Palmetto Dunes offers 'Bubba Golf' and more this fall

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Angling for redfish and swinging like Masters champ Bubba Watson are just two of the many activities available this fall and winter at Palmetto Dunes on Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Tuesday, November 06, 2012 | 7:42 p.m.

Want to learn to play "Bubba Golf?" You can do just that and much more at the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C.

The new Bubba Golf class at the Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy teaches golfers to emulate the playful attitude of Masters champion Bubba Watson. The program, held every Monday on the Robert Trent Jones Course, focuses on the mechanics of making specific trouble shots while learning to think less and focus better. It costs only $25 per person.

Bubba Golf is one of 11 programs, which include Ladies Only, Mental Golf Workshop and Power & Distance class, offered at the Golf Academy. Private lessons are also available.

Also new is the Fish & Chips golf and fishing package, which is designed as a guys’ golf getaway for a group of four. The four-day, three-night mini-vacation lets golfers take in a round of golf in Hilton Head’s mild fall temperatures and enjoy many autumn activities, including inshore fishing, kayaking, biking and tennis. During the fall, redfish are abundant in Hilton Head waters, 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 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.

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.

Golfers looking to spend an extended vacation at Palmetto Dunes this fall or winter can partake of the resort’s monthly golf membership, which offers unlimited golf for up to 30 days at all three of the resort’s courses. Members also receive discounts at the pro shop, golf grilles and range. Available for both couples and individuals, the passes start at $630 per person and $1050 per couple for 30 days.

Also new this season is the Palmetto Dunes Golf App, available for free on both iPhone and Android. It 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 details about each hole on the resort’s three courses as well as tips for playing the holes.

Palmetto Dunes features three distinctly different courses – the Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Course, the George Fazio Course and the Arthur Hills Course. The community itself is a 2,000-acre resort bounded by three miles of Atlantic Ocean beach on one side and a sheltered Intracoastal Waterway marina on the other.

The resort also includes 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.

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