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  • Posted on 10th Jul 2018, 6:24 pm

    July Translates to Family Fun at Palmetto Dunes Resort

    When we think about the month of July around Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, one word immediately pops into mind: “Family.”

    Indeed, July is the ideal month to spend with your family by the beach, enjoying the outdoor weather and cooling off on the beach or by the pool. Which is also why at Palmetto Dunes, we celebrate July as our “Family Golf” month.

    Palmetto Dunes is designed for families to get active together by offering a variety of ways to do just that — including its Hilton Head Family Golf School. Whatever levels at which a family may play, Palmetto Dunes will tailor its golf school to specific needs and skill level. Its head of golf instruction, former PGA TOUR player Doug Weaver, is great with kids and teaches them moves like “closing the car door” and “alligator arms” to help them learn golf in a fun and engaging way.

    The golf school includes a video analysis sent by email, on-course instruction, rules and etiquette lessons, the school’s video lending library, take-home materials, free range privileges, plus nine holes of golf daily on a space-available basis.

    Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort caters to golfers of all levels, having installed permanent junior tees on its Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront golf course, while the George Fazio course caters to juniors. The Fazio junior tees measure 3,384 yards for 18 holes, with the longest hole (No. 10) measuring 316 yards. Holes range between 90 and 316 yards. In addition, kids 10 and under play free after 4 PM at the Robert Trent Jones Hilton Head golf course and the Arthur Hills golf course with an adult paying regular rate.

    This summer, the Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy features lessons and clinics for all ages and skill levels. Palmetto Dunes offers four family-oriented options:

    • The “Family Golf School,” where coaches are able to teach different skill levels at the same time is a total of $1,300, which includes three days (two hours per day) of instruction for the entire family, nine holes of golf on three different days, unlimited practice, an instructional manual, and videos and photos to remember. Scheduling is flexible.
    • The “Family Golf Class” is $200 and includes two hours of instruction, an hour on the range and an hour on the course. Coaches can teach different skill levels at the same time for up to five people ($50 per additional player). Clubs are included along with an instructional manual, and videos and photos to remember.

    • “Parents Night Out” allows for parents to have time together, while children are learning a game for a lifetime, and includes videos and photos to remember.
    • “Little Swingers” is offered Monday and Tuesday from 5:15 PM - 6 PM for $25 (ages 3-7) at the Robert Trent Jones Course. Focusing on different aspects of the game every class, the Junior Morning Clinic takes place each weekday at 10 AM for $25 and the Junior Afternoon Clinic occurs Monday through Thursday at 4 PM for $25 (ages 6-18) at the Robert Trent Jones Course. Parent participation is required, which translates into family bonding while everyone is learning. Clubs are included, along with videos and photos to remember.

    To book one of the golf lessons or clinics you see here, please call

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    In addition, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort also offers the club fitting, building and repair services of SwingFit, which is owned and operated by Chris Wycoff — one of Golf Digest magazine’s “Top 100 Club Fitters.”

    Away from the golf course, your family will also enjoy Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina and its outdoor Southern phenomenon known as HarbourFest. 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. And don’t forget to snap a selfie with the Statue of Neptune, the world’s largest figurative sundial.

  • Posted on 11th Jun 2018, 3:54 pm

    Palmetto Dunes’ own Robert Trent Jones was the original “U.S. Open Doctor”

    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.

  • Posted on 11th Jun 2018, 8:13 am

    2018 Father’s Day Gift Guide

    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.

    SwingFit Session

    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:

    Sunglasses


    Photo credit: Costa del Mar Twitter

    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.

    Cooler

    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:

    Coffee Maker


    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!

  • Posted on 16th Apr 2018, 6:55 pm

    Consider yourself cordially invited — to enjoy golf

    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:

    • The exhilaration of the ball rocketing off the clubface and flying straight to the target.
    • An 80-year-old man will realize he still can play golf and experience the personal satisfaction of a well-struck shot. He can play proudly with his grandchildren.
    • A 3-year-old girl will sing songs and learn she can putt the ball in the hole consistently from 5 feet. That child will be challenged to putt with their eyes closed.
    • Families will play golf together. They will laugh and giggle having success and failure together. Dad may even let them sit in his lap and drive the cart with them.
    • A mother of three kids will discover she can join the rest of the family on the course after taking the Ladies Only Class. She is saying “this is not a strenuous game now that I know how to swing correctly.”
    • The husband is happy now because he gets an extra day of golf because his wife and kids are coming with him.
    • The 10-year-old boy or girl that lacks confidence will discover “I can do this.” I asked one young man named Bobby why he likes golf and dislikes soccer, baseball and basketball. He pondered the question and then replied, “The ball waits on me.” Another young lady named Susie later shared with me that she likes golf because no one is yelling at her to run faster and hustle more.
    • The introverts can go be by themselves and be challenged by golf — not needing anyone else to enjoy this interesting game and beautiful day.
    • The hard-working person that needs outdoor activity that does not require a lot mentally or physically will be refreshed and energized by the best natural medicines: fresh air, big skies and light activity

    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.

  • Posted on 9th Apr 2018, 12:05 pm

    Tips for Starting Your Golf Season Off Right

    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!).

  • Posted on 30th Mar 2018, 9:47 am

    At Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, the start of the golf season puts spring in our step

    Tiger Woods is healthy again and back on the prowl. The ageless Phil Mickelson is playing some of the best golf of his illustrious career. Two-time Masters champ Bubba Watson dominated the recent Match-Play Championship. Young guns such as Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth can strike at any time. Not to mention uber-talents like Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Rickie Fowler.

    If you can’t tell, those of us at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort are excited about the 2018 golf season. We look at the Masters and, of course, the RBC Heritage of Golf on our own Hilton Head Island, as the true start of the season.

    Tiger, Phil and many other members of the PGA Tour have honed their talents at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort during the years — all part of Palmetto Dunes’ rich history, celebrated in 2018 with our 50th Palmetto Dunes’ rich history, celebrated in 2018 with our 50th anniversary anniversary!

    Palmetto Dunes visitors can “get their plaid on” during the Heritage Golf Tournament, which will be played on Hilton Head Island the week following the Masters, April 9-15. The Heritage of Golf Stay & Play Special includes three nights, two rounds of golf, tournament badges and more.

    The Heritage of Golf Stay & Play Package

    • Three nights in a two-bedroom villa at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort
    • Two rounds of golf for four players to play on our three top rated championship courses
    • Four RBC Heritage Golf Tournament tickets (ground ticket or practice round ticket)
    • One $50 Palmetto Dunes Resort gift card
    • 10% resort dining at The Dunes House, Big Jim's & Alexander's Restaurant
    • 20% off bike/kayak/canoe rentals at Hilton Head Outfitters located inside Palmetto Dunes Resort

    (*Based on availability and pricing subject to change. Pricing above based on quad occupancy in a 2 bedroom villa. Valid for stays between April 7-16, 2018. Must book by March 31st, 2018. May not be combined with any other offer.) Call (866) 744-7558 to get a package quote today.

    Need help with your swing while you’re here? Schedule a lesson at Hilton Head Island's No. 1 Golf Academy and the second-best instructor in the state of South Carolina, Doug Weaver. The Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy offers nine distinct programs, seven teaching pros and game-changing instruction. Join us each Monday for a free golf clinic at the Jones Course. Ask questions of Weaver, a former PGA Tour player and his talented staff. Unsure which golf school is right for you? Contact Doug Weaver at DWeaver@PalmettoDunes.com or call (866) 744-7558.

  • Posted on 5th Feb 2018, 5:26 pm

    The 8 Coolest Things We Saw at the PGA Show

    While the 65th PGA Merchandise Show has come and gone, from the look of things, the game of golf appears to be alive and vibrant.

    More than 40,000 global attendees including 7,000-plus PGA Professionals flocked to Orlando in late January for this iconic trade show event that has long represented the heartbeat of the golf industry.

    Of course, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort was well represented, with a half-dozen staff members making the nearly five-hour trek south to help celebrate the game, while at the same time networking and exploring all the new products, services and trends in the golf industry.

    Our Palmetto Dunes reps filed an insiders report from the interactive PGA Show floor, which included a golf fitness, wellness & instruction stage, a golf travel pavilion, an equipment test center, a new product zone, an inventors spotlight, a performance textile fair, an adaptive golf center, a short-game area and much more.

    The PGA Show truly must be seen to be believed.

    Here’s our Palmetto Dunes ranking of the “8 Coolest Things We Saw at the PGA Show”:

    1. We know that just about every golfer would love to hit the ball farther and be more consistent off the tee. For golfers of all ages and abilities, the Superspeed Golf Training System is the fastest way to increase club head speed. More than 350 top touring professionals are currently using the SuperSpeed Golf Training System, including Phil Mickelson and 2017 Tour Championship winner Xander Schauffele.


    2017 Tour Championship winner Xander Schauffele endorses Superspeed Golf

    2. Although, as Palmetto Dunes Director of Golf Clark Sinclair says, stand-up putters “seem a repeat of many moons ago,” with the Bloodline Golf putter, golfers can align putts from a clearer perspective. Standing behind the face, you can see the club, ball, target line and hole without having to tilt your head or use your peripheral vision. How good is Bloodline Golf? Well, three different players with multiple major championship wins on the PGA Tour used Bloodline’s pioneering and premium design features last year alone.


    3. While we’re on the subject of putters, The Perfect Putter allows golfers of all levels to test their green reading abilities, work on their visualization of the true break on a putt and set up very effective practice drills to improve their putting. Used by numerous PGA Tour players including major champions Justin Rose and Jim Furyk, this device is great for golfers of all levels, from professionals to beginners.


    Justin Rose practicing with The Perfect Putter

    4. When it comes to drivers, the traditional hand-polishing process can lead to inconsistencies in face thickness and curvature between each manufactured driver head. “CNC precision milling” ensures that every driver face is machined to precise specifications to achieve optimal performance. Golf's first CNC precision milled forged titanium driver face with E9 technology is Cobra Golf’s KING F8, which the company describes as “thinner, hotter and more precise.” Sounds good to us!

    5. Our PGA Show attendees also reported that the new Callaway Rogue line of drivers looked great. With the Rogue, the company promises, “jailbreak distance with increased forgiveness.” A Golf Digest 2018 Hot List Gold Medal Winner, the Rogue Driver delivers exceptional ball speed from the combination of Callaway’s new Jailbreak Technology and X-Face VFT, plus increased MOI for a breakthrough in driver performance.

    6. The Flightscope Mevo can assist not only golfers, but soccer and baseball players as well. So, what is a “mevo,” you ask? Well, the mevo is a personal launch monitor with multi-sport capabilities designed for athletes to practice with a purpose. The technology was developed by FlightScope, a global high-tech company and industry leader in the development and manufacturing of sports technology. For golf, the Flightscope Mevo’s data parameters include carry distance, club head speed, ball speed, smash, vertical launch angle, spin, and height and flight time.

    7. One of the most talked-about announcements during the PGA Show was the Greg Norman’s SHARK partnering with Visage for a more enhanced golf experience. Norman's company will produce golf cart equipped with an HD-touchscreen that streams music, live sports and highlights, premium videos and golf tips from the Shark himself — all without disturbing other golfers who may be nearby. Along with the entertainment features, the carts will have food and beverage options, shot tracer and eventually hole-in-one technology that will give golfers an opportunity to win prizes if they record a hole-in-one. "We've taken TopGolf from the driving range to the golf cart,” said the two-time major champion.

    8. Pulling up the rear, if you will, in the new products area at the PGA Show there was a golf cart seat called Cool Ass Seats. That’s right, we said Cool Ass Seats. A replacement golf cart seat system currently only available for Club Car and EZGO Golf Car owners, these seats replace stock seats and have an internal element that will either cool or heat your golf cart seat. Whether cooling or heating, these revolutionary seating options provide climate-controlled comfort in all weather and seasonal conditions.

  • Posted on 22nd Jan 2018, 2:48 pm

    How to Improve Your Game During the Winter Months

    On a day when Hilton Head Island experienced its first significant snow fall in years, Carolinas PGA Teacher of the Year 2017 and Palmetto Dunes Director of Instruction Doug Weaver sat down to share some secrets to improving your golf game during the cold, winter months.


    Photo credit: Douglas Dershimer

    Many of you ask, “What I can do during the winter months?” Jack Nicklaus grew up in Columbus Ohio and he came out each spring ready to go. A few of the following ideas come from him. Many of his Januarys and Februarys were filled with basketball. The following are some ideas for you.

    1. Visit Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort for a week to thaw out and to stretch the muscles and play a few rounds of golf. This is a trip that will pay dividends in all areas of your life. Sunshine and outdoors are the best medicine for what is ailing you. Add a golf lesson to simplify your thoughts and enjoy a smooth round of golf on our championship courses.

    2. While at home watching TV, perform stretching and strengthening exercises slowly. Do this in the morning and again in the evening. I invite you to email me (dweaver@palmettodunes.com) requesting warm up and stretching protocols that we use in our Golf Mobility Class. Try these to get started: Warm up first by briskly walking around the house or neighborhood until you develop a sweat. While doing this swing your arms forward and back to loosen up your shoulders and to create a rhythm useful in golf. Pretend you are walking our George Fazio Golf Course. Now, do the common stretches you are familiar with. A. Touching your toes, while keeping your knees flexed B. Stand tall with feet shoulder width apart, cross your arms on your chest, rotate your torso to the right and to the left. C. Now take your golf posture and do the same. You can watch your favorite TV Program while doing this. D. Standing tall, slowly lift your right knee upwards toward your chest. Now do it with your left knee. E. Last one for now: stand tall, feet shoulder width apart, slowly reach high with both arms and stretch higher for five (5) seconds. Repeat three (3) times. Complete your session by walking briskly again and compare how you feel now compared to the beginning walk.

    3. Swing in a designated area of your house. No one wants to be practicing the wrong things even if it is without a ball in the house. Did Einstein really define insanity as "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results?” Consider doing this, having your swing analyzed by sending a video from your smartphone to dweaver@palmettodunes.com. I will return a video to you with suggestive drills and stretches.

    4. If you are staying home, go to your club’s driving range and hit off the mats. Take a broom for sweeping the snow off. Use your own lost and found golf balls because the Pro does not want you using his. These items can be attached to your pull cart or laid on a snow sled {sleigh}. Dress appropriately — your winter coat is excellent for teaching you to turn your body and keep your arms connected to your body. Your winter gloves can prove to you that a loose grip feels out of control yet produces more power and accuracy.

    5. Yogi Berra said, “golf is 90% mental and the other 10% we have to think a lot.” Lee Trevino said, “the best golf psychology is to blame your errors on someone or something else.” The winter is an excellent time to be proactive and take responsibility for your golf game’s improvement. Consider this: Do off-season research and education leading to reach the type of scores about which you’ve been dreaming. Better scores, less stress and more fun on the golf course in 2018 is what Jordan Spieth wants. He met with his entourage of coaches to determine a game plan for becoming No. 1 again. There are many books on this topic. Choosing what book or application are self-diagnoses. Attempting to teach yourself can be dangerous to your golf game. Jordan listened to his coaches. Make it easy by going to www.mentalgolfworkshop.com. First, peruse the website, and read testimonials and learn how it works. If you choose to do this, use the access word: palmetto, this will connect you with me in for one free consultation Q-and-A.

    6. Swing Fit at Palmetto Dunes Resort — Getting fit for clubs is easy, getting fit properly is not. That’s why Swing Fit’s sole focus is on fitting and building clubs that help golfers of all skill levels maximize the potential of their swing. Their data-driven fittings are performed by experienced fitters and leverage their extensive fitting matrix of club heads and shafts from all the major manufacturers. They have over 15,000 potential combinations from all the major manufacturers, so you get to test and feel the exact setup you will put into play. New clubs are an investment; their fitting specialists ensure you don’t waste money on the wrong ones. For scheduling a fitting call (855) 225-8214 or info@swingfitclubs.com. The fittings take place at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course.

    7. Remember the 6 P’s of putting: “proper posture promotes the proper path of the putter.” Putting can be included in your indoor practice. Use a glass that “tings” when the ball hits it. Remember, the winter is time to improve your process or the technique. This will lead to more rapid and lasting improvement. Email me a video of your stroke. When videoing the stroke, imagine and seriously role-play that it’s in front of your group with all the money riding on it.

    8. Take Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy’s 2- or 3-Day Schools and find success fast with hands on instruction in 1:1 or small group environments. The agenda covers all areas of the game and playing the courses. The schools begin before you leave home. First you will complete a questionnaire that will help the Instructor develop a game plan. Optional, is the Mental Golf Workshop profile completed while at home and discussed before you arrive. This allows you time absorb what is learned and begin to apply the info as you prepare.

    9. Email me your questions in January or February to get a head start on better golf in 2018: dweaver@palmettodunes.com.

    10. Thank you for reading our blog post!

  • Posted on 6th Dec 2017, 9:42 am

    Palmetto Dunes Holiday Gift Guide

    It’s that time of year again! Time to start searching for the perfect gift to put a smile on the faces of your loved ones. Luckily for you, we at Palmetto Dunes are shopping pros! Not only do we have a wonderful selection of stores at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, the helpful staff at our tennis and golf pro shops are happy to help you choose a thoughtful and memorable gift.

    For the golfer in your life, our very own Doug Weaver put together his wish list, The 12 Golf Gifts of Christmas:

    1. Personalized Titleist golf balls and bag tags. Titleist is one of the top names in golf for a reason. Their golf balls are specially formulated and designed to deliver the performance you need with every shot.

    2. Palmetto Dunes hats. With plenty of variety and styles, there’s a logoed hat for every one! Plus, you can buy one get one half off at Palmetto Dunes Pro Shops.

    3. Pre-paid rounds of golf. Did you know that you could make a tee time and pre-pay it? You can also get a gift card for so the golfer on your list can choose which of our three beautiful courses to play.

    4. Dress for success. So maybe your loved one can’t play like Jordan Speith or Lexi Thompson. That doesn’t mean he or she can’t dress like a pro! Send your golfer onto the green dressed to impress with golf wear by Under Armour, Peter Millar, Polo RLX, Nike, and more!

    5. A lesson with a nurturing PGA Professional will allow your golfer to create memories and get better at a game they love. Give them the know-how they need to play better golf. Private lessons include a digital video analysis, emailed notes, personalized golf instruction, and practice before and after. If you have questions, please call the Director of the Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy, Doug Weaver, at 843-338-9598.

    6. Protect your loved-one’s clubs with attractive headcovers. Some of our favorites are PRG leather embroidered headcovers and Just 4 Golf covers. Visit our Pro Shops to find the perfect set.

    7. Whether you pick a lightweight carry bag or larger staff bag, one thing is for sure; a golf bag makes a perfect gift for the golfer in your life! Visit our online shop and have your golfer looking like a true professional. PLUS receive 20% everything in our online store now and ALWAYS free shipping!

    8. A well-fitted putter can help your golfer lower his or her score. We love the Odyssey Putters like the Tour players use because they utilize leading golf technology and can be matched to the player.

    9. Footjoy Windshirts are attractive and wearable year around! Keep your golfer comfortable and stylish out on our Hilton Head golf courses regardless of the weather!

    10. For the times when your golfer can’t get out on the course, a must-have golf book is just the thing! Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book: Lessons and Teachings from a Lifetime in Golf is a classic pick that will help your golfer improve his or her game.

    11. Custom Clubs. Did you know that SwingFit at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course at Palmetto Dunes is the only clubfitter in Hilton Head Island to be recognizes on Golf Digest’s List of 100 Best Clubfitters? Book your golfer in with SwingFit and their custom-fitted clubs will have them swinging better and scoring lower in 2018!

    12. Someone to play with! The best medicine is fresh air and time playing on the course with a professional. Play with a pro and learn as you go. It’s kind of like going fishing in the local salt marshes or ocean — a guide is necessary, otherwise it is blind luck to catch a fish. Studies prove that many people quit golf or reduce their play significantly because they are frustrated, not successful, or not having fun. Awaken your golfer’s love of the game with time with a coach, who reminds them how to enjoy the game.

    Golf is a game for a lifetime. If you need any help choosing that special golf gift, or if you’re in need of golfing advice, call our pro shop at 843-785-1155. We will help you find a gift that will be cherished for many years and we LOVE special orders!

  • Posted on 17th Nov 2017, 1:26 pm

    Palmetto Dunes Golf Stays Busy as the Holidays Arrive

    As the holiday season approaches, activity around the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort golf courses has not slowed down a bit.


    Photo credit @aedreams

    October was an exceptional month on the links and on one recent chilly, mid-November day, Palmetto Dunes Director of Golf Clark Sinclair said he had nearly 160 golfers. This included one group of 90 Canadians staying for a month, who have spread the word about Palmetto Dunes through the years and who enjoy traveling in a pack.

    “We've got a lot of northerners and Canadians from all provinces,” said Sinclair.


    Photo credit @s2key13

    Sinclair said the three courses are in tip-top shape. “The Zoysia greens are in near perfect condition during the winter,” he said. “We over-seeded the Hills and Jones Courses, but did not over-seed the Fazio Course.”

    Sinclair said now that the weather has started to cool, Palmetto Dunes popular “golf bikes” are being used more than during the heat of the summer. And, for the particularly health-conscious, the courses allow golfers to walk the courses year-round. Finally, Sinclair said, the four-player golf carts offered by Palmetto Dunes were “super popular” during the spring and summer months, particularly for families who wanted to tour the links together.

    Speaking of the holiday spirit, Visage Mobile Golf Information System will be added to the Hills Course fleet of golf carts in December, meaning all three golf courses will now enjoy this cutting-edge technology that serves as “fleet diagnostician, marshal, ranger, concierge, caddie, marketing assistant, security officer and goodwill ambassador.”

    Want to give your special golfer a Christmas present they will remember forever? Give them a visit to 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. “Swing Fit is doing very well with steady traffic most of the time,” Sinclair said. “We enjoy having this offering because we are a full-service resort and we are offering golfers the ultimate in club-fitting precision.”


    Photo credit @corrigan872

    Sinclair added that the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour will be coming to the Fazio Course Nov. 18-19 for the Hilton Head Junior Challenge, with players from up and down the east coast including plenty of local, Hilton Head-area talent.

    Palmetto Dunes offers numerous packages and specials throughout the year that can be catered to your needs including packages for golf, tennis, spa, family, romance, weddings and seasonal, not to mention some very enticing group offers.

    Clearly, when the holiday season rolls around, there is no better place to be than Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.