At Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, every day is golf day.
Hey, what can we say? We’re surrounded by three award-winning golf courses designed by a trio of legendary names, not to mention outstanding golf instructors giving interactive lessons and clinics, a nationally recognized club-fitting service, the most stylish attire adorning our pro shops — and we could go on and on.
But there actually is an official National Golf Day… and in 2019, that day is May 1.
National Golf Day celebrates the game’s more than $84 billion economy, nearly $4 billion annual charitable impact and many environmental and fitness benefits.
Golf industry leaders travel to Washington, DC to meet with Members of Congress, the Executive Branch and federal agencies to discuss the game’s 15,000 diverse businesses, 2 million jobs impacted, tax revenue and tourism value.
WE ARE GOLF, a coalition of the game’s leading associations and industry partners, hosts the annual National Golf Day event in Washington, D.C.
The Community Service Project on the National Mall will occur on April 30. This year, the day includes turf restoration projects between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. There are opportunities to lay irrigation pipe along the Reflecting Pool, mow near the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and lay sod near the Washington Monument.
“Golf plays a substantial role in stimulating the American economy, as the industry impacts $58.7 billion in annual wage income,” says WE ARE GOLF Executive Director Steve Mona. “In addition to nearly 24 million U.S. golfers, a record-high 14.9 million are ‘very interested’ in playing the game, further cementing why it is vital to advocate on behalf of golf's interests with our country's lawmakers.”
Last year's event was the most successful to date. The public relations and social media campaign outreach exceeded 2017 numbers. Organizations who participated include the Club Managers Association of America, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, Ladies Professional Golf Association, National Alliance for Accessible Golf, National Golf Course Owners Association, PGA of America, PGA Tour, United States Golf Association, United States Golf Manufacturers Council, World Golf Foundation and others.
So, to celebrate National Golf Day, let’s see a show of hands — who is planning to do their part and leave work early to enjoy nine holes of golf at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort? And … if you really want to make a difference… make it 18!
The azaleas are popping, the birds are chirping, the iconic theme music is playing … and Jim Nantz is clearing his throat.
The golf world has hit that magical time of the year — Masters week.
Around Hilton Head Island, the arrival of the year’s first major championship, the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club, also signifies that our own RBC Heritage is close ahead — teeing off in just one week.
For the first time ever this year, golf fans around the world were treated to a peek inside the gates at Augusta National a week earlier than usual, with the debut of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur — where an international field of 72 women amateurs competed over 54 holes of stroke play. After 36 holes, the leading 30 players advanced to Saturday’s final round at Augusta National.
And, of course, as has become a recent tradition, on Sunday prior to the Masters final round, Augusta National played host to some of the country’s best up-and-coming junior golfers during the finals of the Drive, Chip and Putt competition.
Palmetto Dunes has long been a proponent of growing the game with women and junior golfers alike. The resort provides a varying array of tee boxes on all three of its championship courses to accommodate golfers of every level. The Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy offers a wide variety of programming aimed at all players, young and old, beginner or skilled alike.
And with SwingFit, the state-of-the-art club-fitting technology housed at the Robert Trent Jones clubhouse, Palmetto Dunes can custom fit golf clubs for anyone to ensure they are getting the most out of their equipment.
Not to mention all the other cutting-edge enhancements around the 54 award-winning holes of golf at Palmetto Dunes. “We’ve always tried to do things a little different here at Palmetto Dunes,” said Samm Wolfe, the head golf professional and general manager at the Arthur Hills Course. “We have a way of looking at things outside the box. All these things make us unique in the area.”
So that families can play together more enjoyably, Palmetto Dunes offers a dozen four-person golf carts that provide a sense of camaraderie and relationship building. All of the resort’s Club Car fleets of golf carts come equipped with Global Positioning System (GPS), as well as USB ports to charge cell phones and play music devices designed to suit a golfer’s functionality.
To further encourage walking, the resort has recently introduced a fleet of nimble BagBoy pushcarts by on all three golf courses, while golfers on the Jones and Fazio courses can test drive the new, autonomous golf caddie units called the “Tempo Walk” by Club Car, which enhance play while also fostering health and wellness.
In addition to the Tempo Walk, golfers can also pedal from hole to hole. The first resort in the Carolinas and along the East Coast to offer the revolutionary Golf Bike, Palmetto Dunes visitors can boost their calorie-burning quotient while teeing it up on a trio of the south's most beautiful and challenging courses.
All three of Palmetto Dunes’ magnificent layouts have been named South Carolina’s “Golf Course of the Year.”
“We can’t wait for our spring season,” said Wolfe. “Everything is starting to green up. Our tee sheets are busy and the golf courses are in great shape.”
Considering all the resort’s offerings on and away from the golf course, little wonder Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort was named No. 12 “Best Resort in the South” in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2018 Readers' Choice Awards and to the Top 25 World’s Best Family Getaways by Travel + Leisure. For information about activities or reservations, please call 877-567-6513 or visit www.palmettodunes.com.
At Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, we love being a part of your family celebrations and milestone moments. One of our favorites is planning and hosting Lowcountry weddings and making our newly engaged couples’ wedding dreams come true. Our wedding specialists are here to ensure your big day runs smoothly and our beautiful venues make for a picture-perfect ceremony and reception. Read on for four reasons why Palmetto Dunes is the perfect choice for your wedding.
For the fourth year in a row, our stellar wedding and events team has been voted a WeddingWire Couples Choice Award winner by the couples we’ve been so fortunate to work with over the past 12 months. Our friendly service and attention to detail put our brides at ease so all you have to do is enjoy celebrating your marriage with your loved ones.
This year, Palmetto Dunes is proud to have been named "The South’s Best Wedding Venue in South Carolina” by Southern Living magazine. We have a variety of venue options right here within the resort, from a sun-soaked beachside patio to a lush golf course setting to an intimate restaurant, and more! Whether you’re planning an intimate event for close family and friends or have a guest list of 200 people, the beauty and flexibility of our wedding venues make a perfect place to say, “I do.”
One of the most nerve-wracking things about planning a wedding is sticking to your budget. Luckily our team is always looking for ways to give you wedding savings. Take our 2019 Wedding Facility promotion; you can save 20% on your facility fee and lighting package as well as receive complimentary wedding arbor, newlywed champagne service, and golf rounds. It’s the perfect way to stretch your 2019 wedding budget a little further.
At Palmetto Dunes, we know how to throw a big bash, but if an intimate wedding is more your speed, our stunning smaller venues and wedding planning specialists will give you a flawless event. If your dream is a small, summer wedding, our Intimate Wedding Special is perfect for you! Not only do you receive a complimentary wedding arbor, bottle of champagne, and round of golf, you’ll save 20% off our beachside Dunes House or Centre Court Pavilion fee so you and your forty closest friends and relatives can celebrate in style—and under budget.
No matter what your dreams of a Hilton Head wedding are, we’re here to make them come true at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. Our seasoned wedding planners will see you through from start to finish, our award-winning wedding venues will provide the perfect backdrop for your nuptials, and our wedding specials will make sure that you’re still feeling the love once you’ve settled up your bills. Request a wedding proposal to find out exactly what the spectacular wedding team at Palmetto Dunes can do for you.
With 16 pickleball courts, a dedicated team of instructors, and comprehensive programs, it’s no secret that at Palmetto Dunes we’re passionate about pickleball! So imagine our delight to discover that April is National Pickleball Month! What a perfect excuse to improve your game—or discover how fun this sport can be! Read on to find out more about all of the pickleball activities happening at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort this spring.
Our resident Pickleball pro, Sarah Ansboury, is hosting two of her incredibly popular Ansboury Pickleball Academies this spring. April’s academy is already sold out, so register soon to reserve your spot in May’s academy, taking place May 23–26, 2019.
Stay and Play
Make the most of your next Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort stay and make it a pickleball vacation! Our Pickleball Advanced Stay and Play package includes three nights in a resort villa, one pickleball clinic and round robin, lunch for two at Big Jim’s, two hours of pickleball court time per day, and more!
As the saying goes, practice makes perfect! And you’ve got plenty of chances to perfect your pickleball game at Palmetto Dunes. We have daily morning round robins and afternoon round robins three days a week.
Join the Club
If you’re serious about your game, considering becoming a member of the Palmetto Dunes Resort Pickleball Club! You’ll get discounts on equipment rentals and special rates on our clinics and round robins.Grab a paddle and hit the courts! It might be National Pickleball Month this month, but it’s always pickleball season here at Palmetto Dunes.
While when it comes to getting around Hilton Head Island, a bike is usually the way to go, this spring and summer you can ditch the wheels for a good old-fashioned foot race right here at Palmetto Dunes!
For the second year in a row, the Palmetto Dunes Property Owners Association is launching its Turtle Trot 5K race series — and you’re invited! Two equally stunning 3.1-mile routes have been created that take you over sand, under shaded oak canopies, and along our lagoon and beautiful oceanfront so you can start your day by trotting past the best that Palmetto Dunes has to offer.
Each race starts at 8 am on Wednesday mornings. You can sign up in advance or register in person beginning at 7am. Then, it’s off to the races! Depending on which week you participate, you’ll be running a beach or road route. Check out the schedule below.
Not only is the Turtle Trot an amazing way to start your day, it’s a fun event regardless of your age or fitness level! We’ve had many people walk the route and we love seeing kids having fun participating. In fact, we encourage you to bring the whole family along! Kids aged 12 and under race for free.
The registration fee is $25 for each race, which includes a Turtle Trot t-shirt. The proceeds from every race go to the Palmetto Dunes Cares Fund, a local charity that promotes health, environment, arts and culture, community development, and education on Hilton Head Island. After you’ve finished your route, stick around for some light snacks and drinks.
Are you ready to turn your fun in the sun into run in the sun? Sign up for a Turtle Trot race today.
Like clockwork every year, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort’s trio of golf courses receives some type of prestigious recognition.
The most recent honor goes to our Robert Trent Jones Course, which was recently named one of South Carolina’s “Top Courses Available for Public Play” in 2019 by the state’s Golf Course Ratings Panel.
A total of 32 courses across the state were named to the list by members of the ratings panel, which consists of about 120 media, golf business and avid player members. These individuals have been charged with the task of identifying the best that South Carolina golf has to offer.
“Once again, the South Carolina Golf Panel has recognized Palmetto Dunes for our outstanding golf offerings,” said Palmetto Dunes Director of Golf Clark Sinclair. “We are extremely proud of our trio of renowned golf layouts designed by legends of the game. The recognition from the prestigious golf panel further validates the feedback we receive from members and guests on a daily basis.”
The Robert Trent Jones Course is arguably the most well known of the three Palmetto Dunes designs. However, all three courses — including the Arthur Hills Course and the George Fazio Course — have been named South Carolina’s “Course of the Year” by the state’s Golf Course Owners Association and ranked among the state’s finest by the Ratings Panel.
The objective of the Ratings Panel is to promote excellence in golf course design and operations around the state through competitive rankings, education and public advocacy. The Panel serves as an ambassador for golf in South Carolina by striving to stimulate and facilitate the promotion and marketing of the outstanding golf courses, resorts, and real estate developments.
In odd-numbered years, the Panel releases a bi-annual listing of the best non-private courses in the state, called “The Best Courses You Can Play.” Every resort, public access, and daily fee course is eligible for this elite listing. In even-numbered years, the panel taps “South Carolina’s 50 Best Courses,” public or private.
In determining their ratings panelists consider the following criteria:
Information on previous rankings can be found on the organization's website www.scgolfpanel.org.
Classes will be conducted on Wednesday, March 27th, Tuesday, April 2nd and Tuesday, April 9th from 3 to 3:40 PM. The clinics will take place during the summer months, as well, with a weekly schedule to come.
Young children will be able to learn golf with proven methods — the kids will “own” their swing. There are numerous fun elements as well, including singing. Parents and kids will learn a song that will provide rhythm, relaxation and to-do list.
Golf clubs are included … and parent participation is required! Don’t forget to bring your camera. Cost is $30 per clinic.
The Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy wants the best of the best for its students. For juniors and ladies alike, lessons and daily clinics are available from PGA professionals, as well as Monday evening demonstrations and specialized programs, all under the direction of former PGA Tour player Doug Weaver, Palmetto Dunes’ highly respected Director of Instruction. 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 prides itself on catering to up-and-coming golfers. Permanent junior tees at the Jones Course allow younger golfers and beginners to tackle a beautiful, 2,625-yard layout, while the Fazio Course also caters to juniors, with markings of 150 yards or less on the course.
Pickleball isn’t only a paddle sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. It is a social affair bringing people together on the court and on occasion, reuniting old friends and lost connections.
Just last Spring, two Minnesota men were preparing for a game on the pickleball courts at Palmetto Dunes Pickleball Center and quickly found out that they played at the same local pickleball club and in the same men’s senior golf league back home. They have returned again this year and have shared that they continued their friendship back in Minnesota by gathering for dinner accompanied by their wives.
A similar occurrence has already transpired this year. In one of the round robins in February, two women were paired together as partners. A few screams and shouts later, it was apparent that they knew each other and we later learned that they were sorority sisters reconnecting after 40 years. As it turns out, Mary Beth and Cindy were in the same pledge class in 1979 at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. They quickly exchanged contact information and went on to beat their opponents.
As described by the “regulars”, round robins at Palmetto Dunes are the best two hours of social fun on Hilton Head Island. Palmetto Dunes has 10 round robins each week – every morning from 10:00am to 12:00pm and on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. Each round robin is pro supervised with the goal to have every player playing at their skill level within the first 20 minutes, so matches are both competitive and social.
Don’t just take it from us. Be sure to review the comments by fellow pickleball players on TripAdvisor, Yelp or Google by searching Palmetto Dunes Tennis and Pickleball Center.
For more information visit PalmettoDunes.com/Activities. To reserve a spot in one of our clinics or round robins call (866) 242-3169.
See you on the court soon!
Longtime Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort Director of Golf Instruction Doug Weaver, a former PGA Tour professional, fired a 66 on March 2nd to capture the 10th annual CPGA Old South EZ Go Pro-Am by five strokes.
Old South Director of Golf Jim Uremovich, host professional, congratulates Doug Weaver following Weaver’s round of 66 on March 2nd at the 10th annual CPGA Old South EZ Go Pro-Am. Weaver won the event by five strokes.
Twenty-one CPGA professionals led five-player teams competing at Old South Golf Links in Bluffton. Weaver’s squad, which consisted of residents of Palmetto Dunes Resort, finished third overall.
A Callaway Staff player, Weaver credited his equipment for the low round. “My transition to the Callaway Rogue Pro Irons and the Mac Daddy wedges has been very easy,” Weaver said. “Along with the dependability of the Chrome Soft Golf Balls, I have more confidence and can play more aggressively.”
Swingfit Clubfitting staff, Chris Wycoff and Mike Haddick was meticulous in matching the correct shaft, lofts and lies to allow me to play aggressively, said Weaver.
In 2017, Weaver was selected for induction into the Lowcountry Golf Hall of Fame.
He starred for a Hilton Head high school team before taking his talents to Furman University, where he played alongside fellow future PGA Tour player Brad Faxon.
Weaver’s professional breakthrough came in 1987 at the Zell Wood Country Club Open in Florida, where — despite playing in a final group with three former PGA Tour pros — he birdied the 72nd hole to capture his inaugural title.
Weaver went on to win 14 mini-tour events and earn his PGA Tour card in 1988. At the 1989 U.S. Open, he gained notoriety as one of four PGA Tour pros in less than a two-hour period to record a hole-in-one on the sixth hole at Oak Hill Country Club.
His colleagues have voted him as Golf Digest magazine’s No. 2 Instructor in South Carolina. Also, he has been named the Carolinas PGA “2017 Teacher of the Year” and Hilton Head Island PGA chapter's “ 2012 Teacher of the Year.” In addition, Weaver hosted a local TV golf show for more than a decade.
Pictured From Left: Craig Varrelman, Evan Greenplate, Doug Weaver, Jeff Druzak, Brian Greenplate. The team took 3rd out of 21 teams.
Alexander’s Restaurant & Wine Bar is an OpenTable Diners’ Choice award winner for 2019! It has been voted by OpenTable diners as one of the best around for the second year in a row since Palmetto Dunes Resort took over as the owner and operator in 2017.
Located at 76 Queen’s Folly Road on the main entry road to Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, Alexander’s has been a popular choice of the Hilton Head Island dining scene since 1977. Alexander’s is an upscale seafood restaurant and wine bar, featuring seasonally-inspired cuisine, locally-caught seafood and many locally-sourced ingredients. The menu pays tribute to several classic lowcountry and Alexander’s favorites such as Stuffed Flounder, Shrimp and Grits, and Wiener Schnitzel.
In addition to the decadent cuisine and lagoon-front setting, Alexander’s also hosts monthly wine dinners and events featuring wonderful wine, spectacular food and lively conversation. New dates and details are being added all the time, so be sure to check Alexander’s website often to see what’s coming soon.
One recent OpenTable diner said that the “restaurant was very charming inside! Very cozy feel. Service was excellent! Food was delicious. Will definitely be going back on our next trip to Hilton Head." While another calls it “a re-birth in fine dining ... I was drawn to the prime rib and I was so pleased because it was perfect.”
Come dine with us and see for yourself! To view the full menu and for more information, visit AlexandersRestaurant.com. Reservations are suggested and are available on the website or by calling 888-653-6591.