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 Van Der Meer Tennis, Shipyard, South Carolina
    "The pro's all had great personalities both on and off the court. They were skilled, experienced and worked our group of 20 quite hard. When you asked a particular question about a technique, they were ready with answers. It was a great experience, so great that most of our 20 guys have been coming back for years...including me. Thanks."—H.H., Adv., January 2017
  • 4½-Ball Rating VitalHotel Wolfgangsee Nature Spa & Tennis Resort, Austria
    "Absolutely stunning location, easy walk down to the beautiful village on the lake. Coaches are amazingly friendly and take great care to ensure everyone is included. Cuisine is suoerb, with an amazing array of food and events in the evenings - the Saturday Night in the kitchen is a winner. This is family rin, and has been for many uears and it shows. It is friendly, welcoming, helpful but above all a place full of people wanting you to emjoy yourself. Can't wait to return. Great for singles, couples, friends, groups and families alike, a plethora of things to do if wanting a rest from tennis or with others with different interests."—S.H., Adv. Int., February 2017
  • 4-Ball Rating Royal Lahaina Resort, Hawaii
    "The Royal Lahaina Tennis Ranch is located at the Royal Lahaina Resort at Kaanapali Beach, Maui, Hi. It is my favorite place to go for tennis on Maui. For about ten years , I have enjoyed meeting and playing with local players and tennis buffs from all over the world. The staff is very efficient arranging matches for players with the same abilities whether it's singles, doubles, or mixed. The cost is very reasonable and the facility is well-maintained. They also have pros on staff for lessons and clinics. If you're bringing your racket, this should be your first stop to sign up!"—T.W., Adv. Int., March 2017
  • 4½-Ball Rating Four Seasons Resort Nevis, Nevis, West Indies
    "We had a fantastic holiday at the Four Seasons, Nevis, our first time on the island and will indeed be back! A stunning holiday destination, we felt extremely relaxed throughout and had such fun. I must mention in particular the tennis facilities were phenomenal, we are a keen family for tennis and were thrilled with what was to offer. I can safely say this is one of the best tennis resorts that we've been to (and we've been to a fair few!) The courts were in great condition (both the hard courts and the clay, was very impresssd with the wide selection you could choose from) The tennis pro Nicola was excellent and needs a huge mention, you should be very proud to have such a wonderful tennis pro on your team, a huge credit to you and your company. Nicola was friendly, kind, encouraging, a fantastic, strong player who was always able to adapt to whoever she was playing with in our family. We all learnt something new from Nicola and am very thankful that my children were able to have her as a teacher. She provided a high level of technical teaching with such enthusiasm. We thoroughly enjoyed the evening sessions where we mixed with others, was great fun, well run and a great way to learn more. Many thanks to the tennis pros, they are doing a fantastic job and will surely reccomend the tennis in particular in regards to the four seasons!"—S.M., Int., February 2017
  • 3½-Ball Rating Court Think Tennis, Utah
    "Lost of personal attention and excellent analysis of my strokes with the Dartfish software. Dave is an excellent instructor. Will consider returning for the 3-day camp next year. Dave is always there and will run the camp even when only one person registers."—J.S., Int., August 2016

Exclusive Packages and Specials

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


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.




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.




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




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


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Bridges/Green MountainGREEN MOUNTAIN TENNIS ACADEMY is an ADULT TENNIS CAMP at Bridges Resort that compliments an already well-rounded tennis program. 1.5, 3 or 5 hour clinics, jr. camps and clinics, private lessons, round robins and pro exhibitions are all part of your stay in this tennis lovers paradise! bridgesresort.com/tennis



Upcoming Events

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Apr. 3-7, 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.

Apr. 7-9, 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

Apr. 1-9, 2017

Tournament Volvo Cars Open (formerly Family Circle Cup). Phone: 800-677-2293. www.volvocarsopen.com/
A women's clay-coourt event held on Daniel Island in Charleston, SC. Sloane Stevens in defending champion. For resort lodging check out Wild Dunes Resort, Kiawah Island Golf Resort, or check out other accommodations in Charleston.

Apr. 14-16, 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.

Apr. 12-16, 2017

34th Helen Drake Invitational Tennis Tournament, TOPS'L Beach & Racquet Resort by Wyndham, Florida
A USTA event with Men's and Women's singles and doubles competition in Open, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s , and 80s as well as Open, 45s, and 55s Mixed Doubles. Festivities include a player party, silent auction, and a raffle for prizes. It has a reputation for drawing the largest number of entrants of any adult tournament in Florida.

Apr. 8-16, 2017

Tournament U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships. Phone: 713-874-6294. www.mensclaycourt.com
Held at River Oaks Country Club in Houston, Texas. 

Apr. 21-23, 2017

Ladies 4.5 & 7.5 Combo (4.0 & 3.5) Team Challenge, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Florida, Phone: 850-267-7114
Two Events: one pits a minimum of six doubles teams, with a total NTRP rating of 7.5 (max. of three 4.0 players/team), in a round robin against the other teams over the course of a long weekend. The other event hosts 4.5 teams in their own round robin. The package includes accommodations, breakfasts, awards, and fun.

Apr. 21-23, 2017

32nd BillyBob Century Cup Doubles Tournament, South Beach Racquet Club, South Carolina, Phone: 843-671-2215
This is a combo men's, women's and mixed doubles tournament with divisions based on age or age and NTRP rating. There are 8 divisions ranging from Open 80s (that is combined age of 80 or more) up to below 4.0 with a combined age of 160. The entry fee includes a Saturday night players' party and a T-shirt.

Apr. 22-23, 2017

Fed Cup by BNP Paribas, Semifinals, Saddlebrook Resort, Florida
Saddlebrook Resort in Wesley Chapel, FL, north of Tampa, has been selected as the site for the 2017 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Semifinal between the United States and the Czech Republic. The best-of-five match series begins on Saturday, April 22, with two singles matches, follow the next day by two reverse singles matches and a doubles match. Competition will take place on a Har-Tru court. U.S. Fed Cup Captain Kathy Rinaldi will select the four players to represent the U.S. The Czech Republic is likely to be led by 2016 US Open finalist Karolina Pliskova and world No. 2 doubles player Lucie Safarova.

Apr.15-23, 2017

Tournament Monte Carlo Rolex Masters. www.monte-carlorolexmasters.com/
Men's event held on red clay.

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.

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