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. Eric Wammock, former head pro and club manager at Sea Pines Resort, runs this operation through his company Hilton Head Island Tennis. Tennis central is a wood-frame pro shop 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. For adults, Wammock offers a stroke or drill program every weekday, an advanced training program for 4.0’s or better, and weekend programs devoted to doubles. Juniors have even a larger choice, including Quickstart for novices and the very young all the way up to elite program for tournament players. And junior day camps get added to the roster in summer.
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 brodered 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. Wammock believes its big selling point is price. "The costs are pretty much unbeatable because the condo rates are much lower lower than those in many oceanfront resorts, though they're nice," he told me. Partly for that reason, he'll also be focusing on attracting groups and teams—except in summer, when this resort is all about families.
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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.