By Roger Cox, Editor
Set behind a beach at roughly mid island, this unpretentious resort stands out for its gentle prices and solid tennis programs. Tennis central is a wood-frame pro shop/fitness center next to a playground at the back of the property. Its narrow porch looks out on the first of 10 hard courts laid out in pairs in a staggered line between the woods and clusters of tennis villas.
Though not a resort with a lot of amenities beyond the beach and tennis, it does have what it says is the largest swimming pool on the island, this one set just behind the dunes and bordered by a broad deck. Otherwise, there are bike rentals, a summer children's program, a fitness center, and three places to dine. The condos occupy either four long four-story buildings perpendicular to the beach or any of several three-story buildings near the tennis center. HHIB&T is the latest addition to a collection of Low Country clubs overseen by Gavin Cox. He has put Dave Gleason in charge, a PTR-certified pro with 30 years experience. Together they are extending what they call a "Low Country philosophy" of providing an engaging tennis experience to the resort's members and guests. Though just getting going here on the island, it takes the form of clinics, hitting drills, and pickleball with plans to expand by developing league teams and introducing round-robin mixers. They come on board just a few months before college teams converge on the 10 hard courts for Spring Break Tennis in March, so they're waiting until April to begin a strong push toward expanding the programs. Not incidentally, April is also the month that the courts are slated for resurfacing just in time for the arrival of the family traffic that predominates in summer.
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Lodging consists of 1- and 2-bedroom condos; prices vary according to size and view.
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Travel Instructions. By Air: Port Royal is 45 miles from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) in Georgia and 95 miles from Charleston International Airport (CHS). Major airlines serve both of those gateways. It is also possible to fly directly to Hilton Head Island Airport (HHH), on commuter service from US Airways Express, via Charlotte, NC. Rental cars and shuttles are available at all three airports.
General Tourist Information. Visit the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau website or contact them at 1 Chamber Dr., P.O. Box 5647, Hilton Head Island, SC 29938; 843-785-3673 or toll-free 800-523-3373.