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Welcome To Hilton Head Island

Located in the Low Country, Hilton Head Island is 20 miles north of Savannah, Georgia, and 95 miles south of Charleston, South Carolina. It is the second largest Barrier Island in the United States.
Featuring 12 miles of beaches on the Atlantic Ocean and surrounded by salt marshes, the island is a popular vacation destination. It is famous for its world class golf, tennis, wildlife and temperate climate.
Offering over twenty championship golf courses, Hilton Head Island is the home of the Verizon Heritage Classic, played every April at Harbour Town Golf Links in Sea Pines Resort.

Hilton Head's semitropical climate, with an average temperature of 71 degrees, offers residents and guests an opportunity for a number of outdoor activities including biking, windsurfing, scuba diving, boating, tennis, kayaking, fishing and more.

Island guests can choose from the many beach resorts, golf vacation rentals and vacation homes and villas.

Hilton Head Island Calendar Of Events

This weekend in the Lowcountry
Jan. 20-22

Monday, 16 January 2012 16:05 Barry

Hope you like food, music and golf, because there's plenty of each in store for you this weekend. (And if you don't like food, music and golf, may we ask what planet you're visiting us from?)

All weekend

12th Annual Savannah Low Country Home & Garden Show at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center. Find thousands of square feet of landscapes, gardens as well as celebrity and gardening seminars. Highlights of this year’s show include home improvement alley; booths featuring the latest trends in kitchen, bath and interiors; pools, spas and hardscapes; complimentary gourmet food and wine tastings; Kid Zone; and shopping including art, gifts, gourmet food and plants. Admission price includes entire weekend’s events and all seminars and discussions. Pay once and return all weekend long.Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for active duty military. Children under the age of 16 are free. 210-408-0998, www.savannahhomeandgardenshow.com

A Tribute to R & B Legend Luther Vandross Friday and Saturday at The Jazz Corner will feature Reggie Deas and Deas Guyz. www.thejazzcorner.com

Chamber Restaurant Week starts Saturday and runs through Jan. 28. Get ready to crown a champion. Chamber Restaurant Week diners will be able to select their favorite restaurant week establishment by voting on the website for the Chamber Restaurant Week Champion. The chosen restaurant will get bragging rights for the year. See our restaurant listings, page 113 for a rundown on participating restaurants.hiltonheadchamber.org.


WHHI-TV Hilton Head Island Cheerleading Classic 12-6 p.m. at the Hilton Head Island High School VPAC. This winter WHHI-TV is presenting the area’s first ever high school cheerleading competition, the Hilton Head Island Cheerleading Classic, featuring at least 15 high school cheerleading squads from all over South Carolina. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased the day of at the event.

The competition will also air on WHHI-TV in its entirety the week of Feb. 6 (check local listings and whhitv.com for exact times).

The hosts for the competition are Taylor Fisher and Jessa Jeremiah.

“We are really proud to showcase the athletic talent of the youth in the Lowcountry,” said station President John Byrne. “It is an objective of WHHI to consistently enrich this community through local broadcasts.” www.whhitv.com

Golf Clubfitting Seminar 12 p.m. at Powerhouse Gym in Bluffton. Are you having trouble improving even though you spend countless hours practicing and playing? Do you suffer from wrist, elbow, shoulder or other physical pain after playing golf? Now you can find out why your efforts to improve are not seeing the results you desire and why your golf game might be causing you physical distress.

Golf Performance Academy HIlton Head will give you a complete understanding of how golf clubs work and what swing problems ill-fitted clubs cause. Other topics of discussion will include how shafts are built, playability differences between steel, graphite and filament wound graphite, how your neurological system plays a role in clubfitting, what improperly fit clubs do to your swing and how it can lead to injury and much more. This seminar will be held at the Powerhouse Gym in Bluffton. Cost is $45 per person to attend. For more information, contact Pete Popovich at 843-338-6737. www.golfacademyhiltonhead.com

MLK Memorial Golf Tournament 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Arthur Hills Golf Course, Palmetto Dunes Resort. This charitable tournament begins with an 11:30 a.m. Best Buy Putting Tournament followed by a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. Presentation of awards and food starts at 5 p.m. Format is Best Ball with Handicap. Entry fee is $80 per player, checks payable to MLK Foundation. Call Alex at 843-290-5943 or Jenifer Gajdalo at 843-681-3881 for more information.


The 19th Annual Low Country Soup Challenge 12-3 p.m. at the Westin Resort in Port Royal on Hilton Head Island. Tickets will be sold at the door for $15 each. Cash or check, no debit or credit cards. Judging begins at 1 p.m. People’s choice award announced around 2:30 p.m.

All proceeds from the event benefit Volunteers In Medicine Clinic Hilton Head Island which provides free medical, dental and mental health care to individuals who live or work on Hilton Head or Daufuskie Islands who don’t have and/or can’t afford insurance or mainstream medical care.

For more information about the event contact Stan Stolarcyk at 843-681-6612, ext. 238 or email sstolarcyk at vimclinic.org

Blue Mudd in concert 3 p.m. at ARTworks in Beaufort. Digging deep down into their Lowcountry roots, Blue Mudd explores a diverse repertoire of Americana. The band features Beek Webb’s mandolin and fiddle and Vic Varner’s smooth voice accompanied by acoustic rhythm guitar. $5 donation at the door. www.artworksinbeaufort.org

Golf on Hilton Head

Golfing paradise with breathtaking oceanfront golf courses, courses along lagoons, lakes or tidal marshes, courses designed by PGA's best players, Hilton Head Island will give you a golf vacation to remember.
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Hilton Head Island Beach

Even though beach access is private at many places, all Hilton Head beaches are public from the ocean to the high water mark. Public beach access is available at Alder Lane Beach Access, off South Forest Beach Drive; Coligny Beach Park, off Coligny Circle; Fish Haul Park, at the end of Beach City Road; Driessen Beach Park, at the end of Bradley Beach Road; Burkes Beach Access, at the end of Burkes Beach Road; Folly Field Beach Park, off Folly Field Road; and Islanders Beach Park, off Folly Field Road.

Go and enjoy the breathtaking natural beauty of Hilton Head Island beaches while having a cocktail at the Tiki Hut and watching the locals play volleyball or dine at an oceanfront restaurant featuring Low Country favorites.
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Hilton Head Tennis

With over 350 tennis courts in all three Grand Slam surfaces, grass and even covered courts Hilton Head Island welcomes both seasoned professionals and tennis enthusiast just interested in learning to play well.

The mild subtropical climate and clear blue skies allow visitors to enjoy Hilton Head Island tennis all year.

Private and group lessons are available daily for those interested in improvement on all skill levels.

Take advantage of the many Hilton Head Island tennis programs, including:

  • Annual Spring Break Hilton Head Tennis programs
  • Tournaments and round robins
  • Youth camps and schools
  • Professional instruction
  • Hilton Head Island Tennis exhibitions
  • Open play

Hilton Head Bike Trails

If you love biking or you always wanted to try, this is your place. With nearly 50 miles of public pathways nestled along live oak tree lined streets and nature trails and more than 50 miles of pathways within the private developments, Hilton Head Island is a bikers’ paradise.
There are many kiosks along the pathways, showing location and Island-wide maps.

In addition, you can enjoy a bike ride during low tide along the beautiful 12 miles of island beaches.
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