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.

  • 5-Ball Rating Wild Dunes Resort, South Carolina
    "I loved this tennis club. I can't do it justice on this review, but the clay courts and all the pros that drilled us for the weekend where phenomenal! Charlie and his crew have great professionalism dealing with all levels (3.0-open in our group of 18 people). The energy from Nick & Jess and their corrections were spot on! The kept it moving and had our heart rates racing. That's not an easy task with our veteran open players, so I highly recommend you check it out if you are in Isle of Palms, SC"—M.O., Adv., April 2016
  • 5-Ball Rating Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Hawaii
    "The three most important things we require when we go on vacation are: Great Tennis facilities, amazing beach/ocean, and romantic location. The Mauna Kea has it all, but in our opinion, the tennis is definitely the highlight of our vacation. We've been going to the Mauna Kea two to three times a year for over a decade. We are USTA 4.5 players and when we make our reservations to go to the Mauna Kea we e-mail Craig to let him know when we are coming and Craig and his staff make arrangements for us to play every morning with either resort guests or local members/residents. Our matches are always fun and competitive and we have very much enjoyed getting to know some of the residents. The tennis courts are located in one of the most beautiful places in the world - the ocean view court being our favorite. Last time we were there it was difficult to not be distracted by the whales that were swimming past us."—C.P., Adv., April 2016
  • 5-Ball Rating Kiawah Island Golf Resort, South Carolina
    "Their number one strength by far is the staff, starting with Jonathan Barth. They are without a doubt the best - both in terms of tennis knowledge and ability to get tips across to players, but also their enthusiasm and love for what they do. Also their junior programs are excellent. And you can't beat the setting - there is sooo much to do when not on the courts! Both on the island and in Charleston."—B.P., Adv., April 2016
  • 4½-Ball Rating Roy Emerson Tennis Weeks, Switzerland
    "You won't have a better experience anywhere. The Palace Hotel is one of the best in the world and the staff treat you like family. Food is exceptional, enjoyed with mountain views. But Roy Emerson's tennis camp is exceptional. Roy and Joy immediately welcome you, overlooking every detail personally. All of the instructors are magnificent and don't try and overhaul your game. Roy is on court with you all the time and gives everyone personal attention. Once you attend you'll come back year after year."—M.C., Int., April 2016
  • 4½-Ball Rating Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, California
    "Rancho Valencia has the advantage of being situated on a breathtaking property with wonderful facilities in a region of the country that practically guarantees great weather. What more can you ask for? Eighteen courts makes it easy to schedule time and there are options for group clinics, individual play, or games arranged by the staff with the broad membership. My husband and I played in the clinic and were pleased overall with the instructional staff. Todd Nelson in particular was fantastic! We've visited many, many tennis resorts and RV is among our favourites. We'll be back and highly recommend it to others who want a luxury vacation destination."—S.A., Adv., February 2016

Exclusive Packages and Specials

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


JKCP Special: Save on Jr. Packages

Julian Krinsky Tennis Camps and Programs Tennis Resorts Online has secured a discount of $250* off residential and $100 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, TRORES2016, and for day camps, TRODAY2016

For more information, visit www.jkcp.com/tennis or call 610-265-9401. Offer expires Aug. 31, 2016
*Note: May not be combined with other discounts.




Save $75/day with Tennis Lovers’ Package*

Tennis Lovers' Package at Naples Grande Beach Resort, Naples, FL TRO readers can enjoy this exclusive package offered at Naples Grande Beach Resort which boasts 15 Har-Tru clay tennis courts managed by the world-renowned Peter Burwash International team of tennis pros. Your package includes overnight accommodations in a spacious guestroom with Gulf of Mexico views, daily private lesson with a PBI pro, daily court use and ball machine use and one Tennis For Life book to enjoy on your private, furnished balcony.

To book, phone 855-969-2707 and mention code TROTENNIS or visit Tennis Lovers' Package

Terms & Conditions: *Subject to availability. Gulf of Mexico views from tower guestrooms and suites only. Must contact tennis shop at 239-594-6033 to book daily lesson and reserve court/ball machine after confirming package. Lesson, court and ball machine rental are on a per night basis.




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.




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

©2016 Roger Cox


Four Seasons Nevis

Play tennis in paradise at Four Seasons Resort Nevis. Featuring 10 professional tennis courts (4 of them red clay) managed by the renowned Peter Burwash International. Guests can now play day and night with the Unlimited Tennis for Life® package. From tailored lessons with a Pro to matches under the stars, tennis heaven awaits in Caribbean luxury. To book, call 869 469 1111 or 800 819 5053 or visit www.fourseasons.com/nevis

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Drysdale-Stratton-2013

Set in the stunning Green Mountains of Vermont, The Drysdale Tennis School at Stratton Mountain Resort is your summer destination for everything tennis. Junior summer camp and academy, and Adult packages on our red clay courts offer something for the whole family. Try the 5 Day Midweek challenge with over 24 hours of tennis if you are after an intense workout. For information and reservations, phone 802.297.4236, email stratton@cliffdrysdale.com, or visit www.stratton.com/tennis



Upcoming Events

Tournament indicates a tournament

June 3-5, 2016

37th Annual Banana Open, Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center, South Carolina, Phone: 843-785-1152
Men's and Women's Singles and Doubles and Mixed doubles and a new 55+ doubles and combo mixed doubles competition. Presented by Honor Our Heroes Foundation.

June 3-5, 2016

Singles Weekend, Total Tennis, New York

June 12-18, 2016

7th INAS World Tennis Championships , Sea Colony, Delaware
Sea Colony is hosting International Sports Federation for Persons with Intellectual Disability (INAS) World Tennis Championships, the first time the event has been held in the U.S. Participating countries send a team of 10 athletes—five male and five female—to compete.

June 17-19, 2016

Backhands, Vines, and Volleys Tennis Camp, Silverado Resort and Spa, California, Phone: 505-257-0200
Silverado Resort and Spa hosts a special 2½-day camp that pairs tennis instruction with wine education and tastings in the Napa Valley. It begins with a Friday round robin and dinner followed by a half day of tennis clinics—taught by Peter Burwash International pros Jacob Hansen and Katie Dellich—on Saturday and Sunday. The weekend package also includes a wine tasting class taught by Silverado's sommelier, two-for-one winery tasting passes, Peter Buswash's book "Tennis For Life," and two night's lodging. For more information visit silveradoresort.com or phone 505-257-0200

June 20-24, 2016

High-Performance Junior Camp, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Florida, Phone: 850-267-7114
Designed for tournament-level players lookingn to improve, these daycamps focus on technique, shot selection, footwork, and strategy. All participants are assigned to teams and score points for the team both during drills and in afternoon match play (during which they receive coaching). The team with most points at the end of the week wins prizes.

June 24-26, 2016

Peter Burwash International Tennis For Life Camp, Carmel Valley Ranch, California, Phone: 831-626-2554
This 3-day camp kicks off with a round-robin mixer and welcome party. Day 2 consists of 5 1/2 hours of on-court drills followed by optional tennis lessons, spa services, or other resort activities. It concludes with another 2 hours of on-court work and a round robin. Participants also receive a Tennis For Life book by Peter Burwash and a player packet. For information and reservations, contact Clark Corey, PBI Director of Tennis, at 831-626-2554 or email mailto:cccorey@carmelvalleyranch.com.

June 21-25, 2016

Tournament  Boodles Challenge, Stoke Park Country Club, Spa & Hotel, England, Phone: +44 (0) 0207 384 4877
A grass-court exhibition that draws several of the top ATP professionals. Last year's winner was Novak Djokovic.

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