HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA (January 2015) — A recent trend on Hilton Head Island has been a precipitous uptick in long-term rentals during the winter season. And little wonder why: Hilton Head is the largest barrier island off the Atlantic coast between Long Island and the Bahamas — a Lowcountry legend just 40 miles north of Savannah, Ga., and 90 miles south of Charleston, S.C.
As for where to stay during your visit to Hilton Head, the island’s “hottest” resort these days is Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, which reports that an increasingly popular getaway timeslot for locals and savvy out-of-towners has been between November and February — when the average high temperature on Hilton Head is around 65 degrees.
Palmetto Dunes is renowned for its trio of distinctively unique golf designs by legends of the business: the renowned Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Course, the Arthur Hills Course, where collegiate stars like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson honed their talents, and the Fazio course, designed by George Fazio and his nephew, famed architect Tom Fazio. Last year — when the Fazio Course was awarded the 2014 South Carolina “Golf Course of the Year” — the honor ensured that all three Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort courses now have been finalists for the “National Golf Course of the Year” title.
For short-term and long-term accommodations, Palmetto Dunes offers a great variety of vacation rental properties from oceanfront homes to spacious villas overlooking the harbour, lagoon, fairways or beach. Its Monthly Stay & Sports Membership features accommodations plus unlimited golf, along with bikes, kayaks, tennis and more.
Meanwhile, Palmetto Dunes’ seasonal and part-time residents are able to take advantage of an unlimited 30-day golf pass. Along with 30 days of access to reserve tee-times on all three award-winning golf courses, the pass also offers discounts in golf pro shops, grilles and ranges, one free yardage book per course per person. Guests can pick the start date they want to play and additional days are available on a pro-rated basis.
For those who happen not to play golf, the internationally-acclaimed Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center features 23 clay courts and two Nova ProBounce courts, six of which are lighted for night play. The tennis center offers a full schedule of seasonal activities, instructional programs and daily round robin tournaments, as well as the always-popular Monday Night Tennis Exhibition played from March through October.
Hilton Head Island offers more than 50 miles of paved bike paths — 5 miles within the resort — ideal for exploring. Guests can rent a bicycle at the resort to fully explore the island by paved pathways or along miles of sandy beach. Choose from beach cruisers, comfort bikes, tandems, kids bikes, tag-a-longs, kiddie carts and more, plus bike equipment, accessories, sales and repair.
Dining in Palmetto Dunes is also available at family-friendly Big Jim’s BBQ, Burgers & Pizza at the Robert Trent Jones golf course clubhouse. Open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Big Jim’s serves signature Southern dishes, including barbeque, gourmet burgers and grilled pizza, as well as soups, salads, seafood, steaks and ribs. It also offers a kid’s menu, as well as a wine and beer menu. The restaurant has big-screen TVs, expanded outdoor seating overlooking the Jones course, Happy Hour specials from 4-7 PM, daily and live entertainment seasonally.
Meanwhile, the Dunes House is located just steps away from beach and offers casual dining for resort guests and property owners. This laid-back beach bar and restaurant allows you to enjoy food, drinks and fun with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. Open for lunch and dinner starting again in mid-February, the Dunes House serves a menu featuring local seafood, handmade burgers, grilled chicken, gourmet salads and other tasty treats. A wide range of beverages are also available, from beer and wine to sodas and signature frozen drinks. On select evenings, the Dunes House offers live entertainment, Lobster Night, Caribbean Night, Wine Tastings and more.
In addition, located just off the Intracoastal Waterway and directly across William Hilton Parkway from Palmetto Dunes, picturesque Shelter Cove Harbour serves as a popular waterfront dining, shopping and entertainment destination. Patterned after a sunny Mediterranean villa, Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina is alive with activity day and night, along with some of Hilton Head’s widest variety of world-class cuisine. Choose from more than 20 shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants and cafés.
Of course, for those who enjoy the distinct pleasure that only a fishing pole can provide, inshore/offshore chartered fishing excursions for game fish that ply the Gulf Stream are available at Shelter Cove Marina. Guests also may book nature tours and dolphin cruises and take in the majestic beauty of Hilton Head Island.
Fishing is available through these charter boat operators at Shelter Cove Marina: the 35-foot Gullah Gal (6 people), the 34-foot True Grits (6 people), the 26-foot Finatic (up to 11 people), the 26-foot Outside Angler or OCat (6 people each), the 24-foot Bayrunner (4 people) and Palmetto Lagoon Charters. Fishing trips for Kings, Spanish, Barracuda, Cobia, Grouper, Marlin and more are available in 4-10 hour time segments.
Those looking to enjoy some world-class golf, tennis and much more this winter should try Hilton Head Island, S.C., and its venerable Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort — and be sure to stay a while. For more information about Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort and its many golf packages, call 877-567-6513 or visit www.PalmettoDunes.com.
About Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort
Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort is a 2,000-acre resort destination located in the middle of Hilton Head Island, S.C., bounded by 3 miles of Atlantic Ocean beach on one side and a sheltered Intracoastal Waterway marina on the other. The resort features three world-class golf courses, an award-winning tennis center, an 11-mile inland salt-water lagoon system for kayaking and fishing, and Hilton Head Outfitters for bike rentals, canoes, kayaks, fishing and much more. The Mediterranean-style Shelter Cove Harbour deep-water marina, located right across from Palmetto Dunes, features waterfront shopping and dining and a wide variety of charters, including nature cruises, dolphin tours, sport crabbing and fishing. For information about activities or reservations, please call 877-567-6513 or visit www.PalmettoDunes.com.
About Greenwood Communities & Resorts
Based in Greenwood, S.C., Greenwood Communities & Resorts has been a leader in the creation and management of award-winning residential and resort communities in the southeastern United States since 1978. Beginning with the award-winning Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C., and now including communities like The Reserve at Lake Keowee, Big Canoe near Atlanta and The Ponds in Charleston, Greenwood’s mission has always been to create memorable places that foster meaningful and fulfilling lives. For more information, please call 843-785-1106 or visit www.GreenwoodCR.com.
Martin Armes (919-608-7260) & Brad King (336-306-9219), [email protected]