SOURCE: Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (January 2020) — The Palmetto Dunes Tennis & Pickleball Center will serve as the site for the grand debut of the Association of Pickleball Professionals (APP) Tour, the first pickleball tour for professionals and amateurs.
The new tour will make its debut at the Hilton Head Pickleball Open from March 19th through the 22nd. This inaugural event will take place at the picturesque Palmetto Dunes Tennis & Pickleball Center, with 24 dedicated pickleball courts, and will include a $25,000 purse for the professionals. The amateur events will be divided by age and skill, 19+, 35+, 50+, and 60+.
Tournament registration is $65 — which includes a goodie bag with a Dri-Fit event T-shirt and a program guide — and will conclude March 5th. A player's age will be considered as of Dec. 31, 2020 and the minimum age for the tournament competition is 10 years old. Sign up here: https://www.pickleballtournaments.com/tournamentinfo.pl?tid=3769
The inaugural APP event will be hosted by highly ranked professionals Sarah Ansboury and Steve Deakin.
Ansboury serves as the Palmetto Dunes Pickleball Touring Professional and Director of Pickleball Instruction. A nationally ranked tennis player, Ansboury has been a pioneer in the pickleball explosion of the last few years. She discovered pickleball in 2014 and was instantly hooked. Deakin began his career in late 2017, also transitioning to pickleball from tennis, where he was a former ATP ranked player, 12-time Canadian National Champion, and a member of Canada’s Senior World Team.
The inaugural APP event at Palmetto Dunes will be bookended by the Sarah Ansboury’s 2020 Pickleball Academies at Palmetto Dunes Tennis & Pickleball Center. The academy scheduled from March 12-15 is for 4.0 level players and the academy that runs from March 26-29 is for 3.5 level players. To register, go to: https://www.greenwoodcr.com/ansbouryacademy?fbclid=IwAR1aOAvBYaXe0tskqduT5th6XimUGdAWaYOL7NN6izYOwU-vxy2dBs9o0xE
The Palmetto Dunes Tennis & Pickleball Center is located at 6 Trent Jones Lane, Hilton Head, SC 29928.
About Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort
Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort is a 2,000-acre resort destination located in the middle of Hilton Head Island, S.C., bounded by 3 miles of Atlantic Ocean beach on one side and a sheltered Intracoastal Waterway marina on the other. Named No. 3 “Best Resort in the South” in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2019 Readers' Choice Awards and to the top 25 World’s Best Family Getaways by Travel + Leisure, the resort features vacation home and villa rentals, three world-class golf courses, an award-winning tennis and pickleball center, an 11-mile inland salt-water lagoon system for kayaking and fishing, and Hilton Head Outfitters for bike rentals, canoes, kayaks, fishing and much more. The Mediterranean-style Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina, Hilton Head Island’s largest deep-water marina, located right across from Palmetto Dunes, features waterfront shopping and dining and a wide variety of charters, including nature cruises, dolphin tours, sport crabbing and fishing. For information about activities or reservations, please call 877-567-6513 or visit www.palmettodunes.com.