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Boating, Bike Trails, Golf, Leisure Trails, Ocean Walk, Tennis

General Description:

Palmetto Dunes and Shelter Cove are popular residential communities located mid-island, with short term rental activity. Stretching over 1,800 acres this well preserved area has 1,012 homes and 1,470 villas, three miles of illustrious Atlantic Ocean beaches, 11 miles of winding lagoons as well as one of the biggest tennis centers on the island containing 25 courts. Within Palmetto Dunes you will find the Hilton Resort and the Hilton Head Marriott Beach and Golf Resort. There are three public 28-hole golf courses designed by PGA favorites George Fazio, Robert Trent Jones and Arthur Hills. Palmetto Dunes and Shelter Cove has its share of year round residents to weekend guests due to the extensive lodging available. The more private and quiet residential area called Leamington is also located inside Palmetto Dunes with it’s own security system.

Plantation Fact Sheet:

Palmetto Dunes Resort — combines a world-class resort with private residential communities.

Palmetto Dunes is conveniently located mid-island giving you access to all of Hilton Head’s unique shopping, delicious dining and endless entertainment. This area is not only popular for its lively, resort atmosphere, but also for the variety of homes available. Choose from single-family homes, oceanfront estates, beachfront condos and villas.

You’ll be sure to find the home or vacation home that best fits your lifestyle within the two private, gated communities Palmetto Dunes offers. The Mariner’s section offers a laid-back island vibe while Leamington provides all the upscale amenities expected of a secure residential community. No matter your real estate budget when you buy one of the homes for sale in Palmetto Dunes, you gain access to the miles of beaches, lagoons, three top-notch golf courses, the largest tennis center on the island and all the luxuries of this desirable resort community.


You will have your pick of three challenging and popular golf courses inside Palmetto Dunes. Each is designed to reflect the artistry of its designer while keeping the stunning Hilton Head Island setting in mind. Take a shot at the Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Course, extremely popular with locals and visitors alike. The George Fazio Course was constructed with the help of his nephew, fellow course-designer, Tom Fazio. To truly test your golf skills, play a round at The Arthur Hills Course, recently named Course of the Year in South Carolina. The course features rolling dunes that surely tested the now-legendary Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson when they played as collegiate golfers.

If tennis is your preferred game, you’re in luck. Within the gates, you’ll have a chance to play at the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center—Rod Laver, which features 23 clay courts and two Nova ProBounce courts. The center offers a packed calendar full of seasonal events, instruction and tournaments. There are eight lighted courts so you can play day or night, depending on your schedule.


Palmetto Dunes allows you to fully experience all the joys of living on the water from the miles of pristine, white beaches to exhilarating water sports.

Take a bike ride directly across from Palmetto Dunes to Shelter Cove Harbour with bike/leisure path going under 278. This relaxed village has a distinct island feel and offers shopping, restaurants and waterfront activities. The Shelter Cove Marina is the center of this village featuring 170 boat slips designed for boats up to 135 feet in length. Spend the day deep-sea or inshore fishing, crabbing, exploring the water’s natural beauty and wildlife or taking a thrilling ride on a jet ski. You can peacefully join the many species of birds and fish while you kayak or canoe through the miles of lagoons.

Private and Semi-Private Clubs:

  • Arthur Hills
    • The architect took full advantage of the natural dunes and created a rolling layout with dramatic elevation changes, to make it a visual treat for all golfers.
  • George Fazio
    • With just two par-fives on the course, Fazio has designed a layout where the front nine features open, tree-lined fairways and the back nine becomes tighter and more severe
  • Robert Trent Jones
    • The oldest course at Palmetto Dunes and is a long-time favorite on the island. This facility features an extensive lagoon system which winds through the course impacting play on eleven holes. Add some of Jones’ seemingly patented bunkers and large, well-bunkered greens and you’ve got plenty of good golf ahead of you here.

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