(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.) — With this week’s golf spotlight shining on majestic Hilton Head Island — and the PGA TOUR’s RBC Heritage — just minutes away, mid-island, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort continues to offer its own distinct, Lowcountry golf experiences.
In the spirit of RBC Heritage week, Palmetto Dunes will host a variety of events at its renowned Robert Trent Jones Golf Course.
On Monday, April 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Jones Course driving range, there will be a free Club Fitting 15 Minute Challenge by SwingFit. Later Monday afternoon, former PGA Tour professional Doug Weaver will host a free, hour-long golf exhibition that starts at 4 p.m. On Tuesday, Palmetto Dunes will host a free TaylorMade Golf Fitting Day by appointment from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by Wednesday’s free club fittings at the NIKE Tour van by appointment from 10 AM to 4 PM. On Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., come try the latest styles at the Ecco Comfort Tech Van.
“It’s an electric week around here,” said Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort Director of Golf Clark Sinclair. “Our guests and residents go back and forth to the [RBC Heritage]. The tournament helps generate an exciting buzz throughout the resort.”
It is a synergy that dates back to the mid-1960s, when a group of physicians and executives from Greenwood, S.C., entered into an innovative business venture with Charles Fraser. For $1,000 an acre, the group bought a 2,000-acre property that would become Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.
This week, those seeking a break from the tournament traffic on the south end of Hilton Head Island can enjoy Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort’s wide variety of luxurious accommodations along with its acclaimed trio of golf course designs by Robert Trent Jones, Arthur Hills and George Fazio and many more resort activities.
Finally, a little history: While the RBC Heritage is known for its candy-cane striped lighthouse that overlooks its 18th green, Palmetto Dunes boasts a lighthouse of its own with some renown. The Hilton Head Lighthouse in the Leamington neighborhood on the Arthur Hills Course was built in 1881 and put to use in 1884.
In August 1898, the lighthouse keeper, a man named Adam Fripp, died of a heart attack while trying to sustain the light. Right before he passed away, Fripp urged his 21-year-old daughter, Caroline, to keep the light burning, but she died three weeks later. Since her passing, it has been reported that a girl (who wears her blue dress), known as “The Blue Lady” has been seen in one of the lighthouse windows or at the foot of the lighthouse on wild, stormy nights.
While golf fans around the world are thinking about beautiful Hilton Head Island and its rich heritage in the game this week, they should think no further than Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. For more information, call 877-567-6513 or visit www.PalmettoDunes.com.