Tennis Resorts Online: The Leading Guide to Tennis Travel

Tennis Resorts Online
Your Definitive Guide To Tennis Travel

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©Roger Cox

The Guide To Taking Your Tennis Racquet On the Road

Since 1999, Tennis Resorts Online has been helping vacationers decide where to go on their next tennis holiday. I've made a career of giving such advice, initially as Tennis magazine's travel and resorts editor and since 1999 as the founder of this website. What you see here are not paid listings but the descriptions—provided without cost to resorts and camps—of those properties I feel are worthy of your attention. Over the course of several decades, I've visited more than 350 resorts on five continents and participated in some 50 different tennis camps, many more than once. It is that personal experience—supplemented now by reviews submitted by vacationers like you—that underpins this website.

What you'll find on these and the following pages is a suite of tools to help you make an informed choice on where to go. Start by checking out the rankings of the Top 100 Tennnis Resorts and Camps, which we base solely on the reviews submitted by people like you. For more personal advice, use the "Tailored Search" form that lets you specifiy precisely the features you're looking for in a resort or camp. Those results link to my personal descriptions, which are supplemented by the reviews—good or bad—of others who themselves have been there. There are also maps of what can be found in six different regions of the U.S. and one for Europe. Every property we list appears in a master index, listing both alphabetically and by state, region, or country. There is also a section devoted to junior camps, though since I'm a little old to participate in any of those I've had to settle for writing a description and let those juniors who've attended or their parents write personal reviews. To supplement all of this I've included a calendar of events taking place at tennis properties across the globe. We also ask resorts or camps to put together packages that offer special discounts or perks to Tennis Resorts Online readers.

Still, the site needs your input. We want to hear from you about your experience with any resort or camp you know first hand. As an incentive to take the trouble, Tennis Resorts Online gives away several tennis vacations in an annual drawing (2017 prizes to be announced soon). Every review you submit gives you another opportunity to win. To file one for a resort or camp, visit "Write a Review" or "Review a Junior Camp". Finally, let me know of ways you feel the site can be improved (and since we've just gone through a major redesign, please also let me know if there are any technical issues with any of the pages). You can contact me at . See you on the courts. —Roger Cox, Editor

Your Recent Reviews

Every time you review a resort or camp you know first hand, you're automatically entered in a drawing for one of several tennis vacations we give away each year. If you review a resort or camp between now and Apr. 30, 2016, you' be eligible to win a holiday at Saddlebrook International Tennis and Cliff Drysdale Tennis at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, both in Florida, and New England Tennis Holidays at Sugarbush, in Vermont. If you rated a junior camp, you're in the pool for a week-long junior camp at Saddlebrook Junior Tennis.
Here's a sample of recent critiques of resorts and camps by other vacationers, followed by a link where you can post your own.

  • 5-Ball Rating Academia Sánchez-Casal, Spain
    "Staff is very professional, from the shuttle driver to the head coach. This is the place to learn the Spanish Method which focus on movement and fitness. My daughter had a great time and learned a lot from very attentive and knowledgeable coaches. They provided a detailed written assessment of my daughters strengths and weaknesses. Great location, very close to the International airport (10 minutes by taxi). Shuttle is available for pickup and drop-off to major centers in Barcelona. Had a chance to chat with one of the founders, Sergio Casal, who was playing in the next court where my daughter played. Very friendly and down to earth which reflects the rest of the staff in the academy and camp."—C.P., Adv., July 2016
  • 4-Ball Rating Saddlebrook Junior Tennis (Hopman), Florida
    "Just returned from our second trip to Saddlebrook, where our 10 year old son played a full week in their Junior Development program and worked with Alvaro Betancur. Can't say enough about the positive method of teaching and attention to detail given in the instruction. Our son played close to seven hours a day in high heat and humidity and at the end of the week was disappointed to leave."—M.B., Adv. Int., July 2016
  • 4½-Ball Rating Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, California
    "A fabulous resort for adult tennis clinics and personal instruction. The classes are well organized - extremely pleasant - and focused on drilling and playing was excellent. Having members playing with guests is wonderful - they are excellent players - very very friendly - and provided a memorable experience."—J.M., Int., August 2016
  • 4½-Ball Rating La Manga Club, Spain
    "I have had the pleasure of attending the La Manga Adult Academy on several occasions and each time I do, I leave at the end of the week wanting more. I cannot speak highly enough about the professionalism of the staff who provide such a wonderful experience for players of all levels. The quality of coaching is exceptional and is always delivered with infectious enthusiasm. The facilities, both in the tennis academy and in the rest of the resort, are second to none in the region and I would highly recommend anyone who has the chance to visit La Manga Club, to take that opportunity. You won't regret it. In simple terms, I would just say - Great facilities, Great coaching, Great fun."—R.M., Int., July 2016
  • 4-Ball Rating CopperWynd Resort and Club, Arizona
    "Strengths: the most beautiful tennis resort with friendly pros. Weaknesses: Too beautiful, you would not want to leave."—H.P., Adv. Int., August 2016

Exclusive Packages and Specials

Discounts, room upgrades, and special packages only available on Tennis Resorts Online.

Free Upgrade to One-bedroom Suite + Amenity Basket

Saddlebrook International Tennis at Saddlebrook Resort Book the Saddlebrook Tennis School (which offers five hours a day of instruction) and a regular deluxe guest room at Saddlebrook Resort and they'll upgrade you to a one-bedroom suite* at no extra cost (two-night minimum) and include a complimentary Saddlebrook Amenity basket.

To get it, phone toll-free 800-729-8383, x4200 and ask for the Tennis Resorts Online Upgrade.

*Subject to availability at the time of booking

Special Discount on Team Packages

Beach at Port Royal Book our 3-day/3-night Ambassador Package for teams and get a discounted rate of $395/person. The special package includes six hours of personalized clinics, unlimited court time, accommodations in a deluxe 2-bedroom villa (discount based on four people sharing a two-bedroom), one lunch at Robber's Row Grill, logo souvenirs, and pro shop discounts. For information and help in planning your personalized holiday, call Tanda at 843-686-8803 or 843-298-0027 and say you want the Tennis Resorts Online special rate.

TRO Exclusive: Save $100!

John Newcombe Tennis Ranch Tennis Resorts Online users can claim a special $100/person discount on any adult all-inclusive week-long camp program. To get it, telephone reservations toll-free at 800-444-6204 or email the Ranch. You must mention Tennis Resorts Online to get the discount. Request a brochure.

All here. All yours. All pro.

Tennis Gardens at the Resort at Longboat Key Club Escape to the Four-Diamond Resort at Longboat Key Club and enjoy complimentary play on our USTA award-winning, 20-court Tennis Gardens. Experience golf, spa, dining, and Sarasota’s culture and nightlife. Click here now for our "Tennis Tune Up Package" Package.

On the Road

Dispatches from my latest travels

Taking a Swing At Cape Cod

Revisiting the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch in Texas

Resort Hopping In Southwest Florida

Emilio Sánchez on "the Spanish Method"

Tennis on the "Garden Isle" of Kauai

Sea Island, Georgia, and the Jensen Brothers

Cliff Drysdale Tennis at Hawk's Cay Resort, Florida

Soaring Above Phoenix, Arizona

Newport, Rhode Island, For Tennis Players

©2016 Roger Cox

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The award-winning Tennis Gardens at Longboat Key Club offers 20 Har-Tru courts, NTRP game rating, tennis concierge services, daily clinics, professional instruction and courtside dining at Court 21. Enjoy full resort amenities with our "Tennis Tune Up Package" and USTA member packages, starting at $300 per night. Call 855-434-0484 or visit

Kiawah Mar2011

Kiawah Island Golf Resort, South Carolina. Play the Tennis Resort Ranked Number 1 in the World by Tennis Resorts Online. Directed by Hall of Fame Tennis Pro Roy Barth, Kiawah's programs receive the highest accolades. Custom packages include unlimited court time, accommodations, breakfast, special rates for instruction. Enjoy Kiawah's beach, spa, fine dining and golf—minutes from Charleston. For information and reservations, phone 888.856.7107 or visit

Doubles Boot Camps

Upcoming Events

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Oct. 27-30, 2016

PBI Silverado World Tennis Camp, Silverado Resort and Spa, California
This 4-day camp comprises a total of 13 hours on court. It begins with a selcome dinner and round robin. Subsequent days combine instruction and drills with a pro-am tournament and optional player game matching. There is also a wine-tasting session Friday night and an awards and gift presentation at the end. For more information and to register, included discounted rom rates, visit PBI World Tennis Camp.

Oct. 28-30, 2016

22nd Annual Wild Wing Cafe "Nutty Buddy" Classic, Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center, South Carolina, Phone: 843-785-1152
Sponsored by Wild Wing Cafe, this is a fun men's and women's doubles and mixed doubles event.

Oct. 28-30, 2016

Fantasy Adult Clinic with Tom Shimada, Van Der Meer Tennis, Shipyard, South Carolina, Phone: 800-645-6138
Former ATP Tour pro Tom Shimada, who had a Top 50 doubles ranking, joins Dr. Louie Cap and the Van der Meer staff for an advanced adult weekend emphasizing doubles. It begins Friday evening with welcome party and pro exhibition and continues with 9 hours of group clinics, live-ball drills, and match play on Saturday and Sunday. Packages include a free pair of Head tennis shoes and discounted room rates are available at the Sonesta Oceanfront Hotel adjacent to the tennis center. Limited to 24 participants. Phone 800-645-6138 for information and reservations.

Oct.29-Nov. 6, 2016

8th Annual Charlottesville Men’s Pro Challenge, Boar's Head, Virginia
This ATP Pro Circuit event with a purse of $50,000 has 32 players in the singles draw, 16 teams in doubles. Qualifying rounds begin Oct. 29 followed by the main draw on Oct. 31. The event enefits Special Olympics Virginia. Admission to all rounds is free. 

Oct. 29-Nov. 5, 2016

Tournament  Mouratoglou Junior Championships, Mouratoglou Tennis Academy, France
Powered by Ten-Pro, this international tennis tournament is open to highly talented boys and girls, born in the years 2000 to 2006. There are five levels of competition—U12, U13, U14, U15, U16—with a guarantee of at least 4 matches for each participant. Download and submit the reservation form prior to Oct. 20, 2016. For additional information, contact Ten-Pro Tournament Director Goran Novakovic by Skype at g.novakovic1 or by email

Oct. 29, 2016

IMG 1-Day Adult Tiebreak Tournament, IMG Academy Bollettieri Tennis Program, Florida, Phone: 941-752-2608
This one-day tournament, open only to USTA members, will be contested entirely using 12-point tiebreaks. There are both Men's and Women's competition in Open, 3.5, 4.0, and 4.5 divisions, with full consolation brackets for first-round osers. Matches, which will be played on hard courts, consist of best of two of three sets, with each set comprised of a single tiebreak. The winners of the Men's and Women's Open Divisions will each receive $200, provided there is a minimum of eight entries in each of those divisions. All rounds will be completed in one day. The entry fee of $44.95 includes a t-shirt. IMG Academy full-time student athletes and tennis staff are ineligible. To enroll, visit TennisLink.

Oct. 30-Nov. 6, 2016

Tournament  2nd annual Copperwynd Women's Pro Challenge, CopperWynd Resort and Club, Arizona
This $50,000 WTA event comprises a 32-draw singles tournament and 16-team doubles tounament. Proceeds go to ACEing Autism, which brings recreational tennis programs to children on the autism spectrums. The qualifying rounds begin Oct. 30, the main draw Nov. 1. Also on Nov. 1, there is a complimentary Rally for the Family for kids ages 4-14 and their parents. Visit for event and ticket information.

Nov. 11-12, 2016

CRAB Team Tennis Challenge, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, South Carolina, Phone: 843-785-1152
Singles, doubles, and combo mixed in World Team Tennis format. Sponsored by Coastal Restaurants and Bars (CRAB) and benefitting the Hunger and Homeless Coalition of Hilton Head Island.

Nov. 11-13, 2016

Ladies' 3.5 Team Challenge, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Florida, Phone: 850-267-7114
  A minimum of six doubles teams play off in a round robin over the course of a long weekend whose package includes lodging, breakfast, award, and more.

Nov. 13, 2016

CRAB Pickleball Tournament, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, South Carolina
Men's and Women's Doubles nad Mixed Doubles event

Nov. 16, 2016

IMG 1-Day Adult Tiebreak Tournament, IMG Academy Bollettieri Tennis Program, Florida, Phone: 941-752-2608
This one-day tournament, open only to USTA members, will be contested entirely using 12-point tiebreaks. There are both Men's and Women's competition in Open, 3.5, 4.0, and 4.5 divisions, with full consolation brackets for first-round osers. Matches, which will be played on hard courts, consist of best of two of three sets, with each set comprised of a single tiebreak. The winners of the Men's and Women's Open Divisions will each receive $200, provided there is a minimum of eight entries in each of those divisions. All rounds will be completed in one day. The entry fee of $44.95 includes a t-shirt. IMG Academy full-time student athletes and tennis staff are ineligible. To enroll, visit TennisLink.

Nov. 18-20, 2016

Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Classic, Boca Raton Resort & Club, Florida
Chris Evert, winner of 18 Grand Slam titles, and celebrities from the worlds of politics, entertainment, business, and, naturally, tennis will be on hand for three days of instruction, drills, round-robins, a cocktail reception, dinner, and silent auction, all to raise money for several charities dedicated to the prevention of drug abuse and child neglect or to helping at-risk children and their families. Tennis activities will take place at the nearby Delray Beach Tennis Center, with dinner and entertainment staged at the Boca Raton Resort & Club.

Nov. 16-20, 2016

Wailea Fantasy Tennis Camp, Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, Hawaii, Phone: 808-879-1958
Now in its 10th year, the Wailea Fantasy Tennis Camp headlines two former  world No. 1 WTA champions: Lindsay Davenport and Tracy Austin. They're joined by former U.S. Davis Cup Captain Tom Gullikson and former pro turned broadcaster Justin Gimelstob. Campers take part in four days of instruction, drills, videoanalysis, and play with the pros on a package that includes lodging at the Four Season Resort Maui. For more info contact Camp Director Cathy Nicoloff at 808-879-1958 or

Nov. 24-26, 2016

Stan Smith Super Series, Sea Pines Resort, South Carolina
 Wimbledon and U.S. Open Champion and former World No. 1 Stan Smith conducts a fun-filled weekend clinic at the Sea Pines Racquet Club. Over the course of nine hours (3 hours each day), Smith and his staff will focus on stroke and strategy instruction, footwork, and many practice drills as well as videotape your serve. Student:pro ratio never more than 4:1, ensuring personal attention. Open to players 17+ years old with an NTRP rating of 3.0+.

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