Be Playful on the Golf Greens!

May is an ideal time to refine your swing and perfect your putt.

Article by Doug Weaver, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. Photos courtesy of Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.

Robert Trent Jones course in Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort

You are invited to play golf in May on Hilton Head Island.

Today, over 3,000 people will enjoy golf on one or more of our 23 championship golf courses. Eighteen of the courses are open to the public, and seven of the courses have been ranked among the nation’s Top 100.

I invite you to play or take a lesson today because:

  • This is an ideal time to play because the aver- age temperature in May is 84° for a high and 63° at night.
  • The humidity is low, and the breeze is refreshing.
  • The average rainfall is only 3 inches, so leave your umbrella in the car.
  • The sunrise is at 6:30 a.m. and tee times start at 6:45 a.m., so you can go to the pool or beach for the rest of the day.
  • The sun sets close to 8:30 p.m., so you can then start later and come play while watching the birds in the rookery. Also, the deer will come out and watch you as they graze.

Over 500 people will take golf instruction today on the Island. They will experience the exhilaration of the ball rocketing off the clubface and flying straight to the target.

Over the years, I’ve seen an 80-year-old man realize he still can play golf and experience the personal satisfaction of a well-struck shot. He can play proudly with his grandchildren.

I’ve also seen a three-year-old girl learn she can put the ball in the hole consistently from five feet. That child will be challenged to putt with her eyes closed. She will come to learn that even Helen Keller and Stevie Wonder can enjoy golf.

Families will play golf together, and laugh and giggle, enjoying success and failure together. Dad may even let the kids sit in his lap and drive the cart with them.

A mother of three kids will discover she can join the rest of the family on the course after taking the Ladies Only Class. She says, “This is not a strenuous game, now that I know how to swing correctly.” Her husband is happy because he gets an extra day of golf when his wife and kids are coming with him.

The 10-year-old boy or girl who lacks confidence will discover, “I can play golf!” I recently asked one boy why he likes golf and dislikes soccer, baseball and basketball. He pondered the question and then replied, “The ball waits on me.” Another girl later shared with me that she likes golf because no one is yelling at her to run faster or to hustle more.

Introverts can go be alone and be challenged by golf. They don’t need anyone else to enjoy this interesting game or a beautiful day on the green. The hard-working person who loves outdoor activity will be refreshed and energized by the best natural medicine: fresh air, big skies and light activity.

Doug Weaver Class

Again, I invite you to play golf so you can make your own discovery of this wonderful game for a lifetime. Please join me Monday from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course and enjoy the hands-on, interactive class and demonstration that can introduce you to the game of golf.

Make the most of every moment on the course this month. I hope to see you for a golf lesson and out on the green!

A former PGA Tour pro and member of the local Golf Hall of Fame Doug Weaver is the Director of Instruction at the Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy. He conducts “Where Does the Power Come From?,” a free clinic and demonstration, every Monday at 4 p.m. (843) 785-1138, (800) 827-3006 or