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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Palmetto Dunes a Prime Hilton Head Attraction

The Arthur Hills course at Palmetto Dunes was built on a series of rolling dunes not far from the ocean, so its characterized by bumps and hollows that seldom yield level lies (or flat putts) and ocean breezes that must be taken into account. You won’t find many obstacles in front of the greens, although there are plenty to either side on most approaches, so straight-hitters are rewarded. As for the rest of us….

Length off the tee isn’t a requirement to score on this course, although accuracy and course management certainly are. You’ll learn that lesson early in our round. It comes on the second hole, a 373-yard par four that calls for a layup to the water fronting the green and placement of your tee shot on the right half of the fairway. The ninth hole, a 518-yard par five, might seem like a bomber’s sure birdie, but the tree-lined fairway makes for a tight driving hole and the pond in front of the green isn’t something to be toyed with.

There’s plenty of fun to be had on the twelfth hole, a 399 yard par four. Water guards the entire right side from tee to green and the fairway just gets more and more narrow the closer you get to the green. Seventeen is another example of how course management counts more than distance. You have to hit over water twice on this 380-yard par four, and there’s OB and woods to contend with as well.

Palmetto Dunes also has one of the finest practice facilities on the island, not to mention two other fine courses, one designed by Robert Trent Jones and the other by George Fazio. for a limited time only, stay three nights and play two rounds at any of the resort’s championship courses and enjoy additional resort activities including tennis, bikes, dining and merchandise discounts. Starting from $139 per person, per night, rate includes all taxes and resort fees. Valid through May 31, 2014. For package and reservation information: (877) 567-6507, www.PalmettoDunes.com. Customized stay-and-play packages for groups of 12 or more are also available: Michael Royer at 866-306-4330 or mroyer@palmettodunes.com.

Among many other books, Dave Donelson is the author of Weird Golf: 18 tales of fantastic, horrific, scientifically impossible, and morally reprehensible golf

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