For more than 50 years, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort on Hilton Head Island, SC, has stood as one of the premier golfing destinations in the southeast. Along with its trio of golf courses, visitors and guests can explore Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, enjoy one of the 2,000-acre resort’s bike along the beach, kayak the 11-mile inland lagoon system, play tennis, and pickle ball.
This spring, Palmetto Dunes once again welcomes golfers of all ages and abilities. The Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy will lessons and daily clinics from PGA professionals designed for juniors, seniors and ladies alike, as well as Monday evening demonstrations and specialized programs, all under the direction of former PGA Tour player Doug Weaver, Palmetto Dunes’ Director of Instruction
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.
Also for those visiting the Lowcountry this spring, here are a few packages offered by Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort:
The “Ladies Golf Getaway” includes four nights and two rounds of golf, golf instruction, dinner and a spa treatment.
The “Golf Academy Package” includes three nights and two days of golf instruction, along with a pair of nine-hole rounds of golf and more.
The “Group Golf Stay & Play Couples Retreat Package” includes three nights, three rounds of golf, bike rentals and more for groups of 12 and more golfers.
Looking ahead a few months, the “Summer Buddies & Brews Group Golf Package” includes three rounds of golf and an on-cart cooler with beer for golf groups of 12 and more players.
Each of the three superb layouts at Palmetto Dunes are distinctively different. The Arthur Hills Course, designed by famed golf course architect Arthur Hills, was built on a series of rolling dunes and was named the state’s Course of the Year. The Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Course is home to one of the more stunning oceanfront holes in the Southeast; and the George Fazio Course, Hilton Head Island’s only par-70 layout, presents a challenge to any accomplished golfer, with a series of long par fours guarded by bunkers and water hazards.
Palmetto Dunes also has 19 clay tennis courts, four of which are lighted for night play, and an 1,800-square-foot tennis pro shop — Hilton Head Island’s largest. The resort also offers 24 pickle ball courts, each of which are lighted for night play. The Palmetto Dunes Tennis & Pickleball Center has been named the island’s top tennis resort.
From Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, guests can bike — or take the free Dunes Buggy shuttle from April through mid-September — to the Dunes House, a beach bar and restaurant where guests enjoy food, drinks and fun with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. Big Jim’s BBQ, Burgers and Pizza at the Robert Trent Jones clubhouse is popular for a cold drink and relaxing meal. For more upscale dining, Alexander’s Restaurant & Wine Bar is located in the Palmetto Dunes entryway, at 76 Queens Folly Road. Alexander’s is an upscale seafood restaurant and wine bar, featuring seasonally inspired cuisine, locally caught seafood and many locally-sourced ingredients. The menu pays tribute to many classic Lowcountry and Alexander’s favorites such as Baked Flounder Imperial, Shrimp & Grits, and Wiener Schnitzel.
Feature Photo: The 10th hole on the Robert Trent Jones Course (Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort)