandise, The Dunes House, Big Jim's and Golf Grills, home and villa rentals, marina activities and charter operations, bikes, kayaks and canoe rentals and much more.
If you have a golf lover in your life, visit www.PalmettoDunes.com or come by in person. The Palmetto Dunes staff of cupids has got you covered. Want to customize a vacation just for you and your sweetheart? Give Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort a call at 866-650-4130 or check the numerous offerings on-line.
Part of our new ‘How-to’ series on the Palmetto Dunes Blog. Check back each month for more how-tos on making the most of your Palmetto Dunes vacation and having the ultimate lowcountry experience!
Draping live oak trees, miles of unspoiled beaches and picture-perfect sunsets make Hilton Head Island the ideal setting for a romantic escape. With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, here’s how to plan the perfect romantic couple’s getaway at Palmetto Dunes.
Enjoy activity and adventure for two
At Palmetto Dunes, there are so many ways to spend the day with your special someone. Enjoy precious alone time riding a bicycle built for two along miles of paved bike paths across the island, or by taking a kayak or canoe ride down our peaceful inland lagoon system. Turn up the heat with a playful game of tennis or golf, or cozy up on our beautiful beaches with the sound of waves crashing in the background. Whatever your activity, enjoying time together can’t help but ignite the flame between you.
Find time for rest, relaxation and romance
Pamper your partner with a rejuvenating spa treatment at the Ocean Tides Spa at the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort or Spa Soleil at Hilton Head Marriot Resort and Spa. A couples’ massage is a perfect way to mellow your mood and heighten your senses, setting the tone for an evening of romance.
Tantalize your taste buds
They say that the way to the heart is through the stomach and with so many places to eat on Hilton Head Island, you can awaken both your passion and your palate during your couples vacation. Dine overlooking the beach at the Dunes House or share a romantic dinner with a view of the harbour at one of the many oceanside restaurants at Shelter Cove Harbour.
Adore one another at dusk
There’s nothing quite like gazing at the sunset over the ocean to spark romance. Take a walk along the beach at twilight or join an evening sail aboard a Hilton Head Island cruise, and forget the rest of the world as the sun sets on your perfect day.
Retreat for romance
Nothing quickens the heart like the intimate setting of one of our Oceanview Villas. Retire to your suite and finish off your day with a romantic rendezvous for two.
Need a last minute gift for your Valentine? Don’t worry, you’ll find the perfect present at our Palmetto Dunes and Shelter Cove shops.
To plan a romantic couples vacation to Hilton Head Island, consider our romance packages that combine accommodations, activities and spa services. Want to customize a vacation just for you and your sweetheart? Call us at 866-650-4130.
Photography by Danny Gorman Photography
For many reasons, destinations weddings have recently grown in popularity and appeal. Many brides and grooms today are looking for a unique event that is fun for all their guests while really letting their personality as a couple shine through. We’ve compiled a list of the top 5 reasons for you to skip the typical venue options near home and let us host your wedding at Palmetto Dunes:
1. Picturesque Setting
From charming mossy oaks and scenic hidden pathways to beautiful ocean views and stunning sunsets, our resort will leave you with pictures and memories that you will never forget.
2. Ceremony and Reception
Get married oceanfront on the beach, on the deck of one of our venues or under the mossy oaks overlooking the golf course. Then walk on up to either The Dunes House deck overlooking the ocean, Arthur Hills Grille with the golf course as your back drop, head to Centre Court with its charming southern porch or host an intimate soiree at one of the many homes for rent within the resort. With a variety of options, we can guarantee a unique event catered to whatever you have envisioned.
3. It’s Cost-effective
With a variety of options for venues and a diverse menu selection, Palmetto Dunes offers an a la carte style wedding allowing us flexibility to provide you with the wedding of your dreams without breaking your budget. All of our venues offer a scenic backdrop and require little to no extra décor. Also included in our events is a full day of event coordinator who will put your mind at ease and take care of all the little details to make sure you can relax and enjoy your day.
4. Family friendly
Choosing a destination wedding offers your guests the excuse for a vacation! Hosting your event at Palmetto Dunes allows for a family friendly atmosphere with plenty of options for an awesome wedding with the bonus of a vacation everyone will remember. Rent an amazing beach house or a few villas close by to keep everyone together. Spend quality time on a fishing excursion or kayak trip. Plan a family golf tournament or tennis match. Or set up camp on the beach and simply relax and enjoy the view!
5. Hassle free destination wedding
You and your guests can travel to our beautiful resort and gorgeous beaches hassle free and without a passport! Let us take care of your ceremony and reception while you enjoy your time with your new husband or wife. Then after the big day you can relax and enjoy your honeymoon. No waking up at 3 a.m. to get to the airport, you are already here! Start your marriage with a custom-designed honeymoon package that includes luxurious accommodations, fine dining, and an extensive list of activities.
For more information about Weddings at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort call 843.686.9643.