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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

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
    "Sanchez-Casal probably has more available har-tru tennis courts than any other club in the nation. In my entire visit, I never had difficulty reserving a court, even at the last moment, early in the morning. It is ideal for a tennis retreat among friends. The pool, gym, and health club are also nice. The only possible disadvantage is the refusal of many of the condo owners to rent for less than two weeks. The condos are generally attractive and spacious ---- at least the few we saw, but they are seldom rentable. It is necessary most of the time to find a place outside (and they do exist at affordable rates)"—M.G., Adv. Int., March 2017
  • 4-Ball Rating Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Hawaii
    "We go for the clinic, lessons, round robins and arranged matches. We have been going there for almost ten years and participate daily."—E.C., Int., March 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
  • 4-Ball Rating Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, California
    "The resort was beautiful. The accommodations, pool, spa, restaurant and tennis were all top-notch. We couldn't have picked a better spot for our annual ladies tennis getaway. The tennis staff were very accommodating and went out of their way at every turn to be sure we had what we needed and were treated like royalty. The teaching pros treated us like athletes, which was refreshing. We'll definitely be back!"—C.B., Int., February 2017
  • 4-Ball Rating South Beach Racquet Club, South Carolina
    "Garrett Leal, the Head Tennis Professional is excellent and highly recommended. As I am a low intermediate player, and not naturally athletic, he was able to analyze my many mistakes and help me correct them. I can see improvement quickly when I remember to implement them. In the lessons he is unfailingly supportive and positive and empathizes with my not fully comprehending and implementing immediately. He remembers one's game and in passing a court on which I am playing, he will sometimes call out and compliment my succussful whatever, or suggests a better approach on my technique. This is very friendly as Garrett knows almost all the regulars at the Club, and only does this appropriately. Thank you Garrett."—D.R., Low Int., February 2017

Exclusive Packages and Specials

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

PBI World Tennis Camp, June 4-8, 2017

PBI World Tennis Camp at Carmel Valley Ranch, June 4-8, 2017 Draped across 400 acres of rolling hills near Carmel, California, the Carmel Valley Ranch features six hard courts, two clay courts, a spa, a golf course, and much more. It’s an ideal setting for a PBI World Camp, this one comprised of more than 19 hours of instruction and programming, 12 hours of it group themed clinics, the remainder fun competitive play, and supplemented by a welcome tennis mixer and dinner, camp pictures, reception, 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.

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.

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

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.

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, 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.

Save 10% on PBI World Camp with Patrick Kuhnen

PBI Tennis Camp at Bio-Hotel Stanglwirt Headlined by German Davis Cup Champion Patrick Kühnen, this 4-day camp, June 25-29, bundles 1.5 hours of daily group instruction with daily tennis programs and tournaments, a welcoming party, and an awards ceremony, and dinner and Q&A with Kühnen. Entrants also receive a camp picture and gifts. For more information and features, visit www.kuehnenatstanglwirt.weebly.com. For room reservations, visit reservierung@stanglwirt.com or telephone +43 5358 2000. For a 10% discount on rooms during the camp, enter Tennis Resorts Online in the How Did You Hear About the Camp box when you signup online or email phil.azar@pbitennis.com.

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, Aug. 17-20, 2017

PBI World Tennis Camp, Silverado, Aug. 17-20, 2017 Set among the rolling hills of California’s Napa Valley wine country, Silverado Resort and Spa hosts a late summer camp on its 10 Plexipave courts. The camp bundles 20 hours of instruction and programming consisting of group clinics, double strategy, and live point play with a welcome dinner and round robin, pro-am tournament, wine tasting with sommelier, and awards and gifts. And campers also have access to the resort’s two PGA rated golf courses, a full spa, and many other amenities. 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, 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.

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

Four Seasons Nevis

Enjoy an unforgettable Caribbean vacation, your way, at Four Seasons Resort Nevis with the new Nevis My Way package with daily breakfast for two and USD 100 daily Resort Credit. Use your credit to perfect your game on the court with tailored lessons with a Pro, participate in weekly clinics or reserve court times. Guests can also indulge at the spa, on the Golf Course, in five gourmet restaurants, and more. For reservations, please call 869-469-6238 or visit www.fourseasons.com/nevis

Doubles Boot Camps

Visit one of the award-winning Cliff Drysdale Tennis programs in Florida for a Luxury Ladies Retreat this fall. Omni Amelia Island Plantation, October 11-15. Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, October 4-8 or 18-22. Contact us for more information at 830-625-5911, x208 or visit  Cliff Drysdale Ladies Retreats

Upcoming Events

Tournament indicates a tournament

Apr. 26-30, 2017

Ladies Retreat by Cliff Drysdale Tennis, Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, California, Phone: 800-733-7987
Director of tennis Bryce Cunningham and the Cliff Drysdale Tennis staff stage this ladies-only retreat at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, north of San Diego, CA. The 5-day event bundles drills and match play with lodging and meals.

Apr. 28-30, 2017

4th Annual Mauna Kea Spring Doubles, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Hawaii, Phone: 808-882-5423
The event kicks off with a pre-tournament mixed Apr. 27 followed by two days of competition in men's, women's, and mixed doubles. The event comprises four divisions by combined NTRP ratings of 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, and 9.0+ (those 18 and under must play in 9.0 division). All matches are 2 of 3 sets, with a 10-point tiebreaker as the third set (there is also a consolation draw using no-ad scoring). Special room rates at both the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel.

Apr. 29-May 6, 2017

Antigua Tennis Week, Curtain Bluff Resort, Antigua, West Indies, Phone: 888-289-9898
International Tennis Hall of Famer Fred Stolle, the winner of 18 Grand Slam titles, leads this animated week of clinics, exhibitions, pro-ams, team competitions, cocktails, and dinners with help from Owen Davidson, himself a multiple Grand Slam winner, and Aussie champion Ross Case.

April 26-30, 2017

Tournament  117th Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament, Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, California, Phone: 805-646-7241
An Open, collegiate, and junior event centered in Ojai but whose early rounds are played at venues and private courts all over the county. To help kick off the tournament, they've invited the legendary Rod Laver. He will be the special guest at the Thursday Night BBQ on April 27, and then will be further honored the following night (Friday) at a special "Evening With Rod Laver."

May 1-5, 2017

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.

May 3-7, 2017

Ladies Retreat by Cliff Drysdale Tennis, Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, Florida, Phone: 800-733-7987
Join director of tennis Scott Colebourne and his professional staff for this 5-day/4-night, ladies-only tennis retreat. The package bundles oceanview accommodations with 15 hours of instruction and drills, coached team competition and match play, daily breakfast, an awards banquet and players' party, dinner in Fernandina Beach, and optional spa services.

May 5-7, 2017

Sandestin Men's 7.5 Combo Team Challenge, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Florida, Phone: 850-267-6114
This event features a minimum of six doubles teams, with a combined NTRP rating of 7.5, each playing in a round robin against the other teams over the course of a long weekend.

May 7-14, 2017

Tournament  Academia Sanchez-Casal Women's Open, Academia Sanchez-Casal Florida, Florida
Sponsored by Germain BMW of Naples, this $25,000 USTA Women's Pro Circuit event takes place outdoors on clay courts. It consists of a 32 draw in singles, 16 teams in doubles.

May12-14, 2017

Paws & Balls Team Tennis Challenge, Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center, South Carolina, Phone: 843-785-1152
A World Team Tennis format comprised of men's and women's singles and doubles and combo mixed doubles, sponsored by Coast Restaurants and Bars (CRAB) and benefitting Hilton Head Humane Association.

May 14-21, 2017

Tournament  Academia Sanchez-Casal Women's Open, Academia Sanchez-Casal Florida, Florida
Sponsored by Germain BMW of Naples, this $25,000 USTA Women's Pro Circuit event takes place outdoors on clay courts. It consists of a 32 draw in singles, 16 teams in doubles. 

May 5-14, 2017

Tournament Mutua Madrid Open. www.madrid-open.com
A combined men's and women's clay-court event. Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep are defending champions.

May 19-21, 2017

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 Katie Dellich and Quinn Saine—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

May 19-21, 2017

Boomer Tennis (Senior Tennis), Van Der Meer Tennis, Shipyard, South Carolina, Phone: 800-845-6138
This 8-hour weekend 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.

May 19-21, 2017

Haygood Grady Memorial Tennis Championship, Kiawah Island Golf Resort, South Carolina
USTA-SC Level 3 sanctioned event offers adult NTRP divisions for singles and doubles including 2.5 up to 4.5 levels as well as open divisions. Tournament is tied to a fundraiser for Prinella’s children’s Education Trust and to Roper St. Francis Cancer Center

May 10-21, 2017

Tournament Internazionali BNL d'Italia. www.internazionalibnlditalia.com/
The Italian Open, a combined men's and women's event, held in Rome's Foro Italico.

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