Free Tennis & 50% Off Pickleball
We have a guest membership at the South Beach Racquet Club that provides 1 free hour of tennis court time per day, plus 20% off additional court time and equipment rentals. Our guest membership also entitles your to 1 free hour of pickleball court time per day & 20% off additional court time. 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 rental equipment in advance from many suppliers and they will deliver your items to our driveway before your arrive and pick them up after you leave. If you wait until you arrive to rent from a local company you will need to stand in line and they may be out of what you need, so we strongly encourage you to rent any gear your need in advance. We recommend 3 options for bike rentals:
South Beach Racquet Club: 20% discount by mentioning you are staying at 7 Black Duck (843) 671-2215
The picture below shows a map of the myriad of bike trails inside Sea Pines.
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 (https://www.h2osports.com) 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 https://www.hiltonheadisland.org/daufuskie/see-do)
Sightseeing & Eco-Adventures
The Sea Pines Resort operates a variety of tours on horseback, boats & even wagons. Some tours vary by season so check https://www.seapines.com/recreation/activities-tours for more information.
Sea Pines Wildlife Brochure
Visit https://www.flipsnack.com/csaseapines/wildlife-booklet-august-2019.html to download
Need a babysitter?
Here are a few reputable local companies:
Companions, Nurses, and Nannies (843) 681-5011 or
Hilton Head Babysitting Services (843) 338-2072 or
Guardian Angels (877) 470-4277
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 www.hiltonheadisland.com/coupons/ 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 https://shop.harristeeter.com/store/C2FA73822#/. 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: https://www.seapines.com/events/
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): https://www.seapines.com/golf/harbour-town-golflinks.aspx
* Atlantic Dunes (by Davis Love): https://www.seapines.com/golf/Golf-Courses/Atlantic-Dunes-by-Davis-Love.aspx
* Heron Point (by Pete Dye): https://www.seapines.com/golf/heron-point-by-pete-dye.aspx
Our property manager - Sunset Rentals - offers golf packages and discounts if you plan to play mulitple rounds during your stay. If you reserve a golf package via Sunset Rentals your voucher will be in my home upon arrival. Please contact Sunset Rentals at 800-276-8991 if your voucher is not there or you wish to inquire about discounted golf packages.
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: http://reelincharters.com/
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.
Occasionally I am asked about a personal chef to cook meals in my home. While I have no personal direct experience with any local chefs, several prior guests researched and found Chef Meagen Mehaffey and both were very pleased with her quality of food and service. Her website is https://www.chefmeagen.com/ and her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.