Hilton Head, S.C., and the island’s famed Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort have long been ranked among the world’s finest family getaways. Hilton Head named “Best Island in the U.S.” by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine.
Hilton Head Island has long been renowned as a family friendly destination. The readers of Travel + Leisure magazine agree, naming Hilton Head as 2016’s “No. 1 Island in the U.S.” in the magazine’s annual “World’s Best” survey.
Reader scores were based on natural attractions and beaches, sights and activities, friendliness, food and overall value of the world’s top islands. “Our No. 1 this year? An outpost of Southern hospitality and traditional American recreation,” wrote the Travel + Leisure editors. “The best islands in the continental U.S. share an ability to slow down the hands of time: to recall simpler times and slower, laid-back living.”
Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort on Hilton Head has long represented the best the island has to offer. For nearly a half-century, generations of families from across the globe have enjoyed Palmetto Dunes’ seemingly infinite bounty of outdoor activities with a family focus: World-class golf and award-winning tennis, fishing, kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding on an 11-mile lagoon system, bicycling, dining and shopping, all of it along a three-mile stretch of pristine Atlantic Ocean beachfront.
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, lunch daily, free range privileges, plus nine holes of golf daily on a space-available basis and 25 percent discount on rentals such as bikes, kayaks and canoes from Hilton Head Outfitters.
Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort caters to golfers of all levels, having installed permanent junior tees on its Robert Trent Jones 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. "Little Swingers" is offered Monday through Wednesday from 5:15 PM - 6 PM for $25 (ages 3-7) at the Robert Trent Jones Course. The "Junior Morning and Afternoon Clinic" occurs Monday through Thursday at 4 PM for $25 (ages 6-18) at the Robert Trent Jones Course and focuses on different aspects of the game every class.
In addition, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort recently added the club fitting, building and repair services of SwingFit, formerly Golf Etc. Hilton Head. SwingFit is owned and operated by Chris Wycoff, who has been named one of Golf Digest magazine’s “Top 100 Club Fitters.”
For more information about Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort and its many golf packages or to sign up for a Family Golf Program call (866) 744-7558.
Every golfer’s goal is the illusive ace. Whether you’re new to the sport or a PGA pro, you’ll never forget your first hole-in-one. Hopefully, these tips … and a lot of luck … will help you jar the perfect shot.
Attitude is everything when aiming for an ace. Approach the tee with confidence, and plan to play aggressively. Never up never in. The odds of an amateur making a hole-in-one are about 12,500-to-1.
Be realistic. You’re not going to ace George Fazio’s 562-yard par 5. You’re not going to make an ace on any par-5 hole and most par-4s. But if you walk up to Arthur Hills’ 146-yard hole No. 3 with the right mix of confidence, luck and skill, you just might.
When teeing off, make sure you square yourself to your target – playing to the right or left is less likely to result in a hole-in-one – and take a full swing. You want to be hitting with the most speed and velocity you can muster, and you want to aim high.
Practice, practice, practice. Hit the driving range to practice hitting with your irons — or check out our weekly Power and Distance and Full Swing golf clinics. As Arnold Palmer famously said, “the more I practice the luckier I get,” and as is always the case with golf, a little luck never hurts.
Our golf school manager Doug Weaver describes a hole-in-one as, “a beautiful few moments, like a lightning bolt” … and Doug would know. He was once one of four golfers to ace the same hole on the same day during the 1989 U.S. Open. We bet you’ll feel similar exhilaration if you finally sink that dream shot. So celebrate! Snap a pic, hoot and holler, happy dance. Revel in your success, but don’t linger in it so long that you affect the pace of play.
Put that blessed ball in your pocket – tradition states that that ball is never to be used again – and get back into the game.
To keep the golf gods on your side, buy a round at the 19th hole. Traditionally the player with a hole-in-one buys for the whole bar, but even picking up the tab for your golf pals will do the trick.
Don’t forget to stop by the Pro Shop to report your hole-in-one! We might just give you a little something to commemorate the occasion. View past hole-in-one winners on our Facebook page here.
Pictured above: Cecile Lashman (on right), who got a hole-in-one on #8 on the Robert Trent Jones course. That's a par three hole, and she hit a 9 wood 89 yards from the red tees for her victory shot.
Have you ever hit a hole-in-one? Tell us about it! We love seeing your golfing photos on Twitter and Instagram, and we can’t wait to celebrate with you when you ace a hole on one of our three award-winning golf courses.
Father’s Day is just around the corner and we’ve got our eye on some gifts that we know Dad will love! Our Father’s Day Gift Guide has ideas for the perfect way to say ‘I love you’ this Father’s Day.
1. We know by the line-ups at Big Jim’s that a good meal goes a long way. Does your dad like to cook? Give him the gift of Lowcountry cooking at home with a cookbook featuring southern flavors, like Georgia-based Chef Hugh Acheson’s A New Turn in the South. If your father prefers eating to cooking, why not give him a gift certificate for his favorite Palmetto Dunes restaurant?
2. There are plenty of options for the golf-loving dad at Palmetto Dunes! Help him improve his game with a golf clinic or private lesson from The Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy – rated one of the best in the state. Or, give Dad an experience he’ll never forget! Our Stay and Play Package is the perfect golf getaway for a busy, golf-loving dad. (And maybe he’ll bring the whole family along!)
Another idea is some new golf gear. The Sun Mountain Four 5 bag is a great golf bag for those who like to carry their clubs. If your father prefers riding his way through our picturesque golf courses, the C-130 Cart Bag would be perfect.
3. One of the best-selling items on our online shop is the ¼ zip stretch thermal top. Its lightweight and breathable fabric makes it a go-to layer for golfers no matter the weather! Customize Dad’s top with a logo to make it truly one-of-a-kind.
4. We know from your #PDSummer Instagram pics that y’all know how to take a pretty picture of your time at Palmetto Dunes, so why not capture the memory of a family vacation to give to Dad? Print off one of your favorite Instagram photos onto a piece of metal for a unique of artwork Dad will love!
5. A new wallet is a classic Father’s Day gift, and the Winston Collection Money Clip Wallet will never go out of style, in fact its gorgeous 100% Vacquetta leather virtually guarantees that this wallet will age beautifully.
6. We can just picture Dad lounging on the beach – or by your villa pool – with a good book. Help Dad unwind and get into a good read with a thriller from master spy novel writer John le Carré. The Night Manager has recently been made into a mini-series, and we promise your father won’t be able to put this book down!
7. Can’t decide? A gift card lets Dad pick his present. The gift of Palmetto Dunes? We can’t think of anything better! Call us if you have any questions or other needs.
Social media has become part of our everyday lives, so it's bound to be a part of the biggest day of your life too – your wedding! There are plenty of social media tools and tricks to help you navigate your nuptials, from wedding planning to documenting the big day! So listen up social media savvy brides and grooms, here are five ways to use social media when saying ‘I do’ at Palmetto Dunes:
The days of carrying around a stack of wedding magazines are gone. Nowadays brides-to-be are turning to Pinterest to gain inspiration, learn about the latest in wedding trends, and find DIY ideas. From the ring to the dress to the decor, Pinterest provides a seemingly infinite collection of wedding ideas and allows brides to keep track of their favorite finds. For our top beach wedding ideas, visit the Hilton Head Weddings Pinterest board!
Connect with your guests
With friends and family around the globe, what better way to connect with your guests than on social media? Announcing your engagement to the world on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, and sending out beautifully designed digital invitations are staples of every modern bride. But no social media friendly wedding is complete without a wedding website. It's not only a great way to keep everyone in the loop about the details of your big day, but can show off photos of the wedding party, share your registry, allow guests to RSVP, and even have guests contribute music to your wedding playlist.
Document the big day
With social media, there are so many great ways for you and your guests to share photos, videos and memories. Get creative in creating a wedding hashtag and, with help from your MC and descriptive decor, encourage your guests to share pictures throughout the day. Don’t forget to tag Palmetto Dunes so your followers know the location of your amazing celebration!
Social media savvy brides can turn to Snapchat to document their day. By sending photos and videos, brides can create a montage to share with their Snapchat friends and family. Include your guests in the fun by customizing your own filter that will temporarily appear on the app within the physical location of your wedding venue.
Undoubtedly you will have friends and family in other parts of the world, who aren’t able to make it to your special day. Live streaming the ceremony, using Periscope or Facebook Live is a fantastic way to bring your wedding to those unable to attend.
A popular trend at weddings and special events is the selfie booth. Head to your local craft or costume shop and pick up a handful of fun props. Find the perfect background – or make your own – and let your guests have fun dressing up and taking photos at your reception. These photos make for great mementos from your reception, and great content for your social media feed!
Relive those magic moments
After the celebrations, curled up in your honeymoon suite, dig into your guests’ wedding photos by searching for your personalized hashtag. Companies like Social Print Studio and Artifact Uprising make it easy to create photo albums, prints, greeting cards even magnets, using the Instagram and social media photos shared on your special day.
Looking for a little extra help to pull you wedding wishes together? Let us help you plan your Palmetto Dunes wedding.
For more information about Weddings at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort call 843.686.9142 to speak with Lou Anne.
Your wedding is an important day, and it should be just that – yours. There are many fantastic ways to add unique touches to your dream beach wedding.
As a popular and memorable beach wedding destination, seen so many beautiful seaside wedding ceremonies and receptions over the years. Now, we’re sharing some of our favorite beach wedding décor, inspired by real Palmetto Dunes weddings!
A cute idea for a beach wedding is to include a starfish in your bridal bouquet! Small starfish are always an option too, or skip the flowers entirely and make your bouquet out of seashells. You’ll save money and your beautiful seashell bouquet will last forever.
Heather Kline Photography
Don’t you just love this elegant cake covered in edible shells? There are lots of ways to incorporate a coastal theme into your wedding cake. Try an adorable beach-themed cake topper, fondant beach chairs, or blue ombré icing.
Image courtesy Bari & Jeff's wedding.
Muted tones with bright pops of color and natural accents are the perfect fit for a seaside celebration centerpiece! We love the idea of incorporating different textures and colors into reception centerpieces for a multifaceted look. The great thing about beach-themed centerpieces is that they make affordable and easy DIY projects. Look for grass, driftwood, seashells, and beach glass.
Scott Moody Photography
Image courtesy McCully & Carver Wedding
For a casual beach wedding, encourage guests to go barefoot! Let them know shoes are optional with a cute homemade chalkboard sign. Providing flip-flops is always a nice added touch!
Heather Kline Photography
Reception and Ceremony Seating Decor
Burlap or raffia are great for beach wedding décor – particularly when paired with a bright pop of color like the green ribbon shown below. Use starfish or seashells to decorate chairs, or go for a more nautical theme with rope, stripes and buoys.
Image courtesy McCully & Carver Wedding
Make your sandy ceremony aisle stand out with something you normally wouldn’t find on the beach, but is still natural and elegant. These flower petals look beautiful, and won’t cause the bride to trip!
Take advantage of that warm ocean breeze and think whimsical for your ceremony arch. Capture the easy-breezy vibe of your surroundings by using a lightweight white fabric, and palm leaves!
“Just Married” Bicycle Flag
The best way to get around Palmetto Dunes is by bicycle, so forget the tin cans tied to a car bumper and hop onto a bicycle built-for-two! For an added touch, add a pennant reading “Just Married!”
This is one beach-themed wedding décor idea we love, but have yet to see at Palmetto Dunes… maybe you could be the first!
For more information about Weddings at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort call 843.686.9142 to speak with Lou Anne.
Palmetto Dunes guests share incredible Instagram photos. Why? Because they’re having the most fun in the most beautiful place!
If you’re vacationing at Palmetto Dunes this summer, we have a challenge for you; The Palmetto Dunes Summer Instagram Challenge!
How the contest works:
Every Thursday morning this summer, we’ll announce a theme. If you’re staying at the resort, snap a photo fitting that theme and post it to Instagram with the hashtag #PDsummer. Each week, one lucky Instagrammer will win a Palmetto Dunes gift card!
The Palmetto Dunes Summer Instagram Challenge themes are:
May 26-June 1: Beach Reads
June 2-8: Picnicking
June 9-15: Stunning Sunrises
June 16-22: Love Tennis
June 23-29: Life’s Better Barefoot
June 30-July 6: Fourth of July Fun
July 7-13: Ice Cream and Popsicles
July 14-20: On the Water
July 21-27: Fore!
July 28-August 3: Lowcountry Food
August 4-10: Cheers To Summer
August 11-17: Totes Y’all – Beach Totes
August 18-24: Summer Sunsets
August 25-31: Family Fun
September 1-7: Dog Days of Summer
Ready, set, ‘gram! And don’t forget to follow Palmetto Dunes on Instagram.
The weather is heating up on Hilton Head Island, and as we inch closer to summer, we at Palmetto Dunes can’t help but be excited for HarbourFest 2016 at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina.
If you’re planning on visiting Palmetto Dunes this summer and you’re looking for things to do on your Hilton Head Island vacation, make sure you add HarbourFest to your list! There’s something for everyone at this family-friendly local event, and it runs all summer long. To help you plan, and get you as excited as we are for all of the exciting summer festivities at Shelter Cove Harbour, here’s your guide to HarbourFest 2016. Arguably the most famous thing about HarbourFest is also the most fantastic – the fireworks at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina! This year, fireworks will start at 9:30 p.m. to make sure everyone is able to get to Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina and settle in for the show.
HarbourFest fireworks will be held Tuesdays on the following dates:
June 14, 21 & 28
July 12, 19 & 26
August 2, 9, 16 & 23
We want to make sure your Palmetto Dunes vacation is as sunny and stress-free as can be, so if it should rain, we’re planning on holding HarbourFest Fireworks the next day, Wednesday, if the weather permits.
HarbourFest is an event for the whole family, and there is entertainment happening at Shelter Cove Harbour virtually every night of the week, all summer long! Kids will love clowning around with Cappy the Clown, a recurring guest at HarbourFest who has been entertaining kids of all ages for over 25 years. Cappy the Clown will be performing Monday through Friday between 6 and 9 p.m.
Enjoy a long lowcountry summer evening at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina while taking in the tunes of Shannon Tanner, who is returning to HarbourFest again this year to perform every weekday evening at 7 and 8:30 p.m.
If you’re really enjoying living the island lifestyle on Hilton Head, you’ll want to swing by Parrot Palooza on Thursday nights, beginning June 16. Live music and entertainment with an island vibe, what a perfect way to wrap up your Palmetto Dunes day!
Of course, there is a ton to do and see while at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina. Head out onto the open water with one of the Shelter Cove Marina water cruises before heading to the concert; or grab a bite before the fireworks at San Miguel’s, Scott’s or any of the incredible dining options at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina.
The excitement of HarbourFest is sure to be a highlight of your Hilton Head Island summer vacation. Don’t forget to capture the fun and share with us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram! We love seeing your #HarbourFest2016 photos!
At long last, lowcountry summer days are just around the corner! That means it’s time to put away your winter wardrobe and prepare for shorter sleeves, higher hemlines, and body-baring bathing suits. Make the transition to warmer weather a whole lot easier with these spa treatments at Palmetto Dunes:
Treat Your Feet
Photo via Nicole B.
With summer upon us, open-toe shoes are calling and there’s no better time to turn your attention to your winter-worn feet with a luxurious spa treatment.
The Ocean Tides Signature Pedicure at Ocean Tides Spa will get your feet sandal ready with a sugar exfoliation, followed by a cooling mint mask application, pineapple oil massage, and paraffin dip to induce moisture.
Smooth Your Skin
Photo via @madeline_wasulko
Nothing says summertime like soft, smooth, touchable skin. Giving your body a little extra TLC with one of our waxing, massage and body treatments will leave you glowing this season.
For perfectly prepped summer skin, we recommend the Ultimate Zen Body Ritual at Spa Soleil. This invigorating treatment includes full body exfoliation, skin hydrating and a renewing body wrap.
Face the Season
Photo via Kate Dunphy of Taffeta & Tulips
After a long winter you want to put your best face forward this summer season, so leave your winter skin behind with one of our refreshing and renewing facial treatments.
With the Sea of Life Deluxe Facial at Spa Soleil you’ll experience the healing powers of the sea, the calming properties of the earth’s finest essential oils, and the energy glow of Bio-Dynamic Cranial Therapy.
Find Your Summer Style
Photo via @kalynmelham
There’s nothing quite like taking care of your hair to get into the summer spirit. Trim away dry winter ends and find the perfect style this season with our personalized salon services.
We may be biased, but there’s no better place to spoil your strands with a cut, color and style than our Ocean Tides Salon.
To say Callaway Golf is riding high these days would be an understatement. In the past month Callaway tour professionals brought home some of golf’s biggest prizes. Still teenage phenom, Lydia Ko, won her second major championship at the ANA Inspiration. England’s Danny Willett closed with a final round 67 to win The Masters and the coveted green jacket. And just last week, Branden Grace won his first PGA Tour event capturing the RBC Heritage on Hilton Head Island. Must be the clubs, right?
Team Callaway certainly thinks so and wanted to put their new 360 Face Cup Technology to the test. Their plan … travel to Hilton Head Island and ask unsuspecting golfers to hit a few shots with their existing irons followed by hitting the new Callaway XROS irons. What is 360 Face Cup Technology you ask? Well, to keep it simple, the entire club face is the sweet spot which guarantees more distance.
To make things fun, Callaway decided to bring in PGA Tour Radio Hosts John Maginnes and Brian Katrek for a little friendly competition to see whose golfers would achieve the most total yards gained. The prize: bragging rights. Team Maginnes consisted of golfers from Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort and Team Katrek filled his squad with golfers from Sea Pines Resort. In order to track the competition down to the yard, Callaway Golf brought in TrackMan technology to capture and report the data. No guessing for this fierce competition!
So, did golfers see increased distance with the new Callaway technology?
Did Team Maginnes triumph over Team Katrek? Watch the entertaining video below to see for yourself…
As 2016 heats up, new professional golf gear is flooding onto courses. It can be hard to decide what gear is best for you, so we’ve scoured top sources to bring you the buzzworthy golf gear that is sure to help you gain a technical edge and keep more drives on the fairway.
photo credit callawaygolf.com
At Palmetto Dunes, we’ve got your every need covered at our three pro shops and with our expert staff. With this how-to guide, you’ll be geared up and hitting the golf course like a pro just in time for the peak of the season!
1. Get fitted.
Your best golf game starts with a professional club fitting. Palmetto Dunes has your fitting needs covered with Chris Wycoff, one of Golf Digest’s 100 Best Club Fitters in America and a dedicated fitter at our Robert Trent Jones Golf Course. At Palmetto Dunes you’ll not only get your clubs fitted, but a complete swing analysis as well! Learn more about our SwingFit analysis here.
2. Grab the #1 iron in golf.
When you’re gearing up for a new golf season, you want to be sure that you’re investing in gear that will help your game. Enter Callaway’s new 360 Face Cup technology. Hype around the new irons that use this technology including Callaway's new APEX irons (pictured above) is building. The 360 Face Cup allows makes the face of the club as efficient as possible. The face is flexible allowing for more consistent ball speeds at every impact location. The overall result is that pretty much everyone will get better distance with these irons.
Our pro shop at the Robert Trent Jones course has both the Callaway Apex and Apex Pro reader to be fitted. We’ve even checked the distance for you! Take a look for yourself in our video.
3. Learn app-solutely everything you can about your favorite courses.
Keep score, view yardages, book tee times and pack a virtual caddie in your pocket with the Palmetto Dunes Golf App, available for free on Apple and Android devices. You can even make a plan for the 19th hole, by viewing menus at our course dining options. Technology like apps and smart watches can help your overall game and keep track as your scores get lower and lower in the process!
4. Track your stats with Smart Watches that let you know your game.
photo credit Garmin International
Understanding your golf game is essential for improving your score, and advances in wearable technology make it easy to get on-the-spot coaching and game analysis. Smartwatches like the Apple Watch can lend an edge that clubs and fitters can’t.Golf-specific devices from Garmin and Bushnell provide a full interface to track swing and distance data in real-time. The watch apps work just like a phone on your wrist and come pre-loaded with map data on many courses, including all three Palmetto Dunes courses. As you use it, it’ll slowly build a complete statistical picture for you to evaluate.
5. Pick the right putter.
Choosing a quality putter is all about understanding the fine-tuned technology and design that goes into making it. A lot of putting is in the feel, but how your club handles, how much it weighs, and how it strikes the ball can help your short game.
Nike has designed the new Method Origin putter to perfect all these factors, and it’s without a doubt a winner, having been used by various PGA Tour winners last year, including four-time major winner Rory McIlroy, who helped test it.
It’s an elite putter aimed at the best players, but it’s surprisingly user-friendly too. In particular, its grooves cut down on skidding, giving both experts and amateurs a lot more consistency no matter how the ball is hit.
This club is a great tool to tackle the kind of complex greens you’ll find on the bottom half of the George Fazio course.
The best gear in the business won’t improve your game the way consistent practice will, so it’s time to start planning your golf getaway to Palmetto Dunes! We’ve got some of the best golf courses on Hilton Head Island, and our daily lessons and clinics – and expert golf instructors – are just what you’ll need to take your golf game up a notch in the 2016 golf season. So get shopping, grab your gear, and we’ll see you on the green!