Palmetto Dunes Real Estate - Hilton Head, SC
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Here you will also find the island’s deepest yacht basin at Shelter Cove, three miles of beaches, an 11-mile lagoon system, approximately six miles of bike paths, three golf courses, and plenty of tennis courts. The Palmetto Dunes community has even been recognized by Forbes magazine as one of the Top Eleven Family Resorts!
Palmetto Dunes has two security gates operating 24 hours a day. Access into the private residential areas, as well as the resort areas, is strictly controlled.
Palmetto Dunes History:
Like most of the Island in its early days, Palmetto Dunes Plantation was once primarily used as hunting land. The first owner of this 1,900 acre oceanfront strand was the Hilton Head Agricultural Company. It was not until the late 1970’s that Palmetto Dunes began to see true development. During the early 1960’s, Jim Self, Jr., President of Greenwood Mills, Inc., began his involvement on Hilton Head Island. One of Greenwood’s “claim to fame” was the construction of the first golf course on the island, the Ocean Course at Sea Pines. In 1979, Greenwood Development Corporation purchased Palmetto Dunes, along with the land that would eventually become Palmetto Hall and Shelter Cove. From then on, Greenwood Development sought to create an ecologically friendly development, preserving the natural resources while enhancing the beauty of the land. In keeping with that ecologically friendly theme, Greenwood built an 11-mile lagoon system that wove through the land, providing a preserve for the abounding nature plus beauty and enjoyment for its residents. The lagoon system is unlike anything else on the island; a prototype for other coastal communities. Ten years later, Greenwood turned its focus to the west side of HWY 278, Shelter Cove. At this time, dredging began to create the deep-water marina at Shelter Cove. Shelter Cove is a thriving marina community consisting of elegant condominiums, shops, restaurants, and offices. Today, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort has been ranked as one of the best family resorts in the United States and Canada as well as named third best tennis resort in the world. Along with its three miles of sparkling beaches, Palmetto Dunes offers three championship golf courses, acclaimed tennis center, miles of biking trails and an unparalleled lagoon system for boating and fishing.
As a resort/residential combination community, Palmetto Dunes also contains numerous upscale vacation resorts, including the Marriott and the Omni resorts. Highly popular is the Hilton Head Disney Resort, which offers more than 120 villas and studio units in 20 three-story buildings.
Part of the island’s Disney Resort is the 13,000 square foot Beach House, covering 3.5 acres of oceanfront land, complete with a temperature-controlled, 50-foot-long swimming pool, a children’s soft-floored pool/play facility, arcade games, dressing rooms, covered parking, and a poolside bar. The main resort building has a uniquely shaped, heated swimming pool, waterslide, baby pool and a large spa, in addition to shuffleboard, horseshoes, and bocce games.
The Marriott Resort and The Omni Resort
The Marriott, located oceanfront with over 500 recently-restored guestrooms and a picturesque beachside swimming pool, has balcony for every accommodation. The Omni at Palmetto Dunes offers beautiful oceanfront views from 323 guest rooms including 28 suites, and two resort swimming areas – family and wading pool, and another reserved for adults only.
Athletics: Golf and Tennis
54 Holes of championship golf abound in the Palmetto Dunes community. Spread over three courses, golfers enjoy the challenges presented by the George Fazio, Arthur Hills, and Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront—renovated n 2002—courses. The Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center boasts 25 courts. 23 are clay and two are prime Nova ProBounce, with eight of the courts lighted at night, and instructors offer private lessons and adult/junior clinics. Since 1975, Tennis Magazine has ranked the center among the top 50 in the nation.
Shelter Cove Harbour
Shelter Cove Harbour, bordering Palmetto Dunes on the west, offers canoeing, deep-sea fishing, sailing, and numerous additional water sports. The marina on Broad Creek is also accessible from the Atlantic; these 15.5 acres contain 170 boat slips for 120-ft boats. The Ship’s Store sells marine supplies, fishing tackle and gear, and upscale clothing brands including shoes, sunglasses, and hats. Shopping, dining, entertainment, bike paths, and three miles of Atlantic beach create many activities for residents and vacationers alike. Over 11 miles of connecting lagoon systems are great for kayaking and guided tours, which are offered on a complementary basis by the community’s naturalist.