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About Palmetto Dunes
Combine a world-class vacation resort with private residences, and Hilton Head Island’s Palmetto Dunes emerges. Developed in 1967, Palmetto Dunes borders the Atlantic Ocean offering 3 miles of pristine beach and has nearly 2000 acres that include Palmetto Dunes, Leamington and Shelter Cove. Shelter Cove is a 230 Acre Marina and is the island’s deepest yacht basin. PD contains two residential gated neighborhoods, as well as luxury resorts by Marriott, Hilton, and Disney. Its 11-mile, man -made lagoon system is the largest lagoon system in the US and consists of both brackish and sea water all controlled by the 2 tide gates of Broad Creek. What a beautiful setting to watch over 40 species of birds and fish. There are approximately six miles of bike paths, three world class golf courses each designed by a legendary figure in the world of golf, and plenty of tennis on its 23 clay courts.
Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort has been ranked the number one family resort in the United States and Canada by Travel + Leisure Family magazine.
Palmetto Dunes History
It takes a visionary to imagine a world-class resort in the middle of an uninhabited barrier island off the coast of South Carolina. Visionaries like James Frazier & Jim Self Jr.
Self was president of Greenwood Mills, Inc., a leading manufacturer of woven fabrics for apparel, home furnishings, industrial and military applications. The company derived its name from Greenwood, S.C., the site of its corporate headquarters.
Greenwood’s involvement with Hilton Head started in the early 1960’s, when Charles Fraser, the modern day founder of Hilton Head Island and the developer of Sea Pines Plantation.
Executives at Greenwood were then approached with a proposal to buy Palmetto Dunes. John Davis, president of the company from 1982 to 1999, signed a 90-day option to purchase the property in June 1979. In November of that year, Greenwood Development closed the deal and acquired Palmetto Dunes. “Greenwood” Development Corporation (known today as Greenwood Communities and Resorts) became Hilton Head’s second largest landowner.
Having established a significant presence on Hilton Head Island, Greenwood Development focused on creating a thoughtful and sound development framework for Palmetto Dunes. Greenwood sought to develop an ecologically friendly path to development, one that would preserve the natural resources of the tract while enhancing the value of the land.
Unique Lagoon System Creates 3 Miles of Pristine Beach
Work had begun to save the Palmetto Dunes beachfront in 1970. Led by Dr. Per Bruun with assistance from a British architect, a team of engineers and equipment operators dredged huge quantities of sand from the lagoons and transported the sand to the beachfront where it was sculpted into dunes 11 feet high. The project was immense in scope. Massive pipes fed nearly 2 million cubic yards of sand from a 100-ton dredge out to the beach where bulldozers shaped the rapidly growing dunes. The tidal gates that were installed 30 years ago still flush the lagoons and control the tides.
Ten years later, in 1980, Greenwood Development turned its focus to the west side of Route 278. Embarking on another major dredging operation, the company created the deep-water marina at Shelter Cove. The sand dredged from the marina were put to use nourishing Palmetto Dunes’ beaches. When the dredging operation was completed, the marina became the cornerstone for the company’s next step in development growth: a mixed-use community. Relying on its business plan, Greenwood Development sold several parcels of land to generate sufficient revenue to maintain momentum when the Harbourside condominiums were completed.
As Shelter Cove grew, the Island gained much needed retail establishments, offices and a diverse selection of residential properties. Over time, the marina attracted boat owners and sailing enthusiasts from around the world.
Palmetto Dunes: LUXURY AT ITS FINEST!