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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 will be giving away four tennis vacations in an annual drawing. 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.

  • 4½-Ball Rating ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Florida
    "We had a fantastic Tennis/Girl's Getaway weekend at Carlos Goffi's Resorts at the ESPN Courts at Disney. Each participant had one on one coaching with Carlos and exceptional drills that pinpointed our strengths and weaknesses and what we needed to work on to improve our game. We also had so much fun on the courts and during our evenings enjoying the Disney Parks. Our only problem was deciding what to do with so many offerings! I would really recommend this Resort to all women's tennis teams. We hope to return yearly!"—J.J., Int., December 2015
  • 4½-Ball Rating Cliff Drysdale Tennis at Amelia, Florida
    "Been on a few Tennis vacations and found Tennis Heaven in north Florida. Courts are the same everywhere so personality and instruction are key and this is the Drysdale difference. Felt like our time on court didn’t come out of a bottle and was truly personalized for our group by Scott Colebourne with time spent on each of us and the parts of our game that need assistance. There are convenient condos to rent court courtside however the resort is massive and it can be a bit of a trek by shuttle to the main hotel and some of the decent different restaurants on site. And if you choose to leave the resort however Fernandina Beach is a quaint little town with some great places to dine and is only 10 miles offsite. Give Scott’s Team at Amelia a shot, you won’t regret it. I would go back in a heartbeat!"—C.M.,  April 2015
  • 4½-Ball Rating Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne, Florida
    "Max Mangones and his team of teaching pro´s at The Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne are doing a fantastic job. SIgn in drills in the morning and evening are very appreciated both among teenagers and grown ups at all levels. All pro´s have a combination of great energy, enthusiasm and knowledge that is easy for participants to appreciate. My family and I just came home from a 10 days holliday there (fifth time) and we are already longing back. We are happy to give this resort our best recommendation."—A.A., Adv. Int., January 2016
  • 4½-Ball Rating Saddlebrook Junior Tennis (Hopman), Florida
    "Great camp, my kids enjoyed it tremendously, played everyday, learned a lot, had fun, made friends and want to return. Also slept early every night :)"—A.S., Int., December 2015
  • 4-Ball Rating Safety Harbor Resort & Spa, Florida
    "I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. The purpose of this vacation was to spend time with a fabulous friend from Baltimore, Maryland, play on Har-Tru courts, enjoy the spa and relax. The resort was nice, with a friendly, well trained staff, good food, excellent California wine for $2 for a large pour and spa treatments pricey but pleasant. The best part of this resort is the tennis pro, Paul Spies. In four days he gave me great tips and guided me to change my 3.5 level to the potential of a 4.0. I was amazed how effectively Paul analyzed what I needed to change and his ability to explain what to do and why it worked. This might not be a 5-star resort, but Paul Spies is a 5-star tennis teacher."—J.D., Int., November 2015

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.




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




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* 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.




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.



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


Kapalua Tennis Text+Graph

Experience the award-winning Kapalua Tennis Garden. Our team of Kapalua Tennis Professionals offers daily clinics, matchmaking, tournaments, junior camps stroke of the day, cardio tennis and more. Stay at the AAA Five Diamond Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Montage Kapalua Bay, or The Kapalua Villas. To learn more about Kapalua Tennis and book your trip today, visit golfatkapalua.com/tennis.html

Four Seasons NevisPlay 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

Doubles Boot Camps

Ladies Tennis Retreats. Gather your friends and join the Cliff Drysdale team for the Best Week in Tennis. Hosted at 4 select luxury resorts in Calif. and Fla., these 5-day getaways combine, drills, match play, luxurious lodging, and dinner parties. Feb. 3-7 at Omni Rancho Las Palmas and Apr. 20-24 at Omni La Costa. For other camp dates, locations, and information, call 305-365-4297 or visit Drysdale Luxury Retreats



Upcoming Events

Tournament indicates a tournament

Feb. 12-21, 2016

Tournament Delray Beach Open. Phone: 561-330-6000. www.YellowTennisBall.com
A combined ATP World Tour and ATP Champions Tour event, sponsored by The Venetian Las Vegas. It begins with a team event pitting and an America team against one from Europe. Ivo Karlovic is defending champion as are the Bryan Brothers.

Mar. 3-6, 2016

Tournament  127th Annual Pacific Coast Men's Doubles, La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, California
The top nationally ranked NCAA Men's college teams, including Stanford University, University of Southern California, University of California Berkeley, University of California Los Angeles, Georgetown University, Boston College, Furman University, University of California Davis, Boise State University, Pepperdine University, Rice University, University of California Irvine and Villanova University, San Diego State University, University of San Diego, and University of California San Diego. The tournament admission is free and open to the public.

Mar.4-6, 2016

33rd Annual "Luck of the Irish" Doubles Tournament, Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center, South Carolina, Phone: 843-785-1152
Sponsored by Giuseppi's Pizza and Pasta, this long-running event comprises men's and women's doubles and mixed doubles. The divisions: 3.0-5.0 for men's, 3.0-45 for women's, and mixed combo from 6.0-10.0.

Mar. 4-6, 2016

1st Ladies Doubles Championships, Carmel Valley Ranch, California, Phone: 831-626-2554
Competition will take place in four divisions: 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, and 4.5 levels, each comprised of eight doubles teams. In addition to the main draw, there will be a full consolation draw, which guarantees every team at least two matches. Participants will also receive player gift bags sponsored by area businesses and donors. The event, whose presenting sponsor is Doctors On Duty, also includes a BBQ lunch on Saturday, March 5 for all participants and spectators. For information, contact PBI Director of Tennis Clark Corey at ccorey@carmelvalleyranch.com or phone 831.626.2554.

Mar. 4-6, 2016

Tournament USTA National Same Gender Couples Championships.
The USTA today announced that the same-gender couples' doubles tournament, inaugurated last March in Palm Springs, will now become a USTA National Championship event, and will become an annual part of the USTA's adult competition tennis calendar moving forward. There are four divisions, each open to same gender female and same gender male couples: Open, Combined 80 years, Combined 100 years, and Combined 120 years. The competition takes place at the Plaza Racquet Club in Palm Springs, California. For more information and to register, visit For more information and to register, visit the National Championship in Palm Springs.

Mar. 6-12, 2016

Tennis Channel USTA National Husband/Wife Grass, Mission Hills Country Club, California, Phone: 760-325-8084
This national grass court event has three husband and wife divisions with combined ages of 100, 120, and 140. It includes a consolation event for first-round losers. All entrants must be USTA members. Visit National Husband/Wife Grass Court Championships to sign up. Entries close Feb. 19, 2016.

Mar. 3-6, 2016

Co-ed Fantasy Weekend, John Newcombe Tennis Ranch, Texas, Phone: 800-874-7788
John Newcombe, Roy Emerson, Owen Davidson, and Ross Case conduct clinics, coach team matches, play against the amateurs, dine with campers, and then hang out for entertainment at evening cocktail parties and into the evening.

Mar. 8, 2016

12th Annual Desert Smash, Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa, California
Will Ferrell hosts this celebrity pro-am, which this year takes place at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa. This year's participants have not been announced but among those who've been a part of the event in the past are ATP World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, John Isner, Stan Wawrinka, the legendary doubles team of Mike and Bob Bryan, Andre Agassi, Steffi Graf, Maria Sharapova, Caroline Wozniacki, Fernando Verdasco, Victoria Azarenka, and Eugenie Bouchard. The tennis event concludes with a Player Party and surprise live musical performance. General admission tickets start at $100. Proceeds benefit Ferrell's Cancer for College charity.

Mar. 8, 2016

Tennis With the Stars, Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, California, Phone: (760) 837-2342
World No. 8 Kei Nishikori, Wimbledon finalist and World No. 3 Garbine Muguruza, World No. 9 Richard Gasquet, and Wimbledon finalist and former World No. 6 (2014) Eugenie Bouchard headline a "Tennis With the Stars" event to kick off the BNP Paribas tournament at Indian Wells. Hosted at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa by Cliff Drysdale Tennis, the afternoon extravaganza includes a round robin Pro Am, a "King of the Court" challenge match pitting the celebrity pros against the amateur Round Robin winners, exhibition matches with the top stars, and a VIP cocktail reception to close out the evening and much more. Festivities take place from 2:30 to 7 pm, concluding with a cocktail reception. Exhibition tickets start at $50 and range up to a full VIP package with entry into the Pro Am.

The action is open to the public by reservation and is limited. Information and reservations available by visiting tenniswithstars.com, phoning (760) 837-2342, or emailing Albert.Fernandez@omnihotels.com. Discounted room rates also available.

Mar. 11-13, 2016

Ladies 3.5 Interstate Team Challenge, TOPS'L Beach & Racquet Resort by Wyndham, Florida
For teams of women with an average NTRP rating of no more than 3.5.

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