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.

  • 4½-Ball Rating Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, California
    "I took classes from Steve Halverston while staying at this resort. I'm a beginner with tennis, but a veteran in the area of education. Steve is a terrific instructor. As good as the accommodations are at the Park Hyatt, my time with Steve was the highlight of my visit. I came in as someone who'd never played tennis. I left loving the game."—T.C., Beg., September 2016
  • 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
  • 4-Ball Rating Academia Sanchez-Casal Florida, Florida
    "Excellent private attention by all the coaches. I was there one week after Thanksgiving as a 4.5 NTRP player. Lots of Har-Tru green clay with lots of great private instruction offerings. The food in the dining hall is great and was $12 for lunch. A heavy workout on court by the end of the day, but it improves you legs so much. When I go back to hard courts, it seems so effortless now. The Junior Academy is its main crowning achievement. It maintains a small "private school" feel environment. It has much more personalized attention than the mega-academy "Boot Camps" which sometimes kids will get lost in the 50+ kid mob if they are not the top performer. Specialty coaches are available to every student to help each player work on Technical, Tactical, Mental and Physical aspects of their athletic and tennis games. It's a great Family tennis vacation especially if you have a child interested in playing for HS or College. It's academy mixes in kids of many ages and skill levels so there's always a competitive match."—J.C., Adv., December 2016
  • 4-Ball Rating Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne, Florida
    "My favorite place to play tennis! Staff is knowledgeable, consistent, friendly, and so much fun! Over the years, I have gone to the regular clinics, 3 ladies retreats, and private clinics with friends. Highly recommend the Ladies retreat here--instruction and very fun!"—A.Z., Adv. Int., November 2016
  • 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.




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.




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

©2017 Roger Cox


Copperwynd Text+GraphicStunning Views and Tennis Bliss in the McDowell Mountains at CopperWynd Resort & Club, Arizona. Enjoy luxury accommodations, gourmet dining, world-class tennis instruction and more at this scenic Sonoran Desert mountain resort. Fall Tennis Package specials for singles, couples and teams starting at $376. For information and reservations, call 480 333 1842 or visit experiencecdt.com/scottsdale-tennis-camps

Kiawah Mar2011

Kiawah Island Golf Resort, South Carolina. Directed by Hall of Fame Tennis Pro Roy Barth, Kiawah’s programs receive the highest accolades. Custom packages include unlimited court time, accommodations and daily breakfast. Enjoy Kiawah’s beach, spa, and dining. Call 888.856.7107 or visit www.kiawahresort.com/tennis



Upcoming Events

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Feb. 23-26, 2017

PBI World Tennis Camp, JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, California
Taking place on the Marriott's 20 hard, clay, and grass courts, this long weekend event comprises 19+ hours of clinics, drills, and fun and competitive doubles competition--including a round robin on all three surfaces--and a team tournament. Built into the activities is a PBI Tennis Show and Festival, a reception, discounted private lessons, and an awards ceremony. To sign up, visit www.pbitennis.com/world_camp or email pbiworldcamp@pbitennis.com. Discounted room rates available.

Feb. 24-26, 2017

Cliff Drysdale Tennis Doubles Boot Camp, Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, Florida, Phone: 904-277-5151
A co-ed camp for couples, team, or individuals, this weekend program focuses on a broad range of doubles skills, among them Smart Shot Selection, how to Attack like a Tiger and Defensive Offense. The package includes includes 10 hours of tennis, welcome reception, pro doubles exhibition, goody bag upon arrival and accommodations for 2 nights.

Feb. 24-26, 2017

2017 Bob Swanson Memorial Scholarship Tournament, Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, Michigan, Phone: 231-534-6786
This fundraiser for the Bob Swanson Memorial Scholarship offers competition in three events: Men's and Women's Doubles and Mixed Doubles with competitive divisions based on combined NTRP ratings of 6.5 & Below, 7.5 & Below, and 8.5 & Below. All entrants receive a T-shirt and invitation to the Saturday evening Bob Bash, featuring pizza & beer, raffle drawing, and, music provided by DJ Mikey. To register online, visit TennisLink. Discounted room rates available at Grand Traverse Resort or by calling 800-748-0303 and mentioning Promotion Code: BOB2017. For additional information, contact Lisa Seymour at lseymour@gtresort.com or 231-534-6786.

Feb. 17-26, 2017

Tournament Delray Beach Open. Phone: 561-330-6000. www.YellowTennisBall.com
A combined ATP World Tour and ATP Champions Tour event, the event has a strong contingent of players who've committed. It begins with a two-day team event pitting and an A'erica team against an international one. This year, Team USA is captained by Mardy Fish, who’ll be playing with James Blake and Vince Spadea. Team International is headed by Feranando Gonzalez, and includes Sebastien Grosjean and Mikael Pernfors. The main singles and doubles draws include No. 3 Milos Raonic, former US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro, ATP World Tour career aces leader Ivo Karlovic, Top 25-ranked player Jack Sock, and the Bryan brothers.

Feb. 27-Mar. 3, 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.

Feb. 27-Mar. 4, 2017

Abierto Mexicano Tercel, Princess Mundo Imperial, Gro. Mexico
Ths combined ATP and WTA hard-court event draws Top 10 participants from both.

Mar.3-5, 2017

34th 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. 2-5, 2017

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. 6-10, 2017

Tennis with the Stars VIP All Access Experience, Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, California, Phone: 830-625-5911, ext 201
Held during the BNP Paribas tournament at Indian Wells, the week-long camp bundles tennis instruction with an opportunity to mingle with star players from the ATP / WTA tours and to watch the pros play up close and personal. The package includes perks like own personal chauffeur, tennis instructor, and tour guide from the Cliff Drysdale Experience Team. Camp includes 4 nights lodging, optional pro-am playing time and pro exhibition court time with the stars, daily tennis instruction, (option to substitute a round of golf), breakfast each day, dinner parties, transportation to and from BNP Paribas Open and suite passes.

Mar. 7, 2017

Tennis with the Stars Pro Exhibition., Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, California, Phone: 830-625-5911, ext 201
In its third year, the Tennis with the Stars features an exclusive, intimate gathering of some of the world’s top tennis players as a kickoff to the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, CA. The tennis festival and pro exhibition lets a limited number of amateur tennis players, spectators, and VIPs to have an up close and personal experience with the tennis stars, both on-and-off the court. Madison Keys, Eugenie Bouchard, and Taylor Fritz have committed to take part this year. 

Mar. 7, 2017

13th 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. 13-19, 2017

Tournament  Irving Tennis Classic, Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas, Texas
This ATP Challenger event, with a purse of $150,000, draws a strong field of 32 men in singles, 16 teams in doubles. All proceeds generated from the Irving Tennis Classic benefit Emily's Place, an organization that seeks long-term solutions for women and children who are survivors of domestic violence.

Mar. 17-19, 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

Mar. 17-19, 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.

Mar. 6-19, 2017

Tournament BNP Paribas Open. Phone: 800-999-1585. www.bnpparibasopen.org
This combined WTA/ATP singles and doubles event takes place at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in the Palm Springs desert, with Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka as defending champions. For lodging check out La Quinta Resort & Club, JW Desert Springs Marriott Resort & Spa, Shadow Mountain Resort, Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa, Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa.

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