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Pickleball in Hilton Head: America’s Fastest Growing Sport!

Like tennis, but easier to learn and more fun to play, pickleball has become one of America’s fastest-growing sports. Come see why on beautiful Hilton Head Island.
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Program No. 22658RJ
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6 days
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South Carolina

Pickleball in Hilton Head: America’s Fastest Growing Sport!

Like tennis, but easier to learn and more fun to play, pickleball has become one of America’s fastest-growing sports. Come see why on beautiful Hilton Head Island.
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Program No. 22658 RJ
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6 days
5 nights
12 meals
5B 4L 3D
2
Welcome to Pickleball
Hilton Head Island, SC
3
Serves & Returns
Hilton Head Island, SC
4
3rd Shot & Dinks
Hilton Head Island, SC
5
Unforced Errors
Hilton Head Island, SC
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At a Glance

If you thought the most fun you could have hitting a ball over a net was tennis, think again, because you haven’t tried pickleball. It’s like tennis, but uses a paddle and whiffle ball and is played on a smaller court, so there’s less running and longer rallies. The best place to play one of the fastest-growing sports in America? Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort on sun-kissed Hilton Head Island. You’ll learn the game from enthusiastic instructors, enjoy some light-hearted competition and even get to explore charming Hilton Head Island off the court. Come catch the fever in this fun-packed program. You’ll learn why pickleball is such a “big dill!”
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • With instructors, learn to play pickleball or improve your game.
  • Enjoy round robins or group play at the renowned Palmetto Dunes, ranked among “The 50 Greatest U.S. Tennis Resorts” by Tennis Magazine.
  • On Tuesday evening, learn about Hilton Head Island’s remarkable history from an educator from the Coastal Discovery Museum. On Thursday evening, enjoy learning about the loggerhead turtles that nest annually on the island’s beaches.

General Notes

Departures vary by skill level. Select dates offered for competitive players.
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6 days
5 nights
12 meals
5 B 4 L 3 D
DAY
1
Check-In, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Hilton Head Island, SC
D
Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort

Activity note: Hotel check-in time is 4:00 p.m. Earlier check-in may be available. Please contact the hotel directly.

Afternoon: Program Registration: Front desk staff will direct you to the assigned conference room where Road Scholar staff will greet you warmly. You will receive your welcome packet containing your name-tag and an up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes. If your arrival is delayed, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Dinner: At the resort, we’ll enjoy a beautiful plated meal with coffee, tea, iced tea and water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will welcome everyone and lead introductions. We will review program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the full day ahead.

DAY
2
Welcome to Pickleball
Hilton Head Island, SC
B,L
Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort

Breakfast: Each morning at the hotel restaurant, the breakfast buffet will include choices of assorted hot and cold cereals, yogurt, fresh and dried fruit, grits, potatoes, breakfast meats, eggs, assorted breads, pancakes and pastries with juice, coffee, tea and water.

Morning: Get ready for a week of exercise, fun and honing your pickleball skills! We’ll begin with a clinic introducing new players to the game, reviewing the basic strokes the rules, scoring, and effective court positioning.

Lunch: Each day this week options of soups, salads, and sandwiches will be provided for lunch at Big Jim’s at Palmetto Dunes.

Afternoon: Supervised round robin play will reinforce the skills learned in the morning clinic.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. There are hundreds of local restaurants to choose from.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Serves & Returns
Hilton Head Island, SC
B,L,D
Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Pickleball professionals will review Day 2 activities and answer questions about those elements requiring clarification or reinforcement before leading a clinic focusing on the serve and the return of serve. The clinic will be followed by a round robin play during which participants will incorporate the lessons from the clinic into actual play.

Lunch: Lunch at Big Jim's.

Afternoon: Supervised round robin play. This is an opportunity to incorporate lessons from the clinic.

Dinner: Hotel plated meal.

Evening: Lecture from local expert

DAY
4
3rd Shot & Dinks
Hilton Head Island, SC
B,L
Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: After reviewing the lessons from the first 2 clinics, today’s instruction will focus on the more difficult and crucial “third shot” and the “dink.”

Lunch: Lunch at Big Jim's.

Afternoon: Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. This is your time to enjoy the facilities of the resort or to explore Hilton Head on your own! Perhaps a round of golf or kayaking? You might enjoy some pampering at a spa!

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Unforced Errors
Hilton Head Island, SC
B,L,D
Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: The pickleball staff will review the objectives of the first 3 days before leading a clinic focusing on the lob and the overhead. There will also be discussion on how to reduce unforced errors. Supervised round robin play after the lesson will provide the opportunity to practice these new techniques.

Lunch: Lunch at Big Jim's.

Afternoon: Supervised round robin play. You will be amazed at the progress you have made this week.

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll enjoy a delicious plated farewell dinner together with standard beverages. Share your favorite experiences and get ready to bid adieu to new Road Scholar friends tomorrow.

Evening: Lecture from local expert

DAY
6
Pickleball Professional Q&A, Program Concludes
Hilton Head Island, SC
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: The program will wrap up with a Q & A at the resort with the pickleball staff. This will be the opportunity to refresh yourself on specific points of play or situations you may have encountered during the week. We’ll all leave for home with a new set of skills and new Road Scholar friends! This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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