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Free Tennis & Pickleball 

We have a guest membership at the South Beach Racquet Club that provides 1 free hour of tennis and 1 hour of free pickelball court time per day, plus 20% off additional court time and equipment rentals.  Pickleball racquet & ball rental is $5/person or  $15 for 4 person group.  The club also offers group & private pickleball lessons plus round robin pickup pickleball games - contact the club for details.  The club is located 1/4 mile from our home at 230 South Sea Pines Drive.  Call (843) 671-2215 and mention you are staying at 7 Black Duck Road to access our guest membership.


Bicycle, Baby & Beach Rentals

One of our family's favorite things to do on the island is ride bikes on the 15 miles of bike paths throughout Sea Pines, and on the beach, which is simply fabulous at sunset!  You can order in advance from many companies on the island which deliver your bikes to our driveway before your arrive and pick them up after you leave.  We recommend renting bikes from South Beach Racquet Club because our guest membership provides a 20% discount by mentioning you're staying at 7 Black Duck.  Call (843) 671-2215


The picture below shows a map of the myriad of bike trails inside Sea Pines.  Click the download button if you wish to save or print a copy of the map.

Sea Pines Bike Trail Map

Fitness Center

The Sea Pines Fitness Center is available for $13/day or $55/week. It's located at 71 Lighthouse Road. (843) 842-1978.


H2O Sports ( is located just 2 miles away in Harbortown and offers a wide variety of water activities ranging from sailing and parasailing to boat, jet ski, paddle board and kayak rentals.  They also offer a variety of tours including dolphin, alligator and guided kayak tours. They also a ferry to neighboring Dafuskie Island, an island lost in time accessible only by boat

Sightseeing & Eco-Adventures

The Sea Pines Resort operates a variety of tours on horseback, boats & even wagons.  Some tours vary by season so check for more information.    

Sea Pines Wildlife

Click the download button to view or print a brochure on Sea Pines wildlife



Need a babysitter?

Here are a few reputable local companies: 


Hilton Head has many really good restaurants so we would suggest you use your favorite restaurant app and you'll find a great choice that suits your tastes.  Our favorites are Vine (top restaurant on the island so need reservations a week or two in advance), Coast at the Sea Pines Beach Club (great outdoor dining with great ocean views),  Truffles in Sea Pines Center (kid friendly), RedFish and Vine just outside of Sea Pines (not kid friendly) are our favorite fine dining restaurants.  Marleys, Flatbread Grill and Salty Dog for more casual dining (kid friendly).  Finally Crave by Daniel offers a very wide variety of excellent small plate tapas from around the world.

Discounts & Coupons

Visit to get discounts on watersports, restaurants, horseback riding, bike rentals & more.


Grocery Pre-Order and Grocery Delivery

The local Harris Teeter just outside of Sea Pines allows you to order food online for pickup at a pre-selected time or have it delivered to our home.  Harris Teeter will shop in-store for you for free the first time you use their service, after which they charge $4.95 per order.  You can oder up to 6 days in advance and choose a 30 minute window to pick up your groceries.  The delivery option costs $34.95 per order, can also be scheduled up to 6 days in advance and you pick a 2 hour delivery window.  To shop the Harris Teeter's Park Plaza store visit  There are also small convenience stores in South Beach and Sea Pines Center for incidentals you may need to pick up during your stay.

Sea Pines Events

Sea Pines calendar of events:

Golf Courses

Hilton Head has over 40 public courses within a 30 minute drive of our home, and is widely viewed as having the largest concentration of golf courses per capita in the world.  Sea Pines has 3 public courses within the development:

* Harbortown (home of the PGA Heritage pro tournament):

* Atlantic Dunes (by Davis Love):

* Heron Point (by Pete Dye):

If you play 2 or 3 

If you play 2 or 3 rounds on Sea Pines courses you can get up to 15% off greens fees by making your reservations here:

Fishing Charters

There are many fishing charter options on the island and I recommend you go with one of the group of captains that are involved with the great white shark tagging program.  These captains go 60 miles out to sea to the very warm waters of the Gulf Sream where great whites are known to hunt, catch them, tag them with a transponder and release them.  This group of 6 captains know the waters the best and I happen to know one that has won a number of sport fishing championships named Marc Pincus.  If you decide to charter with Marc tell him Mike Rowen said hi.   Here's a link to his website:

Mermaid of Hilton Head

Treat young kids to a unique experience with a mermaid!  Mermaid Nina offers mermaid & dolphin boat tours, birthday parties, photo shoots with your kids wearing mermaid fins and mermaid swimming school.  She is in high demand so make a reservation well in advance.  She educates guests on the importance of preserving our oceans and donates a portion of every sale to ocean cleanup.  Consistent 5 star ratings on Google, Trip Advisor, etc.  Visit for more information or to make a reservation.   Use coupon code "BlackDuck" to get 10% off.

Mermaidof Hilton Head

Personal Chef

Occasionally I am asked about a personal chef to cook meals in my home and highly recommend Chef Meagen (, email and Bess' catering (, email


I recommend Faithology (, email who is is fantastic at timing pics around sunset on the beach.  Here's a pic she took from my son's wedding on the beach behind our home in October 2020.

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Coastal Discovery Museum

The Coastal Discovery Museum is a Smithsonian affiliated museum where you can explore natural history and local cultural heritage on the 68 acre Honey Horn property. The Museum’s trails, gardens, live oaks, butterfly enclosure, and horses are just a few of the fun experiences you will encounter during your visit. Mon. - Sat. 9-4:30 and Sun. 11-3.  Visit for more information.