Taking the kids with you on vacation to Palmetto Dunes Resort? Making dinner a family affair doesn’t have to limit you to fast-food standbys. Dine at these family-friendly and kid-approved Hilton Head Island restaurants, and the whole gang can enjoy the experience.
10. A Lowcountry Backyard
True to its name, this eatery has a big beautiful backyard filled with swings, plants, fire pits, and plenty of seating. Lowcountry Backyard serves up all your favorite southern classics, including their famous Shrimp & Grits, Lowcountry Pimento Cheese, and homemade Banana Puddin’.
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9. Big Jim’s BBQ, Burgers and Pizza
Named after the founder of Palmetto Dunes, you’ll find this popular joint on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course. Just like the name says, this restaurant serves up hearty burgers, pizza, and BBQ. You can’t go wrong with any menu item that comes smothered in Jim’s barbecue sauce, and his Tennessee coleslaw is legendary. On the kid’s menu, besides the usual fries, you can switch up their sides to mac n’ cheese, apple slices, or corn on the cob.
8. Carolina Crab Company
Dine dockside with the family at Palmetto Bay’s Carolina Crab Company. Tell your kids to keep an eye out for dolphins in the water—they are known to swim by. There’s lot of choice on the kid’s menu and for the adults? Consider starting your meal with some spicy Fried Crab Bites, or chow down on some Carolina Crab Chowder. The Jack Pot is a popular Boil, filled with Maine lobster, crab legs, clams, shrimp, and oysters. A true feast for any seafood lover.
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7. Fishcamp on Broad Creek
On beautiful Broad Creek you’ll find the family-friendly Fishcamp restaurant. Grab a seat out on the pet-friendly patio if you can, where there are games and outdoor activities to keep the kids entertained. There’s often live music, too. On the menu, you’ll find lots of seafood, from a Shellfish Tower to Daufuskie Island Blue Crab Cakes. And for the kids? The menu’s got basics like Chicken Fingers and plain Kids Pasta for pickier palates, and Petite Filet Mignon and Snow Crab Legs for the more adventurous young adults.
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6. Hilton Head Ice Cream
When you and the family need to cool down, head to Hilton Head Ice Cream. At the Fountain Center you’ll find homemade ice cream in so many flavors, there’s bound to be something for everyone. The kids will especially love options like Cookie Monster and Superman, while grown-ups will want to dig into flavors like Kaluha Chip and Cayenne Chocolate.
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5. Kenny B’s French Quarter Café
Oh la la! Add a little French Cajun flair to your trip with a visit to Kenny B’s French Quarter Café. On the menu, you’ll find lots of Creole classics like Jambalaya, Red Beans & Rice, and Muffulettas. Kids will get a kick out of their meals being served in dog bowls. The real draw here though, are the Beignets. These French-inspired donuts are made fresh, daily and are served to you piping hot out of the oil, with a liberal dusting of powdered sugar. Kids of all ages go crazy for ‘em.
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4. Palmetto Bay Sunrise Café
Located near the Palmetto Bay Marina, this is a great spot to bring the kids for breakfast or lunch. The lunch menu includes lots of soup and sandwich options, but the all-day breakfast menu is where it’s at. You’ll find all of the classics like Eggs Benedict multiple ways, pancakes, and omelets. For the little ones, with little appetites, there’s an extensive side dish section, where kids can build their own breakfast.
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3. Palmetto Dunes General Store
Going out to eat is great, but sometimes, even on vacation you just want a night in. Villas in Palmetto Dunes come with fully equipped kitchens, so if you feel like making your own meals, head on over to the Palmetto Dunes General Store. With their supplies, you can grab everything you need to make a meal at home. Kids love to help! Ask them for their input in-store, then have them get their hands dirty helping out. Don’t feel like going out, but also don’t feel like cooking? The General Store also offers take-out breakfast and lunch options, including their famous Fried Chicken.
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2. Salty Dog Café
This perennial favorite can be found on the waterfront in Sea Pines. You can’t go wrong with their Salty Dog Po’Boy, and for those over 21, a frozen margarita. On the kid’s menu, you’ll find a wide selection of favorites, liked Fried Fish Nuggets, made from fresh fish. Kids who clean their plate earn a special sticker! It’s a popular spot, but if there’s a wait, you’ll get a buzzer, so you and the kids can keep busy with a stroll or a peruse through the gift shop.
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1. Skull Creek Boathouse Situated right on the waterfront, the comings and goings of the boats will keep your kiddos entertained through the meal, while you can indulge in a seafood feast. If it comes from the sea, chances are the Skull Creek Boathouse serves it, from classic Lowcountry Boils to Salt & Vinegar Crab Cakes, and even sushi. Does dining with the kids mean you’re eating early? Take advantage of their Sunset Supper specials, available daily from 4:00-5:30pm.
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And, while dining with kids can be delightful, if you’re in the mood for an adults-only date night, order in pizza for the kids and a sitter, and enjoy the best places in Palmetto Dunes to grab a drink.
On Monday, August 21st, a rare event that hasn’t happened in this country since 1979 will take place when the moon will entirely cover the sun in a total solar eclipse. Only a narrow swath of destinations across the United States will be in a position to view the full phenomenon.
South Carolina will be the final state in the viewing path of the eclipse, which will cross Charleston starting at 2:40 p.m. Beat the sky-gazing crowds and head to Hilton Head Island which is just outside the complete viewing path. The moon will not entirely cover the sun from our vantage point but it will cover over 97% of it! View the video below to see exactly how much.
The eclipse will peak at 2:46:32 pm EDT, when the moon obscures 97.8% of the sun.
Join us at Palmetto Dunes Resort, where we’ll be celebrating the Great American Eclipse with a variety of activities and specials. Where better to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime occurrence than from the beach?
Join us for the BEST seat in the house at The Dunes House, the perfect place to watch the 2017 eclipse. while enjoying live music and themed drink and lunch specials. We'll be serving Eclipse Cookies, our Dark & Sunny frozen cocktail & Southbound Brewing's Scattered Sun on draft. Unicorn Meat will be playing from 1 - 4 p.m. with a secret song during totality.
Or, head to Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina for another unobstructed view. We'll have a special Solar Eclipse Cruise aboard the Holiday from noon to 2 p.m. Call the marina at 843-842-7002 to learn more or book.
To make sure you’re prepared for this incredible natural event, we’ve collected six facts about the 2017 solar eclipse:
1. A solar eclipse is when the moon passes between the earth and the sun, blocking the sun’s light for a period of time. A total solar eclipse hasn’t happened over the United States in close to 40 years, and won’t happen again until 2024.
2. The totality, when the moon completely covers the sun, will be visible in parts of 14 states across the United States, including South Carolina where the totality will occur over Columbia from 2:41–2:44 p.m.
3. When the eclipse passes over Charleston it’s estimated that it will be at a speed of 1,502 miles per hour.
4. It is harmful to look directly at the sun. You will need special eclipse glasses, or a protective device such as a sun funnel or solar filter.
5. NASA will be very busy on August 21st! A solar eclipse allows the space association to gather all sorts of data that they would not otherwise be able to, such as observations of the sun’s outermost atmosphere–the corona, and maps of the moon.
6. During a solar eclipse, not only does the sky turn dark, but the temperature drops.
Learn more about the Great American Eclipse from NASA with this NASA Eclipse Fact sheet.
What are you waiting for? Book your Palmetto Dunes trip before it’s too late and get ready to gaze upon an awesome phenomenon from our beautiful shores.
Sure, at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort we know that when you take a vacation, your main goal is to relax and have fun. We also know that relaxing and having fun does not necessarily translate into staying fit.
However, when you are visiting Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, enjoying your vacation and staying fit do not have to be mutually exclusive. We offer plenty of ways you can relax, enjoy your vacation AND stay fit at the same time! Condé Nast Traveler named Palmetto Dunes one of the country’s top 50 mainland resorts, which is why vacationers never run out of things to do at this beautiful, 2,000-acre locale.
From biking and fishing to surfing and paddleboarding, plus kayaking and canoeing the Palmetto Dunes lagoon, if you want to explore the island while engaging in some fun physical fitness, Hilton Head Outfitters is the place to go. They offer free delivery and pick-up for bikes rented for three days or more and they offer the largest bike fleet on the island. If you’re feeling particularly motivated, Hilton Head Outfitters can also teach you how to surf.
Of course, Palmetto Dunes is probably best known for its world-class golf. A trio of outstanding courses to choose from designed by three legends of the game: Robert Trent Jones, Arthur Hills and George Fazio. The Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy is a leader in providing quality golf lessons, instruction and support, offering nine distinct programs for golfers of all ages. Fifteen teaching pros, including some former PGA Tour professionals, provide hands-on instruction for all skill levels.
Want to run around and swing the racket, instead? Well, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort is also the ultimate tennis vacation destination for anyone who wants to improve his or her court skills. The resort has been ranked among “The 50 Greatest U.S. Tennis Resorts” by Tennis Magazine, ranked No. 4 in the world for instruction and programming, ranked No. 3 in the world for overall children’s programs, ranked No. 2 in the world for best tennis pro shop and ranked in Top 25 in the world overall by Tennis Resorts Online. We also now offer Pickleball and POP Tennis, which are rapidly growing racket sports that can be enjoyed by all ages.
So, when you visit Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, plan on relaxing and having fun… but don’t plan on getting soft while you’re here!
At Palmetto Dunes, we love tennis! With 26 incredible clay courts, top-notch instructors, daily round robins and clinics, and the largest tennis pro shop on Hilton Head Island, can you blame us? Our tennis pros can help you improve your game during your stay, and so can these tips from some of the tennis world’s most famous players.
The key to mastering tennis fundamentals and swinging like the pros not only involves a lot of practice, it involves practice without a racket. Don’t believe us? Check out these tips from tennis’ most famous sisters:
“The key to a serve is your left hand.” – Serena Williams
“Work on your toss.” – Venus Williams
Andre Agassi, who won eight Grand Slams put it bluntly: “If you don’t practice you don’t deserve to win.” (Luckily for you, our Tennis Center is open daily, and even has lights so you can play into the evening.)
More than perhaps any other sport, tennis is as mental as it is physical, as any Grand Slam Champion will tell you.
“Emotional strength in the game of tennis is everything.” – Billie Jean King
When asked what advice he’d give to players looking to improve their tennis game, Novac Djokovic said, "Passion, believing in yourself, in your abilities."
“You’ve just got to get over that mental hurdle and those battles in your own head during matches when things aren’t going so well.” – Samantha Stosur
When it comes down to it, it’s just you, your opponent, and the tennis court. Professional tennis players know that focus and attention are essential to coming out with a win.
“The next point? That’s all you must think about.” – Rod Laver
“Previously I always thought it was just tactical and technique, but every match has become almost mental and physical—I try to push myself to move well. I try to push myself not to get upset and stay positive, and that's what my biggest improvement is over all those years. Under pressure I can see things very clear.” – Roger Federer
Do these professional tennis tips have you feeling inspired to hit the courts? Let us help you plan the perfect tennis trip!
Palm trees, sweet tea, beautiful beaches, oyster roasts and fresh fish, porches—there are all sorts of signs that you’re in The South. If you listen carefully, you may pick up on another undeniable sign that you’re on Hilton Head Island: our Lowcountry lingo! Have you ever heard any of these phrases while you were staying at Palmetto Dunes?
If you ask a Southerner for directions while out for a bike ride, or if you’re trying to find your way to The Dunes House or one of our Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina restaurants, don’t be surprised if you hear the word yonder in their reply. Yonder describes distance, but how much exactly? No one is too sure.
A common Lowcountry saying that indicates someone is planning to do something. For example, someone might say they’re fixin’ to try the new menu at Alexander’s Restaurant. They may not be heading to the restaurant tonight for dinner, but you can bet it’s on their to-do list.
No, it’s not an insult or an interjection, it’s a sports team! The varsity sports teams of the University of South Carolina are known as the Gamecocks and they’re hugely popular! That is, of course, unless you cheer for their rivals, the Clemson University Tigers. Join us at Big Jim’s to catch all of your favorite sports action.
When you're at Palmetto Dunes you might hear someone talk about the general store. They’re not just talking about any old shop! They’re talking about The General Store, located across from the Tennis Center and by the Robert Trent Jones course. Hilton Head Island pros know that this is the place to fuel up, grab essentials for your vacation rental, and chat with a coffee on the front porch.
This Southern expression is fairly self-explanatory: whomever you’re talking about is extremely happy. Maybe they aced a hole on one of our Hilton Head golf courses or caught a fish while out on one of our boat charters. Or, maybe you and your friends will be happier than a pig in mud after spending the day at Palmetto Dunes Beach.
This versatile Southern phrase is said when a person is expressing a belief, guess, fact, or musing. We reckon that a beachfront villa rental is a perfect place for a memorable vacation! (See what we did there?)
We think you'll find that the people you meet on Hilton Head Island are friendly, helpful, and courteous. We can't help it! Good manners are a way of life down here, and as such, you'll hear "sir” or “ma’am” practically everywhere you go. Chalk it up to Southern charm and gentleness.
Last but not least! We couldn’t talk about Southern sayings and leave out the phrase you’re likely to hear most of all: y’all! This version of the plural second person pronoun is ingrained in our way of speech down here in The South, and we’re sure y’all won’t make it through your Hilton Head Island vacation without hearing it more than once.
What Lowcountry lingo have you heard when visiting Palmetto Dunes? Leave us a comment with your favorite Southern phrase, and start planning your next Hilton Head vacation so you can come hear our Lowcountry lingo for yourself!
Our longtime Director of Golf Instruction, Doug Weaver, was recently selected for induction into the Lowcountry Golf Hall of Fame. In 2016, his colleagues voted Doug 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.”
At Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy, Doug 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, turning many students into better golfers.
Here, Doug offers some insider tips for enjoying the Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy:
1. Parents Night Out
Enjoy some rare free time with your spouse while your children are having fun and learning golf.
2. Family Golf School
“Together” is an important word in vacation. Those who play together stay together. Create great memories and have photos and videos emailed to you
3. Digital swing analysis
See your swing in slow motion and with all the bells and whistles that will lower your scores fast.
4. Playing lessons on the course
Play with the pro and learn as you go. Play with a two-time U.S. Open contender and record holder.
5. 7 am -8 pm lesson options
Get up early to enhance your game and be back home before breakfast.
6. Free Golf Clinic Monday 4-5 pm
Come try golf for free. Be a volunteer. Win a prize. This class is interactive, hands on and entertaining.
7. Dunes Buggy
Free taxi to and from the lesson. Let others have the car to go shopping
8. Ladies Only Class
The ladies love the gracious patient and nurturing teaching style. It will be fun and cool
9. Free Bows and Arrows
If you didn’t bring your clubs on your vacation but still want to try the Academy, all equipment is provided for free
10. Junior Classes in the Morning or Afternoon.
Introduce your children to golf — a game for a lifetime!
11. Junior Classes featuring Video Instruction
Kids love the exhilaration of a great shot. They also like to observe themselves on video swinging and seeing the ball fly away. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth 10,000 words!
12. Lil’ Swingers for 3-7 year olds
Learn Simple songs that provide rhythm, instruction and structure. This creates success leading to self-confidence and a desire to play. Parents will also learn how to coach their own lil’ golfer.
13. Online lessons
Email your video to Doug Weaver at email@example.com and Doug will respond with his wisdom.
14. Power and Distance
Who wants more distance? Come to this class and learn to use the five major power sources in the golf swing … and gain yardage.
15. Short Game 1
Have you three putted lately? Have you flubbed a chip? This class will lower your score fast and simple.
16. Short Game 2
On the course training where you will practice like the tour players. Led by a former PGA Tour Player — and big fun!
17. Private Lessons
Work one-on-one on whatever you want, when it its convenient for you.
18. Back to Basics
Focus on your fundamentals on the four major shots and golf will be more fun.
Forty percent of the game is putting. Drop your score by five shots … fast!
20. Mental Golf Workshop
Concentrate better and learn to simplify your game without changing your mechanics. This is an online class that amazes every student!
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) 455-6890 or click here to learn more.
The Fourth of July is the holiday of summer and we can’t think of a better place to spend it than at Palmetto Dunes and Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina. There will be special events happening all day long, ending with the biggest display of fireworks on Hilton Head Island at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina!
Before you “ooh and ahh” at our spectacular Fourth of July fireworks display, head to Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina for music and entertainment by Shannon Tanner, our beloved entertainer and musician from HarbourFest at Shelter Cove.
Tanner will host two performances at 6:30 and 8:00 p.m. on July 4, so get your dancing shoes on and your singing voice ready! Cappy the Clown will also be there with kids activities, face painting and more from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.!
Take the time to stroll around Hilton Head’s largest—and in our opinion most beautiful—marina to visit our shops and boutiques while waiting for the fun to begin. Pick one of the seven restaurants at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina and make the most of your Fourth of July holiday by dining in style. Many of our restaurants offer outdoor patios, live music and water views.
Our Independence Day celebration is so popular that parking can fill up quickly at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina. Two additional parking lots along Highway 278 will be made available nearby on July 4th. Leave your car in one of these secure parking lots and hop the free shuttle, which runs from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., over to Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina and back.
View our Fourth of July Parking Map here.
If you’re staying with us at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, an even better way to get to the fireworks is to walk or ride your Hilton Head Outfitters bike. Take the pedestrian access that runs underneath Highway 278 for safety and to avoid traffic. The free Dunes Buggy shuttle will also be running between the resort and Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina for guests of the resort on July 4th from 5 pm - 11 pm.
See you there! Happy Fourth of July from all of us at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.
Summer has arrived on Hilton Head Island, and that means one thing: it’s time for sun, sand, and a drink in your hand! After all, the best way to cool down on a hot day is with a refreshing, summery beverage. Luckily, there are plenty of places to grab a delightful drink at Palmetto Dunes and Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina. Here are ten island favorites.
The Dunes House
This beachfront eatery is a longstanding favorite with Palmetto Dunes guests and property owners. You simply can’t beat that ocean view! (See it for yourself by checking out the live webcam.) The Dunes House is famous for offering the best fish tacos on Hilton Head Island and a wide range of drinks served frozen or on the rocks.
Sip on this: The Arnie Palmer, a frozen cocktail featuring Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka and lemonade.
This waterfront café brings French flair to Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, with lunch and dinner menus featuring classic French cuisine. They offer a kids’ menu, so little ones can dine on chicken fingers or grilled cheese while the grownups indulge in favorites like escargot or mussels, paired with the perfect wine.
Sip on this: Rather than a cocktail, try something from Bistro 17’s extensive wine list.
Alexander’s Restaurant & Wine Bar
Hilton Head Island guests and locals were thrilled when Alexander’s Restaurant reopened in March of 2017. The upscale seafood restaurant is back and better than ever, thanks to its menu of seasonally inspired cuisine and a revamped atmosphere. The brand new stand-up bar is the perfect place to grab a drink with friends.
Must-Try Cocktail: Enjoy a glass of the house wine for only $4, or choose your favorite from a wine list of over 100 selections.
San Miguel’s Mexican Café
Located in Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, visitors to Hilton Head Island love dining on authentic Mexican food at San Miguel’s – and taking in those incredible Shelter Cove sunsets while they’re at it.
Sip on this: Their award-winning Cadillac Margarita.
XO Sports & Spirits
Located at the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort, XO Sports & Spirits is a popular place to grab a drink and watch the game. They offer classic pub snacks like pimento cheese dip, wings, and burgers, as well as a wide selection of craft, draft, and bottled beer.
Sip on this: The Peach Palmer includes Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka, fresh lemon, peach puree, and iced tea.
Scott’s Fish Market
This waterfront hotspot has been a Hilton Head Island favorite for over 25 years! The outdoor bar, “Hurricane Harry’s”, offers enticing happy hour deals and an assortment of tropical libations make it one of the best places to grab a drink at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina. Grab a seat at Scott's Fish Market on Tuesday nights during HarbourFest and enjoy a cocktail during the fireworks display!
Sip on this: Hurricane Harry’s Rum Runner includes dark and white rum, and tropical fruit juices like pineapple and mango.
ELA’s Blu Water Grille
One of the most popular restaurants on Hilton Head Island, ELA’s was even featured in Bon Appetit magazine. Lowcountry locals and visitors love the outdoor dining, live music, and fresh-caught seafood. It’s the perfect Hilton Head Island spot for a romantic date night. ELA's boasts a fantastic boutique wine list, quality scotches, and perfectly crafted cocktails.
Sip on this: The Lemon Basil Martini features Svedka Citron, Triple Sec, and a splash of orange juice with fresh basil and lemons.
For a casual and fun night out on Hilton Head Island, you can’t go wrong with Big Jim’s —especially if there’s a game on! Watch sports year-round on the restaurant’s big TVs, or sit outside and watch the action on the Robert Trent Jones course. Kids and adults love the menu of burgers, pizza, and other comfort food. Enjoy an ice-cold beer, a glass of wine, or one of Big Jim’s signature cocktails! Pro tip: Visit on Martini Monday for $6 martinis all day.
Sip on this: The Lowcountry Long Island Iced Tea includes gin, vodka, rum, tequila, Triple Sec, Sweet & Sour Mix, and cola.
Bucci’s Italian Cuisine
This family-owned waterfront restaurant at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina is famous for its great Italian cuisine, al fresco dining, and outdoor bar. Wednesdays through Saturdays, you can enjoy live music with your dinner or cocktail! Bucci’s happy hour, every Tuesday through Sunday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., is a popular time to visit.
Sip on this: The tropical and tasty Bucci’s Delight!
Conroy’s Restaurant & Lounge
Located at the Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa, dining at this oceanfront restaurant is a must for seafood lovers.
Sip on this: The bartenders at Conroy’s will happily whip up a classic cocktail for you to toast your Hilton Head vacation.
Mediterranean Harbour Bar & Grill
Take your taste buds on a trip to the Mediterranean with the flavorful Lebanese cuisine served up at Mediterranean Harbour Bar & Grill located at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina.
Sip on this: With such an extensive beer selection and excellent wine list, you’ll find the perfect pairing for your meal!
Wherever you choose to say “cheers”, you’re bound to have a good time when you’re at Palmetto Dunes! Even better, challenge yourself to trying all ten. Start planning your next vacation by checking out these deals and packages. Scoring a great price on your next Hilton Head Island getaway will give you something to toast to.
Summertime and the eating is easy—especially with this light and refreshing summer watermelon salad from Alexander’s Restaurant. Alexander’s, a favorite Hilton Head Island restaurant, recently reopened and they’ve been serving up delicious seafood and seasonally inspired dishes to rave reviews. Chef de Cuisine Sean Carroll has handed over this recipe so you can take the tastes of Palmetto Dunes home with you!
2 Tbsp Honey
1 Tbsp Creole mustard
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 ea. Shallot sliced
1 Tbsp Garlic minced
1 Tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
2 Cup Blended oil (75% Canola 25% Extra Virgin Olive oil)
1 ea. Watermelon, seedless
1/2 Cup Grenadine
2 Tbsp Red wine vinegar
2 ea. Garlic cloves, crushed
1.5 Cup Blended Oil (75% Canola 25% Extra Virgin Olive oil)
2 Tsp Granulated sugar
For the Salad
1 lb. Mixed greens, rinsed
4 Tbsp Smoked almonds, crushed
6 oz. Ricotta Salata cheese, shaved with a peeler
2 oz. Fresh basil, torn by hand
This recipe serves 8 people and can be plated “party style” or individually. Enjoy!
Read up on some more of our favorite Alexander’s dishes and don’t forget to dine with them next time you’re here!
As the U.S. Open rolls around this week, those of us at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort can’t help but think about our own, Robert Trent Jones Sr., who not only designed the resort’s original golf course in 1967, but also was the original “U.S. Open Doctor.”
Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Course at Palmetto Dunes Resort
In his seven decades as golf's most prolific architect, Robert Trent Jones Sr. (1906-2000) logged an estimated eight million miles of travel while creating or remodeling more than 400 courses in 45 states in the U.S. and 35 countries worldwide, including more courses — 79 — that have hosted national championships than any other golf architect.
Robert Trent Jones Sr.
“The sun never sets,” he enjoyed saying, “on a Robert Trent Jones golf course.”
Through the years, Mr. Jones worked on 21 courses that would hold the U.S. Open, notably Oakland Hills in Birmingham, Mich., in 1951. None of the world's best golfers broke par 70 that year until the final day when Ben Hogan, the winner, shot 67 and Clayton Heafner shot 69.
At the presentation ceremony, Hogan said, “I’m glad I brought this course, this monster, to its knees.”
The architect known as “Trent” was infamous for his sadistic use of huge bunkers, ponds, creeks and undulating greens that would often anger the touring pros, especially during the U.S. Open. Mr. 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 often said. “I make them play par.”
When Mr. Jones redesigned the fourth hole at the Baltusrol Golf Club's Lower Course in Springfield, N.J., before the 1954 U.S. Open, some members thought the par 3 over a pond was unfair. He offered to play the hole along with Johnny Farrell, the club pro, and two members while other members watched.
Playing from the 165-yard members tee, Mr. Farrell and the two members each hit balls on the green. Mr. 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 assembled members, he said: “Gentlemen, the hole is fair. Eminently fair.”
In addition to 21 U.S. Open courses, Mr. Jones worked on a dozen courses that have held the PGA Championship and six that held the World Cup. He designed Valderrama in Spain, the site of the 1997 Ryder Cup matches, and the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club course in Manassas, Va. — where former President Obama is reported to have recently joined — site of four Presidents Cup matches.
Mr. Jones was the first architect inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. He was a founding member and a former president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) and the first recipient of its Donald Ross Award. Perhaps not coincidently, Mr. Jones’s death came on the eve of the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, where Tiger Woods won by a record-setting 15 strokes.
Of course, at Palmetto Dunes we are well aware that this is also Father's Day weekend and Mr. Jones was certainly a good father, too. His two sons, acclaimed architects in their own right, have made an impact on the U.S. Open as well. Bobby Jr., inherited his father’s name, but Rees earned his father’s moniker, “The Open Doctor,” through his renovations of national championship sites, including Torrey Pines and Bethpage Black. The 2015 U.S. Open was contested at Chambers Bay, the first Robert Trent Jones Jr. course to host our national championship.
During this U.S. Open week, visit Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort and enjoy the resort’s original golf course while playing tribute to its mastermind, the original “U.S. Open Doctor,” Robert Trent Jones Sr.