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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.

  • 4½-Ball Rating Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, California
    "A fabulous resort for adult tennis clinics and personal instruction. The classes are well organized - extremely pleasant - and focused on drilling and playing was excellent. Having members playing with guests is wonderful - they are excellent players - very very friendly - and provided a memorable experience."—J.M., Int., August 2016
  • 4½-Ball Rating Cliff Drysdale Tennis Adult Tennis Camps at Hawk's Cay, Florida
    "Hawk's Cay was incredible! Hannah and her staff made all the clinics so much fun and challenging! There was even a fun little tournament on the Friday when we were there. We will definitely be back and hopefully bring friends!!"—J.T., Adv. Int., March 2017
  • 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
  • 4½-Ball Rating Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, Curacao
    "What a beautiful setting in Curacao! Four green clay courts in awesome condition with lighting for night play. Very friendly staff who aim to please and make it easy for you. VERY reasonable prices and not a stuffy or fancy atmosphere at all. It feels like your home club the minute you walk in and greeted. The host Pro, Riemer Sijbring, is very personable and eager to make your stay the best. Highly recommended!!"—J.L., Adv. Int., February 2017
  • 4½-Ball Rating Resort at Longboat Key Club, Florida
    "The Tennis Gardens at Longboat Key Club are beautiful. The staff at the pro shop was very friendly and helpful. My husband and I enjoyed great tennis every day on our vacation. The staff set up matches with vacationers staying at the resort and also residents who are members of the club. Even when there were last-minute cancellations or someone did not show up for a game, Ken managed to wrangle up people so that we did not miss any of our tennis matches that were scheduled. I would definitely return to the resort. We had a wonderful time."—R.D., Adv. Int., March 2017

Exclusive Packages and Specials

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

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.

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.

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.

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, 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.

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.

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

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.


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, 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, 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.

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, 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.

©2017 Roger Cox


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

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Upcoming Events

Tournament indicates a tournament

May 22-June 11, 2017

Tournament ROLAND GARROS (French Open). www.rolandgarros.com
Novak Djokovic finally won the Grand Slam trophy missing from his collection while Garbine Muguruza picked up her first.

June 2-4, 2017

38th 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 55+ doubles and combo mixed doubles competition. Presented by Honor Our Heroes Foundation.

June 4-11, 2017

Tournament  ResortQuest Pro Women’s Open, Sea Colony, Delaware, Phone: 302-539-4488
A women's singles and doubles clay-court event with $25,000 in prize money. Qualifyiing rounds take place June 4-6 followed by the main draw. Admission is free throughout.

June 19-23, 2017

High-Performance Junior Camp, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Florida, Phone: 850-267-7114
Designed for tournament-level players looking 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 21-23, 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 Sunday round robin and dinner followed by a half day of tennis clinics—taught by Peter Burwash International pros Katie Dellich and Quinn Saine—on Monday and Tuesday. 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 25-29, 2017

PBI World Tennis Camp with Patrick Kuhnen, Bio-Hotel Stanglwirt, Tirol Austria
Headlined by German Davis Cup Champion Patrick Kühnen, this 4-day camp 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. Discounted room rates with breakfast are available if you indicate you heard about the camp on Tennis Resorts Online. For room reservations, visit reservierung@stanglwirt.com or telephone +43 5358 2000.

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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