There is no better time than autumn for great golf on Hilton Head Island at the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort
(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.) — Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, the venerable home of great golf on Hilton Head Island, overflows with reasons to play golf. And just to play, period.
A 2,000-acre resort stretching across three miles of Atlantic Ocean beach, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort features three world-class golf courses and an award-winning tennis center, plus 11 miles of lagoons, an Outfitters Shop and one of the best beaches on the eastern seaboard. In addition, the resort’s Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina provides some of the island’s finest waterfront shopping and dining, along with seasonal entertainment and activities for the entire family.
Indeed, excursions to Hilton Head Island are never the same trip twice. For decades, visitors have come to Palmetto Dunes with their families as well as with their friends and business colleagues. But the combining appeal of its trio of premier golf courses plus three miles of the world’s most beautiful beaches has always truly stood as the difference-maker at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.
“The three Palmetto Dunes golf courses receive a lot of attention, not just from golfers but from the professional staff which keeps them immaculate,” said Palmetto Dunes Vice President of Resort Operations Brad Marra. “All the courses twist and turn among lakes, lagoons, marshes. It’s not a stretch to say that you have to see it to believe it.”
GOLF Magazine’s “Best Courses You Can Play” state rankings, a critical compilation of top-rated playing venues in America, recently included the Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Course. Earlier this year, it entered Golfweek magazine’s 2016 “Best Courses You Can Play” rankings at No. 9 in South Carolina.
The Jones Course’s signature hole, the dramatic par-five 10th, which was named a South Carolina Dream Hole, offers sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean and is widely considered one of the most spectacular holes in the United States. One of only two oceanfront holes on Hilton Head Island, the course’s legendary 10th hole delights golfers of every skill level.
Last year, the Arthur Hills Course at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort joined Jones on the South Carolina Top 30 “Best You Can Play” list by the South Carolina Golf Rating Panel. The layout takes full advantage of the natural beauty of this South Carolina sea island and represents a careful blend of beauty and challenge. Stands of palmetto trees line the graceful fairways. Built on a series of rolling dunes, the Arthur Hills Course presents many opportunities for off-balance lies, while ocean breezes add to the challenge. Ten holes on the water further encourage precision play.
Meanwhile, many golfers regard the George Fazio Course at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, the island’s only par-70 course, as Hilton Head Island’s most challenging championship course. The George Fazio design has been ranked among America’s Top 100 courses and was named the 2014 South Carolina Golf Course of the Year.
Palmetto Dunes does not cater to the advanced golfer only. Permanent junior tees at the Jones Course allow younger golfers and beginners to tackle a beautiful, 2,625-yard layout, while the Fazio Course also caters to juniors, with markings of 150 yards or less on the course.
For juniors and ladies alike, lessons and daily clinics are available from PGA Professionals, as well as Monday evening demonstrations and specialized programs, all under the direction of former PGA Tour player Doug Weaver, Palmetto Dunes’ highly respected Director of Instruction. Last year, Weaver was ranked by Golf Digest as the second-best instructor in the state of South Carolina.
The Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy wants the best of the best for its students, which is why the resort offers the expertise of SwingFit. Headed by Chris Wycoff, one of Golf Digest magazine’s “Top 100 Club Fitters.” SwingFit’s approach includes more than 20,000 total club and shaft combinations and uses a data-driven process to improve performance by identifying the ideal mix of club, shaft and build specs for each golfer.
Finally, for those not wishing to lug their golf clubs to Hilton Head, the Palmetto Dunes Rental Club Program features full sets of the latest clubs from top brands TaylorMade, Nike,and Cobra.
Of course, golf is not nearly the entire story at Palmetto Dunes. Ranked as the No. 1 Tennis Resort in the Carolinas and one of Top 10 Tennis Centers in the United States by Tennis Magazine, this Hilton Head tennis resort was ranked No. 2 in the world for instruction and events, No. 3 in the world for junior programs and No. 5 in the world overall by Tennis Resorts Online.
Meanwhile, tennis, golf and fishing always seem to go together well — and red fish are abundant in Hilton Head in the fall during their mating season. For those who enjoy the distinct pleasure that only a fishing pole can provide, deep-sea chartered fishing excursions for game fish that ply the Gulf Stream are available at Shelter Cove Marina, while guests also may book nature tours as well as dolphin and nature tours.
For more information about Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort and its many different fall golf packages, call 877-567-6513 or visit www.PalmettoDunes.com.