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 will be giving away four tennis vacations in an annual drawing. 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 Seabrook Island Club, South Carolina
    "We had a wonderful week at Seabrook and the tennis programming was top notch. I was there every day and did a drill with Mark Mogul who was fantastic in the cardio tennis drills and doubles strategy drills. I met some really nice women there and played fun doubles on my last full day. It was a GREAT week and I can't wait to go back. Their kids' programming is excellent as well. My son and daughter participated in their kids' clinics three days that week - they loved it. There is excellent instruction that is fun for all levels of play!"—B.R., Adv., August 2015
  • 4-Ball Rating Saddlebrook Tennis (Hopman), Florida
    "I wanted to work on my game intensively for a few days, and wondered whether it was worth it to travel to Saddlebrook from the Northeast in August. The answer is absolutely "yes" because Howard and Tai run a discliplined, demanding but friendly program with a laser focus on getting the tennis right. They are real pros. Justin did a great job in 3 days ironing out some chronic kinks in my forehand that previously resisted any coaching- very appreciative of that. And Lauren spent a terrific half hour putting my game thorugh the paces. Five hours a day in August can be a challenge (although you can skip any session and hang out at the resort, and the pros are very encouraging), but back home the improvement in my game is totally clear. No question in my mind I made the right choice. Thanks guys."—T.C., Adv., August 2015
  • 4½-Ball Rating Wintergreen Tennis Academy, Virginia
    "Wintergreen Tennis Academy is awesome! Our team of 16 women have attended 2 years in a row and we absolutely love it. We don't want to go anywhere else! Jon, Dave and Kostyantyn are such knowledgeable, patient and encouraging instructors. We learned so much in our doubles clinic. They talked with us about what we wanted to focus on and included that in our drills. We worked on game strategy and they evaluated our skills during game play which was the most helpful in correcting our mistakes. The accommodations at Wintergreen have been perfect and we certainly enjoyed the spa after tennis. The only negative is that it has rained and been foggy such that we could not enjoy the beautiful scenery. We will definitely be back next year!"—B.G., Int., October 2015
  • 4-Ball Rating Topnotch Tennis Academy, Vermont
    "We have been going there for the past 4 years. The resort is nice and the staffs are awesome. My kids and husband did the 5 hr academy for 3 days, always get good and helpful instructions and have fun doing it. Milan and crews are professional and knowledgable."—A.C., Int., August 2015
  • 4-Ball Rating Safety Harbor Resort & Spa, Florida
    "I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. The purpose of this vacation was to spend time with a fabulous friend from Baltimore, Maryland, play on Har-Tru courts, enjoy the spa and relax. The resort was nice, with a friendly, well trained staff, good food, excellent California wine for $2 for a large pour and spa treatments pricey but pleasant. The best part of this resort is the tennis pro, Paul Spies. In four days he gave me great tips and guided me to change my 3.5 level to the potential of a 4.0. I was amazed how effectively Paul analyzed what I needed to change and his ability to explain what to do and why it worked. This might not be a 5-star resort, but Paul Spies is a 5-star tennis teacher."—J.D., Int., November 2015

Exclusive Packages and Specials

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

Exclusive Weekend Specials

Delaware beach From now through December, Dave Marshall has two special weekend (Friday-Sunday) packages exclusively for Tennis Resorts Online readers.
  • "Singles Spectacular": a weekend clinic for one with 8 hours of instruction, match play, a tournament, and lodging in a 1-bedroom condo. Cost: $600.
  • "Double the Fun": a weekend clinic for two with 8 hours of instruction, match play, a tournament, and lodging in a 2-bedroom condo. Cost: $850.
To book, phone Dave Marshall at 302-645-0713 and tell him you want the "Tennis Resorts Online special."

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.

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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

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

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

Doubles Boot Camp at Omni Amelia Island Plantation. Join the Cliff Drysdale Tennis Team for doubles boot camp, camp Jan. 15-17, 22-24, or Feb. 12-14. The weekend includes 10 hours of instruction and match play, welcome reception, pro exhibition, and accommodations for 2 nights at Omni Amelia Island Plantation. For more information, phone 904-277-5151 or visit

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Upcoming Events

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Nov. 29-Dec. 3, 2015

Rosewood Little Dix Bay Legends Tennis Camp, Rosewood Little Dix Bay, British Virgin Islands, Phone: 888-ROSEWOOD
This 4-day/five-night retreat comprises 3 days of on-court clinics with former French Open Doubles Champion Murphy Jensen NS renowned coach Wayne Bryan (father of Bob and Mike). Also part of the package is lodging, meals, beverages, various discounts and free perks, and an exclusive Necker Cup exhibition (on Sir Richard Branson's private Necker Island) that headlines Boris Becker, Tracy Austin, Martina Navratilova, and Marion Bartoli. In addition, participants gain entry to the Charity Dinner, Auction & "End of the World" Party with Sir Richard Branson and other ATP / WTT Tennis Legends.

Nov. 30-Dec. 4, 2015

Boomer Tennis (Senior Clinics), Van Der Meer Tennis, Shipyard, South Carolina, Phone: 800-645-6138
This 16-hour midweek program bundles strokes mechanics, drills, supervised match play, and a Boomer fitness component, all designed for players 50 and older with NTRP ratings from 2.0-4.5.

Nov. 30-Dec. 6, 2015

National 40s Hard Court Championships, La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, California, Phone: 877-346-8842
This weeklong tournament brings together men and women age 40 and older (among them former WTA staundout, Amy Frazier, who ranked as high as No. 13)for competition in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles events. Also taking place are the USTA National Father and Son Hard Court Championship and the USTA National Grandfather and Grandson Hard Court Championship. Online registration

Dec. 2-6, 2015

Aloha Tennis Days, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Hawaii, Phone: 408-768-4047
This 3-day/4-night package bundles 3 hours of daily group instruction and afternoon match play with lodging, daily breakfast, a welcome reception, and Saturday clambake. See the website for rates and details.

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