As the U.S. Open rolls around this week, those of us at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort can’t help but think about our own, Robert Trent Jones Sr., who not only designed the resort’s original golf course in 1967, but also was the original “U.S. Open Doctor.”
Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Course at Palmetto Dunes Resort
In his seven decades as golf's most prolific architect, Robert Trent Jones Sr. (1906-2000) logged an estimated eight million miles of travel while creating or remodeling more than 400 courses in 45 states in the U.S. and 35 countries worldwide, including more courses — 79 — that have hosted national championships than any other golf architect.
Robert Trent Jones Sr.
“The sun never sets,” he enjoyed saying, “on a Robert Trent Jones golf course.”
Through the years, Mr. Jones worked on 21 courses that would hold the U.S. Open, notably Oakland Hills in Birmingham, Mich., in 1951. None of the world's best golfers broke par 70 that year until the final day when Ben Hogan, the winner, shot 67 and Clayton Heafner shot 69.
At the presentation ceremony, Hogan said, “I’m glad I brought this course, this monster, to its knees.”
The architect known as “Trent” was infamous for his sadistic use of huge bunkers, ponds, creeks and undulating greens that would often anger the touring pros, especially during the U.S. Open. Mr. Jones believed he was merely defending par against the evolution of golf equipment and the golf ball. “The shattering of par without a proper challenge is a fraud,” he often said. “I make them play par.”
When Mr. Jones redesigned the fourth hole at the Baltusrol Golf Club's Lower Course in Springfield, N.J., before the 1954 U.S. Open, some members thought the par 3 over a pond was unfair. He offered to play the hole along with Johnny Farrell, the club pro, and two members while other members watched.
Playing from the 165-yard members tee, Mr. Farrell and the two members each hit balls on the green. Mr. Jones stepped up and swung his 4-iron. His ball landed on the green and rolled into the cup for a hole in one. Turning to the assembled members, he said: “Gentlemen, the hole is fair. Eminently fair.”
In addition to 21 U.S. Open courses, Mr. Jones worked on a dozen courses that have held the PGA Championship and six that held the World Cup. He designed Valderrama in Spain, the site of the 1997 Ryder Cup matches, and the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club course in Manassas, Va. — where former President Obama is reported to have recently joined — site of four Presidents Cup matches.
Mr. Jones was the first architect inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. He was a founding member and a former president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) and the first recipient of its Donald Ross Award. Perhaps not coincidently, Mr. Jones’s death came on the eve of the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, where Tiger Woods won by a record-setting 15 strokes.
Of course, at Palmetto Dunes we are well aware that this is also Father's Day weekend and Mr. Jones was certainly a good father, too. His two sons, acclaimed architects in their own right, have made an impact on the U.S. Open as well. Bobby Jr., inherited his father’s name, but Rees earned his father’s moniker, “The Open Doctor,” through his renovations of national championship sites, including Torrey Pines and Bethpage Black. The 2015 U.S. Open was contested at Chambers Bay, the first Robert Trent Jones Jr. course to host our national championship.
During this U.S. Open week, visit Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort and enjoy the resort’s original golf course while playing tribute to its mastermind, the original “U.S. Open Doctor,” Robert Trent Jones Sr.
June is here and that means that Father’s Day 2017 is just around the corner. Whether your father is a golf addict, a lover of all things laid-back, or a music buff, we’ve rounded up our list of the best gifts to say, “Thanks, Dad!”
Give dad the gift of great tunes with a portable speaker. You can even find waterproof speakers—perfect for listening by the pool at your vacation rental or at a family beach day on Palmetto Dunes Beach. Is his music not quite your taste? He can keep it to himself with a pair of Bluetooth earbuds.
Dad will love a Mission Belt, a popular accessory for years since making an appearance on the TV show “Shark Tank.” These belts are built to be adjustable with a leather strap that clicks into the buckle for a perfect fit. Plus, the company donates money for each belt sold to fight poverty and global hunger.
What would a summer vacation be without a good beach read? Treat dad to a best seller, or the inspiration for one of the summer’s big blockbusters.
We think that men deserve to be pampered, too! Our spas offer several services Dad will love. Or, bring the spa home to him with a soothing beard treatment or facial cream.
Vinyl is back! Get Pop some pop hits from back in the day on vinyl, and get your siblings to chip in for a record player.
Golf headcovers are a booming business. With the right design and brand, limited edition covers can retail for hundreds of dollars per item. PRG offer a wide range of covers; all sizes from rescue club to putter and everything in between.
From grabbing groceries to walking the dog, to biking your way through your next golf game, every bit of exercise counts! Help Dad prove it with a fitness tracker. Some are even waterproof, and track heart rate as well.
Whether you’re about to hit ‘send’ on an important email, or want to take one more photo of a beautiful Hilton Head sunset, nothing is worse than running low on batteries! A portable cellphone charger, or a backup battery cellphone case, is a great gift for dads on the go.
Miguel’s Margarita? Scott’s Fish Market martini? A frozen Tiger Paw from The Dunes House? What’s dad’s favorite cocktail when vacationing on Hilton Head Island? Help him recreate it with ingredients and bar accessories. Is a cold beer more your dad’s thing? He can make his very own brew using a beer starter kit.
The Callaway Chrome Soft X Truvis Golf Balls are best known for the soccer-ball look of the design that will maximize dad’s ability to see (and find) his ball. They have also completely redefined golf ball performance by elevating speed and feel for an unbeatable combination of distance, soft feel and control, along with a piercing and workable ball flight, and an advanced mantle to regulate spin.
Of, course, the very best Father’s Day gift is quality time together at Palmetto Dunes. Browse our vacation packages to start planning your getaway.
This contest is now closed. We will be announcing a winner soon.
We loved your #PDsummer photos so much last year, we’ve decided to bring back the Palmetto Dunes Summer Instagram Challenge! Together we can make summer 2017 the best #PDsummer ever.
How the contest works:
Every Saturday this summer we’ll announce a theme. If you’re staying at the resort, snap a photo (or video!) fitting that theme and post it to Instagram with the hashtag #PDsummer.
Each week, one lucky Instagrammer will win a Palmetto Dunes gift card! Not only that, each #PDsummer submission will be entered to win our Grand Prize Package at the end of the summer.
Weekly winners will be announced on Thursday mornings and must be available to pick up their prizes from the Palmetto Dunes Welcome Center located at 4 Queens Folly Road, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928.
The 2017 Palmetto Dunes Summer Instagram Challenge themes are:
June 10: Fireworks & Festivities
June 17: Courtship
June 24: Beach Waves
July 1: Stars & Stripes
July 8: Sunset Shots
July 15: Good Eats
July 22: On the Water
July 29: On Par
August 4: Two Wheelin’
August 12: Cheers!
August 19: Stunning Wildlife
August 26: My Favorite Place
So what are you waiting for? There’s nothing quite like summer vacation on Hilton Head Island, and we’ve got twelve weeks of summer fun at Palmetto Dunes to share!
With miles of beautiful sand beaches, some of the country’s best golf, fantastic weather, and good old-fashioned Southern hospitality, it’s no wonder Travel & Leisure Magazine voted Hilton Head Island the number one Island in the Continental U.S.!
Your Hilton Head Island vacation is sure to be one to remember, thanks to all of incredible experiences you can see and do. To help you make the most of your Lowcountry getaway we’ve compiled a list of the best festivals and events on Hilton Head Island. Which one will you add to your bucket list?
HarbourFest at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina is a summer staple for those who love the Lowcountry. Spend the evening on the beautiful shores of Shelter Cove Marina enjoying live music and entertainment, and a spectacular fireworks show every Tuesday night. This event is now in its 29th year and has become a can’t-miss summer event for families.
Dates: May 27 – September 3, 2017
HILTON HEAD ISLAND MOTORING FESTIVAL & CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE
If you’re a car fan, you won’t want to miss this premiere motoring event on Hilton Head Island. Ten days of events and showcases including races, galas, auctions, and of course, the Concours d’Elegance. The Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance was recently awarded the South Carolina Governor’s Cup for excellence in event and tourism promotion. Join the tens of thousands of people who know why.
Dates: October 27–November 5, 2017
HILTON HEAD ISLAND SEAFOOD FESTIVAL
For a decade, the Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival has been celebrating local chefs, seafood, and culture with a week’s worth of events including collaborative dinners, celebrity chef demonstrations, art showcases, live music, and more.
Dates: February 19–25, 2018
HISTORIC BLUFFTON ARTS & SEAFOOD FESTIVAL
Celebrate two things Bluffton is known for: a vibrant arts and culture scene, and delicious seafood! Every fall, the streets of Bluffton come alive with outstanding cuisine and beautiful works of art from across the region. There’s even a cooking competition and Fun Run!
Dates: October 14–22, 2017
MAY RIVER SHRIMP FESTIVAL
Enjoy all things Lowcountry—good food, good hospitality, beautiful sunsets, and unbeatable live music—at the May River Shrimp Festival at Oyster Factory Park this summer. This event is fun for the whole family; even pets are welcome!
Dates: July 20–21, 2017
MOVIE NIGHT IN THE PARK
Make the most of warm South Carolina summer nights at Movie Night in the Park at Shelter Cove Towne Centre. Weekly showings of your favorite family films in the open air at Shelter Cove Community Park—it’s the perfect family activity for your Hilton Head vacation.
Dates: June 15–August 17, 2017
MUSIC & TASTE ON THE HARBOUR
Head to Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina for the best dance party on Hilton Head Island! Every Thursday in the fall and spring, Shelter Cove restaurants serve up delicious dishes while local bands play live music into the night. This outdoor food and music event has become a favorite of locals and returning Hilton Head guests alike.
Dates: March 30–May 18; September 7–October 19, 2017
Oysters hit their peak in the late fall months, and so what better time to have an Oyster Festival to celebrate our favorite shellfish? This annual festival serves up local oysters in every style, and has non-seafood options, too. Kids will love the Kid Zone and football fans will love the Sports Lounge.
Dates: November 10–12, 2017
RBC HERITAGE WEEK
The Island’s premiere golf tournament is a must-do for golf lovers! It’s a week of plaid, golf, camaraderie, and a good time like you can only have in Lowcountry. Watch your favorite golf pros in action at the RBC Heritage Tournament, enjoy family activities like movies and an Easter egg hunt, and of course, South Carolina sunshine.
Dates: April 9–15, 2018
WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL
Taste the best Hilton Head Island has to offer at this annual event, now in its 33rd year. Oenophiles will love the International Wine Competition, knowledge sessions and tastings. Foodies will delight in the dinners that pair cuisine by the region’s best chefs with the world’s top wines.
Dates: March 5–11, 2018
Stay at the heart of all the Hilton Head action at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. Our vacation homes and villa rentals offer the perfect home base for your Hilton Head adventures, no matter the season! Visit PalmettoDunes.com to view our vacation packages and start planning your Hilton Head Island vacation.
Summer on Hilton Head Island means one thing: HarbourFest! This weekly celebration at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina is a longstanding Lowcountry tradition, and one that Palmetto Dunes guests eagerly await each year.
This signature summer event begins in mid-June and lasts through to mid-August. The fun, family-friendly event delights kids and adults alike. If you’re planning to visit Hilton Head Island this summer, don’t miss it! Here’s a quick guide to HarbourFest’s weekly events.
The flagship HarbourFest event is the weekly fireworks display! In 2017, fireworks will be held (weather permitting) on Tuesday evenings on the following dates:
June 13th, 20th, 27th July 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th August 1st, 8th, 15th
Fireworks displays begin at dusk, but most families arrive at Shelter Cove Harbour early to enjoy live music or grab a bite to eat.
In the event that Tuesday fireworks are cancelled due to rain, they’ll be rescheduled for Wednesday (weather permitting, of course).
Live music is another great reason to check out HarbourFest! Shannon Tanner has been entertaining families at HarbourFest for 29 seasons – kids just love him! Catch him starting Memorial Day, when he plays shows at 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Beginning Thursday, June 15, Shannon Tanner will be joined by the Oyster Reefers for a weekly island-inspired “Parrot Palooza” concert series. The shows happen every Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Don’t forget to wear your dancing shoes!
Little ones love meeting Cappy the Clown, who performs at HarbourFest Monday through Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Get a feel for the HarbourFest experience by checking out this brand new video!
Beyond HarbourFest, there’s so much to do at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina! Take the family on a dolphin cruise, indulge in a little retail therapy, or dine out at one of Shelter Cove Harbour’s beloved restaurants.
Whatever you do, don’t forget to snap a photo and share it with us on social media! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more #HarbourFest2017 and #PalmettoDunes updates. See y’all at Shelter Cove Harbour soon!
Mother’s Day is just around the corner and we can’t think of a better way to say, “Thank you, Mom” than with a Palmetto Dunes vacation – spa trip included! Whether you’re looking to pamper mom, get the perfect wedding hairstyle for your big day, paint your nails so they’re ready for the beach, or simply inject some “ahhh” into your Hilton Head vacation, the spa options at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort offer something for everyone.
At Palmetto Dunes, we offer not one but two premiere full-service spas for your relaxation and enjoyment! To help you choose the best spa experience, we’ve talked with the experts at the Ocean Tides Spa at Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort and Spa Soleil at Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa and discovered the most popular spa treatments at our Hilton Head Island spas.
Ocean Tides Spa, within the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort, is a calming oasis just steps away from the beautiful coastline of Hilton Head Island. This spa is open daily and features Pure Fiji products that imbue your treatments with the scents of the South Pacific and the benefits of its natural ingredients.
The expert treatment specialists at Ocean Tides provide a range of spa services including facials, massage and body treatments, hair and salon services, and more. Here are some of the most popular treatments at Ocean Tides Spa.
Bamboo Massage: Warm bamboo rods are used to achieve a deep tissue massage with even pressure and supreme relaxation.
Himalayan Sea Salt Massage: A hot stone massage unlike any other. This treatment uses massage stones hand-carved from Himalayan sea salt to draw out tensions and impurities.
Paradise Glow Wrap: Enjoy the scents of a tropical paradise and the benefits of our natural products with this exfoliating and nourishing full-body treatment.
Facial Treatments: The signature facials at Ocean Tides spa have one thing in common: they’ll refresh and re-balance your skin, and leave you fresh-faced and perfectly relaxed.
Hilton Head Marriott Resort’s signature Spa, Spa Soleil, is a soothing sanctuary to sit back and relax. Sip on fruit-infused water in the relaxation room or stop by the boutique to take some spa ambiance with you when you go. Open seven days a week, Spa Soleil offers a variety of spa experiences within its soothing environment, and the perfect blend of European spa expertise and Southern hospitality.
Treatments at this Hilton Head spa include massages, facials, manicures and pedicures, and luxurious full-body wraps. There’s even a Teen Spa with special services just for younger visitors. Here are some of the top treatments at Spa Soleil.
Pure Body Scrub: A personalized full-body exfoliating scrub, hydrotherapy session, and moisturizing treatment.
Soleil Signature Massage: A unique blend of aromatherapy, heat therapy and massage techniques that will relieve all your tension.
Sea of Life Facial: The healing powers of the sea are used to create an invigorating facial that revitalizes your skin.
Shining Sun Pedicure: Treat your feet with this pedicure that includes a citrus foot soak, massage, and ginger scrub.
Which spa treatment do you think you’d like to try? A trip to the spa is an ideal way to spend a rainy day at Palmetto Dunes, and the perfect addition to a romantic couples getaway on Hilton Head Island. No matter what the reason (and when you’re on vacation you don’t even need one!) you’ll be sure to leave feeling—and looking—your best.
Shelter Cove Marina, part of Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort on Hilton Head Island, has received the “South Carolina Clean Marina Certification.”
“We are very excited and proud of this prestigious recognition,” said Palmetto Dunes Vice President of Resort Operations Brad Marra. “We would like to acknowledge the hard work of Ron Rozelle.”
Shelter Cove Harbour is a Mediterranean-style village located mid-island at mile marker 8 across from Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, offering casual waterfront dining, unique shopping, live entertainment and beautiful views of Broad Creek.
The marina is located just off the Intracoastal Waterway overlooking the wide reaches of Broad Creek, with 178 boat slips for boats up to 145 feet in length. 30/50/100 amp service, cable and water are available at every slip.
By meeting prescribed environmental performance criteria, marinas can qualify to fly the South Carolina Clean Marina flag to attract recreational and transient boaters to their facility. More than 30 states and territories operate Clean Marina programs using best management practices to protect and improve water quality at marinas.
Clean Marina programs are voluntary programs run by many states in coordination with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The National Marine Manufacturers Association in South Carolina administers the South Carolina Clean Marina Program.
The Clean Marina Inspection Committee conducted an onsite inspection of Shelter Cove Marina on March 28. It inspects a variety of categories such as boater education, facility management, fueling, mechanical activities, painting and fiberglass repair, and emergency planning.
In its report, the committee recognized Shelter Cove Marina for its impressive educational materials provided to boaters. The committee noted that Shelter Cove Marina management was well prepared for the inspection. All required paperwork including The Operations and Maintenance Manual, Emergency Response Plan, Contracts, Permits, Employee Training Documentation and a consolidated binder was well organized for the inspection.
It happens every day… kids and grandparents pass by the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center and shout with glee, “They got Pickleball!” while their parents, avid tennis players exclaim, “What is Pickleball!?”
So, what is Pickleball?
Some people think that it is game for “old people,” or for people “that can’t play tennis anymore.” And some avid tennis players feigningly describe it as “not a real sport!” Those that venture out to our pickleball courts to give the game a try, quickly discern that pickleball is easy-to-learn, very social, much more aerobic than they thought, and FUN, FUN, FUN. Pickleball is not a replacement for tennis, nor is it even tennis-like. It is more akin to playing ping-pong standing on the table than anything, and who in their right mind could imagine that such a game could be anything but FUN.
Why has pickleball become so popular?
The answer is simple: it is easy to learn and fun to play. This is a magical combination. Most of the people who venture onto our courts at Palmetto Dunes to take one of our beginner clinics, have only recently learned of the sport. Most have walked by our courts, seen people playing, and quickly decide they have the physical prowess and the raw skill to try the game. Our clinics last an hour and within that time most people conclude that not only can they play the sport but it is a fun, affordable, social activity, where people laugh and have a good time. Most people stay for the hour and a half round robin that follows, and by the time they finish they are well prepared to begin playing in their local community and want to learn more about how to find places to play.
Today, pickleball is being played in 5,000+ locations nationwide, up from on 750 in 2010, with most of these locations only offering pickleball indoors on a drop-in basis.
Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort has started the island’s first dedicated Pickleball Center on eight outdoor courts. The Palmetto Dunes Pickleball Center has instructional pickleball programs for both the beginner and intermediate player and offers daily opportunities for players to play in round robins or drop-in’s.Come see us and join the revolution!
SwingFit at Palmetto Dunes Resort, was recently honored by Golf Digest as one of America's Best Clubfitters for the third consecutive year.
Another year, another honor for SwingFit, the expert club-fitting service at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. SwingFit is headed by Chris Wycoff, who has been once again named one of Golf Digest magazine’s "Top 100 Club Fitters” in America for 2017 - 2018.
Little wonder that Golf Digest has honored Wycoff for three years running now. He is a true equipment expert. Chris has written extensively about various aspects of club fitting for the golf news outlet www.golfwrx.com. Click here to read about topics such as "Finding the right wedge shaft for your game" or "Do lighter shafts increase clubhead speed?"
You can also read more about Chris and SwingFit in this recent GolfAdvisor.com article.
SwingFit’s approach includes more than 20,000 total club and shaft combinations, including Titleist, Cobra, Callaway, TaylorMade, Nike, Ping, Mizuno, Edel, Fujikura, Matrix, Aerotec Steelfiber, Nipon, KBS, TrueTemper, Accra, Paderson and others — using a data-driven process to improve performance by identifying the ideal combination of club, shaft and build specifications for each golfer.
SwingFit has recently announced new arrivals of the TaylorMade M1 and M2 clubs, as well as the Callaway Epic driver, and will soon be receiving the new X line of woods from PXG and the Single Length Iron fitting system from Edel.
We can’t think of a better way to get the perfect set of golf clubs in your hands than by going to see Chris and the crew at SwingFit. They are located at the Robert Trent Jones Course at Palmetto Dunes.
Visit SwingFitClubs.com or call (855) 225-8214 for more information.
With its winding bike paths, miles of beachfront, and a vibrant lagoon ecosystem, Palmetto Dunes is an outdoor lover’s paradise. However, even Hilton Head Island isn’t immune to grey skies and rain clouds. Don’t let a little bit of rain ruin your vacation! There are still lots of fun things to do on a rainy day at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.
Vacation in your villa
One of the best advantages of a vacation home or villa rental is you’ve got space to lounge and enjoy. Peruse your vacation rental’s DVD collection, grab a deck of cards, or use your villa’s kitchen to whip up a rainy-day feast. It’s a perfect excuse to spend time together, and there’s tons of fun to be had without having to leave your home away from home.
Dine with a view
Enjoy beautiful marina views from the great indoors while feasting on a long lunch at one of our restaurants at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina. ELA’s offers an exquisite view of the harbor mouth and refined European flavors, they’ve even been featured in Bon Appetit magazine. Or head to Scott’s Fish Market for fresh seafood and a casual Lowcountry vibe. You can also enjoy and quiet lagoon view at our recently reopened Alexander's Restaurant & Wine Bar. Check out 5 menu itemas you must try here!
Work on your golf swing
At Palmetto Dunes, you’ve got the unique opportunity to improve your game without ever setting foot on the green. SwingFit is the premier custom golf club fitter on Hilton Head Island. The experts at our SwingFit facility will track your drive, measure your swing, and create a custom club—or clubs—just for you. This indoor facility is located at the Robert Trent Jones golf course, right behind Big Jim’s. We recommend making an appointment. Call 855-225-8214 today.
Catch the game
Speaking of Big Jim’s, why not watch the big game? Our favorite sports bar is always broadcasting the hottest matchups on the big screen.
Don’t forget that we also have kids’ activities (even on rainy days).
Ocean adventures in the rain
Rain may hamper your beach day plans, but we think you’ll find that the dolphins of Hilton Head don’t mind it one bit! Search availability and book a boat charter online out of Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina (most boats are covered and enclosed) and head out to see what wet wildlife you can spot! They say that rainy days make for the best fishing. It might be time to test that theory out by chartering a fishing boat.
Enjoy the cozy comforts of Hilton Head Island
If you have kids, why not take a visit to the Art Café at Coligny Beach Park, where you can enjoy a local lunch while painting souvenirs together. Or if you’re by yourself, grab a good book and head to the Hilton Head Social Bakery, owned by award-winning Manhattan chef Philippe Feret. Enjoy a perfect pastry and wait for the rain to clear.
On the other hand, you’re on vacation, so why not treat yourself? While the sky is busy raining, you can get busy relaxing. We have two spas at Palmetto Dunes, where you can indulge in a relaxing massage, soothe your sun-touched skin with a wrap or facial, or get a pedicure so your toes will be polished and ready for your next beach day.
Find some inspiration
You can also take advantage of a little bit of down time to make some more vacation plans. Relax in your villa or at a café while signing up for a Tennis Clinic or Pickleball lesson! Arrange some private golf instruction for when the sun comes out, plan your next bike route, or read up on the fish of Palmetto Dunes Lagoon. You’ll be ready to make the most of your Hilton Head trip as soon as the clouds part.
How have you made the most of a rainy day at Palmetto Dunes? Tell us in the comments