Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center // Earn the Advantage on the Island

Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center // Earn the Advantage on the Island

Luscious oak trees line the drive as you enter the humble abode of Palmetto Dunes, home of bike trails, resorts, beaches, condos, restaurants, golf courses, and other vacation rentals.

On Hilton Head Island, not only can you enjoy the fabulous weather and fresh seafood, but guests and residents can experience one of the top tennis destination spots in the country. 23 clay courts (six lighted), four Pickleball courts, and a fully-staffed proshop offering stringing and ball machines, encompass that laid-back lifestyle that every tennis getaway should feature. From family-friendly doubles matches to competitive drills and clinics for adults and juniors, Palmetto Dunes’ tennis programs include a senior for just about every stroke or strategy.

The island exceeds guests’ exceptions regarding customer service, friendliness and recreational activities, and Palmetto Dunes ensures that tennis players can find exactly what they need while on their business trip, vacation or even a simple Tuesday afternoon. About 90% of this facility’s players are non-members, yet Brian Kiggans, head tennis professional, said guests return year after year for their favorite drills before a beach day or an intense private lesson just in time for happy hour. Paying members can enjoy free court time and other benefits; separate golf members are also available.

If you booked a condo, rental or hotel room on the property, court fees run $30 per hour for reservations of clay or lighted clay courts. A walk-on rate of $20/hour from 12-4pm can be utilized as well, and non-resort guests should expect $35/hour with reservation. From March-October, Palmetto Dunes offers complimentary activities, and Tuesdays at 2:00pm are Demo Days to test out the latest racket technology while you play.

Four full-time pros serve you from 7:30am-6:30pm during warmer seasons, and 7:45am-5pm in the winter. Depending on the season, you may see about 10-20 tennis instructors happy to assist on-site.

Monday evenings at 5:30pm include the incredibly popular Welcome Exhibition with free beer, wine and snacks. Watching the tennis pros on the island has never been so relaxing and convenient than with this spectacle; raffles and other offers from local businesses often frequent the exhibition as well.

Daily adult programs include the Grand Slam Clinic, Competitive Doubles Clinic, and Competitive Edge Drills in the mornings from 8:00am-9:30am, 9:30am-11am, 11am-12:30pm, respectively; and Adult Round Robins in the evening from 3:00pm-5:00pm. On Monday, Wednesday, Friday, the Return of Serve Clinic draws crowds from 3:30pm-4:30pm, and on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursdays, the Fun-Fit-Fast Cardio Tennis creates a fast-paced, enjoyable environment for all in attendance with a heart monitor and music from 8:00am-9:00am; an incredible workout right before prime, beach time! A serve clinic on Tuesdays and Thursdays emphasizes spin, placement and power to master your stroke from 3:30pm-4:30pm.

Juniors have a schedule of their own, with Short Shots Clinics, Super Shots Clinics, Big Shots Clinics, Junior Stroke & Drill, and Junior Grand Slam programs happening Monday-Friday in the mornings. On Monday-Sundays, the Junior Davis Cup takes place for intermediate juniors looking to improve their technique, footwork and strategy. Target age-groups range from four years old to 17 years old, so finding the correct environment for your child at Palmetto Dunes should be a breeze. The Junior Round Robin Tournament proves to be a hit on Tuesday afternoons from 3:00pm-5:00pm, as 9-17 year olds can showcase their shots against other juniors from around the world; and Adult Round Robin also showcases at the same time, and you can always find your partner at check-in and hope to team up to win a t-shirt!

If your family seeks more clinics available at the same time for both adults and juniors, this facility should be your go-to. Competitive Doubles and the Junior Davis Cup take place from 9:30am-11am Monday-Sunday mornings, and Competitive Edge and Junior Grand Slam begin at 11am-12:30pm Monday-Fridays (Adult also can attend on the weekend.)

Prices and skill levels vary for the above drills, but all the information you need can be found HERE; and package deals can also be found HERE. Tournaments such as the Southern Winter Junior L1A, Luck of the Irish, USTA SC States 70& Over, Honor Our Heroes Banana Open, and the Bridge Bowl take place right on the grounds as well. A full schedule of Palmetto Dunes’ tournament can be found HERE.

According to Kiggans, Palmetto Dunes prides itself on ensuring that guests have an enjoyable experience and continue to come back for many years to come, with the wide variety of available activities. You are able to enjoy not only the tennis center, but also several beaches, three golf courses, bikes, kayaks/ fishing rentals, charter fishing, a marina, and Shelter Cove right across the street (Tuesday Fireworks’ shows are a must-see!) As the resort offering an incredible variety of a la carte programming to mix-and-match for your tennis needs, Palmetto Dunes can only exceed your expectations.

As the only resort with a Pickleball facility, testing out this new phenom should be included during your stay. From beginner clinics, round robins, and drop-ins to intermediate programs and even custom, private or semi-private lessons, your Pickleball needs can be met at Palmetto Dunes. They offer affordable hourly rates and equipment packages, which can be found HERE. Also, the newly-formed POP Tennis, played on a 36′, 50′ or 60′ court, is available on these courts. Utilizing a racket shorter than you customary tennis racket, POP tennis creates a version of paddle tennis that you have to see to believe. Pop over to Palmetto to check out what they have to offer!

What to expect on this itinerary:
-23 clay courts, four Pickleball courts
-Oak trees, bike trails, fresh seafood & premier tennis
-Four full time teaching pros
-Members and Guests welcome – excellent year- round great vacation spot
-Adult/ Junior Tennis & Pickleball Clinics & Drills; Monday Night Exhibition; Tournaments; Camps; Round Robins

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To reach Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center, visit their website at, or call them at 843-785-1152.


7:30am-6:30pm during warmer seasons

7:45am-5pm in the winter

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by chris on IMG Academy
Amazing place

You have to see it to believe. Wish I had a place like IMG Academy available to me when I was younger. As a parent this in an amazing place to send your kid to put them in a position to achieve their goals.

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