Palmetto Dunes

Palmetto Dunes is a residential resort community located in the heart of Hilton Head Island. Its 2,000 acres are nestled on three miles of sun-kissed Atlantic Ocean beachfront with miles of leisure paths, and most special of all – an 11-mile navigable lagoon unlike any other.

Once inside the gates at Palmetto Dunes, it doesn’t take long to realize you have escaped to something extraordinary. 

In addition to being an award-winning resort and home to two hotels, Palmetto Dunes is a community of both year-round and part-time residents served by the Palmetto Dunes Property Owners Association. 


Amenities include the following:


Access to some of the very best sparkling white sandy beaches along the Atlantic Ocean.  

Community boat ramp

This may be used by owners of property in Leamington and Palmetto Dunes Resort. This ramp is intended for launch and retrieval of boats permanently in the lagoon. 

Community Observation Decks, Docks, and Launches

These are to accommodate canoes and kayaks.  An observation/fishing deck is located just beyond the Queens Folly inbound bridge.


Property owners, guests, and renters are allowed to fish in the lagoon and lakes from boats, kayaks, or canoes. All fishermen shall practice “catch and release.”  

Freshwater Lakes and Lagoon System

Two freshwater lakes and an 11-mile lagoon system meanders through Palmetto Dunes where there are over 40 species of birds and fish.

Palmetto Dunes Golf

This beautiful resort has three stunning and challenging golf courses.  A memorable golf experience awaits you inside this magnificent oceanfront resort.

  1. ROBERT TRENT JONES  Located on the beautiful Atlantic ocean, the shifting winds make every hole play differently providing both challenges and rewards for players of every skill level.  The panoramic views of the deep blue ocean from the elevated green of the par-5 on the 10th hole, make playing the course one of the most memorable rounds of golf on Hilton Head Island.
  2. ARTHUR HILLS  Many golfers regard the Arthur Hills Course at Palmetto  Dunes, as the most challenging public golf course on Hilton Head Island. Designed by architect Arthur Hill, the course has long been regarded as one of South Carolina’s most unique golf layouts.  Blending the topographic beauty of the Lowcountry with the inherent challenges of the game, The Hills course has earned a much-deserved reputation as one of the island’s best golf courses.
  3. GEORGE FAZIO  When it comes to delivering a challenging round of golf, the Fazio course rates high as one of the youngest courses to ever appear on Golf Digest’s list of “America’s 100 Best.”

Palmetto Dunes Tennis and Pickleball Center

There is no more complete destination for anyone looking to play, practice, or improve their game than Palmetto Dunes Resort.  At the heart of the center, you will find 19 clay tennis courts, four of which are lighted for night play.  This award-winning Tennis Center provides a full schedule of activities and instructional programs all year, hosted by a full complement of professional instructors and players.

Walking and Biking Paths

Enjoy 5 miles of bike trails within the resort, mainly in the Shelter Cove area. Biking on the three miles of pristine beach is one way to enjoy the natural beauty of the island.

Dining Options inside the Palmetto Dunes Resort

Whether you are in the mood to savor a Lowcountry Boil, a bucket of you-peel shrimp, a steak, or a simple sandwich, there is something for everyone without ever leaving the resort. If you’re looking for even more variety, you don’t have to go far.  Visit Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina right across the street for even greater variety.