Steve Pike Anywhere: Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort

Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort is an award-winning oceanfront resort with a storied history of offering great golf experiences from its three prime properties: Robert Jones Course, George Fazio Course & Arthur Hills Course.

HILTON HEAD, S.C. – As a wet and dreary winter exits, the trio of golf courses here at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort on Hilton Head Island will take center stage, as the dawning of spring marks the true beginning of the golf season.

Last year, Palmetto Dunes celebrated its 50th anniversary, and its golf courses – the Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Course, the Arthur Hills Course and the George Fazio course – each proved as popular as ever.

Starting in 2019 and remaining on the cusp of resort innovation, Palmetto Dunes has introduced a fleet of autonomous golf caddie units. The “Tempo Walk” by Club Car provides golfers with the enjoyment of walking the course, enhancing play, and fostering health and wellness.

State-of-the-art wireless technology including GPS yardage and hands-free remote allows golfers the control to maneuver easily around the course. And unlike other “motorized,’’ walking carts, the Tempo Walk is strong and balanced enough so as not to tip over on inclines or into the wind. Additional technology features include a USB port and touchscreen tablet, along with traditional golf car offerings such as a cup holder, cooler, divot repair and sand bottle. Palmetto Dunes has eight units that are available for use at the Jones and Fazio courses.

Named South Carolina’s Golf Course of the Year, the Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Course was named Golf Course of the Year & widely renowned for its spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean, especially the par-5 10th hole with sweeping ocean views is one of the region’s most breathtaking golf experiences.

In addition to the Tempo Walk, golfers can also pedal from hole to hole. The first resort in the Carolinas and along the East Coast to offer the Golf Bike.

Palmetto Dunes also has a state-of-the-art fleet of golf cars produced by Club Car. The fleets at Palmetto Dunes include golf carts equipped with Global Positioning System (GPS), as well as USB ports to charge cell phones and play music devices.

The 2,000-acre resort, which offers a plethora of spring and summer golf package options, has also introduced a new fleet of nimble BagBoy pushcarts by on each course to further promote walking.

In addition, Palmetto Dunes offers a dozen four-person golf carts that serve a host of capabilities: Family foursomes playing out of one cart, while also getting in some walking, small corporate outings and scramble tournaments with all four players in the same golf cart, adding a sense of team and relationship building, and more.

“We’ve always tried to do things a little different here at Palmetto Dunes,” said Samm Wolfe, the head golf professional and general manager at the Arthur Hills Course. “We have a way of looking at things outside the box. All these things make us unique in the area.”

Palmetto Dunes partners with SwingFit, a club-fitting technology housed at the Robert Trent Jones clubhouse.

Starting this year, Palmetto Dunes has introduced a fleet of autonomous golf caddie units called the “Tempo Walk” by Club Car that provides golfers with the enjoyment of walking the course.

Among Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort’s popular attractions is the complimentary, interactive Monday golf exhibition and clinic, where participants experience the effective and entertaining style of longtime Director of Golf Instruction Doug Weaver, a former PGA Tour player and member of the Lowcountry Golf Hall of Fame, and the rest of the Palmetto Dunes teaching staff.

“We can’t wait for our spring season,” said Wolfe. “Everything is starting to green up. Our tee sheets are busy and the golf courses are in great shape.”

Steve “Spike” Pike is a lifelong journalist whose career includes covering 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 web site 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. He lives in Delray Beach, Fla, and can be reached at

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