Email Us
Tennis Resorts Online
Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, Carlsbad, California
©Roger Cox

Omni La Costa Resort & Spa

Carlsbad, California

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 anchors one end of the main plaza, with restaurants scattered throughout, some with outdoor seating.

The tennis club has four red clay and 12 hard courts, one of the latter a sunken stadium with seating for 1,000, as well as four permanent pickleball courts. 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 offer not only private lessons but also thrice daily 3.0/Intermediate clinics supplemented by sessions for beginners and workouts for intermediate/advanced players. In addition, there are after-school programs for various ages of juniors and, during July, the San Diego Aviators host their home World Team Tennis at la Costa. Instruction is also available for those looking to learn pickleball or hone the skills they have, and for anyone wanting to play the club stages weekly pickleball mixers/open play events.

silverado 728x90

Drysdale Baha Mar

Join Cliff Drysdale Tennis for the first ever co-ed tennis retreat at Baha Mar Resort in the Bahamas from October 28-31! Overlooking pristine white sands and turquoise waters, Baha Mar affords guests a truly breathtaking backdrop to perfect their tennis game. This 4 day, 3-night retreat features educational drill sessions and match play opportunities. More information can be found online here:

Tennis Features

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.


(70 Reviewers)
Tennis Overall
4½-Ball Rating Tennis Staff
5-Ball Rating Instruction
4½-Ball Rating
Game Matching
4½-Ball Rating Junior Tennis
4-Ball Rating
3½-Ball Rating Lodging
4-Ball Rating Spa & Fitness
4-Ball Rating
Dollar Value
4-Ball Rating Other Recreation
4½-Ball Rating Setting
4-Ball Rating
Kids' Programs
4-Ball Rating Romance
4-Ball Rating Solo Travelers
4½-Ball Rating

See Also

There is no shortage of tennis resorts with spas—use my Search page to find others—but for comparison's sake, also look at:

Rates and Reservations

La Costa offers both rooms and suites. Rates do not include taxes, parking, or a $35/day resort fee.

Visit the website for current rates

Omni La Costa Resort & Spa
2100 Costa del Mar Road
Carlsbad, CA 92009

Travel Essentials

Seasons. Year-round.

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.