Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort

by | Apr 12, 2024 | Where to Play

The South Carolina Lowcountry offers numerous memorable golfing experiences – among them is Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. Located in the heart of Hilton Head Island, the 2,000-acre resort is where then-college stars such as Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson demonstrated their early prowess during the resort’s longtime intercollegiate golf tournament played over two of its three outstanding courses designed by a trio of legends in golf course architecture: the renowned Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Course, the Arthur Hills Course and the Fazio Course, designed by George Fazio and his nephew, Tom Fazio.

Each of the three Palmetto Dunes layouts has been named South Carolina’s “Golf Course of the Year.” They are each distinctively different yet uniquely appealing.  The Jones is the longest but also most wide-open; the Fazio features lagoons running through the course, and Donald Ross-style elevated greens; and the Hills is arguably the most challenging of the trio.

Always on the cusp of golf technology, Palmetto Dunes upgraded its Jones practice range and learning center, becoming the Southeast’s first resort to introduce Toptracer technology in a covered driving range that allows guests to compete against friends, play virtual courses and receive instant shot feedback.

Embracing the state-of-the-art technology used during televised PGA Tour events to track the shots of the game’s best players, while also providing ways for all types of golfers to have fun and improve, the Toptracer Range at Palmetto Dunes became an instant game-changer. High-speed cameras with sophisticated computer algorithms provide instantaneous information, once considered exclusive, are now accessible and enjoyable for all.

The addition of Toptracer Range continued Palmetto Dunes’ already robust programming aimed at growing the sport, improving golfers’ games, and attracting and developing new participants. Guests hit balls from underneath a sun- and rain-blocking awning in the Toptracer Range’s 14 hitting bays while enjoying food and beverage service –  and there is a VIP area for larger groups from eight to 10 players. The Toptracer Range quickly became so popular that Palmetto Dunes added lights so guests could continue to play golf and have fun after dark (seasonal hours).

But your trip from Augusta to Hilton Head doesn’t have to be entirely about golf. With 2,000 acres of activities along three miles of Atlantic Ocean beach on one side and an Intracoastal Waterway marina on the other, it is little wonder why Condé Nast has named Palmetto Dunes as one of the “Top Resorts in the South.”

For the racquet-sport enthusiasts, there is no more complete destination for anyone looking to play, practice, or improve their game than Palmetto Dunes –  Hilton Head’s premier tennis and pickleball resort. There are 17 clay tennis courts, four of which are lighted for night play. The tennis center provides a vibrant schedule of activities and instructional programs all year, hosted by a full complement of professional instructors and players. Tennis doesn’t get any better than at Palmetto Dunes.

For pickleball lovers, Palmetto Dunes is the perfect place to experience the fastest-growing sport in America, the Lowcountry style. The Palmetto Dunes Tennis & Pickleball Center features 24 dedicated pickleball courts, eight lighted-for-night play via the timer system, and one of the most comprehensive instructional programs on the East Coast. It is a fun and simple game to pick up at any age but it can take a lifetime to master. Palmetto Dunes offers a variety of clinics and lessons for adults and juniors and is the only island tennis and pickleball center to serve up daily round robins.

Located inside Palmetto Dunes on the banks of the lagoon, Hilton Head Outfitters is a full-service sporting emporium that serves as a popular headquarters for adventure. Outfitters boasts the largest rental bike and electric bike fleet on the island — while strollers, tag-a-longs, kiddie carts, bikes with baby seats, adult three-wheelers, tandem bikes and beach joggers are also available — and delivers bikes for free for resort guests.

Directly across the street from Palmetto Dunes, Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina now features new luxury pontoon boat rentals. These top-quality Aloha Pontoon boats operating out of Shelter Cove Marina offer the perfect way for you to get out on the water with family and friends for an enjoyable day cruising the vast waterways of Hilton Head Island.

The official boat rental company at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, Shelter Cove Marina Boat Rentals, is highlighted by its brand-new luxury pontoon boats. The spacious Aloha Pontoon allows up to 12 people. It features a 9-foot Sunbrella Bimini, Garmin GPS & depth finder for easy navigation, brand-new outboard Yamaha 150HP engine and Bluetooth speakers with superior sound quality, determine your precise location and allow you to view pre-saved locations on your GPS.

The Sunbrella Bimini offers shade, sun deflection, and — thanks to no sidewalls — constant airflow. Aloha Pontoons also provide high quality seating with cup holders, backrests and the soft padding will make you feel like you are floating across the water. Anchor down at Harbour Town’s 18th hole to watch the RBC Heritage.

For short-term and long-term accommodations, Palmetto Dunes offers the island’s premier selection of vacation rentals from spacious homes and villas overlooking the harbour, lagoon, fairways or beach to oceanfront hotel rooms.

Photos Courtesy of Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort


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<a href="" target="_self">Steve Pike</a>

Steve Pike

Steve “Spike” Pike is a lifelong journalist whose career covers Major League Baseball, the NFL, and college basketball. For the past 26 years, Spike has been one of the more respected voices in the golf and travel industries, working for such publications as Golfweek, Golf World, and Golf Digest for The New York Times Magazine Group. In 1998, Spike helped launch the website for the PGA of America. As a freelance travel and golf writer, Spike’s travels have taken him around the world. He has played golf from Pebble Beach to St. Andrews, walked the Great Wall of China, climbed an active volcano in the Canary Islands, been on safari in South Africa, and dived with sharks off Guadalupe, Baja California.