Golf News for Wednesday, September 19, 2012 | Resorts

Special offers at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- This fall, golfers at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort on Hilton Head Island can now keep score via their phone, catch a "big red" and play golf like Bubba Watson through a variety of new offerings targeting golf lovers.

The new Palmetto Dunes Golf App, available for free on both iPhone and Android, lets golfers track their score digitally and share it on Facebook, offers live leader boards, provides GPS yardage markers and allows users to book tee times directly from their phone. The app also provides course information for the resort's three award-winning courses with details about each hole, including the famous par 5 oceanfront 10th hole on the Robert Trent Jones course. The app provides not only the par and handicap but tips for playing the hole such as "avoid the lagoon with a straight tee shot." Golfers can access special offers from the resort's pro shops, as well as food and beverage information for the resort's new Big Jim's BBQ, Burgers and Pizza restaurant and the Fazio and Hill's Grilles. They also have the option to direct dial the restaurants while finishing a round to pre-order. The app is available in the iTunes store and Android market.

"All of our guests have gone increasingly mobile, so we felt that developing a golf app would be a great complement to our popular golf courses," says Brad Marra, director of sports operations for Palmetto Dunes. "Now our golfers can keep score, book tee times and take advantage of special offers via their phones, plus brag about their score on Facebook. We've already had a celebrity - Brian Baumgartner who plays Kevin in The Office - enjoy using the app during a recent celebrity golf tournament. It's just one more amenity, like our Segways and air-conditioned golf carts, that we offer here at Palmetto Dunes for golfers. We're sure it's going to be a hit!"

Also new for Fall 2012 is the Fish & Chips golf and fishing package designed as a guys' golf getaway for a group of four. The four-day, three-night mini-vacation lets golfers not only take in a round of golf in Hilton Head's mild fall temperatures, but also enjoy the many autumn activities offered at the resort, including inshore fishing, kayaking, biking and tennis. During fall, redfish are abundant in Hilton Head waters due to spawning, and golfers will have the opportunity to take an inland fishing charter to try and catch a "Big Red" for a great photo and bragging rights.

The Fish & Chips package also includes accommodations in a resort view villa; a $100 resort dining card good at Palmetto Dunes' Big Jim's BBQ, Burgers & Pizza restaurant, the Dunes House restaurant or the golf grilles; two hours of kayak rentals; bike rentals throughout their stay; one round of golf per person; a $50 gift card per person for the resort's golf pro shops; a sleeve of golf balls per person and two hours of tennis court time daily. Should they choose to bring along children, kids younger than 10 play free golf rounds with a paying adult. The package provides guests a total savings of nearly $800 off regular rates and starts at $1685 for four players. Rates vary according to the season and availability. For more information or to book the package, call Palmetto Dunes at 877.567.6513.

Golfers looking to improve their golf game also have plenty of opportunity at the Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy, including the new Bubba Golf class that teaches golfers to imitate the playful attitude of pro Bubba Watson. The program, every Monday from 5:20-6 p.m. at the Robert Trent Jones Course, focuses on the mechanics of making specific trouble shots while learning to think less and focus better. Cost is $25/person. "Bubba Golf" is one of 11 programs, which include Ladies Only, Mental Golf Workshop and Power & Distance class, offered as part of the Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy. Private lessons are also available. To reserve a spot for Bubba Golf or another class, call 877.567.6513.

Lastly, those who are looking to spend an extended vacation at Palmetto Dunes this fall or winter should consider the resort's monthly golf membership, which offers unlimited golf for up to 30 days at all three of the resort's golf courses. Members also receive discounts at the pro shop, golf grilles and range. Available for both couples and individuals, the passes start at $630/person and $1050/couple for 30 days. To book a golf membership, please call 877.567.6513.

For more information on Palmetto Dunes golf courses, packages and the Golf Academy, visit or call Palmetto Dunes toll free at 877.567.6513.

A top golfing vacation destination in South Carolina, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort offers three courses -- the Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Course, the George Fazio Course and the Arthur Hills Course -- in the natural setting of Hilton Head Island. Designed by three legendary golf architects, each of course is distinctly different and challenging. All of Palmetto Dunes' courses have been ranked 4 stars or higher by Fodors, earning the distinction of one of the World's Best Golf Resorts by Travel + Leisure Golf.

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

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

Lyn Mettler