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Benefits of booking with Palmetto Dunes:

  • Up to 20% off resort dining, bike rentals, golf and more!
  • Complimentary Tennis & Pickleball court time when available.
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  • Palmetto Dunes Rentals are exclusively for 3 – 7+ nights.
  • Some rentals may require Saturday to Saturday summer stays.

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  • Book online in advance and save up to 15%!
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Benefits of renting at Palmetto Dunes:

  • We offer the highest quality new rental equipment on the island.
  • Free delivery/pickup for 3+ day rentals. On-site hourly rentals available. Same day delivery available before 4 p.m.
  • Island's largest assortment of bikes, kayaks/canoes & beach accessories.

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Learn more about Shelter Cove Marina activities:

  • Shelter Cove Marina is just off the Intracoastal Waterway and is centrally located on Hilton Head Island across from Palmetto Dunes.
  • All boats have U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Captains.
  • For fishing all tackle, bait & ice are included. Fish are cleaned and bagged.

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Pickleball

Add Pickleball at the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center to your list of fun things to do at Hilton Head's Palmetto Dunes Resort.

Pickleball is a sport that combines the elements of tennis, badminton and ping pong. It is played with oversized ping pong paddles and a softball-sized plastic perforated ball that travels at about one-third the speed of a tennis ball. "It's a fun, easy sport that is great exercise, but doesn't require a lot of skill to be an enjoyable experience" says John Kerr, Director of Tennis at the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center. We have eight pickleball courts right in front of the Tennis Pro Shop.

Guests who book vacation rentals through the Palmetto Dunes Vacation Rentals receive two hours of either tennis or pickleball court time (when courts are available) with each night of their stay per vacation rental unit or choose from one of two pickleball vacation packages. Stop by the Tennis Center to try it out or call us to find out more information on how you can get involved with this great new sport right here at Hilton Head Island. Learn more in our press release here.


Recent Reviews

Great fun!
My family with two teens took a beginner clinic and then played in a round robin. It was great. The staff were friendly and helpful. If you’re not playing pickleball yet you will be soon. We’ll be going back to play again. Try it out.

- chuckvaughn, TripAdvisor, June 2018

Outstanding Pickleball Complex
8 dedicated courts. I play the round robin weekly and have a blast. The instructors, Mark and Sarah can manage all skill levels. I would highly recommend this venue for visitors and local residents alike.

- Cqrnsand, TripAdvisor, June 2018

Can't say enough good things
Came in town for 12 days to learn pickle ball with my wife. Mark Anders, Head Pickleball pro, has been incredible. We started off with a private lesson to better understand the nuances of the game. We have played in the round robins every morning. Extremely well organized and our understanding of the game have soared daily thanks to Mark. Can't say enough good things about our stay here. Will be back in October to do it all over again.

- Joe P., Yelp, May 2018

 

Palmetto Dunes Pickleball Programs

Want to learn more about Pickleball or just better your game? We have a number of pickleball clinics and lessons to choose from. Mark Anders, our head pickleball pro is ready to help. Please call the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center for more information or for registration: (888) 926-8784.

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Pickleball at Palmetto Dunes

Adult Beginner Clinic

When: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Sundays
Skill Level: Ages 16+ Beginner
Description: Introduction to Pickleball: Rules, Court Positioning, Basic Strategies. Recommended for new players or players who have started playing butlack formal instruction.
Price: $25 per person daily. $22 per person per day for 3 or more clinics

Adult Intermediate Clinic

When: Tuesdays & Thursdays
Skill Level: Ages 16+ Intermediate
Description: Instruction on effective winning strategies and shot selection. Recommended for players that have been actively playing pickleball for more than a year and want to elevate their game to the next level.
Price: $25 per person daily. $22 per person per day for 3 or more clinics

Skill Clinic (stroke & drill)

When: Tuesdays
Skill Level: Ages 16+ Beginner
Description: The drill clinic is designed to break down the major strokes and identify stroke mechanics that will help improve your consistency.
Price: $25 per person daily. $22 per person per day for 3 or more clinics

Skill Clinic (strategy)

When: Thursdays
Skill Level: Ages 16+ Beginner to advanced
Description: Consistently hitting the correct shot is only half the equation to elevating your game. The other half is what you do following each stroke to take advantage of offensive opportunities. This strategy clinic focuses on court positioning and preparing to shift from defense to offense.
Price: $25 per person

Custom Clinics

When: By reservation only (3 or more people)
Skill Level: Any age Any skill level
Description: Any clinic & round robin combination. If your goal is to learn how to play pickleball, we highly recommend you take one of our clinics and play in one or more of our supervised round robins. Our round robins will help you retain what you havelearned in our clinics.
Price: $35 per person

Pickleball Round Robins

Try out your new pickleball skills in a tournament competition. Our goal is to group players with like skills in a fun, social and competitive environment. During play, the pro will provide instruction on effective court positioning and shot selection. For more information or for registration please call the Palmetto Dunes Tennis & Pickleball Center: (888) 879-2053.

Combo Clinic/Round Robin

Description: Any clinic & round robin combination. Any skill level. If your goal is to learn how to play pickleball, we highly recommend you take one of our clinics and play in one or more of our supervised round robins. Our round robins will help you retain what you have learned in our clinics.
Skill Level: Ages 16+, all levels.
Cost: $35 per person daily, $32 per person daily for 3 or more round robins

Adult Round Robins

Morning: Daily 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Afternoon: Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. January 1 - May 15 & September 1 - November 15
Skill Level: Ages 16+, all levels.
Cost: $15 per person daily, $12 per person daily for 3 or more round robins (reservations recommended)

Pickleball Courts, Pricing & Lessons

Please call the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center to schedule your court(s) at (888) 926-8784.

Pricing & Fees
Private Lesson
Semi-Private Lesson
by reservation only
$67/hour, $42/half hour
$77/hour, $48/half hour
Court time Open - noon: $25/hour
Noon - close: $20/hour
Walk-on rate Noon - 4 p.m.: $15/hour
Equipment Rental Package
4 paddles and pickleballs for play
$10-$15/court

History of Pickleball

Joel Pritchard and Dan EvansThe story goes that after playing golf one summer Saturday in 1965, Joel Pritchard, a congressman from Washington State, and Bill Bell, a successful businessman, returned to Pritchard’s home on Bainbridge Island, WA (near Seattle) to find their families sitting around with nothing to do. The property had an old badminton court so Pritchard and Bell looked for some badminton equipment and could not find a full set of rackets. They improvised and started playing with ping-pong paddles and a perforated plastic "wiffle" ball. At first they placed the net at badminton height of 60 inches and volleyed the ball over the net. As the weekend progressed, the players found that the ball bounced well on the asphalt surface and soon the net was lowered to 36 inches. The following weekend, Barney McCallum was introduced to the game at Pritchard’s home. Soon, the three men created rules, relying heavily on badminton. They kept in mind the original purpose, which was to provide a game that the whole family could play together.

By 1990, pickleball was being played in all 50 states - indoors and outdoors; in high school gyms and senior centers; in leagues and tournaments with official nets, balls and racquets. The official Pickleball Association, USAPA, was chartered as a Non-profit Corporation in 2005. Currently, the sport of pickleball is exploding in popularity with well over 2,000 locations on the USAPA’s Places to Play map and over 400,000 players.

Pickleball’s name is derived from the Pritchard family’s maritime pursuits. Frank Pritchard, one of Joel Pritchard’s children, said the name may have come from his mother, Joan, who was a competitive rower on the island. She sometimes referred to the ‘pickle boat,’ as the slowest vessel in a race.

Big Jim’s BBQ, Burgers & Pizza

Delicious pulled pork, fall-off-the-bone ribs, juicy grilled burgers, pizza and more. With spectacular Hilton Head Island golf course views, daily happy hour and specials, Big Jim’s at the Jones course is sure to be at the top of your favorites!

Hassle-Free Beach Day

Outfitters offers daily and weekly rentals of beach chairs, umbrellas, surf boards and beach cruisers. They're also stocked with sunscreen, beachwear and toys plus more – everything you need for a perfect Hilton Head beach day.