By Roger Cox, Editor
Familiar as the site of the WTA Mercury Insurance Open each summer, La Costa Resort & Spa has a long tradition of caring about tennis and of pampering the guests of its spa. But this is a far different La Costa than the one I first visited back in the 1980s. Over the last several years, more than $50 million to upgrade the resort, including renovations of the rooms, upgrades to the golf course, and a new adult swimming pool. Its architecture reflects the state's Spanish Colonial history—all white stucco, wrought iron, red tile, and open plazas. A handsome Feng Shui-aligned spa and adjacent Chopra Center for Ayurvedic treatments anchor one end of the main plaza, with restaurants scattered throughout, some with outdoor seating.
The tennis club has four red clay and 13 hard courts, one of the latter a sunken stadium with seating for 1,000. It is managed by Cliff Drysdale Tennis, who installed Bryce Cunningham as director. A certified USPTA elite professional coach and Tennis Australia professional coach, he had previously run camps and programs at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne and directed the Bluewater Bay Tennis Center, Niceville, both in Florida. At La Costa, he and his staff of nine pros has beefed up the program to include not only private lessons but also thrice daily 3.0/Intermediate clinics supplemented by sessions for beginners and workouts for intermediate/advanced players. He also added twice weekly Cardio tennis to the mix and after-school programs for various ages of juniors. during July, the San Diego Aviators host their home World Team Tennis at la Costa.
Pro Shop: 760-931-7501
Courts & Fees. The resort has 13 hard courts—one of them a stadium—and 4 red clay courts (7 with lights) arrayed below an attractive clubhouse containing an expansive, apparel-stocked pro shop. Court fees: $25/hour on hard courts, $35/hour on clay.
Spa & Fitness
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La Costa offers both rooms and suites. Rates do not include taxes, parking, or a $20/day resort fee.
Visit the website for current rates
General Tourist Information. There are three sources of information: in the immediate area, visit the Carlsbad Convention & Visitors Bureau website (or contact them at 400 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92008, phone 800-227-5722); for this part of the county, visit the San Diego North Convention & Visitors Bureau website or contact them at 360 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA 92025-2600. Phone: 800-848-3336; and for the county as a whole, visit the San Diego County Convention & Visitors Bureau website or contact them at 2215 India St., San Diego, CA 92101. Phone: 619-236-1212.