If you have been in our Palmetto Dunes Tennis & Pickleball Center lately (recently rated as the world’s “Best Pro Shop”), you may have spotted some new vibrant attire on our shelves; Pickleball Skorts by Pickleball Bella, the only of their kind on the market!
Pickleball Bella is made up of two gals, Kim and Nancy, who are addicted to Pickleball and when they couldn’t find proper court attire for the sport, they rolled up their sleeves and designed a line of fun and functional pickleball activewear specific to the pickleball lifestyle.
Their skorts are made of custom in-house prints created from original hand painted works of art, which are digitized, then sublimated onto custom made, high quality fabric, to create both fun and functional pickleball skorts. Coming in two styles, the A-line and Drop-Pleat, all skorts styles feature:
Even more, the story behind how Pickleball Bella started is just as fun as their prints! Co-founder Kim shares with us just how the athletic wear line came about:
“Nancy and I met in 2016, of all places, on our local pickleball courts in Daytona Beach Shores and became fast friends. Together, we attended the 2017 U.S. Open Pickleball Championship event in Naples, FL to watch friends compete and take in some awesome pro play. The event did not disappoint...with the exception of one area...SKORTS!
We kept asking each other, ‘Where are the PICKLEBALL skorts.’ We noticed the majority of female athletes wearing solid color skorts, and actually witnessed a few sporting tennis and golf themed skorts, but not a single pickleball themed skort.
We shopped the vendor tent during the day and the internet at night, looking for pickleball themed prints, to no avail. Keep in mind, neither of us needed another court skort, both of us owned more than our fair share of skorts. But, we were on the hunt for a true pickleball skort. As luck would have it, we found nada, nothing, zero, zilch, not a stitch anywhere!
So, on the 5 hour drive home, without either having any experience in the textile world other than buying a ridiculous amount of skorts for ourselves, we decided to start our own line of designer athleticwear, specific to the pickleball lifestyle. Yes, we were and still are bonkers and remind ourselves of that everyday!
Our name, Pickleball Bella, honors Nancy’s 4# service dog, a fluffy, black, adorable miniature poodle, named Bella. At events, Bella can oftentimes be found prancing alongside Nancy or rolling over for a beloved “belly rub” and she’s been deemed our official mascot.
At a very rapid pace we learned the ins and outs of the textile industry through expos, consultants, internet, factories, print houses, travels, etc., and we’re still learning something new every day! It’s been an exciting, scary, fulfilling, frightening, fun, sad, happy, mad, amazing & incredible journey.
We’ve met many wonderful people along the way from all over the world. Our line from start to finish, including threads, elastic, inks, fabrics, dyes, tags, printing, etc. is produced solely in Guatemala. Currently the U.S. government has a free trade agreement with Central America, which allows us to be fair in our pricing and greatly benefits the economic status of the Guatemalan textile workers who consistently produce quality products for us. They are hardworking, proud people and one of our many goals is to bring Pickleball to the factories and mills we partner with.”
Kim and Nancy have been busier than ever developing many new products, including jewelry, and have recently launched their e-commerce website at pickleballbella.com along with showcasing their skorts at tournaments, club pro shops, Amazon, and more.
We are thrilled to partner with Pickleball Bella as their flagship retailer at our own Palmetto Dunes Pro Shop. Be sure to call (843) -785-1152 or stop by the pro shop to check them out and learn more about the many opportunities to both learn and play Pickleball at one of our academies or clinics.
The fall season means football — both NFL and college — but the autumn months are equally perfect for golf. On Hilton Head Island, the average daytime temperature is a comfortable 75 degrees. The ocean breezes gently touch your face, while the sun is always on your shoulder — and it is dry.
Doug Weaver is the longtime Director of Instruction at Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy. Doug’s father played football at Alabama for legendary head coach, Bear Bryant, for four years, including a pair of Cotton Bowl appearances. Doug’s son, Kyle, an 8-handicap index on the golf course, played offensive guard for the Citadel football team and helped lead the team to two Southern Conference Championships. Kyle’s playing weight was 285 pounds and he is very flexible.
Doug and his family, including son, Kyle, who was a four-year, standout football player for the Citadel.
Kyle Weaver was one of the Citadel’s team captains during his senior season.
Here, Doug spells out some of the similarities between football and golf, and tells us how thinking about some of these likenesses can help improve your game.
Kyle Weaver didn’t back down during the Citadel’s upset win over the University of South Carolina in 2015.
Enjoy the 2019 football season … BUT REMEMBER … you have a DVR, so you can watch the game after the sun goes down behind the 18th hole.
The Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy offers classes and private lessons for all ages and skill levels. Lil’ Swingers is for 3- to 7-year-olds. The After-School and Back to Basics programs are for anyone who is hoping to improve. Private lessons can be arranged for you and your small group of friends. We also offer gift certificates for holidays and special events. Find us at www.palmettodunes.com/golf/hilton-head-golf-instruction or call at (844) 207-9258.
We’ve got so many fantastic clay courts at our award-winning Tennis Center that a game of tennis is a must when you’re on vacation at Palmetto Dunes! We want to make sure that you have fun on the courts and that you’re not too sore that you can’t enjoy a round of golf, or bike ride to the beach. That’s why we asked our Head Tennis Pro Eric Wammock to tell us his top three tennis warm-ups tips.
This means you should hit the ball only as hard as you and your opponent can effectively and comfortably keep it in play. This is to gain confidence and help prevent injury. Don’t go too fast too soon. If there are a lot of mistakes and the rhythm isn’t established your confidence is likely to suffer.
If you’re playing singles, then you should hit a majority of groundstrokes followed by some volleys, overheads and serves. If you’re playing doubles, get to the net quickly in the warm up to get a large amount of volleys and overheads in, then go back to the baseline for ground strokes. Many people spend 90% of the doubles warm up hitting groundstrokes, when a much larger percentage of the match involves volleys and overheads. So, players who hit groundstrokes for 90% of the doubles warm up are not adequately preparing for the match they’re playing.
Remember that it’s just the warm-up. Did you know that Eric has had the privilege of playing several former grand slam champions? We asked him what it’s like playing against the best and he said, “One of the things I remember the most his how nice and easy the warm up felt because they kept the ball in play and hit it very cleanly to me. It was only during the match that I began to suffer their ability!“ The point being that the very best in the world warm up the nicest to set up a great match. Win the match – not the warm up!
What are your favorite tennis warm ups? Improve your game and learn some more tips with tennis clinics and lessons at Palmetto Dunes. Then get out there, get warmed up, and get ready for a game, set, and match!
Around Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, we have a love/hate relationship with Labor Day.
We “hate” Labor Day, only because it signifies the end of summer — the busiest and most popular time of the year on Hilton Head Island and around the resort.
At the same time, we LOVE Labor Day because it marks the beginning of fall.
You see, while golf is a year-round activity on Hilton Head Island, locals know a secret: The fall season is a particularly special time for golf.
(Photo Credit: elitegolfexperiences)
Temperatures on the island during the fall are perfect, with highs in the low 80s and the humidity low. (There’s a good reason fall is the most popular season of the year for weddings.) The skies are crystal clear by day and starlit by night. It’s truly the best weather to enjoy the palm trees, live oaks and rolling dunes that accentuate the beautiful golf courses. Not to mention, the island’s summer crowds have dissipated as the kids have returned to school. Traffic on the island is light and the most desirable tee times are available.
At Palmetto Dunes, we know another secret: Golf course conditions are at their best during the fall season. Summer aerations have been completed and overseeding has not yet started. Turf conditions during the fall at Palmetto Dunes match the perfect weather.
Of course, we’re a little biased when it comes to enjoying the island’s finest trio of golf courses. All three of the championship layouts at Palmetto Dunes have been named South Carolina’s “Course of the Year,” and the resort offers numerous ways to play them, from the traditional 18-hole rounds, to 9-hole time-savers late in the afternoon with friends or family and more.
Palmetto Dunes encourages golfers to walk, with pull carts at all three courses. Or you can ride in 2-seaters or 4-seaters, enjoy the Visage GPS touch-screen systems on the carts with USB ports to bring along your tunes, get a little extra exercise with golf bikes at the Hills Course, or experiment with the Tempo Walk autonomous caddie units that follow you around the Jones and Fazio layouts.
Golfers wishing to tweak their equipment during their stay at Palmetto Dunes this fall can visit SwingFit at the Robert Trent Jones Course, which offers custom club fitting technology used to match your swing to any number of name brand clubs and shafts. SwingFit makes new clubs on-site and also offers the state-of-the-art Gears 3-D swing analysis system — already a generation ahead of Trackman — that can teach and fit golfers to maximize their potential.
Last but certainly not least, our Director of Golf Instruction Doug Weaver — a Lowcountry Golf Hall of Famer and teaching legend on the Island — and his outstanding staff offer free, Monday night clinics during the fall season. There are also options for individual, group and even family instruction classes available daily with yet another option of video analysis to take home.
As if all that wasn’t enough to entice a golf trip to Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort this fall, the resort is also offering a selection of golf packages to make your dream trip more cost efficient. The Fall Groups Package at Palmetto Dunes includes special savings for groups of 12+ golfers on three rounds of golf per person with one free replay round on same day of play for play August 1 - October 12, 2019. Choose from our three championship golf courses: Jones, Hills and Fazio. Other fall packages include Stay & Play Packages and Multi-Round Savings Packages.
Let’s see: Perfect weather, perfect course conditions, birdies and beer? What more could a golf nut ask for this fall?
Whatever that might be, we’ve got it at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort — Hilton Head Island’s ideal fall golf getaway.
There have been a couple of different stories told through the years about the origins of how pickleball got its name
We know the game originated in the summer of 1965 in a beach town on Bainbridge Island in Washington state, where it was played by several families — including the McCallum, Pritchard and Brown families — on an improvised court.
Original Pickleball Court. Bainbridge Island. 1960’s. (Photo Credit: Pickleball Portal)
As one of the stories goes, two of the families had adopted twin puppies — cockapoos named Lulu and Pickles. Pickles liked to run around and grab the ball as it went off into the bushes.
One night in the Pritchard cabin, the families came up with a name for their new game.
“We were sitting in Joel (Pritchard’s) old cabin front room and we were throwing around trying to get a name for it,” recalls Dick Brown in a video segment of the PickleballChannel.com’s “Pickleball 411.” “The dog was always around grabbing the ball. Joan (Pritchard) said, ‘Why don’t you name the game pickleball, after Pickles?’ And it just hit us. We all thought it was a great name.”
“Everybody kind of went crazy,” said Dick Brown’s son, Jim. “They said, ‘That’s it. Let’s call it pickleball.’”
And the rest was pickleball history.
“From that point on, when the Browns and the Pritchards named the game, as you went down to the beach to play the game, you were now going down to play pickleball,” said David McCallum, son of one of the game’s founders, Barney McCallum.
Barney McCallum (Photo Credit: Electrum Pickleball)
Except there’s also an entirely different side of the story, as well.
“OK, there’s the ‘official’ history and then there’s the real story,” said Pritchard’s daughter, Peggy Pritchard-Olson, in late 2005. “It was not named after the dog, because we didn’t get the dog until years after the game started. The dog was named after the game. Not the other way around.”
Frank Pritchard, another of Joel and Joan Pritchard kids, agreed that the name came from his mother, who was a competitive rower on the island. He said that she sometimes referred to the ‘pickle boat,’ the slowest vessel in a race.
“Nobody remembers how it came to be called ‘pickleball,’ but I think somebody needed a reason why it had that name and the dog story sounded good and eventually stuck,” Frank Pritchard said in 2005.
Joan herself set the record straight in a newspaper column she penned for Parkersburg, West Virginia’s News and Sentinel: “The name of the game became pickle ball, after I said it reminded me of the pickle boat in crew where oarsmen were chosen from the leftovers of other boats,” wrote Joan Pritchard. “Somehow the idea the name came from our dog Pickles was attached to the naming of the game, but Pickles wasn't on the scene for two more years. The dog was named for the game, but stories about the name's origin were funnier thinking the game was named for the dog.”
Whichever story you believe, the families came up with a game that summer — eventually called pickleball — that would stand the test of time and be enjoyed by generations to come. Learn more about this fast growing and enjoyable sport at the Palmetto Dunes Tennis & Pickleball Center. Join one of the world‘s top ranked pickleball players, Sarah Ansboury, for a pickleball academy or clinic.
Photo Credit: lauren_birdflower
Three championship golf courses, tennis and pickleball, lagoon, and beautiful beach…if you thought Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort was the perfect place for a summer vacation, wait until you head across the road to Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina! There you’ll find even more fun in the sun, amazing restaurants, water adventures, live music, and some of the best sunset views on Hilton Head Island. Not sure where to start when it comes to planning your Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina day? You’re in luck! We’ve put together an itinerary for enjoying a perfect day at Shelter Cove.
Everyone knows that the day starts with breakfast, and those in the know will tell you that breakfast at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina starts at The Hilton Head Social Bakery. The authentic French pastries (baked onsite daily), delicious coffees, and friendly service provide the perfect start to your Shelter Cove day.
Once you’ve fueled up, head to the Marina Store to book yourself a morning of adventure. What do you fancy—a relaxed morning of fishing, a kayak tour, or a stand-up paddleboard session? At Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina, you’ve got your pick.
Looking for some of the best lunch restaurants in Hilton Head Island? You’ll find them at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina. Swing by San Miguel’s Mexican Café for some killer queso, nachos, or tacos, Bistro 17 for some light and delightful French bistro fare, or Bucci & Murray’s for a classic pub lunch.
After you’ve dined, take some time to stroll the promenade at the Marina and check out some of the shops at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina. You’ll find local art galleries, clothing and souvenir shops, and even the perfect spot to grab an ice cream cone for dessert!
After a morning of water activity and a stroll, we bet you’re ready to sit back and relax. Luckily for you, there’s a whole marina of comfortable boats—many of which are available for boat charters. See if you can spot some dolphins or just enjoy the feeling of the wind in your hair as your capable captain takes you for a ride.
Nothing like an afternoon on the water to work up an appetite! Enjoy fresh seafood at Scott’s Fish Market, decadent cuisine at Ela’s On the Water, or maybe just a glass of wine and a light bite at The Other Sister’s Wine Bar. One of our favorite things about dinner at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina is that it’s always accompanied by a show! Whether it’s local live music, the excitement of Shannon Tanner at HarbourFest or Parrot Palooza, or just the stunning sunset.
After your day at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina, you’re sure to have a camera filled with photos, a belly filled with delicious food, and a vacation filled with memories. Don’t forget to share your photos with #PalmettoDunes and follow Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina on Facebook to stay up-to-date on all of the exciting things going on.
At Palmetto Dunes, we’ve caught Pickleball fever and we want you to join in on the action on your next Palmetto Dunes vacation! Even if you’ve never played Pickleball before, we’ve got four reasons why you should give it a go this summer.
We added eight more pickleball courts to our award-winning Tennis & Pickleball Center at Palmetto Dunes for a total of 16 courts for use, whether you’re signing up for lessons or meeting a friend for a quick game.
This fast-paced paddle sport is easy to learn, suitable for all ages and fitness levels, and it’s fun! Our incredible (and championship-winning) instructors are here to teach you how to excel at this incredible game.
Our instructors, helmed by champion Sarah Ansboury, are pickleball pros in their own right so you know you’re learning the game from the best, picking up insider tactics for excellent play and tips for taking your game to the next level.
Not only is pickleball a wonderful way to get some exercise, it’s an amazing way to meet people and make new friends! Our round robins are often packed and the laughter and chatter can be heard across the courts. Our community has even moved off the courts! Visit our Facebook Page to join our Pickleball Facebook Group.
Have you tried pickleball yet? What’s your favorite thing about the game? Let us know in the comments and don’t forget to share photos of your pickleball fun with us on social media, using #PalmettoDunes. See you on the courts!
Summer is in full swing here on Hilton Head Island and there are plenty of ways to celebrate: summer events, one-of-a-kind activities, water adventures…the fun doesn’t stop! One of our favorite things about summer in the Lowcountry is all of the incredible local musical talent that gets showcased throughout the area with live music shows at some of Hilton Head’s top spots. Get ready to hit the town with our guide to live music in Hilton Head Island.
This beachfront favorite not only boasts one of the best patios around, they offer live music four nights a week throughout the summer months. Locals and return guests will be familiar with the sound and songs of Unicorn Meat—regular performers on The Dunes House patio. Other regulars throughout the summer include A Welcome Distraction, Sound Boy, and NGITW.
Family favorite and local star Shannon Tanner plays every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina. You’ll most notably see him on stage at HarbourFest on Tuesday nights, kicking off festivities at 6:30pm with the first of two live performances.
Head to Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina on Thursday nights at 7:00pm for Parrot Palooza and enjoy live music from Shannon Tanner and the Oyster Reefers as well as every family’s favorite, Cappy the Clown. This summer tradition runs through to August 22, 2019 and has been entertaining families for generations. There will also be two shows on Labor Day Weekend to end the summer in style.
Aside from one of the best dining views in Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina, ELA’S offers delicious Mediterranean cuisine and weekly live music. Sample calamari and fine cocktails while listening to some of your favorite tunes performed by local musicians.
San Miguel’s legendary margaritas and incredible queso aren’t the only reasons to stop by this popular waterfront spot! All summer long, Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina’s Mexican restaurant welcomes live music on its patio every day of the week.
Not only does Scott’s Fish Market offer some of the best seafood around, you get to dine with live music virtually every day of the week! Local crooners will have you swooning for their song styles and acoustic guitar strumming.
The hospitality pros at Bucci’s know how to have a good time, and that includes good food, great drinks, and (of course!) live music. Coming up at Bucci & Murray’s Pub on the Water is singer-songwriter Nick Jamerson and two stellar performances from La Bodega. Check out their Facebook Page for all upcoming musical performances.
This waterfront French café is ideally located right at Neptune’s Statue in Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina. It offers beautiful marina views, an extensive wine list, delicious French-inspired cuisine, and the soothing sounds of live piano in the background to truly set the scene.
Whether you like classics, country, creative covers, or toe-tapping originals, you’ll love soaking in the summer sun and beautiful views of Hilton Head Island with outstanding live music as your backdrop.
We want to help you to see and do the best of Palmetto Dunes & Hilton Head Island during your family vacation this summer! That’s why we’ve created a social media summer scavenger hunt that gives you the chance to win a $250 Palmetto Dunes activities gift card. We’ll draw for two winners: one at the end of July and one on Labour Day! Participating is easy:
There is no greater time on Hilton Head Island than the summer. The sun is shining, the beaches are glistening, and the temperature is right. Best of all? Hilton Head Island is full of fun summer activities that the whole family can enjoy! If you’re looking for a memorable vacation that’s sure to please everyone—look no further then Palmetto Dunes on Hilton Head Island!
Where: Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina
When: Weekly, May-August
There is no happier time on Hilton Head Island than the annual HarbourFest. Now in its 31st consecutive year, people from all over come to help us celebrate this island tradition. Head over to Shelter Cove Harbour and see for yourself why locals and tourists alike love HarbourFest!
Treat the whole family to a concert put on by Shannon Tanner, who has been with the festival since its very beginning. Performing Monday—Friday (excluding Thursdays) at 6:30 and 8:00 pm, Tanner will play an array of different musical stylings including 60’s classics, original ballads and even tunes for the kiddos! Shannon Tanner is a true HarbourFest staple and it’s not hard to see why—with his catchy songs and signature beanie, we guarantee you’ll be a fan too! Check out Shannon playing Caribbean classics with the Oyster Reefers as part of Parrot Palooza at the festival every Thursday at 7:00 pm.
Looking to show the kids a good time? Cappy the Clown is a returning favorite to HarbourFest that never disappoints. Entertaining kids of all ages for over 30 years, she’ll have you laughing and smiling all day long. Don’t forget to get your face painted, pick up a balloon animal, create sand art, and enjoy the variety of kids activities that Cappy offers!
If you’re looking for a real showstopper you will not want to miss the weekly fireworks at HarbourFest. Happening every Tuesday night!
Where: Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina
When: Thursday, July 4, 5:00-9:00pm
Meet up with Shannon Tanner & Cappy the Clown again for the island’s famous Independence Day show. Here you will catch Hilton Head’s largest fireworks show while listening to Shannon Tanner’s special patriotic show in honor of the night. Independence Day fireworks are the perfect event for the whole family, where kids can get their face painted, glitter tattoos and animal balloons from Cappy the Clown! Be one of the first 1,500 to get to the Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina and receive an American flag to celebrate!
Where: The Dunes House
When: Every Wednesday, 8:00 am, April- August
Happening weekly all summer long, the 5k Turtle Trot Walk or Run is the perfect family event. Suitable for all fitness levels, the Turtle Trot is the ideal way to kick off your morning! The race takes place every Wednesday morning and all proceeds go towards the Palmetto Dunes Cares Fund! Grab the whole family and get active while supporting a great cause! The route will either wind through the roads of Palmetto Dunes or take place on our beautiful beach. Kids are encouraged to join—those 12 and under even run for free!
Where: Dunes House
When: June- August, 8:00- 9:00 pm
Bring the whole family and head to The Dunes House for the Sea Turtle Talk & Walk. Joined by Marine Biologist, Amber Keuhn, you’ll be treated to a fun and educational experience! Learn all about the turtles as you walk along the sand and see what’s happening on our nesting beach first hand! In support of the Palmetto Dunes Cares Charitable Foundation, you will leave with a whole new appreciation for sea turtles and their habitat!
Where: Island Rec Center
When: June- August
If you’re in search of the perfect summer activities to keep the kids busy, you have to check out Hilton Head Island’s summer day camps! Kids from kindergarten to eighth grade can enjoy arts, crafts, swimming, games, sports and much more! Each week of camp is a different theme—which include different activities and rotations all summer long! Snacks are provided to campers twice all day, all you need to do is send the kids with a bathing suit, towel and lunch and they'll be all set for their full day of activity filled fun!
There are so many things to do on Hilton Head Island this summer—we’re positive you’ll have a blast! And while you mull over which activity you want to get to first, make sure you check the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort availability to book your stay!