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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

Here's a sample of recent critiques of resorts and camps by other vacationers, followed by a link where you can post your own.

  • 3½-Ball Rating Watercolor Inn & Resort, Florida
    "Strengths: Great Tennis Pros for clinics. Gorgeous, but small tennis facility. Beautiful resort. Spectular white sand beaches. Great restaurants. Weakness: EXPENSIVE. Not for the budget minded. Guests of the resort charged $40 per hour to play on the courts. Clinics, which are excellent, are $37 per person. Also cost $200 per week fo use of fitness center."—D.M., Adv. Int., June 2017
  • 4½-Ball Rating VitalHotel Wolfgangsee Nature Spa & Tennis Resort, Austria
    "Wow! This was such a great experience. The setting could not have been more beautiful. The tennis camp consisted of a 90 minute clinic each day and a couple optional evening tennis events. The courts used for clinics are inside, although there are outdoor courts on-site. The one-week tennis camp came with breakfast and dinner every day. The hotel takes their food seriously. Breakfasts were very good but the dinners were amazing...a 5 course gourmet meal every night! The resort also has a lovely pool and spa. We spent a lot of time walking around in St. Wolfgang and hiking and biking on the many trails through the hills and around all the nearby lakes. There was so much to see and do, we would recommend it for non-tennis players as well. Finally, while we do not have children, the resort seems to have a great program for children and looks like the perfect family getaway with something for everyone."—J.H., Int., August 2017
  • 3½-Ball Rating Sunriver Resort, Oregon
    "There are two tennis programs at Sunriver, one run by the resort and the other run by the Sunriver Homeowners Association. We tried both programs and while both were good, the pros and clinics at the Homeowners Association were our favorite. Jake (assisted by Jess) does a great job with 2 one-hour clinics every weekday for intermediate players, a mixer every Saturday morning, and an advanced mixer on Tuesday afternoons. The courts are in a lovely woodsy setting. You can also book time on courts around Sunriver for no fee if the accommodations you choose come with a homeowner "Sharc pass" (also good for the pool). We were able to meet people at the clinics to play doubles with. The downside is that there is no active game arranging. Aside from tennis, Sunriver is just an amazing vacation spot....your non-tennis-playing friends and family will not be bored. We also biked, hiked, rafted, kayaked, went to the pool, saw a band on the lawn behind the lodge, and on and on."—J.H., Int., August 2017
  • 4-Ball Rating Cliff Drysdale Tennis School at Stratton, Vermont
    "Great coaches, focused on strength identification - very helpful. Rob and his staff are friendly and professional and run an excellent program. We look forward to coming back again."—R.H., Adv., June 2017
  • 4-Ball Rating Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, Florida
    "This was a great experience. The coaches were wonderful and the accommodations were beautiful, a great variety of restaurants. I really liked the blend of lots of good tennis and time for some relaxation. I highly recommend it!"—M.P., Int., March 2017

Exclusive Packages and Specials

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

Stan Smith Super Series: Nov. 24-26, 2017

Stan Smith Super Series, Sea Pines Racquet Club Wimbledon and U.S. Open Champion and former World No. 1 Stan Smith conducts this annual event, held over Thanksgiving weekend. 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 and NTRP 3.0+ rating. Cost: $305/person

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.


PBI World Tennis Camp, Nov. 29-Dec. 3, 2017

PBI World Tennis Camp at Naples Grande Beach Resort, Naples, FL Join us Nov. 29-Dec. 3, 2017, for a 4½-day PBI world Camp at the Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples, Florida. Consistently rated as one of the top resorts in the United States, the Naples Grande Beach Resort, features 15 hard true courts, lighted play and is situated right on the Gulf of Mexico. The camp comprises more than 19 hours of tennis, including 13 hours of group clinics, more than seven hours of doubles play and tennis events, a welcome dinner, camp picture, awards and gifts. To book, visit PBITennis.com and mention the code TROFREELESSON in the referral section and receive a complimentary private lesson during your camp stay.

PBI World Tennis Camp, Sept. 8-12, 2017

PBI World Tennis Camp, Reynolds Plantation, Georgia, Sept. 8-12, 2017 Join us for a four and a half day PBI World Camp at the Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation on the secluded shores of Lake Oconee, just 75 miles east of Atlanta, Georgia. The camp devotes more than 20 hours to on-court instruction and activities, 13 hours of grouped themed clinics and lessons and seven hours of competitive play and fun events. Campers also enjoy a welcome dinner reception, awards ceremony, camp pictures, awards, gifts, and boat ride. To book, visit PBITennis.com and mention the code TROFREELESSON in the referral section and receive a complimentary private lesson during your camp stay.

Stan Smith Super Series: Sept. 15-17, 2017

Stan Smith Super Series, Sea Pines Racquet Club 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 and NTRP 3.0+ rating. Cost: $305/person

PBI World Tennis Camp, Sept. 18-22, 2017

PBI World Tennis Camp, Bio-Hotel Stanglwirt, Austria, Sept. 18-22, 2017 With 8 red-clay courts laid out on the apron of the Wilder Kaiser mountains in Austria's Tirol, the Bio-Hotel Stanglwirt makes for an uncommonly picturesque setting for this PBI World Tennis Camp. Participants receive more than 20 hours of instruction and programming over five days, equally divided between group clinics and supervised tournaments and other on-court activities. The package includes a welcome reception and closing ceremony, camp awards, gifts, pictures and much more. To book, visit PBITennis.com and mention the code TROFREELESSON in the referral section and receive a complimentary private lesson during your camp stay.

PBI World Tennis Camp, July 11-14 & Dec. 16-21

PBI World Tennis Camp, The Buccaneer, St. Croix, July 11-14 & Dec. 16-21 The Buccaneer on the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Croix is hosting two four-day PBI World Camps. Each camp comprises more than 19 hours of instruction and programming, 12½ devoted to group clinics and another 7 to competitive play. The package also includes a welcome mixer and doubles exhibition, farewell dinner with awards, camp pictures and gifts, as well as a boat trip to Buck Island Reef National Monument. To book, visit PBITennis.com and mention the code TROFREELESSON in the referral section and receive a complimentary private lesson during your camp stay.

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.

PBI World Tennis Camp, Dec. 3-7, 2017

PBI World Tennis Camp, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai, Dec. 3-7, 2017 Set in Dubai on the shores of the Arabian Gulf, Jumeirah Beach Hotel will stage a five-day PBI World Camp on its seven floodlit courts. Participants can look forward more than 18-hours of instruction and programming, including eight hours of group themed clinics, more than 10 hours of on court socials, point play and round robins, a welcome mixer, awards dinner, camp pictures, awards and gifts as well as the opportunity to enjoy the hotel's five swimming pools and a private beach. To book, visit PBITennis.com and mention the code TROFREELESSON in the referral section and receive a complimentary private lesson during your camp stay.

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

Save $50-$100 on Junior Tennis Camps

Julian Krinsky Tennis Camps and Programs Tennis Resorts Online has secured a discount of $100* off residential and $50 off day-camp* bookings on any tennis camp you book at the Julian Krinsky School of Tennis. To get it, email imagine@jkcp.com or apply online at http://www.jkcp.com and use one of these codes: for Residential camps, TRORES2017, and for day camps, TRODAY2017

For more information, visit www.jkcp.com/tennis or call 610-265-9401. Offer expires Aug. 31, 2017
*Note: May not be combined with other discounts.

©2017 Roger Cox


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Upcoming Events

Tournament indicates a tournament

Aug. 12-20, 2017

Tournament Western & Southern Open. www.wsopen.com/
Part of the Emirates U.S. Open Series, this Cincinnati event draws top ATP and WTA players to the Lindner Family Tennis Center.

Aug. 25-27, 2017

Kiawah Island Summer Junior Tennis Championship, Kiawah Island Golf Resort, South Carolina
USTA-SC level 3 sanctioned event includes ages 10-18 and under for boys and girls, singles and doubles

Aug. 28-Sept. 10, 2017

Tournament U.S. OPEN. www.usopen.org
Stan Wawrinka and Angelique Kerber are defending champions.

Sept. 1-3, 2017

10th Annual Palmetto Dunes Tennis Fall Classic, Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center, South Carolina, Phone: 843-785-1152
Men's and Women's Singles, Combo Doubles, and Combo Mixed Doubles, sponsored by Captain Woody's.

Sept. 2-4, 2017

36th Annual Kapalua Open Tennis Championships, Kapalua Tennis Garden, Hawaii, Phone: 808-662-7730
This annual Labor Day championship draws a large crowd for competition in USTA-sanctioned men's and women's singles, doubles, and mixed in 3.5, 4.0, and Open divisions. The entry fee includes a lunch buffet on Saturday and a swag bag with gifts from Kapalua Tennis, Babolat, Wilson, Travis Matthew, and other sponsors. There is also a silent auction for items that include hotel stays, restaurants, and recreational packages. The proceeds from the auction go to support the USTA Maui District Tennis Association Scholarship Fund, which provides travel scholarships to Maui tennis players of all ages for travel to tournaments across the Hawaiian islands and mainland.

Sept.8-10, 2017

9th Annual Wine-Tasting, Cooking & Tennis Camp, Broadmoor, Colorado
Beginning Friday afternoon, this incresingly popular weekend program combines 9 hours of tennis instruction with an indulgence in wining and dining. Tennis starts Friday afternoon and is followed by with a private wine-tasting at The Broadmoor's Fishing Lodge conducted by Broadmoor's sommelier. After more tenis onSaturday morning, campers move on to a "hands-on" experience at The Broadmoor Farm and Greenhouse, led by Chef David Patterson and horticulturist Lorri and a then grilling demonstration and culinary tips led by Chef Dan Witherspoon. For information and reservations, phone 719-577-5847 or email tennis@broadmoor.com.

Sept. 8-10, 2017

3.5 Ladies Team Challenge, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Florida, Phone: 850-267-7114
This event features a minimum of six doubles teams, with NTRP ratings of 3.5, each playing in a round robin against the other teams over the course of a long weekend.

Sept. 8-12, 2017

PBI World Tennis Camp, Reynolds Lake Oconee and Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Georgia
Join us for a four and a half day PBI World Camp at the Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation on the secluded shores of Lake Oconee, just 75 miles east of Atlanta, Georgia. The camp devotes more than 20 hours to on-court instruction and activities, 13 hours of grouped themed clinics and lessons and seven hours of competitive play and fun events. Campers also enjoy a welcome dinner reception, awards ceremony, camp pictures, awards, gifts, and boat ride. To book, visit PBITennis.com and mention the code TROFREELESSON in the referral section and receive a complimentary private lesson during your camp stay.

Sept. 8-10, 2017

Ladies 4.5 Interstate Team Challenge, TOPS'L Beach & Racquet Resort by Wyndham, Florida
For teams of women with an average NTRP rating of no more than 4.5.

Sept. 15-17, 2017

Stan Smith Super Series, Sea Pines Racquet Club, South Carolina, Phone: 843-363-4995
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 and NTRP 3.0+ rating. Cost: $305/person

Sept. 15-17, 2017

Ladies 3.5 Interstate Team Challenge, TOPS'L Beach & Racquet Resort by Wyndham, Florida
For teams of women with an average NTRP rating of no higher than 3.5.

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


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