On the eve of our country’s national championship, the United States Open, we remember the original U.S. Open Doctor — one of golf course architecture’s most legendary and prolific names — who indelibly left his mark at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.
During seven decades, Robert Trent Jones, Sr. (1906-2000) traveled an estimated eight million miles and created some 350 courses — including more courses for national championships than any other golf architect — while renovating another 150 on his way to becoming the first architect to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. Today, Jones' works are found in 45 states and 35 countries.
“Trent,” a name he chose to distinguish himself from Robert Tyre (Bobby) Jones, was a small, gentle, cherub-faced man who nevertheless was capable of near-sadistic use of huge bunkers, ponds, creeks, and undulating greens. His designs often bamboozled touring pros, particularly during the U.S. Open. Earning his nickname as the original “U.S. Open Doctor,” Jones believed he was merely defending par against the evolution of golf equipment and the golf ball. ''The shattering of par without a proper challenge is a fraud,'' he said. ''I make them play par.''
When Jones redesigned the fourth hole at the Baltusrol Golf Club's Lower Course in Springfield, N.J., prior to the 1954 U.S. Open, some members thought the par 3 over a pond was unfair. He offered to play the hole along with the club pro, Johnny Farrell, and two members, while others watched.
Playing from the 165-yard members tee, Farrell and the two others each hit balls on the green. Jones stepped up and swung his 4-iron. His ball landed on the green and rolled into the cup for a hole in one. Turning to the assembly, Jones said: ''Gentlemen, the hole is fair. Eminently fair.''
As we know from his work at Palmetto Dunes, Jones’s designs embody three cardinal virtues: beauty, challenge and flexibility. Jones was dedicated to the proposition that all golfers are not created equal. By incorporating his distinctive, elongated “runway” tees — some as long as 100 yards — Jones made it possible for average golfers to play the same course.
“The sun never sets,” he enjoyed saying, “on a Robert Trent Jones golf course.”
In addition to his 21 United States Open courses, Jones worked on courses that have held the PGA Championship 17 times and on venues for the World Cup six times. He designed Valderrama in Spain, the site of the 1997 Ryder Cup matches, and the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club course in Virginia, the site of three President’s Cup matches.
Jones collaborated with Bobby Jones in designing Atlanta’s Peachtree Golf Club, and in the late 1940s, he worked with Jones on the redesign of the 11th and 16th holes at Augusta National — annual site of the Masters — famously turning No. 16 into one of the world’s greatest and most beautiful one-shotters.
He created a putting green at the White House for President Eisenhower, as well as a hole with three different tees at Camp David, the president's weekend retreat in Maryland. Jones's clients included the Rockefeller family, the Aga Khan and King Hassan II of Morocco.
His resume also includes American gems such as Spyglass Hill in Pebble Beach, Calif., Mauna Kea in Hawaii, The Dunes in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Golden Horseshoe in Williamsburg, Va. In semi-retirement, he and his protégé, Roger Rulewich, helped transform the economy of an entire state with the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Alabama.
Jones, who for most of his career worked out of offices in Montclair, N.J., passed away in 2000 at age 93. His legacy rests with his two sons, Robert (‘Bobby’) Trent Jones Jr. (born 1939) and Rees Jones (born 1941), both among the world’s preeminent golf course architects. Together the three formed the “first family of American golf.”
''You look at a piece of ground,'' Jones Sr., once said, ''and you know instinctively what makes a great hole. There is a flow and rhythm that you can feel. You think how to stake it out, and then use logic to make the right choice. It's like a jigsaw puzzle. But you have to play golf well, too.”
Those of us at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort will never forget the second half of the 20th century’s most prolific golf course architect. We take great pride that the name Robert Trent Jones Sr., will live on here forever.
June is here, golf season is in full swing, and Father’s Day is just around the corner! Celebrate dad and everything he does for you with the perfect gift. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite ideas for our 2018 Father’s Day gift guide.
For the Golfing Dad:
A New Golf Bag
A new set of clubs can be a sizeable investment, but if you’re looking for a gesture that your golf-loving dad will appreciate and use time and time again, a new golf bag is just the thing! Some of the brands we love most (and sell in our Pro Shops) are Puma, Titleist, Nike, and Adidas.
Your father will flip over this incredible gift! A fitting session and swing analysis with SwingFit can take points off his game, improve ease of play, and will have your golf-loving dad feeling like a pro! Learn more about Swing Fit.
For the Stylish Dad:
A Razor Subscription
Help dad keep his stubble in check with a stylish razor and grooming subscription, like Harry’s—high quality razors and shaving supplies delivered to your door. Does dad have a beard? Get him some beard oil, or a beard trim and treatment at your local barbershop.
Some Cool New Duds
Help your dad keep cool in that Southern summer heat with a pair of shorts and a moisture-wicking golf shirt. We’ve got all of the hottest brands in our Pro Shops, as well as our online store! If you’ve got more of a dapper dad, you can’t go wrong with a classic cotton button down or tie clip!
For the Outdoor-Loving Dad:
Costa del Mar are the best for a reason. Get a pair at Shelter Cove Marina's Ship's Store so Dad will be able to see clear, bright colors whether he’s out running errands, on a boat tour, or on the golf greens.
When you’re at Palmetto Dunes, a refreshing drink or delicious snack is never too far away, but for the dad who loves to get outdoors and away from it all, a cooler is the perfect Father’s Day gift! We love this one from Otterbox. Oh, and did we mention this cooler would also be ideal for packing a picnic for the beach?
For Your Father the Gourmand:
When you’re staying at Palmetto Dunes, the best cup of joe is at the General Store (of course!) but to wow dad on Father’s Day why not set him up for success each and every morning with a perfect cup of coffee? Whether you choose basic or top-of-the-line, he’s sure to love it.
Cookbook + BBQ Tools
The sun is shining, the temperature is climbing, in Lowcountry that can only mean one thing: barbecue! If your father is a foodie, help him master the grill with a cookbook filled with delectable barbecue recipes Throw in a new set of BBQ tools and dad will be cooking up a storm in no time!
Of course, the thing dad will love most is spending time together! And we can’t think of a better place to do that than with a family getaway to Palmetto Dunes. Happy Father’s Day!
If you’re planning to begin your happily ever after beachside, you’ve come to the right place. Sweeping views of the ocean, the sounds of the waves lapping the shore, and the feeling of sand between your toes—there’s simply no better place for a beach wedding than Hilton Head Island.
Here are some beach wedding ideas that will surely inspire you to say “I Do” at Palmetto Dunes:
While there are stunning venues all over Palmetto Dunes, none are more beautiful for a wedding ceremony than the beach. Lucky for you, there are miles upon miles of sandy settings for you to choose from on Hilton Head Island. And if you want to keep the ocean views after your ceremony, The Dunes House is the place for you. Easily customized for a casual reception or a lavish Lowcountry event, it is the perfect place for a beach wedding reception.
Thanks to the sun, sand, and ocean breezes of the beach, when it comes to the wedding attire, lightweight is always the way to go. With a more casual look, take the opportunity to accentuate your outfit with beach-inspired accessories—think jewelry, hairpieces, and sunglasses. Not to mention the bouquet and boutonnieres that can be accented with some pretty sea life like urchins, seashells, starfish, and pearls. One thing to remember, high-heels and sand don’t mix so opt for wedges, flats, or even bare feet for your wedding party and your guests.
While a beach wedding provides you with plenty of natural scenery, ocean-inspired décor can add a little something special to your big day. Pretty flowers with seaside flare, driftwood signs with elegant calligraphy, and sprinklings of seashells and beach glass are perfect subtle nods to the ocean for your ceremony and reception.
On your reception menu, include some seafood choices, as well as options for those who don’t eat fish or shellfish. Some of our favorite seafood dishes are local fish as an entrée option, fish tacos as an appetizer, or an oyster shucking station to introduce guests to Hilton Head’s local delicacy. And don’t forget, a beach-themed cake is a must-have to finish off the meal!
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Hiring the right entertainment can make all the difference in setting the right atmosphere for your big day. Live entertainment playing local music. A calypso band. Iconic beach games. A fire on the beach with s’mores. Consider activities that not only bring the beach vibes to life but create unforgettable moments for you and your guests.
The beach is the perfect backdrop for your first pictures together as husband and wife. Draw a heart in the sand. Take a photo in front of the breaking waves. Walk along the beach with your nearest and dearest. Capture your silhouettes against the sunset. Make sure to work with your photographer to hit all of the picture-perfect settings Palmetto Dunes has to offer.
A longtime island tradition, Alexander’s had closed following Hurricane Matthew, but has since reopened and is back and better than ever! Serving up seasonal, local cuisine that is authentic and at the same time very much elevated, Alexander’s menu features classic favorites and inspired takes on seafood standards.
Alexander’s is perfectly placed for an upscale dining experience during your stay with us. Before or after a round at Robert Trent Jones Golf Course, a game of tennis or pickleball, or an adventure with Hilton Head Outfitters, it’s ideal for a delectable dinner, a special celebration, or a meetup over drinks at the bar.
Learn why everyone loves Alexander’s, and what keeps them coming back for more exceptional Lowcountry cuisine year after year.
Alexander’s serves up the best in elevated seafood, but don’t worry, there’s no avante garde molecular gastronomy on the menu here. Just unpretentious Southern classics with a signature Alexander’s twist. With a focus on local fish and produce, this is authentic Southern cuisine for today’s discerning diner.
Start with their staple appetizer Oysters Alexander’s for a taste of the bold flavors. Fresh oysters from Hilton Head are topped with country ham, lump crab, baby spinach, rich white cheddar and baked to perfection. For a little Asian influence, try the popcorn calamari with sambal syrup and wasabi aioli. The local catch varies by day but is always worth ordering, with local flounder, grouper, and blue crab often making an appearance. Not in the mood for seafood? Try the wiener schnitzel with whipped potatoes and caper brown butter, it’s one of Alexander’s most famous dishes.
Tucked behind shady trees, Alexander’s unobtrusive exterior gives way to clean, classic décor inside that speaks to a quintessential Lowcountry experience. Crisp white linens, an elegant dining room, lagoon-side porch seating, and good ol’ fashioned Southern hospitality create a warm and welcoming atmosphere that turns new diners into fast fans, and keeps loyal patrons returning time and again. Settle in and watch sunlight sparkle off the lagoon draped by live oaks and lush greenery. In the mood for a creative cocktail? The inviting bar area is ideal for discussing your latest round of golf or planning your next Hilton Head adventure.
If you feel like dining a little earlier, Alexander’s offers an early dinner service from 5 - 5:45 p.m. featuring smaller portions and lower prices than the full dinner menu, but with all of the same fabulous flavor. For wine lovers, the restaurant hosts wine dinners once a month with specially selected menus, paired with fantastic featured wines.
The vibe at Alexander’s is elevated, but never exclusive. Dress is resort casual, and you’ll find something to please every palate, with a kids menu and a young adults menu for more mature taste buds. In search of somewhere to host a private function? Take advantage of the private room that seats twelve, or book the whole place for lunch or brunch for larger groups.
A special touch that makes the space unique is the feature of local artists all around Alexander’s. Currently, you’ll find watercolor painter Margaret Crawford’s beautiful artwork featuring beautiful florals and natural landscapes adorning the walls. If you see something you like, many of the featured pieces are ready to be taken home for a special souvenir!
Feeling hungry yet? While you’re planning your Hilton Head Island vacation, don’t forget to add Alexander’s to your list! Have you already visited this Palmetto Dunes hot spot? Tell us your favorite thing to order in the comments.
Palmetto Dunes Weddings can really wow your guests. The amazing catering and event planning staff make it all possible! Read recent reviews from happy couples that planned their destination weddings with ease.
Emily on WeddingWire said:
The Dunes House at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort was the perfect setting for our wedding. The only thing I had ever thought about for my wedding before getting engaged was that I wanted to be barefoot with my toes in the sand. The Dunes House offered a lovely ceremony right on the beach and then a delightful reception outdoors. Our guests loved being able to hang out on the beach, play in the sand and take a walk on the beach during the reception. The food was absolutely delicious, something I'm not entirely used to at a wedding. We also went with them to cater our dessert table and it turned out perfectly.
Courtney was a treat to work with. She was very responsive and helpful, even helping us find an off-site location for our welcome reception the night before the wedding. I can't praise the staff enough for their helpfulness, professionalism and overall demeanor throughout the process. If you're looking for a beautiful, romantic beach setting for your wedding, I'd definitely recommend The Dunes House.
James on WeddingWire said:
.... I went into this not knowing ANYTHING as far as what I was supposed to do and these two women made me feel like an old pro! My wife and I were incredibly pleased with the entire day and the attention to detail was second to none. Thanks so much... We cannot recommend the Dunes House, and the entire Palmetto Dunes team, enough!
Another wedding season is upon us so get out your wedding planner and pull up your Pinterest boards, because it’s time to start planning your perfect Palmetto Dunes wedding. While a lot of wedding traditions and timeless touches will never go out of style, tapping into the season’s wedding trends can add that extra special something to your celebration.
Here are our top 5 wedding trends of 2018 that are definitely worth your consideration.
1. Embracing local culture
As the trend of destination weddings continues, couples are becoming more and more inspired to connect with the local culture during their festivities. Whether it’s a regionally-themed menu, locally-sourced wedding favors, or entertainment from the region, embracing the details of the destination offers your guests with a truly authentic celebration experience.
2. Emphasis on the after party
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If you’re planning a Lowcountry wedding, there’s one thing that’s certain—your guests are going to have a good time. Especially with the newfound focus on the after party! This season’s brides and grooms are going for a smaller ceremony and reception and pulling out all the stops later in the night. Offering guests midnight snacks, late-night drinks, and live entertainment, newlyweds are taking advantage of every moment with their guests.
3. Unique food
Couples are opting out of the traditional 3-course set wedding menu for meals with a more memorable touch. From serving their favorite foods and signature drinks to bringing in the big guns with food trucks, portable pizza ovens, and the like, the wedding dining experience is now being taken to the next level. At Palmetto Dunes, we suggest setting up a shucking station to introduce your guests to oysters—a local delicacy in the region.
4. Vibe over palette
In years past, it was all about the color scheme. But this season, instead of starting with colors, brides and grooms are now letting the feel of their celebration dictate the details of their big day. Whether couples communicate visions of a relaxed beach celebration or an elegant Southern affair, or somewhere in between, our team of wedding experts can help turn any dream into a stunning reality.
5. Garden Garnishes
Flowers have always been a key player in wedding décor, but this season look forward to seeing more of the garden brought in the mix. From lush hanging arrangements and fresh cut greenery on tables to living botanical bars and potted plants along the aisle, you’ll see much more of a creative approach to floral displays. We always love making the sleepy oak trees that line Hilton Head Island part of the décor.
Hilton Head Island is known for its beautiful beaches, delicious Lowcountry cuisine, and rolling golf courses as far as the eye can see. But the island offers so much more than that, with gorgeous scenery, exciting adventures, and lots of nature to explore. Read our list of the best ways to experience Hilton Head’s beauty up close and make the most out of your next Palmetto Dunes vacation!
1. Nature Cruises at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina
What’s more exciting than exploring nature and all of the beautiful wildlife species Hilton Head Island has to offer? Take the chance to get up close and personal with sightings of egrets, herons, osprey, bald eagles, pelicans, and bottlenose dolphins on one of Shelter Cove’s Nature Cruises!
These cruises offer one of the best ways to enjoy the South Carolina waterways. Make the most of your vacation and witness the true coastal beauty of the island for yourself.
2. Biking Around the Island
They say the best way to truly experience a place is on two feet, or perhaps even better, two wheels. Get lost on your next vacation with a bike rental from Hilton Head Outfitters. Palmetto Dunes alone offers nearly 5 miles of paved bike paths perfect for exploring, while Hilton Head offers more than 80 miles of trails that intertwine from one end of Hilton Head Island to the other, making it easy to explore. You can even bike on the beach for some gorgeous views. Veer off the beaten path and see more of the beauty of the island, while experiencing the beach, wildlife, and more!
3. Spot A Bottlenose Dolphin
Spot a bottlenose dolphin in its natural habitat on a Dolphin Cruise with Shelter Cove. The common local residents of Hilton Head can be seen frolicking in the water right before your eyes! While you’re at it you’ll get the chance to learn all about their social behaviour, feeding habits, and more.
4. Kayak Through the Palmetto Dunes Lagoon
The Palmetto Dunes lagoon is arguably one of the best places to view wildlife on the island and it’s a great place to experience total serenity. Take a scenic kayak ride at your own pace on the 11-mile inland lagoon system with its assortment of wildlife and large variety of fish. Not to mention the fact that you’ll be surrounded by gorgeous trees and relaxing calm waters! The lagoon is a must-see location if you want to have a relaxing and personal experience with nature.
5. Spend A Day Sailing
Just because you’re being adventurous and experiencing nature, it doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice relaxation! Set sail on the sea to take in Hilton Head Island’s picturesque scenery on pristine ocean blue waters. Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina offers many wonderful sailing charters to choose from. Spend your day with the wind in your hair and the beauty of our breathtaking seascapes; it’s experience you’re sure not to forget anytime soon.
6. Fishing Charters
Whether you’re alone, with friends, or with your family, a fishing charter is a great way to get close to the Island’s marine life while partaking in a fun daytime activity. Hilton Head Outfitters offers a variety of fishing charters on our famous Palmetto Dunes Lagoon Waterway. The lagoon is home to a variety of saltwater species which holds giant redfish, trout, bluefish, black drum, flounder and even tarpon. Come out and see what new species you can catch on your next visit.
7. Two-Person Catamaran Rides
Nothing says summertime quite like some fun on the water. Experience the thrill of speeding along the Atlantic Ocean with the Shelter Cove Catamaran Rides. You’ll have the chance to drive your own 2-person catamaran boats around the Hilton Head waterways, while getting info from guides who are well-trained and know the water like the back of their hands. Get off of dry land on your next adventure and see the island from a different perspective.
8. Surf’s Up
Sometimes experiencing the beauty of a place is all about being close to nature and what it has to offer! With surf lessons on Hilton Head Island you’ll get the chance to be connected with the ocean and experience terrific views of the beach and water! Catching waves can be easy and enjoyable for all ages with our guided, experienced instructors. Lessons are taught on the beach at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, with plenty of time slots, making it an easy vacation outing to enjoy.
9. Fireworks Cruise
After a busy day of exploring the island, unwind with an activity that will allow you to kick back and relax, while being exposed to some beautiful views! Set out on for a Fireworks Cruise on the water at night, as the sky lights up with fireworks reflecting over the ocean. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the view. A Fireworks Cruise is the perfect end to any day spent on Hilton Head Island.
10. Relax on the Beach
No list of Hilton Head Island would be complete without mentioning our pristine and gorgeous beaches. The island is known for its beaches, and Palmetto Dunes alone boasts three miles of beachfront, meaning there’s plenty of land for you to explore. See the beautiful sunrises and sunsets that captivate visitors, sit under the warm sun, smell the fresh ocean air, and perhaps even collect some seashells while you’re at it.
What are you waiting for? Get out there and explore—and don’t forget to share your photos with us using #PalmettoDunes on social media.
With gorgeous and pristine beaches, delicious dining, and an array of family-friendly activities, Palmetto Dunes is the perfect vacation destination to kick back and have some much-needed fun. There are endless options for family-friendly adventures so we compiled a list of our favorites to help make your vacation planning stress-free and, more importantly, fun for the whole family!
1. Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina Boat Tours
With a number of fun and exciting Boat Tours to choose from, Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina has a list of options that your family is sure to love! Whether it be spotting beautiful bluenose dolphins frolicking in the water, watching fireworks under the summer sky, having your kids dress up as pirates to search for lost treasure, or spotting the island’s gorgeous wildlife on a nature cruise, there’s something for everyone. The only hard part will be choosing which one!
Surf lessons on Hilton Head Island are perfect for the whole family, and a great excuse to spend your vacation soaking up the sun and smelling the fresh ocean air. Lessons are taught throughout the week just in front of The Dunes House, making it easily accessible right from your vacation rental. The lessons teach the basics of surfing and ocean safety, while creating a fun and exciting experience for everyone. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your family, a surfboard, and hit the water!
3. Palmetto Dunes Lagoon Fishing Charters
Fishing is fun for the whole family, especially on the Palmetto Dunes Lagoon, which is home to a variety of saltwater fish species. Hilton Head Outfitters offers fishing charters led by guides on a quiet boat which can accommodate up to four people. So, if you’re looking for a peaceful day on the water and want to learn the art of catch and release, this is the perfect day adventure for you and your loved ones!
Plan your fishing excursion.
4. Tennis or Pickleball
Whether you and your family have played tennis or pickleball in the past, or its your first time, we’ve got a number of options to ensure you have a great time on the court. If you’ve booked a vacation rental with Palmetto Dunes you can get access to two hours of free court time when they’re available with each night of your stay! Or, there are lessons and junior tennis programs for those looking for a more competitive edge. Either way, you’ll love spending time bonding with your family while getting active and learning a new skill.
5. Canoeing and Kayaking
We can’t seem to get enough of all of the exciting water sports that are offered at Palmetto Dunes! Hilton Head Outfitters offers a number of canoe and kayak rentals, so why not venture out on an 11-mile long adventure right on the Palmetto Lagoon? With two-seater kayaks available for rent, and the minimum age being five, it’s a great way for you and your kids to get active and enjoy Hilton Head’s beautiful natural surroundings. So, come out and enjoy a true laidback, Lowcountry experience.
6. Beach Days
Would any list be complete without mentioning a fun family day spent on one of Hilton Head’s gorgeous beaches? The Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort boasts three miles of pristine beachfront for your enjoyment. Whether you and your family will be swimming, collecting shells, or building sandcastles, a day spent under the sun on a gorgeous beach will provide vacation memories that will last a lifetime!
Does this list have you itching to plan a family getaway? Check out our vacation packages, or call our reservations team at (855) 450-4861.
Today, more than 3,000 people will enjoy golf at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort or on one of Hilton Head Island’s nearly two-dozen championship golf courses. Eighteen of the courses are open to the public and seven have been ranked among the nation’s Top 100. All three golf courses at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort have been awarded the South Carolina “Golf Course of the Year.”
Palmetto Dunes Director of Instruction Doug Weaver, a former PGA Tour professional and a member of the South Carolina Golf Hall of Fame, invites you to play or take a lesson today for a number of reasons.
This is the time to play, Doug says, because the average temperature in May is 84 for a high and 63 at night. Humidity is low and the breeze is refreshing. The average rainfall is only 3 inches so leave your umbrella in the car.
The sunrise is at 6:30 AM and tee times start at 6:45 AM, so you can be back to the group and go to the pool or beach for the rest of the day. The sun sets close to 8:30 PM, so you can go to the beach or fish all day and then start later and come play while watching the birds do their final fishing then bedding down in the rookery. Also, the deer will come out and watch you as they graze.
More than 500 people will take golf instruction on the island today. Doug says they will experience:
Doug Weaver and the rest of the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort team cordially invite you to play golf this week so you can make your own discovery of this wonderful game for a lifetime. Come join Doug and his staff every Monday from 4-5 PM at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course and enjoy the hands-on, interactive class and demonstration that will introduce you to the game of golf with a smile on your face.
Spring has sprung, the sun gets warmer with every day, the birds are chirping, flowers are in bloom. This is a beautiful time of year to be on Hilton Head Island, and the perfect time to brush the dust off those clubs and get swinging in preparation for the best season of the year: golf season!
We spoke with the golf pros at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort to get some tips on how to get ready for the upcoming golf season so that you can get right back into the swing of things on your next golf getaway.
Tip #1: Loosen Up
If you’ve been away from the greens all winter long, you’re probably tempted to head straight for the driving range, but before you do make sure you warm up to reduce the risk of injury. Try some arm and leg swings and dynamic torso swings, followed by a series of practice swings, warming up from a half swing to full swing before you even tee up. It’s also a good idea to stretch before and after your round whenever you golf, but especially for the first few rounds of the year.
Tip #2: Get Your Equipment Up to Par
Your golf gear should help, not hinder. So take inventory of what you have and what you might need. Give your grips a good clean, or even get some new ones! (You won’t believe the difference a properly sized grip can make). Get your wedges tested for loft and bounce. You could even book in with SwingFit when you first arrive at Palmetto Dunes to get a full club and swing analysis!
How are your golf shoes holding up? Is it time for a new pair—or at least some new cleats? Why not do a quick spring cleaning of your golf bag, replenishing anything that is running low and wiping out last year’s grime.
Tip #3: Practice Your Grip
Now's the time to reacquaint yourself with your golf clubs so relax, grab your clubs and practice your grip. Take care to notice your stance, where you're tense, and spend some time practicing some swings until you're back to feeling perfectly comfortable.
Tip #4: Putt ‘Er Up
You don’t need a golf course to practice your putting—a crucial part of your game—so take the time to work on your short game before your season starts. Start practicing your putt from two feet and gradually increase your distance, or consider using some putting aids to help you regain and improve your accuracy and consistency.
Tip #5: Find Your Touch
Putts aren’t the only swing worth practicing; you can also reacquaint yourself with chipping and pitching using some simple practice exercises and one-handed drills. While you practice your swings, pay attention to your fundamentals—breaking down your swing to build it back up again will have you starting your season off strong.
Tip #6: Stay In Shape
Maintaining a base level of fitness in the off-season can make a world of difference once you get back on the greens. If you like to walk (or bike) your courses, keep your cardio up with regular walks, jogs, or bike rides. Keeping your glutes and core strong will do wonders for your drives—and comfort level—when you get back at it. Exercises like deadlifts, squats, and Russian twists are excellent for maintaining stability in these areas.
Tip #7: Set Some Goals
As we all know too well, golf is a game of patience. So before you launch into the golf season, consider making the time to come up with some realistic, measurable goals to work on over the summer. Throughout your golf season, why not start tracking your stats by recording not only what you shot, but why you shot a particular number. Use your scorecard or a golf app to track stats like number of fairways hit, number of putts, so you can start to really see where your strengths (and weaknesses) lie.
Tip #8: Start Planning!
Find the golf package that is right for you and start planning your Hilton Head Island golf getaway! Here at Palmetto Dunes, not only do we have three award-winning golf courses for you to play, our incredible golf instructors offer clinics, lessons and golf academies throughout the week (and year!).