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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 Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii, Hawaii
    "Excellent facilities, outstanding staff. My wife and I truly enjoyed our time on the courts. Everything was well cared for and the setting was wonderful. A great place to play tennis!"—L.R., Int., July 2016
  • 4½-Ball Rating Four Seasons Resort Nevis, Nevis, West Indies
    "Spent a week at the resort in June - great facilities, as you'd expect from a Four Seasons property. The highlight of my trip has been the tennis - been able to play every morning. Courts are beautifully maintained, and I could get used to someone bringing iced minted towels to help cool off! I have taken lessons with Leon, the tennis director, while in Nevis and he was fantastic - best pro across the multiple tennis vacations we've taken! My young daughter loved him as well - sometimes difficult to find a pro who is equally great with intermmediate kids and more advanced adults. I am certainly going back home relaxed but, more importantly, with new tennis skills to use back at the club. Thanks, Leon!"—D.C., Adv., July 2016
  • 4½-Ball Rating La Manga Club, Spain
    "I have had the pleasure of attending the La Manga Adult Academy on several occasions and each time I do, I leave at the end of the week wanting more. I cannot speak highly enough about the professionalism of the staff who provide such a wonderful experience for players of all levels. The quality of coaching is exceptional and is always delivered with infectious enthusiasm. The facilities, both in the tennis academy and in the rest of the resort, are second to none in the region and I would highly recommend anyone who has the chance to visit La Manga Club, to take that opportunity. You won't regret it. In simple terms, I would just say - Great facilities, Great coaching, Great fun."—R.M., Int., July 2016
  • 4½-Ball Rating Vermont Tennis Vacations, Vermont
    "Great camp! Terrific pros, beautiful setting, lovely spa, delicious food. And fun! Rob Barr does a fantastic job as head pro. Have been coming a number of years and can't wait to return for another special week!"—A.C., Int., July 2016
  • 5-Ball Rating Port Royal Racquet Club, South Carolina
    "Port Royal Racquet Club is a beautiful, well-equipped facility run by an exceptional staff. Dennie and team always make our vacation a delight by helping us reserve courts on a daily basis for our family of 22. We have our "Robinette" family tennis camp every morning and an annual "Robinette Family Cup" in surely one of the most beautiful tennis settings ever. This year, Dennie gave us a special free lesson in Pickleball, a game we hope to be able to play on a small court at the "homeplace" in Knoxville, TN. LOVE this place!"—J.F., Adv. Int., July 2016

Exclusive Packages and Specials

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


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.




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.




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


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The award-winning Tennis Gardens at Longboat Key Club offers 20 Har-Tru courts, NTRP game rating, tennis concierge services, daily clinics, professional instruction and courtside dining at Court 21. Enjoy full resort amenities with our "Tennis Tune Up Package" and USTA member packages, starting at $300 per night. Call 855-434-0484 or visit www.longboatkeyclub.com

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Upcoming Events

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Aug. 5-7, 2016

Singles Weekend, Total Tennis, New York

Aug. 12-14, 2016

Singles Weekend, Total Tennis, New York

Aug. 19-21, 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.

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