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Doug Weaver, PGA

Director of the Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy
PGA Crest

Hilton Head Island, SC
Robert Trent Golf Course, Hilton Head Island , SC

About Doug

Available for private lessons. Please call or text (843) 338-9598.

Doug Weaver, a Hilton Head Island, SC native, is the acclaimed Director of the Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy. His journey in golf began humbly, working at the bag drop of the Robert Trent Jones course at Palmetto Dunes after graduating from Furman University, where he played golf alongside future PGA Tour star Brad Faxon.

His professional golf journey took off in 1987 with a win at the Zell Wood Country Club Open, followed by 15 mini-tour events victories and earning his PGA Tour card in 1988. He has been coaching golf for over 25 years, with the past 21 years as the Director of Golf Instruction at Palmetto Dunes. His commitment extends beyond the course, contributing to local organizations and coaching in area high schools. He has received awards from the Boys and Girls Club and First Tee. He has worked with the PGA to run PGA Minority programs which helped introduce college students to the game of golf.

He is known as the "Golf Whisperer" for his unique teaching approach, blending psychological and technical aspects of the game. He has a minimalist approach, which focuses on limited mechanical changes to the golf swing and helping develop golfers as players. Because of his playing experience, including when he led the 1989 PGA Tour event and the 1993 U.S. Open, Doug is a better player today because of his continued pursuit of excellence in own personal game.

He believes in a holistic, simple method of instruction, which has earned accolades including being voted Golf Digest's No. 2 Instructor in South Carolina and the 2017 Hilton Head Island PGA chapter’s “Teacher of the Year.” His TV show and monthly golf tips have made him a familiar face in the community.

He is proud to be a member of the Lowcountry Golf Hall of Fame and a regular at the RBC Heritage Tournament. He enjoys giving back through free clinics and personalized instruction, helping golfers of all levels unlock their potential.

Doug's Accomplishments as a player:

  • 15 Professional Victories
  • Led 1989 PGA Tour event
  • Led 1993 U.S. Open
  • 1989 Record Holder in U.S. Open (One of the Four Aces)
  • Lowcountry Golf Section Player of the Year in 2019
  • 1989 World Championship Long Drive Finalist

Awards as a Teaching Professional:

  • 2017 Carolina's PGA Teacher of the Year
  • 2012 Hilton Head Island PGA chapter’s Teacher of the Year
  • TPI Level I Certified
  • Golf Digest's No. 2 Instructor in South Carolina

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‘Doug is the Golf Whisper”. ”What I read on TripAdvisor is true about Doug. Results immediately-straighter and farther

Mike Mc Jan 2022


I am a single digit handicapper and after a Clinic I scheduled a one hour lesson with Doug. He identified and provided a fix to a fundamnetal swing flaw in my swing that I had for a long time that other instructors failed to see

Sheldon1680 May 2021

Doug's Experience

Helping players achieve their goals.

Getting Started

Learn the basics

Get comfortable for business golf

Avoid embarrassment on the first tee

Having More Fun

Connect with golfers of similar age

Have more fun on the course

Connect with golfers of similar skill

Improving Your Game

Break 100

Break 80

Improve your Short Game

Make the high school golf team

Get swing diagnostic testing

Break 90

Add 10 yards

Prepare for Tournament Golf

Earn a college golf scholarship

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Doug's Facilities

Robert Trent Golf Course

Hilton Head Island SC

Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort has three wonderful golf courses and two excellent practice facilities. The Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy teaches at all three facilities utilizing excellent short game areas practice tease wedge range and encores playing play with the pro and learn as you go. 800-827-3006. Robert Trent Jones Golf Course, George Fazio Golf Course, Arthur Hills Golf Course,. Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort is located in the very center of Hilton Head Island. 3 Miles of wide and pristine beach. 10 minutes from the Hilton in Head a Airport and 45 minutes from the Savannah Airport

*Coaching available to public

7 Trent Jones Lane, Hilton Head Island , SC 29928

Facility Offerings
Robert Trent Jones Clubhouse

Big Jims Restaurant - Full service 7 am - 9 pm excellent views of #1, #18 and the practice area Top Tracer Driving Range - { Top Golf for courses} Award winning Pro Shop Beach 400 yard walk

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