Wiener Schnitzel has been on the menu at Alexander’s Restaurant since it originally opened its doors, so when we heard that National Wiener Schnitzel Day was just around the corner we thought it was the perfect opportunity to catch up with Matt Little, Alexander’s Chef de Cuisine to see how the dish gets made.
What is Wiener Schnitzel?
Wiener Schnitzel (German for Viennese cutlet) is a traditional Austrian dish, featuring thin cuts of veal, coated in breadcrumbs and pan-fried. It is long-thought to have been invented in Vienna although its origins may date back as far as the 12th century. The first appearance of a Wiener Schnitzel recipe was in a German cookbook in 1831. It’s traditionally served with a garnish of lemon and parsley.
Alexander’s Wiener Schnitzel Recipe
The Wiener Schnitzel at our Hilton Head restaurant Alexander’s is served with a rich brown butter caper sauce alongside velvety whipped potatoes and seasonal vegetables. Watch how it’s made right in the kitchen at Alexander’s and get the recipe to make it at home, below.
1 Veal Cutlet, pounded very thin
2 Eggs, beaten
½ Cup All Purpose Flour
½ Cup Panko Bread Crumbs
1. Pound veal cutlet very thin.
2. Set up standard breading procedure in 3 bowls – dip veal cutlet into all purpose flour, then eggs, then lastly the bread crumbs.
3. In a hot pan, add olive oil and mix around into pan.
4. Add veal cutlet – cook on medium-high heat for about 2 minutes per side.
5. Cook veal cutlet in the oven at 450 degrees for about 2 minutes until brown.
6. Prepare your demi-glace by adding capers to a traditional Espagnole sauce and simmer.
7. Serve cutlets topped with demi-glace sauce and garnished with lemon and parsley.
Time to get cooking! Try this recipe at home and bring the tastes of Palmetto Dunes to your kitchen, and then stop by Alexander’s Restaurant on your next Hilton Head Island vacation!
Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in America and one of our favorites at Palmetto Dunes! We’ve got eight outdoor pickleball courts, clinics, round robins, and now, a new Pro to help you take your pickleball game to the next level. We sat down with Sarah Ansboury, Palmetto Dunes’ Director of Pickleball Instruction, to talk to her about the game and playing it on Hilton Head Island.
Q: How long have you been playing Pickleball?
A: I started playing pickleball under five years ago. A little over four years ago, I was teaching tennis at a club. I kind of randomly picked up pickleball and all the club members started doing it. And ever since then it's been nonstop.
Q: What drew you to the game?
A: I think what's interesting about pickleball and why I think so many people like it, is that it's such a new sport coming from the tennis community and the tennis world. You know, it’s like the snowboarding versus skiing type of thing. It's a little bit more relaxed and a lot more sociable and it's expanding and growing as we speak, so you can't really deny wanting to be a part of it.
Q: What are your tips for someone who’s never played before?
A: I'd say to anyone who wants to start playing that the first thing to do is to get out on the court. Learning pickleball has probably one of the easiest learning curves compared to especially most racket or paddle sports. So coming out, enjoying some open play with just random people, and then taking a couple of lessons and really getting to know how to play the sport properly. Then you can be out competing or socializing any way that you want as soon as possible.
Q: Do you have a favorite pickleball moment?
A: I'd say the most memorable moment was actually probably one of my earlier moments—the first time I won nationals. It was in 2015 and my first nationals [and I was playing] with my good friend Gigi Le Master. I don't think I can beat that moment. I was completely not expecting to do very well at nationals, to be honest. It was my first experience with it and to have someone that was so much more experienced playing with me…it's the most amazing thing that I've been able to experience since I started.
Q: What brought you to Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort?
A: I did not expect to be at Hilton Head at all. I took a job recently with a professional pickleball registry, which is based out of Hilton Head, and I didn't really have the expectation of moving here, to be honest. I came out and I met John Kerr and to look at the club at Palmetto Dunes. I ended up taking out some locals to play. After speaking with him and getting to know the community, I was like, “This is where I want to be.” It was kind of a no-brainer. It was definitely unexpected but it was within a day I recognized what I wanted to do here.
Q: What are you looking forward to, working at Palmetto Dunes?
A: Right now, I've been here about a month, but we have a lot of goals in our programming. I'm mostly doing semi-private [lessons], privates, special groups for people who want to come here and kind of set up their own little private academy. We have our first four-day Academy on September 25th so sign-ups started last week. Then, in upcoming months we'll add some evening programming and clinics for adults and kids and everything so we're really looking forward to that.
We’re so thrilled to have Sarah Ansboury join our team, and we can’t wait to welcome you too, to try Pickleball at Palmetto Dunes.There is limited space left in September's Ansboury Pickleball Academy! Sign up here.
If there’s one thing that signals summer at Palmetto Dunes, it’s the bustling patio at The Dunes House. This exclusive beachfront restaurant is open to guests and residents of Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort and is the place to be for stunning views, easy summer eats, and a good time.
Whether you’re grabbing a light lunch before hitting the beach, or enjoying live music on a warm, summer night, or swinging by for one of The Dunes House’s epic Lowcountry Boils, you’ll love the casual, laidback atmosphere, frozen cocktails, and friendly service.
The Dunes House is open for lunch and dinner, weather permitting. Its patio is extra large because it has to be—all of the cooking is done in The Dunes House’s outdoor kitchen. So even if you stop by for a casual drink, we bet that once the smell of the grill hits your nose, you’ll be reaching for the food menu in no time.
There’s limited on-site parking at The Dunes House so it’s no wonder that many prefer to get there by bike. Between April 1 and September 30, you also have the option of taking the free Dunes Buggy shuttle to and from The Dunes House, for the ultimate convenience. Although, once you’re there, relaxing under the shade of an umbrella (or soaking up the sun) and taking in the sights and sounds of Palmetto Dunes’ beautiful sandy beach just steps away, we bet you won’t want to leave.
When you’re working in an outdoor kitchen, the grill is your star player—and boy, do the chefs at The Dunes House know how to grill! Their fish tacos are legendary, the burgers grilled to perfection, and their Carolina BBQ chicken sandwich has just the right amount of sweet and heat.
Looking for something a little lighter? Grab a salad topped with grilled shrimp or share a plate of nachos. For those who are on a family getaway, there’s even a special menu just for kids! The Dunes House also offers catering for special events, making it the perfect venue for a family reunion, beachfront wedding, or corporate event.
The only thing that rivals the incredible beachside food menu at The Dunes House is their drinks menu! It’s definitely one of our favorite places to grab a drink. Craving an ice-cold beer on a hot afternoon? The Dunes House offers a selection of domestic, specialty, and seasonal selections.
If you really want to try what the bartenders at The Dunes House are known for, go for one of the frozen drinks. The frozen margaritas are blended with Sauza Gold Tequila and classic flavors, or if you’re feeling more adventurous, try one of the house specialties like the Tiger Paw or the Carolina Beach.
If you’re into more of a “stirred, not shaken” kind of cocktail, try the Ruby Mule or any of their cocktails on the rocks.
And, since we're in the South, you can bet there's tea on the menu if you're looking for a Lowcountry sip that's non-alcoholic.
Did you know that there are special events happening at The Dunes House almost every day of the month? Live local entertainment livens up the atmosphere every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday nights during peak season. If you’re visiting in the summer, swing by on Wednesday for a treat! From Memorial Day through to the end of August, Wednesdays are Lobster Night when they serve up fresh lobster dinners with all the fixings. Looking for an authentic Lowcountry dining experience? The Lowcountry Boils at The Dunes House are a must! They take place on Saturday nights throughout the summer. Check the latest events calendar to see what’s going on.
When it comes to casual beachside dining and laidback Lowcountry entertainment, The Dunes House is the place to be! What’s your favorite thing about The Dunes House? Tell us in the comments! And don’t forget to share your Dunes House photos with us on social media using #PalmettoDunes.
Kid-Friendly Activities at Palmetto Dunes
Go beyond the ordinary for your next family vacation. From first graders to active teens, Palmetto Dunes gives every member of the family a chance to enjoy Hilton Head Island's natural beauty in one of the most pristine beachfront resorts in South Carolina. Not sure where to start? Let us be your guide!
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From Little Swingers to Advanced Juniors, your young ones will be spoiled for choice when it comes time to hit the greens. One-on-one instruction, week-long clinics, and the opportunity to play with our Palmetto Dunes golf pros are all up for grabs. We even feature permanent Junior Tees on the newly redesigned Robert Trent Jones Golf Course so the whole family can play together!
Serving Up Fun
Do you daydream of breakfast at Wimbledon while your child competes on center court? The first step to raising the next Serena Williams or Roger Federer is to teach your kids to love the game. No matter their skill level, Palmetto Dunes’ tennis clinics teach the basics with an emphasis on fun. And, when they’re ready to show off their killer serve, you can join them on the court for an unforgettable game of Parent//Child Round Robin!
Make a Splash
Looking for a sure-fire way to keep the kids entertained this summer? Just add water! Start your day with a tour of Hilton Head Island's marshlands from a CraigCat—a surprisingly unique watercraft that you drive it yourself—then head to the beach to hang ten with our experienced surf instructors. Ever dreamed of being a pirate? At Shelter Cove Marina, we have pirate expeditions setting sail daily that are guaranteed to be a swashbuckling good time.
Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort and the surrounding area of Hilton Head Island offer more than 50 miles of paved bike paths ideal for exploring. Hilton Head Outfitters offer a large selection of family-friendly equipment including tandem bikes, kiddie carts, and baby seats perfect for outfitting the entire family. Slow down and connect with each other as you explore the island or try your hand at cycling along the beach.
Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort is renowned as one of the world’s best resorts for family vacations. We are proud to offer a unique selection of family activities for fun in the sun for children of all ages. Summer fun starts here!
Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins on Hilton Head Island are beloved by residents and visitors alike. Next time you’re sailing around the island, keep your eyes peeled! You could be delighted by a dolphin taking a leap through the air and splashing in the water. Here are some fun dolphin facts to help you get excited about dolphin watching on your next visit to Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.
Have you ever seen a dolphin on Hilton Head Island? Check out our dolphin boat tours and excursions to start planning your dolphin adventure.
Travel & Leisure Magazine has released its annual World’s Best Awards, and guests voted Hilton Head the Best Island in the Continental U.S for the 3rd year in a row! We’re thrilled, and not surprised. If you’ve ever been to Hilton Head Island you know just how spectacular a destination it is! We hear it from guests all the time! To celebrate this incredible accolade, we’re listing off 10 reasons why Hilton Head is the best island.
10. The Convenience
With two airports servicing Hilton Head Island, plenty of non-stop flights, and easy land access, getting to Hilton Head is as easy as a South Carolina breeze! This year Air Canada launched non-stop service from Toronto, Canada so even our neighbors to the north can hop on a plane to our slice of paradise!
9. The Adventure
Hilton Head Island offers the perfect setting for outdoor adventure. Hit the open water on a sailboat, kayak, or fishing charter, or enjoy the quiet calm of the Palmetto Dunes Lagoon. Bike trails, pillage like pirates, zip-line across the sky, or zoom full speed ahead on a catamaran built for two! There’s no end to thrilling outdoor activities on Hilton Head.
8. The Wildlife
Our scenic natural surroundings provide more than just stunning photo opportunities—they’re home to a vibrant and varied array of wildlife, too! You could see dolphins, sharks, fish, oysters, birds, deer, even gators on your Hilton Head Island vacation.
7. The Weather
We’re fortunate, on Hilton Head Island, to have some of the best weather around! Not only can we golf year round, we enjoy comfortable temperatures regardless of the season. During the summer months, temperatures soar as high as 89 degrees and even in winter the temperature hovers around 60.
6. The Laidback Lifestyle
There’s something incredibly relaxing about the laidback way of life in Lowcountry. We’re never in a rush down here! Taking the time to enjoy the sunshine, beautiful surroundings, and each other’s company is part of Hilton Head’s charm.
5. The Family-Friendly Atmosphere
Whether it’s the vacation rentals appointed with every convenience and comfort of home, the kids’ camps, family-friendly restaurants, or simply our quiet atmosphere, Hilton Head offers something for the entire family to enjoy! We have guests who have been visiting with their families for years, and kids who have grown up reveling in the fun of a Hilton Head Island vacation.
4. The Food
There’s nothing quite like good old-fashioned Southern cookin’, and no shortage of it on Hilton Head Island. From local staples like oyster roasts and Lowcountry boils to Southern classics like shrimp n’ grits and fried chicken, your taste buds are in for a treat when you’re dining in Hilton Head.
3. The People
Over and over, we hear from guests who just can’t get over how friendly and helpful everyone is on Hilton Head Island! We think you’ll find that locals are courteous and kind—and up for a good time! Join us at Harbourfest or down at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina for happy hour and you’ll see just what we mean.
2. The Golfing
Hilton Head Island is practically synonymous with good golfing, and it’s no wonder! With over 20 championship golf courses, including our three award-winning golf courses at Palmetto Dunes! There are courses for every experience level and playing style, and some of the best PGA-certified instructors to help you improve all aspects of your game.
1. The Beaches
If there’s one thing on Hilton Head Island that will take your breath away, it’s our beautiful beaches! Year round our guests are wowed by Hilton Head’s white sand, calm surf, stunning sunrises and beautiful water. Whether you’re biking along the water’s edge, taking a surf lesson, or simply enjoying the view, we think you’ll agree that spending the day at the beach on Hilton Head Island is top notch.
When we think about the month of July around Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, one word immediately pops into mind: “Family.”
Indeed, July is the ideal month to spend with your family by the beach, enjoying the outdoor weather and cooling off on the beach or by the pool. Which is also why at Palmetto Dunes, we celebrate July as our “Family Golf” month.
Palmetto Dunes is designed for families to get active together by offering a variety of ways to do just that — including its Hilton Head Family Golf School. Whatever levels at which a family may play, Palmetto Dunes will tailor its golf school to specific needs and skill level. Its head of golf instruction, former PGA TOUR player Doug Weaver, is great with kids and teaches them moves like “closing the car door” and “alligator arms” to help them learn golf in a fun and engaging way.
The golf school includes a video analysis sent by email, on-course instruction, rules and etiquette lessons, the school’s video lending library, take-home materials, free range privileges, plus nine holes of golf daily on a space-available basis.
Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort caters to golfers of all levels, having installed permanent junior tees on its Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront golf course, while the George Fazio course caters to juniors. The Fazio junior tees measure 3,384 yards for 18 holes, with the longest hole (No. 10) measuring 316 yards. Holes range between 90 and 316 yards. In addition, kids 10 and under play free after 4 PM at the Robert Trent Jones Hilton Head golf course and the Arthur Hills golf course with an adult paying regular rate.
This summer, the Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy features lessons and clinics for all ages and skill levels. Palmetto Dunes offers four family-oriented options:
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In addition, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort also offers the club fitting, building and repair services of SwingFit, which is owned and operated by Chris Wycoff — one of Golf Digest magazine’s “Top 100 Club Fitters.”
Away from the golf course, your family will also enjoy Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina and its outdoor Southern phenomenon known as HarbourFest. Shelter Cove Harbour is a Mediterranean-style village located mid-island at mile marker 8 across from Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, offering casual waterfront dining, unique shopping, live entertainment and beautiful views of Broad Creek. And don’t forget to snap a selfie with the Statue of Neptune, the world’s largest figurative sundial.
Sunset strolls on the beach? Afternoon paddles? A round or two of pickleball? We’ve consulted the stars, touched base with the planets, and we’re ready to share with you what summer 2018 has in store for you!
Aries, your passion, competitive spirit, and unrelenting energy keep you on the go. Non-stop. 365 days of the year. This summer, our challenge for you is easy: Take a break! Use your impulsive nature to book a last-minute beach vacation, grab a beach read, and park yourself in the dunes.
Recent planetary transitions might have inspired you to look inward and focus on self-expression and creative pursuits. We know it’s a lost cause to get you to change your mind when its set, so our suggestion for Taurus is more of a reminder: Don’t forget to spend time with your loved ones this summer. Use the sunshine and take some time to make memories with the ones who matter most, whether it’s around the dining table or by the pool.
Gemini, our favorite Twins, this summer is all about letting your social side shine. Put yourself in situations where you’ll learn new things and exchange ideas with others. Like, a boat tour, a dinner party, or a sunset cruise. Keep your nerves and indecision at bay this summer, and it’ll be one for the books.
You’ve been going through a major cycle of change for years—since 2011 in fact! Starting in June, you’ll see this rapid pace slow down (finally) and we encourage you to take some time to get to know yourself better. We know this isn’t the first thing on Cancer’s “Things I Love To Do” list. Embrace it. This summer is all about going deep and centering yourself now that the storm has passed. Might we a contemplative bike ride to start?
In a perfect world, Leo, you would love everyone and they would love you right back. You’re the first to double tap a pal’s Instagram post (and you expect the same in return). This summer is all about trying new things and keeping that Instagram feed up-to-date. Get up a little earlier and catch a sunrise. Try a pickleball match. Do what you have to do to keep yourself in the spotlight you love.
Modest, but hard working. Precise, yet adaptable. Virgo, it’s time you stop channeling attention into the projects and people you spend so much time improving and focus on you! We don’t necessarily mean spa days, either (though, of course, they’re always encouraged). We think you’re focused energy is best put to use in a new athletic pursuit, which can be just as therapeutic. Try zipping down the beach on two wheels, or learning to surf.
Decisions aren’t your favorite thing, Libra, and this summer we say embrace it. Book a few long weekends on a whim, find yourself a comfortable homebase, and then let the winds decide what to do.
Jupiter, the planet of luck and inspiration, is moving through Scorpio until November 2018. To this we say: Milk it for all its worth! Now is the time to take risks and chase thrills. Feel the need for speed on a CraigCat. Get a bird’s-eye view on a parasailing adventure. Soar through the trees on a zipline. The choice is yours!
Saturn, the planet concerned with teaching karma (aka “no fun”), has finally skedaddled out of your sign after 28-years. Sagittarius, it’s time to celebrate! This summer, we see a lot of travel and adventuring in your future. Road trips, impromptu beach days, and afternoons on the links are all up for grabs.
Serious Saturn hopped right out of Sagittarius and landed right in your lap, Capricorn. Which means this summer is all about process and methodology—something your responsible, serious self knows and loves all too well. Apply your self-discipline to your vacation planning, book early, catch all of the summer deals you can find, and your summer will go exactly how you planned it—music to your ears!
You’re comfortable overthinking and detaching yourself from the here and now, but, dear Aquarius, you have to let that go this summer. Your best bet for the best summer yet is to dive head first into new and fun experiences. Try new things! Taste new flavors! Just make sure you bring a friend or two along for the ride.
Neptune, your ruling planet of inspiration and dreams, will be floating on through Pisces this summer. And, while most of us would flounder underwater, you are going to glide right through it! We see a lot of boating and kayaking in your summer vacation because of Neptune’s transition. This is a great time for you to bring family and friends along the ride on vacation, so you can soak up the memories like the human sponge you are.
Regardless of your zodiac sign, we’re feeling pretty good about a trip to Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort being in your future. Whether you’re booking well in advance, or looking for a last-minute getaway, consult our packages and specials before you book to make your stay even sweeter.
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Every good vacation needs a great reading list. A solid beach read is an essential part of your beach day packing, like remembering to bring sunscreen or a towel.
Palmetto Dunes is situated on three miles of pristine beachfront, ideal for swimming, surfing, or just lounging—with that great book you remembered to pack.
So, what should you be reading this summer? We’ve picked out ten beach reads for 2018 that are perfect for every kind of vacationer.
For the Whole Book Club
Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal
This novel about female friendship and cultural identities will be a hit with the whole book club. In fact, Reese Witherspoon recently selected it for her own club. It’s a playful yet thought provoking read that will leave you and your pals with lots to discuss.
For the Funny Fiction Lover
Less by Andrew Sean Greer
This uproarious novel won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and will have you in stitches on the beach. In it, a failed novelist embarks on a round-the-world trip in order to politely avoid accepting an invitation to his ex-boyfriend’s wedding. This bittersweet love story is the perfect summer beach read for anyone looking for a laugh.
For the Observational Comedian
Calypso by David Sedaris
If humorous memoirs are more your style, look no further than the master himself, David Sedaris. Sedaris’s latest offering, Calypso, features the wry, witty observational humor he’s known for. The stories in this collection often center around the time his family spends at a beach house on the Carolina coast, making it a particularly apt read for a Hilton Head Island vacation.
For the True Crime Junkie
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara
If your smartphone is loaded up with true crime podcasts like My Favorite Murder and Serial, then you’ll want the latest and greatest from the genre on your reading list as well. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark is being heralded as a masterpiece of true crime writing. In her book, author McNamara investigated the famous “Golden State Killer” and just may have contributed to his surprising arrest in April of 2018, decades after the crimes were committed. True crime junkies won’t be able to put this one down.
For the Short Story Lover
You Think It, I’ll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld
Short stories can be easily put down and picked back up again, making them perfect for busy vacationers. This is novelist Curtis Sittenfeld’s first collection of short stories, and they deliver the same colorful characters and sharp, clever observations as her acclaimed novels.
For the Science Buff
The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Steve Brusatte
Though this book will certainly resonate with science lovers, don’t mistake it for a dry textbook style piece of non-fiction. The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs is science, but it’s also storytelling. It’s a biography at heart. The book artfully traces a 200-million-year history and connects it with modern-day accounts of the real-life work of its paleontologist author.
For the Hopeless Romantic
A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
This sweet story of an estranged family reunited for a wedding will appeal to the romantic souls on the beach. In her debut novel, Mirza tells the saga of a Muslim Indian-American family’s bonds and betrayals. Though the story spans decades, it is also intimate and captivating. Fun fact: this is the first book published under celebrity Sarah Jessica Parker’s new imprint, SJP for Hogarth.
For the Southern Belle
Whiskey in a Teacup by Reese Witherspoon
This book is perfect for southern belles, and those inspired by the South following a relaxing Lowcountry vacation. This frothy, lighthearted book offers advice on everything from entertaining, to home décor, to how to style one’s hair—the Southern way.
For the Pop Culture Junkie
You’re on an Airplane by Parker Posey
If you’re the type of beachgoer who usually packs a few glossy magazines or tabloids in their bag, then this fun, funny book from actress Parker Posey is for you. The indie film darling’s memoir is as offbeat as her persona. Hilarious stories of her childhood, hobbies, and Hollywood life are told as though you, the reader, have Posey as an airplane seatmate.
For the Poetry Lover
Yesterday I Was the Moon by Noor Unnahar
Personal, insightful poetry has experienced a resurgence in recent years, thanks to works like Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur and Love Her Wild by Atticus. If you liked those collections, pick up Noor Unnahar’s debut collection. You’ll love soaking up each beautiful word while you soak up your beautiful surroundings on Hilton Head Island.
What will you be reading on the Palmetto Dunes beach this summer? Snap an Instagram and tag it #PalmettoDunes to share your best beach reads with us.
On the eve of our country’s national championship, the United States Open, we remember the original U.S. Open Doctor — one of golf course architecture’s most legendary and prolific names — who indelibly left his mark at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.
During seven decades, Robert Trent Jones, Sr. (1906-2000) traveled an estimated eight million miles and created some 350 courses — including more courses for national championships than any other golf architect — while renovating another 150 on his way to becoming the first architect to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. Today, Jones' works are found in 45 states and 35 countries.
“Trent,” a name he chose to distinguish himself from Robert Tyre (Bobby) Jones, was a small, gentle, cherub-faced man who nevertheless was capable of near-sadistic use of huge bunkers, ponds, creeks, and undulating greens. His designs often bamboozled touring pros, particularly during the U.S. Open. Earning his nickname as the original “U.S. Open Doctor,” Jones believed he was merely defending par against the evolution of golf equipment and the golf ball. ''The shattering of par without a proper challenge is a fraud,'' he said. ''I make them play par.''
When Jones redesigned the fourth hole at the Baltusrol Golf Club's Lower Course in Springfield, N.J., prior to the 1954 U.S. Open, some members thought the par 3 over a pond was unfair. He offered to play the hole along with the club pro, Johnny Farrell, and two members, while others watched.
Playing from the 165-yard members tee, Farrell and the two others each hit balls on the green. Jones stepped up and swung his 4-iron. His ball landed on the green and rolled into the cup for a hole in one. Turning to the assembly, Jones said: ''Gentlemen, the hole is fair. Eminently fair.''
As we know from his work at Palmetto Dunes, Jones’s designs embody three cardinal virtues: beauty, challenge and flexibility. Jones was dedicated to the proposition that all golfers are not created equal. By incorporating his distinctive, elongated “runway” tees — some as long as 100 yards — Jones made it possible for average golfers to play the same course.
“The sun never sets,” he enjoyed saying, “on a Robert Trent Jones golf course.”
In addition to his 21 United States Open courses, Jones worked on courses that have held the PGA Championship 17 times and on venues for the World Cup six times. He designed Valderrama in Spain, the site of the 1997 Ryder Cup matches, and the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club course in Virginia, the site of three President’s Cup matches.
Jones collaborated with Bobby Jones in designing Atlanta’s Peachtree Golf Club, and in the late 1940s, he worked with Jones on the redesign of the 11th and 16th holes at Augusta National — annual site of the Masters — famously turning No. 16 into one of the world’s greatest and most beautiful one-shotters.
He created a putting green at the White House for President Eisenhower, as well as a hole with three different tees at Camp David, the president's weekend retreat in Maryland. Jones's clients included the Rockefeller family, the Aga Khan and King Hassan II of Morocco.
His resume also includes American gems such as Spyglass Hill in Pebble Beach, Calif., Mauna Kea in Hawaii, The Dunes in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Golden Horseshoe in Williamsburg, Va. In semi-retirement, he and his protégé, Roger Rulewich, helped transform the economy of an entire state with the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Alabama.
Jones, who for most of his career worked out of offices in Montclair, N.J., passed away in 2000 at age 93. His legacy rests with his two sons, Robert (‘Bobby’) Trent Jones Jr. (born 1939) and Rees Jones (born 1941), both among the world’s preeminent golf course architects. Together the three formed the “first family of American golf.”
''You look at a piece of ground,'' Jones Sr., once said, ''and you know instinctively what makes a great hole. There is a flow and rhythm that you can feel. You think how to stake it out, and then use logic to make the right choice. It's like a jigsaw puzzle. But you have to play golf well, too.”
Those of us at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort will never forget the second half of the 20th century’s most prolific golf course architect. We take great pride that the name Robert Trent Jones Sr., will live on here forever.