Tennis Resorts Online: The Leading Guide to Tennis Travel


Tennis Resorts Online
Your Definitive Guide To Tennis Travel



Roy Emerson Tennis Weeks/Gstaad Palace, Switzerland
©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.

  • 4-Ball Rating Academia Sanchez-Casal Florida, Florida
    "Excellent private attention by all the coaches. I was there one week after Thanksgiving as a 4.5 NTRP player. Lots of Har-Tru green clay with lots of great private instruction offerings. The food in the dining hall is great and was $12 for lunch. A heavy workout on court by the end of the day, but it improves you legs so much. When I go back to hard courts, it seems so effortless now. The Junior Academy is its main crowning achievement. It maintains a small "private school" feel environment. It has much more personalized attention than the mega-academy "Boot Camps" which sometimes kids will get lost in the 50+ kid mob if they are not the top performer. Specialty coaches are available to every student to help each player work on Technical, Tactical, Mental and Physical aspects of their athletic and tennis games. It's a great Family tennis vacation especially if you have a child interested in playing for HS or College. It's academy mixes in kids of many ages and skill levels so there's always a competitive match."—J.C., Adv., December 2016
  • 4-Ball Rating Jumeirah Beach Hotel, United Arab Emirates
    "Very nice place for a family vacation. Excellent sports facilities, big gym (inside and outside) and I especially like tennis courts. PBI Tennis coaches are very nice, helpful and give great lessons! They do an excellent job with me, my husband and my kids!"—I.P., Low Int., November 2016
  • 4-Ball Rating Reed Anderson Tennis School, California
    "I loved this tennis school! Reed and his staff video your game so you have a visual appreciation of what is going right and wrong. Reed kept his suggestions simple yet very impactful, providing 2 or 3 tips per stroke to ensure the teaching was not overwhelming. The team was very flexible, able to accommodate the varying levels, numbers and times of our group. I would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone."—J.J., Adv. Int., November 2016
  • 4-Ball Rating Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne, Florida
    "My favorite place to play tennis! Staff is knowledgeable, consistent, friendly, and so much fun! Over the years, I have gone to the regular clinics, 3 ladies retreats, and private clinics with friends. Highly recommend the Ladies retreat here--instruction and very fun!"—A.Z., Adv. Int., November 2016
  • 4-Ball Rating Hawk's Cay Resort, Florida
    "Well rounded daily clinics that focus on all shots over a weekly rotation. Had some locals attend the clinics, resulting in opportunities to focus on doubles drills, which is what I wanted to spend time on. The Pro, Hannah Thompson, is very knowledgable about all the strokes and helped me improve my slice serve and service returns. Only downside was it rained frequently everyday I was there in late October. But Hannah worked with my schedule and we got all of the clinics & lessons in that I wanted."—R.A., Int., October 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




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.




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.




JKCP Special: Save on Jr. Packages

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.



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

©2017 Roger Cox


Doubles Boot Camps

Visit the award-winning Cliff Drysdale Tennis program at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation this spring. Doubles Boot Camps, February 10-12 and 24-26. Luxury Ladies Retreat, May 3-7. Adult Tennis Camps offered every day of the year. Contact us for more information about our amazing camp-organizers-come-for-free special at 904 277 5151 or yana.orlova@omnihotels.com or visit Amelia Island Tennis Camps

Copperwynd Text+GraphicStunning Views and Tennis Bliss in the McDowell Mountains at CopperWynd Resort & Club, Arizona. Enjoy luxury accommodations, gourmet dining, world-class tennis instruction and more at this scenic Sonoran Desert mountain resort. Fall Tennis Package specials for singles, couples and teams starting at $376. For information and reservations, call 480 333 1842 or visit experiencecdt.com/scottsdale-tennis-camps





Upcoming Events

Tournament indicates a tournament

Jan. 19-22, 2017

PBI World Tennis Camp, JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, California
Taking place on the Marriott's 20 hard, clay, and grass courts, this long weekend event comprises 19+ hours of clinics, drills, and fun and competitive doubles competition--including a round robin on all three surfaces--and a team tournament. Built into the activities is a PBI Tennis Show and Festival, a reception, discounted private lessons, and an awards ceremony. To sign up, visit www.pbitennis.com/world_camp or email pbiworldcamp@pbitennis.com. Discounted room rates available.

Jan. 21-29, 2017

Asics World Tennis Classic, Mission Hills Country Club, California, Phone: 760-325-7693

Played on the hard courts at the Mission Hills Country Club, this mullti-division event consists of the Asics World Tennis Classic, a senior Category II, and the USTA National 50s, 60s, and 70s Mixed. The Asics Classic comprises Men's Singles and Doubles in 35s to 90s, Women's Singles and Doubles in 35s to 85s, and Mixed in 35s, 40s, and 80s. 

Jan. 21-29, 2017

USTA National 50s, 60s, and 70s Mixed Hard Ct., Mission Hills Country Club, California, Phone: 760-325-7693
Played at the same time as the Asics World Tennis Classic, this USTA national hard-court event awards gold balls to winners of the 50s, 60s, and 70s Mixed Doubles competition.

Jan. 21-23, 2017

National Boys and Girls 12s Singles and Doubles, Academia Sanchez-Casal-Florida, Florida, Phone: 239-263-1818
National Boys and Girls 12s Singles and Doubles 78' Yellow Ball competition. Enroll on TennisLink

Jan. 16-29, 2017

Tournament AUSTRALIAN OPEN. www.ausopen.com
Novak Djokovic and Angelique Kerber are defending champions.

Feb. 3-5, 2017

Palmetto Dunes No-Snow Winter Tennis Classic, Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center, South Carolina, Phone: 843-785-1152
A men's and women's single and doubles and combo mixed doubles event sponsored by Casey's Sports Bar & Grille

Feb. 4-12, 2017

Tournament  Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar Womens I, Rafa Nadal Academy by Moviestar, Spain, Phone: +34 654 048 358
This $15,000 32-draw singles event, held on clay, begins Feb. 6; however it is preceded by a 64-draw pre-qualifying tournament taking place Feb. 4-5.

Feb. 3-5, 2017

9th Annual PBI Cup, Naples Grande Beach Resort, Florida, Phone: 239-594-6033
Open to teams with NTRP ratings of 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, or 4.5, this weekend of doubles/mixed competition begins with a welcome reception Friday evening. Matches begin on Saturday followed a PBI Tennis Show and a free 1½-hour clinic and continue on Sunday. The entry fee of $75/person/day ($135 for both days) includes lunch and a gift and about 3 hours of competition each day. The entry deadline is Jan. 28, 2017. Discounted room rates available.  For information, email tennis director Adri Atkinson at adri.atkinson@pbitennis.com or phone 239.594.6033.

Feb. 10-12, 2017

Men's OpenInterstate Team Challenge, TOPS'L Beach & Racquet Resort by Wyndham, Florida
For teams of men with a NTRP ratings of 4.5 and above

Feb. 10-12, 2017

Cliff Drysdale Tennis Doubles Boot Camp, Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, Florida, Phone: 904-277-5151
A co-ed camp for couples, team, or individuals, this weekend program focuses on a broad range of doubles skills, among them Smart Shot Selection, how to Attack like a Tiger and Defensive Offense. The package includes includes 10 hours of tennis, welcome reception, pro doubles exhibition, goody bag upon arrival and accommodations for 2 nights.

Feb. 11, 2017

Winter 1-Day Doubles Championships, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, Florida
A day of fun, competitive tennis. It begins in the morning with Men's and Women's doubles and continues in the afternoon with Mixed Doubles. There are two divisions: Advanced (8.0+ combined) and Recreational (below 8.0 combined). Fee: $25/player/event.

Feb. 11-19, 2017

Tournament  Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar Womens I, Rafa Nadal Academy by Moviestar, Spain, Phone: +34 654 048 358
This $15,000 32-draw singles event, held on clay, begins Feb. 13; however it is preceded by a 64-draw pre-qualifying tournament taking place Feb. 11-12. 

Feb. 11-12, 2017

2017 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas , Royal Lahaina Resort, Hawaii
This first-round contest in the World Group pits the U.S. against Germany. Tickets go on sale Nov. 18. For more information, visit www.usta.com/fedcup

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