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The Resort at Longboat Key Club, Longboat Key, Florida
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The Resort at Longboat Key Club

Longboat Key, Florida



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Drysdale 2019 Programs


Join us at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation for our all new Ladies Retreat from October 9-13th. This first-of-its-kind, Ladies Retreat is a 5 day, fun filled tennis getaway and will feature tennis instruction, learning seminars, video analysis, live-ball sessions, and so much more. If you are looking to improve our game, learn more about the intricacies of tennis, and overall have FUN, join us this October in Amelia Island! For more information, please call 830-625-5911x208, email k.steck@cliffdrysdale.com or visit us at  experiencecdt.com


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Here's what others have had to say about Resort at Longboat Key Club.

  • 4-Ball Rating "Clinics were great! Facilities are exceptional. Due to time of year and renovations in progress at other areas of the resort, match play arrangements may be somewhat limited until next year"—G.D., Adv. Int., June 2019
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Sammy Avila was an outstanding instructor. The facilities were great and in great condition. Very friendly and helpful staff at the tennis center desk and they got me into a great match with other out of town guests. Wish I could have stayed longer than my five days at the resort."—K.S., Adv. Int., May 2019
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Jackie Bohannon is my favourite tennis coach anywhere and it’s a shame that we have to go as far as Florida to see her! But we are fortunate to go to Longboat Key twice a year and we book clinics and private lessons with her well in advance"—K.D., Int., April 2019
  • 4½-Ball Rating "I have been attending The Resort at Longboat Key Club at least twice each year for the past seven years. The Tennis Gardens are amazing. The courts are plentiful and immaculately maintained. The tennis pros are friendly, knowledgeable and a pleasure to hit with. The pro shop has the best selection of tennis clothing and equipment available in the Sarasota area. There are comfortable places to sit, relax and enjoy watching tennis matches. I can’t imagine a better tennis resort anywhere."—C.H., Adv. Int., April 2019
  • 4-Ball Rating "The head pro, Jackie, at Longboat Key was incredibly nice and helpful and runs an amazing doubles clinic that she allows drop-ins for. Lots of fun, great workout and beautiful club as well. I highly recommend!"—L.R., Adv., April 2019
  • 4½-Ball Rating "we love the Longboat Key Resort. For the last 2 years we have gone in April and November. The tennis courts are superbly maintained and the tennis coaches are excellent. The resort itself is on a beautiful beach. I just came back from a 4 day trip there and have already booked our November trip. The girls in the tennis shop are very good at organizing your tennis and helping you pick out new tennis clothes. This is definitely a must go if you are a tennis player!!!"—D.V., Adv. Int., April 2019
  • 4½-Ball Rating "My family and I keep coming back year after year. My son and I play tennis. My son being a junior in high school / varsity tennis player. I being a 60 plus year old competitive tennis player who loves the game. Our most recent visit was the 3rd week of this past March, 2019, but like I said, we have been coming to play here for so many years. The har-tru courts are always fantastic. I don’t know how they maintain them so well. Does not matter the time of day. Coming from a club in New Jersey that maintains good har-tru courts, I know what a challenge it is to maintain courts in top condition. These are among the best you will find to play on anywhere. But that is only the beginning. The office staff goes out of their way to be helpful. I arrange lessons for my son to help him prepare for his high school spring season, every year weeks before we arrive. The office staff always does a great job helping me arrange my son’s tennis schedule, following through with me as schedules change and opportunities for more interaction with different pro presents itself. Which brings me to the pros. They are all wonderful. Personable and great instructors, they will all really help your game. Each time we go to The Resort at Longboat Key, our son works out on court with 3 or 4 pros throughout the week, getting different perspectives and instruction as well as workouts for his game. They are all exceptional and so welcoming, remembering us from year to year. For me, the staff finds me clinics and games to play in, which makes my time every bit as enjoyable as my son’s. The clinics are well thought out, fun and instructive, and the games the staff sets up for me, allows me to challenge my game with that of other resort guests and club members. Like all tennis enthusiasts, the members are welcoming and always interested in meeting new people to play with. It does not hurt that staying and playing tennis at The Resort at Longboat Key, you have access to all the restaurants in downtown Sarasota (right across the bridge), St Armand’s Circle and the rest of Longboat Key. If you are looking for a great place to go to work on your tennis and play, I recommend The Resort at Longboat Key. You won’t be disappointed. Every time I leave, I look forward to coming back."—P.G., Adv., April 2019
  • 4½-Ball Rating "We stayed at the resort for 3 nights. Beautiful courts and a great staff Arranged a lesson with one of the club pros and he was great. The staff at the pro shop arranged a mixed doubles match for us for the following day."—P.C., Int., April 2019
  • 5-Ball Rating "First class facility with impeccable courts that are fit for a pro event. Picturesque setting right on the bay with no shortage of courts, phenomenal pros and friendly staff/ concierge. I recommend this site for anyone looking to get away that enjoys Tennis of any level."—J.F., Adv., April 2019
  • 4½-Ball Rating ""—S.S., Adv., April 2019
  • 5-Ball Rating "Jackie and Randy are amazing tennis pros at the Tennis Gardens."—M.D., Int., April 2019
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Great club and amazing courts. Outstanding instruction from top level teaching pros."—M.R., Adv. Int., April 2019
  • 5-Ball Rating "Great coaches very friendly it also really helps you improve in the things that you need improvement on"—C.S., Adv. Int., April 2019
  • 5-Ball Rating "This tennis pros are very dedicated to the players. The lessons are the best I have ever had!! The staff is friendly!"—J.F., Adv. Int., April 2019
  • 4-Ball Rating "Great tennis facility. You have to sign up for Live Ball with pro Jackie Bohannon. always a challenging workout, fast paced and lots of fun. My private lesson with pro Jackie Bohannon was excellent and has helped me move my game to the next level"—D.C., Adv. Int., April 2019
  • 5-Ball Rating "The clinics are a particular strength at the already fabulous Longboat Key Club. There is a mix of personalized trainer attention and tips with constant gameplay. Jackie is wonderful and I look to work with her as much as possible."—L.E.,  April 2019
  • 5-Ball Rating "Excellent facilities: 12 or more clay courts. Jackie Bohannan is a fabulous coach. People travel a distance to take her clinics. The pro shop has good sales on quality tennis fashion"—A.P., Adv., April 2019
  • 5-Ball Rating "Longboat Key Club (LKC) is a tennis paradise that combines top level coaching and beautifully maintained courts in an idyllic setting. I am a former college player and the teaching staff here have lifted my game to a new level. I have taken lessons from 5 of the pros and they are all top of their craft. For example, Sammy is a tennis savant who brings decades of training the likes of Agassiz and other world class players to improve your game with creative drills and a sparkling sense of humor. Randy is the master of the modern game, helping players create the top-spin shots to stay in rallies against the best. And, Jacki, brings a diagnostic eye to point out how to improve your competitive skills through subtle changes during intense live game simulations. But, what’s most impressive about these pros is they are all eager to set you up with games with guests and the members. Amy is the new tennis concierge and, with a constant smile, she seems to be 24/7 vigilant to make sure you find plenty of partners for singles, doubles or mixed. Also unique is the fact that the members at the club (who hail from around the world) are incredibly welcoming to resort guests - eager to include them in their singles and doubles games. Turning to the facility, the 20 green clay courts are meticulously maintained and sit in a lush setting with pink flamingos and other wild birds strolling peacefully around (of course, not on the courts!). And, because this setting is so ideal, the one constructive feedback is it would be nice if the “Court 21” offered more food and drink options so that you could settle all day at the courts. This is a small critique because you are just a shuttle bus away from the main hotel resort that has a beautiful pool, direct access to a talcum powder soft, sandy beach and delicious foods served by a warm staff - including Paula and others who make the guests feel like long time members."—T.W., Adv., April 2019
  • 5-Ball Rating "This is one of the best tennis clubs I have ever played at on the east coast. For all levels there is something for everyone to improve your game at the Longboat Resort Tennis Center. The staff are wonderful, friendly , coordinating and planning your tennis schedule whether it be private lessons or group clinics. The pro shop has top tennis apparel and racquets to buy or demo. Tennis pros are actually real tennis pros ! Some of them came from the Colony - on Longboat key, which was once the top destination for tennis training and tennis families. A shout out to Susan in the Pro Shop who a has gone out of her way to schedule and plan our tennis this week. Last a shout out to Randy - Tennis Pro , who inspired my kids just starting out 5 years ago. For any tennis parent with a competitive junior playing USTA/ UTR matches, Randy is in a different league and could be a high level coach at any tennis academy in the country. Any time you can have with him is special. Recommend you call ahead and book time with him if available before arriving at the Resort."—J.R., Adv. Int., April 2019
  • 4½-Ball Rating "I had a great visit and was so fortunate to have Amy and the staff coordinating play for me. I was introduced to some amazing ladies and players and felt so welcome. Already planning our next trip back to The Resort at Longboat Key."—K.M., Adv. Int., April 2019
  • 5-Ball Rating "Beautiful resort w/ top notch tennis facilities. The tennis pros are fantastic!"—R.W., Adv. Int., April 2019
  • 5-Ball Rating "The tennis center is one of the most beautiful I’ve visited and I’ve been to a lot of resorts. My boyfriend and I call this place paradise especially if you love tennis. My favorite tennis instructor is Jackie. She’s the best teacher I’ve ever had so love how beautifully landscaped the grounds are, how friendly the staff and the incredible amenities."—E.W., Int., April 2019
  • 5-Ball Rating "This club is clean, beautiful and very comfortable. The staff are so hospitable. The tennis pros are so friendly and effective in assessing and providing instructional needs. I loved working with both John and Tom."—P.B., Int., April 2019
  • 4½-Ball Rating "The coaching here is solid. I've tried several instructors throughout the years and they've all offered something to my tennis game. Good sense of awareness to my personality and they don't appear bored or as if they are a ball machine feeder. I particularly appreciate how they can keep drills going with larger groups. I cannot say enough about the level of coaching. Hard to think of a negative because every instructor has offered something fresh for me. They are really good at judging my level and keeping me on pace to keep climb upwards. Courts are immaculate"—J.L., Adv. Int., April 2019
  • 4-Ball Rating "Just back from yet another magical experience at the Resort at Longboat Key Club. There was a group of 6 of us this year and John created a program that was perfect for us. He gave us meaningful instruction, kept us moving and challenged us along the way. We love the pro shop and came home with lots of goodies! Hope they bring food service back to the resort - it was the only thing missing."—C.D., Adv. Int., April 2019
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Please visit and stay at the resort at Longboat Key Club. You and your family will have an unforgettable experience. The golf course is prestigious and the Tennis Center is one of the best tennis facilities in Florida. The staff and tennis professionals are very knowledgeable and very friendly. The resort at Longboat Key Club Is the perfect place to spend your next vacation!"—I.M., Adv., April 2019
  • 4-Ball Rating "The tennis courts are lovely. The pro shop has nice clothes and helpful staff. Susan went beyond to schedule courts for our annual girls tennis getaway. It can be frustrating to pay high room rates to stay at the LBKC and then be told you cannot book courts in advance. Susan recognized this and helped us out. We very much appreciated her assistance."—J.C., Int., April 2019
  • 4-Ball Rating "Just came back from a wonderful trip to The Resort at Longboat Key. It was one of the best tennis facilities/clubs I've ever been to. Everything was better than I anticipated: from the friendly and accommodating staff in the tennis shop (Sue and the other ladies), the beautiful har tru courts, the excellent clinics and lessons with top-notch Pros - John, Jen , Thomas and Mirage. I learn something different from each Pro...all adding something of value to improve my game. I have never been to a tennis facility where everyone was so friendly and the instruction so incredibly good. I learned more about my game in a few days then I have all year! Cannot wait to return."—M.P., Int., February 2019
  • 5-Ball Rating "I’ve never been to a tennis camp/resort where the tennis pro are so good (and diverse in their way of teaching). Every pro I played with focused on a different part of the game. John Woods (the head pro) improved my serve dramatically in 1 lesson. Miraj focused on balance, court position, shot selection. Sammy is all about patience (no need to rush on every shot). And Thomas was the perfect pro to play sets with at the end of my 1 week training. I am a 4.5 player and thanks to the pros at the Resort I am hoping I can compete against 5.0 player!"—X.G., Adv., February 2019
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Best tennis resort ever! Friendly, helpful folks, wonderful courts- great all Around!"—J.S., Int., February 2019
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Great clubhouse, beautifully maintained courts and grounds. And fantastic service from club staff, esoecially Sue! Thanks for taking great care of us!!"—T.T., Adv. Int., February 2019
  • 5-Ball Rating "great pros and super easy bookings"—A.G., Adv. Int., December 2018
  • 5-Ball Rating "The 22nd Annual Vineyard Classic was held at this fabulous resort. My nine friends, and I, were able to have an outstanding experience staying at the resort while participating in our annual tennis tournament which was played at the Tennis Garden of Longboat Key Club. Director of Tennis John Woods, the Concierge, Sandi and the maintanence staff saw too it that everything that ensured a successful event was taken care of. They are truly service driven, wonderfully welcoming and totally professional. Awesome tennis experience. A very well maintained facility. As for the resort itself, it is a slice of paradise. The staff at the front desk, bar and restaurants were well trained and definitely provided 5star service. Food was excellent at all meals and the prices were unusually moderate for this type of resort. The beach, pool spa and firtness facilities are world class and we play to play our event here again in the years to come. Kudo's to all. Thank you Tiffani and Kim for making it happen!"—J.S., Adv., November 2018
  • 4½-Ball Rating "The Tennis Gardens at Longboat Key Club is a hard core tennis players dream. Amy, Polly and Susan all look out for visiting guests, arranging competitive matches at the players skill level and introducing guests to club members that repeat guests can organize their own matches with upon their return to the resort on their next trip. (The resort is paradise and a place where repeat guests are the norm once they discover it.) The grounds are meticulously maintained, the club members, pros and staff are all wonderful people. I've played tennis at some top tier resorts, and LKC is just a special place to me that I return to at least 2-3 times per year."—M.W., Adv., November 2018
  • 4-Ball Rating "This was my second visit to Longboat. The resort staff were not as good as they were during my previous visit. I was surprised since the resort wasn’t as busy this time. Fortunately the tennis staff was exceptional again. They picked up where the resort staff wasn’t helpful. The tennis clinics and lessons are good. There are also local residents and other guests who want to play. The employees work very hard to find matches for you. The Key and Sarasota are great places to visit, and there are other things to do in this area. I would recommend Longboat."—C.C., Adv. Int., November 2018
  • 4½-Ball Rating "There are a tremendous number of clinics that I was able to sign up for in advance of my visit. When I called the tennis center a couple of weeks before my trip, I expressed interest in also playing with some of the past members. Amy arranged this for me and I was greeted enthusiastically by the group. Also, the tennis clothing was beautiful, so I bought two new outfits. I had a wonderful experience this week!"—V.S., Adv. Int., November 2018
  • 4½-Ball Rating "The tennis gardens staff was very efficient and friendly and helped my husband and I find compatible tennis players for doubles and singles. The courts are beautiful and well managed and I also enjoyed many group lessons and live ball. In addition they had a tournament at night that we watched of very high level tennis. There are no weaknesses, only strengths, they supply you with water and towels and there are always sales on great tennis clothes too!"—J.W., Int., November 2018
  • 4½-Ball Rating "The hotel portion of the resort is undergoing some major renovations at this time, which are needed. However the Tennis Gardens were beautiful and had excellent service! My daughter and I took a lesson and it was top notch! We will certainly be going back."—L.P., Int., October 2018
  • 4½-Ball Rating "We loved to play there!! Just amazing!!!!"—S.U., Low Int., October 2018
  • 4½-Ball Rating "I found the coaching extremely helpful and importantly very simple to adapt to, which was critical for me on a 4 day break from work on my own. I used 3 coaches, John, Ron and Sami, interestingly all 3 were remarkably consistent in their approach with me which really helped consolidate learning across the stay. Session with Sami really stood out, he really is a fantastic coach but all were great. Really recommend it."—T.S., Int., October 2018
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Greetings from extremely happy tennis players. We recently stayed at the Longboat Key Resort, Sarasota. We turned up at the Tennis Gardens Clinics expecting the usual, albeit excellent, drills and hoping to find a four to play in. To our amazement and complete joy, we were welcomed by Maraj, a top, world class, level coach. There were no ‘usual drills’, instead he gave superb, simply the best, instruction, including insider tips about every shot in the game of tennis. We came home with a whole new tool box of skills including, for example, vastly improved knowledge about balance and movement. Maraj explained it all in a way that was so easy to understand and apply immediately. The result was an immediate improvement in all aspects of our game. We can’t thank Maraj enough for how he’s helped our play in such a short period of time, in fact immediately after the first session. So pleased are we with our improved tennis that we’re now booking to return to the Tennis Gardens next year, where we plan to book in with Maraj again. A huge thank you to Maraj from Maria and David. We found everyone at Longboat Key Resort and the Tennis Gardens’ to be totally helpful and delightful. We’d like to record our thanks to Amy (Tennis Concierge who was very proactive in finding other appropriate level tennis guests to play mixed doubles with us) and Susan and her colleagues in the best pro shop in the world - they all gave excellent customer service. If you’re passionate about improving your tennis, do not hesitate to book onto the tennis clinics and tuition at the Longboat Key Resort Tennis Gardens, Sarasota – you will be blown away."—M.R., Int., September 2018
  • 4-Ball Rating "I came to Longboat Key Club with my whole family to play golf, tennis and just enjoy the beautiful beach. Susan and the rest of the crew at the tennis club where super helpful in getting me and my brother into clinics and setting up games with other players. Made our vacation perfect!"—C.C., Pro, August 2018
  • 4½-Ball Rating "The har-tru tennis courts are in great condition. They are kept up very well. The staff is very nice and helpful. The Director of Tennis, John Woods, was willing to help make sure I got in some tennis time."—B.L., Adv., June 2018
  • 4-Ball Rating "The club was great for us because it caters to a family atmosphere. The teaching staff was great and the facilities were tremendous. Being a former tennis pro I have been around a lot clubs and resorts and I was very impressed with this one. Which was also nice is the hotel on the beach was was a 10 minute drive away.."—R.S., Adv., February 2018
  • 4½-Ball Rating "It is not only great tennis but beautiful white sand beaches."—R.S., Int., January 2018
  • 4-Ball Rating "My husband and I had a wonderful long w/e at the Longboat Key Tennis Resort. We had excellent lessons and game play. We are beginners and that was taken into consideration. We are definitely coming back this year to pick up where we left off. The accommodations were excellent for us as we did need the washer/dryer since we were playing so much tennis. The pro shop was amazing and Susan was so helpful to us. We bought some fabulous new outfits that we just could never find where we live. Your Pros were patient and considerate of our level and taught to our needs. We appreciated that aspect. We have encouraged our community to try this resort out. We are looking forward to returning. The biggest disappointment was the noise at the pool. One pool with music and tons of kids screaming and jumping around was absolutely annoying. It would be worth their while to build a kiddie pool somewhere else. Having a bar and music is inviting to adults but a total turn off when you can't sit there because of the noise level and the splashing. This is all about tennis....so based on that alone it is worth it! Of course the beach is out of this world too."—E.D., Int., January 2018
  • 4½-Ball Rating "We come to Longboat Key because of the game arranging concierge. Ken Howard now does this in addition to his teaching responsibilities. We were very pleased with the arranged games. The accommodations and service at the Resort are always excellent. We also spend time in Sarasota enjoying the local restaurants and the art community. We will return again next year."—J.M., Adv., January 2018
  • 4-Ball Rating "I had the pleasure of visiting the Resort at Longboat Key for my 50th birthday last weekend. I came with 6 of my friends and we had a wonderful time. Four of us had a private lesson with Ron. He was perfect. He warmed us up, kept us moving and tweaked our game. It was so much fun that the time flew by! I highly recommend Ron as your pro!"—B.W., Int., January 2018
  • 4-Ball Rating "We have just returned from a weeks tennis at the Tennis Gardens at Longboat Key Club, having booked a 'tennis tune up' package. The facilities are exceptional, and we enjoyed tennis clinics every day with either, Ken, Mirage & Ron and have learnt so much in just a week. Thank you. The Pro-shop team, Polly, Susan and Sandy, were absolutely fabulous in making us feel welcome, scheduling our clinics and lesson, and maximising our time on court, with other guests in some great doubles games. The Pro-shop is very well stocked and both my husband and I, enjoyed a little 'retail therapy' in between sessions. The new tennis shoes made all the difference! This was our first 'tennis' holiday, and we look forward to returning in the future, and would thoroughly recommend the 'Tennis Gardens' for a great tennis experience in beautiful surroundings. Thanks to everyone for a fab week."—H.M., Int., January 2018
  • 4½-Ball Rating "I came to Longboat Key for the Tennis and it was amazing! I took clinic everyday and Ken the head pro organized games for me with great players. I did a fantastic lesson with Sammy and walked away with terrific instruction to incorporate into my game."—D.B., Adv. Int., January 2018
  • 5-Ball Rating "great facility, layout and tennis shop and professionals make it a great experience for all levels of players"—L.D.,  December 2017
  • 5-Ball Rating "Instruction is frankly the best I've ever had, tennis complex is beautiful, really excellent coaching from John and Randy - it was on another level. The resort is really well kept, beautiful rooms, heated pool, pristine area of the beach, and the food is quite excellent! I came here specifically for the tennis and will definitely be back, largely due to the quality of coaching!"—P.H., Adv. Int., December 2017
  • 5-Ball Rating "My tennis team has been spending a weekend at LBK one weekend a year for the past 5 years. The pros are terrific (Sammy is our favorite), the courts are perfect and the lodging is beautiful. I can't wait for our trip each year!!"—W.S., Int., December 2017
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Friendly staff. Clinics were terrific. Pro shop very well stocked and super nice staff."—S.B., Int., November 2017
  • 5-Ball Rating ""—J.W., Int., November 2017
  • 4-Ball Rating "18 courts that are in a beautiful setting and well maintained with beautiful clay and clean and welcoming amenities. The pro shop is very well stocked and the staff is excellent. All pros were great instructors each giving a new approach to the game."—S.D., Int., October 2017
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Excellent facility. Tennis is integrated with local players so there was a reliable group for the tennis concierge to draw on when lining up matches for me. I had matches for all four days I was there. The staff was nice and cooperative."—D.F., Adv. Int., October 2017
  • 5-Ball Rating "This is the very best place I have ever been! Let me say, I have been to Four Seasons Nevus, Caneel Bay, Sea Island, Amelia Island, etc... so I do have a sound foundation to make this review. Without a doubt, Longboat Tennis is number 1! I hope you do read the review in its entirety. The two pros that I work with are Sammy Aviles and Jackie Bohannon. They are the best I have ever taken lessons from and believe me I have taken A LOT of lessons. Their styles are different but very much compliment each other to get a well rounded experience. I now drive 2 hours at least 3 times a month to take lessons with them. So if you read no more, you must go to Longboat Tennis! It is truly AMAZING! I first experienced Longboat Key with my recreational tennis team in Feb. 2015. The stand out was Sammy Aviles for me. He really picked up quickly on small technical mistakes that made huge difference in results. Subsequently, a few of us took one on one lessons with him which continued to be hugely beneficial from technical and strategic (we play doubles) standpoints. At one point, Sammy made a correction to my friend's approach backhand which yielded amazing results. She turned to me and said, "Seriously, how is it that no one has ever told me that?" [We play in Orlando and worked with serveral pros (12+ easily) and have done summer clinics]. He is positive and has great energy which is just a plus. But he is truly excellent at picking up quickly on what one is doing wrong and tweaking it. Again, he is gret at employing strategy into the clinic/lessons as well. He is just all around fantastic on all levels. My team went back the following February again; I believe we made reservations as soon as we left and started a countdown calendar. ;) The experience was just as amazing as the year prior. We made sure to reserve Sammy well in advance. That year we also got to work with Jackie who put together a 2 hour "live ball" for 6 of our team. We had never done anything quite like that and it was challenging and so much fun! I am not sure we could move when it was over though. We were all so impressed again that we booked private and shared lessons with Sammy and Jackie. (More about Jackie below) I visited The Longboat Resort and take lessons a few more times in 2016 but because of work and kid demands mostly spent my time with local, well respected pros. In Feb 2017, we headed back to our now annual trip to Longboat. We again worked with Sammy and Jackie. We also worked with Randy who was also excellent. My personal experience is my game had suffered in the preceding year and I was frustrated. So, I stopped all lessons in Orlando, made a standing weekly reservation at The Resort (grateful for Florida resident discount) and lesson with Jackie over the summer and Sammy when available. My game has improved and I am gaining my lost confidence. Jackie has really pushed me beyond what I thought I was capable of doing and I am already a type A personality. She is invested (as is Sammy) and wants to make sure every second of our lessons are utilized efficiently. She has taught me different strokes, beyond basics and makes sure to introduce something new each time. She pays close attention to how I learn and will approach things different ways until I get it. I like her no nonsense approach as I am not one who likes to waste time. Though I do have to beg for water breaks sometimes. Lol. I also had the pleasure of joining some of her team clinics and live ball sessions during the summer. All the members have been so friendly and I have enjoyed and benefitted from the opportunity to play with them. I also further appreciated Jackie's dedication because she showed she was invested in every person on the court improving and doing their best. Though I was fortunate to live close enough to take advantage of going frequently this past year, we all got so much out of just 1-2 hour clinics! My friends and I are now trying to make it officially a twice a year trip. Let me also mention that the facility is beautiful, courts amazing, people so friendly, pro shop people helpful, etc! There always seems to be a little breeze being off the Gulf of Mexico. The resort has wonderful accommodations. When I go with the group, we get a 2 bedroom suite which is such a delight with gorgeous views. The white sand beaches cannot be beat either! But I have literally stayed in every room type the Resort has to offer and the golf and lagoon rooms are still magnificent. That said, I love waking up and looking out on the beach and water! The front desk of the hotel is extremely accommodating and pleasant as is the bell men, housekeeping, etc... They even have been gifting me a bottle of wine In my room for the last 5-7 visits. This is a must go for all tennis enthusiasts of all levels!"—B.H., Int., October 2017
  • 4-Ball Rating "My wife and I had a wonderful long weekend at staying at Longboat Key Club and playing at The Tennis Gardens. My wife thoroughly enjoyed the teaching and coaching and learned a lot during both drills and private lessons (Thanks Ken). They had trouble arranging a 4.5 level game in early October however one of the teaching pros stepped in and played, making an enjoyable game - Thanks Ken. The tennis facility is spectacular with all courts isolated to the point where errant balls will never stop play, the courts are surrounded by ponds and wonderful nature scape. There were a handful of pros all actively engaged in teaching, training and ensuring the members & hotel guests were having a great time and everyone had a terrific energy about them. The rooms at the Key Club leave a lot to be desired and are certainly not the caliber of a world class resort. Turndown service consisted of them leaving 2 chocolates on our bed and not actually turning down the bed. Our suite had a dated kitchen, tiny bathroom and underwhelming fixtures and furnishings throughout. The views were spectacular but the hotel common areas and rooms need updating. The hotel is a 3 mile drive from the tennis facility so be prepared to either drive or have the hotel shuttle you back and forth to the tennis center. The shuttle guys were all great, friendly and prompt. We even had one offer to take us out to see where the pelicans sleep in the bush at sunset, certainly the bell staff who man the shuttles know how to service their clients. Every person we encountered went out of their way to make this a great trip, The Tennis Gardens are top notch and for the room price you shouldn't expect Ritz Carlton level accommodations. I would definitely go back to The Tennis Gardens if and when they update the hotel."—B.B., Adv., October 2017
  • 4½-Ball Rating "We have just returned from The Resort at Longboat and I can't commend it high enough! As a family of 4 who all love tennis, we were not disappointed in anyway. The staff are exceptional and sorted with Jon a 2:1 with our children as there was no 'kids camp' that particular week. Randy was an exceptional coach our kid adored him :-) and so were Sammy/Mirage & Ken. A particular highlight was with Jackie who ran the 'live ball' session, 'wow!' a fanastic energetic well thought out hour & a half of great tennis! I have to say the pro-shop was just the most amazing well stocked shop I have been to - I was like a kid in a sweet shop??we had to buy another suitcase to fit my purchases in - Jackie the lady who orders the tennis outfits has exquisite taste. I must also mention the wonderful attentive ladies in the pro-shop, Sandy, Sandra & Polly, you are all wonderful ladies, thank you for making our stay so amazing."—T.M., Adv., August 2017
  • 4-Ball Rating "Tennis Pro Shop has an extensive variety of tennis apparel and gear for men, women and children. The service was wonderful, personal and attentive! The coaching staff were friendly and very experienced. Took a clinic and private lesson from Ken Howard and I learned so much in such a short period of time. Had my racquet restrung in less than 12 hours based upon my playing needs. They even arranged for a match opportunities during our stay. The facilities are beautifully maintained and the staff are friendly, helpful and accommodating. What a wonderful weekend we enjoyed at the Longboat Key Club! We'll definitely return!"—A.C., Int., August 2017
  • 4-Ball Rating "Beautiful surroundings. Instructor at clinic a little too basic for higher levels, but always come away with some tips long forgotten"—B.I., Adv. Int., August 2017
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Fantastic facilities with top notch instruction and clinics. Jackie was particularly good and runs a high intensity clinic that is a lot of fun."—S.B., Adv., July 2017
  • 4½-Ball Rating "I traveled to Longboat Key Resort with tennis and relaxation on my mind and I was not disappointed. We signed up for the daily clinic and also took a private with Sammy. His knowledge of the game is unsurpassed and he explained things in a way that made sense for me. He did not try to change my game, but made a few minor adjustments that will make a big difference in my technical abilities, doubles strategy, shot selection, and mindset. The tennis gardens are beautiful. They are located about 3 miles from the resort so you will need to grab a shuttle or rent a car. There was absolutely no traffic or crowded beaches while we were there in June. The resort is a little dated, but it is very clean, the staff is friendly and helpful, and the beaches are gorgeous. You can find packages that include beach chairs and a resort credit or possibly find a USTA discount. I'm already planning to bring my team here for a girls'/tennis trip!"—J.P., Int., July 2017
  • 5-Ball Rating "Match arranging and private tennis lessons were fantastic."—W.V., Adv., June 2017
  • 5-Ball Rating "My husband and I visit the resort at least three times a year and we're convinced they have the best amenities. The clinics are thorough and helpful for what your needs are. They pair you with same strengths and handicap that good practice and games are challenging and rewarding. Never leave with visiting the ProShop. Helpful staff!"—K.C., Adv. Int., June 2017
  • 5-Ball Rating "The pro shop staff is exceptional!!! The choice of tennis clothes are unbelievable!! I can text the pros upon my arrival and they schedule my lessons and times to play. The entire staff makes you feel welcomed!!!! My only regret is that I wish I could stay longer!!"—J.F., Adv. Int., April 2017
  • 5-Ball Rating "Fabulous Tennis setting with awesome pros. Longboat Key is the best!"—B.M., Adv., April 2017
  • 4½-Ball Rating ""—D.E., Adv., April 2017
  • 4½-Ball Rating ""—J.H., Adv. Int., April 2017
  • 5-Ball Rating "Great resort and Great tennis. Har-tru court are immaculate. Ken Howard arranges matches and hitting. Ken is great instructor with great insights as to how to improve your game and strategies. Best hour lesson I ever had. Gary Hurewitz"—G.H., Adv. Int., April 2017
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Great!"—B.G., Adv., April 2017
  • 5-Ball Rating "The club is newly updated, with a magnificent beach, 2 great golf courses and a great Tennis facility."—D.M., Adv. Int., April 2017
  • 4½-Ball Rating "The Tennis Gardens are beautifully maintained and very busy all day, every day! The Staff in the Pro Shop are extremely helpful in setting up matches for you if you're interested, as well as booking your court time, helping you find the right size among the AMAZING collection of tennis attire, and even about suggestions for fun beach walks or a good lunch out. They try very hard to get you on the court when you want to be on the court, and they go to great lengths to make sure you are happy."—L.C., Adv., March 2017
  • 4-Ball Rating "Longboat Key offers beautiful weather and a beautiful facility close to the beach. The green clay courts are immaculate and the clubhouse is beautiful. The staff is eager to assist with game matching. Unfortunately, the Sarasota area is more of a retirement community, and finding high level players for clinics and match play may be a challenge."—P.B., Adv., March 2017
  • 5-Ball Rating "We have been going to Longboat Key Club and Resort for the past 5 to 6 years, every year, 2 to 3 times a year. It is most wonderful and very relaxing to just get away. I smile when I hear my kids at home planning their activities for their vacation at LKB, swimming, playing in the sand, tennis, fishing & shopping. The staff know us and really take care of us. Thank you very much to Miss Jackie for your fun sunny tennis. LBK is becoming our home away from home. I really want to Make Longboat Key Club & Resort Great Again!!!"—R.A., Adv. Int., March 2017
  • 4½-Ball Rating "This is a wonderful gem for the tennis player and fan to enjoy and relax. Very professional facilities and wonderful restaurants. My family had lots of fun playing tennis and going fishing. We met a friendly professional tennis instructor Jackie B and my kids love hitting the fuzzy yellow balls. We will be back."—B.L., Adv., March 2017
  • 4½-Ball Rating "The "Tennis Gardens" at the Longboat Key Club offers 20 beautiful, well-kept har-tru courts. Amazing teaching staff and clinics! Pro shop well stocked with lots of great clothing and equipment choices. Super friendly staff. A great place to meet other friendly and welcoming players. In spite of having a lovely court-side lounge, the Tennis Gardens has very limited food service. However, there are excellent dining options at the golf course (next door) and the resort hotel."—H.A., Int., March 2017
  • 4½-Ball Rating "The Tennis Gardens at Longboat Key Club are beautiful. The staff at the pro shop was very friendly and helpful. My husband and I enjoyed great tennis every day on our vacation. The staff set up matches with vacationers staying at the resort and also residents who are members of the club. Even when there were last-minute cancellations or someone did not show up for a game, Ken managed to wrangle up people so that we did not miss any of our tennis matches that were scheduled. I would definitely return to the resort. We had a wonderful time."—R.D., Adv. Int., March 2017
  • 4½-Ball Rating "This resort is lovely. From the beach views to the tennis center, to the easy access to all the culture and dining in Sarasota. The resort units are modern and so well kept. We were happy adult "campers"."—L.S., Adv., February 2017
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Pros are great teachers and fun to work with. Special recognition to Sammie. Ken does an excellent job of arranging competitive matches for visitors, often calling on strong members of the Club. Beautiful beachfront condo units. Cultural opportunities in Sarasota are first rate (music, theater, art), as are restaurants. Everything is no more than 15 minutes from the resort by car."—R.K., Adv., February 2017
  • 4-Ball Rating "The staff at the hotel at Longboat Key Club and the Tennis Gardens were extremely accommodating, fun, interesting and interested in my vacation. Arrangements were made easily and the staff exceeded my expectations with kindness, interactions and always made every request possible thru out the stay. Thank you."—L.H., Adv. Int., February 2017
  • 5-Ball Rating "The Tennis Gardens at Longboat Key Resort is amazing! The courts are always in perfect condition, the staff is superb, and the weather perfect! This is the third year in a row that my wife and I have stayed at the resort, and every year we love it even more! The staff arranges competitive (and fun) matches for all players. This is, by far, the best tennis program at at resort!"—D.P., Adv. Int., February 2017
  • 4½-Ball Rating "21 soft courts in a beautiful setting Excellent teaching pros Excellent concierge service for arranging matches Opportunities for fun drills"—S.W., Adv., February 2017
  • 4½-Ball Rating "My husband and I have been going to the Longboat Key Club every year for the past 6 years, primarily for the fabulous tennis facilities and instruction there. My husband is a 4.0-4.5 player. He enjoys the games with the players he is matched with there and relishes the privates he takes with the top tennis pros to get some kinks out of his game. I just started playing as an older adult. The pros at Longboat are superb and have become my friends over the years. I generally take a private every day and join the 1 hour clinic, which is always useful and fun. Some resorts we've visited have 3 hour clinics, which is far too long for me. Besides, Longboat Key is adjacent to Sarasota, which features fabulous restaurants, movie theaters, live theatrical events, and more. The club has a great pool and is right on the beach, so we often take long beach walks in the afternoons. All in all, this is our favorite place to visit, to play tennis, and to learn the game."—J.B., Low Int., February 2017
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Incredibly beautiful and well maintained Courts. Staff is very competent and welcoming. Membership is not inexpensive but staying at the resort gets you full privileges. Match arrangements are excellent. Certainly the best tennis resort we've stayed at."—P.G., Int., February 2017
  • 4-Ball Rating ""—C.F., Low Int., February 2017
  • 4-Ball Rating "Great tennis program. Lots of courts. Very good instruction"—S.M., Int., February 2017
  • 4½-Ball Rating "If tennis is your game and exceptional accommodations and beaches etc. are important you cannot do better than LBKC. We started coming for a few days several years ago and now are up to almost a month. All aspects of the tennis program are top notch and the rooms and surrounding area restaurants cannot be beat. Ken and Susan and the staff set me up with a good game and or clinic every day of our stay. Been to the others, LBKC is the best!"—C.R., Adv. Int., January 2017
  • 4½-Ball Rating "world class facility with 15-20 perfectly maintained har-tru courts. took 3 lessons over 5 days with Mirage who taught me more than i have ever learned from other pros."—R.R., Adv. Int., January 2017
  • 5-Ball Rating "Jackie was wonderful!!! Great pro in clinic and private setting!!! Excellent facility and staff...the best I have seen!"—G.M., Adv. Int., January 2017
  • 5-Ball Rating "My recent holiday stay at the Longboat key club was fantastic. The desk staff at the Tennis Gardens (Susan, Sandy and Polly) did a great job putting together matches and slotting me into daily clinics and live ball sessions. The pro staff (Randy, Ron, Maraj, Scott and Jackie) did a wonderful job creating a fun, learning environment while challenging all abilities in the clinics. On top of it all I got a great deal thru the USTA discount program they have. The only weakness is I had to return home to northern new England to play indoors."—B.G., Adv., January 2017
  • 4½-Ball Rating ""—W.D., Adv., November 2016
  • 5-Ball Rating "The pro shop staff was extremely nice and went out of their way to set up matches for us during our stay. The facilities were very great. The courts were in fabulous shape, and the weather was perfect, which made for a magnificent first anniversary trip. For private lessons, request Sammy."—R.G., Adv., November 2016
  • 5-Ball Rating "I personally love Florida and Longboat Key is one of the nicest places on the Gulf. The resort is fabulous. Susan and Polly at the Pro Shop treated us better than our own club staff as they set us up with matches and gave us lesson recommendations. The proximity of the resort to St. Armands Circle added to the night life options. The entire staff at the resort were fabulous. Sammy and Ron were my favorite pros. We will definitely return. What I learned during my stay, has already improved my game."—T.G., Int., November 2016
  • 4½-Ball Rating "The tennis staff is great and the clinics were amazing and very helpful"—K.J., Adv. Int., November 2016
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Great facilities. Fantastic coaches. Helpful staff especially Susan in the tennis shop."—J.S., Int., October 2016
  • 4-Ball Rating ""—S.R., Adv., September 2016
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Excellent tennis facility. The courts are well maintained and the staff is very friendly. I especially recommend tennis pro Prakash Maraj who is a wonderful, enthusiastic teacher. His "Family Secrets" were very helpful in improving my game. He was able to see what I needed and guided me to become a better tennis player."—K.P., Int., September 2016
  • 5-Ball Rating "Fabulous 3 days at the resort at LBK with girlfriends for a birthday party. Loads of tennis, spa, beach and lots of laughs. The tennis facilities at LBK Club are unrivaled. Beautiful setting on a lake, meticulously maintained, just fabulous. The pros were excellent and the tennis concierge, Zo, was a 10! Can't wait to go back. Pro shop was full of beautiful tennis clothes and shoes, love it all!"—J.R., Int., August 2016
  • 5-Ball Rating "I just returned from a 3 day girls tennis trip to LBK. The resort is fabulous, right on the ocean, 5 star service and amenities. The tennis facility if possible is even better! They have a concierge, Zo, who is so accommodating. We only had 6 girls for our last day, and she offered to play with us and get an 8th person. Went way out of her way to make our trip extra special. The pros were great, the entire experience was 5 STARS!! Love LBK resort!"—J.R., Int., August 2016
  • 4-Ball Rating "I had a great stay at the resort and Zo, the concierge for tennis hooked me up with great matches and pick up play over the weekend. Susan was in the pro shop was great as well. Courts were emacs late and pros were very experienced. Thanks for a great time! I'll be sore for days:)"—T.G., Adv., August 2016
  • 4½-Ball Rating "I attended a different resort each of the past five years. Overall, this was the best location, as a solo traveler. I attended at least one clinic daily, and staff helped me find matches each day (singles, doubles, mixed). Instruction was solid. The resort was beautiful and the beaches were great. It's secluded, yet minutes from Testaurants and the city of Sarasota. It was wonderful!"—C.C., Int., August 2016
  • 4½-Ball Rating "My stay at the resort at Longboat Key Club was exceptional. It emcompassed a private beach with white sand and clear water, a great pool, spacious room with fully equipped kitchenette and laundry, and housekeeping who cleaned the rooms twice a day, as well as other amenities and facilities. A variety of great restaurants were located in close proximity (1-3 miles). The Tennis Gardens at Longboat Key Club really made my stay even more special. The Staff were friendly, professional, and flexible. The courts were in top conditions. I enrolled in two tennis clinics with Jackie, a tennis pro, who really pushed me to play with intensity and kept me motivated. I also took 1 hour private lesson with Sammy who gave me lots of feedback and invaluable advice on how to become a better player. Lastly, I would like to thank Zo, the tennis concierge at The Tennis Gardens for pairing me up with other players for singles and doubles matches, as well as for being so attentive and providing great service which really made me feel welcomed and at home. I will definitely be back!"—J.M., Adv., June 2016
  • 5-Ball Rating "I wanted to give a special shout out to John Woods, Director of Tennis at The Longboat Key Resort, and his staff for making my vacation a truly memorable one. John is a Texas native, a Texas Tech alum and brother of former UT women's coach Dave Woods. And after hitting with me all week, he invited me to play in a Friday happy hour exhibition for resort guests and club members along with a couple of 5.0+ ringers. But going the extra mile seems to be par for the course at the LBK Resort. In past visits, Woods' staff has made extra efforts to find competitive matches for me, even during the slowest time of year. From the stunning clubhouse to the 20 pristine Hydrogrid Har-Tru courts to the lush tropical surroundings, this place is about as close to tennis paradise as you're going to find. If you're looking to combine a five-star tennis experience with one of the very best beaches in the continental U.S., then you can't go wrong with Longboat Key."—S.D., Adv., June 2016
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Great environment. Arranged competitive matched for my wife & me. Very friendly & accommodating. Will return."—R.G., Int., June 2016
  • 5-Ball Rating "Matching service is the best."—M.O., Adv. Int., June 2016
  • 5-Ball Rating "Strengths: Finding matches for guests. Zo did a great job; courts in great condition; nice cafe at tennis club. No weaknesses."—G.B., Adv. Int., June 2016
  • 4½-Ball Rating "A really excellent tennis destination. Susan was great at booking courts and getting my racquets restrung on time. Zoe was able to book me for doubles each day and joined us to play on our last day. A really beautiful facility, great food. Golf course was exceptionally well manicured. Excellent, well maintained clay courts. This was my third visit and I plan to keep coming back!"—P.W., Adv., May 2016
  • 5-Ball Rating "the instructors (particularly Miraj) were great!!! beautiful facility, I'd definitely go back!"—L.G., Adv. Int., May 2016
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Beautiful Facility - Friendly People - Good Pros No real weaknesses"—W.W., Adv. Int., May 2016
  • 5-Ball Rating "Excellent service- had a great time"—R.C., Adv. Int., May 2016
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Great experience"—A.L., Int., May 2016
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Fantastic tennis facility. We stayed at the Resort for a week and thoroughly enjoyed the tennis. Very friendly staff that go out of their way to make sure your tennis needs are met. Special shout-out to Susan who was very helpful. Complimentary demo rackets. Complimentary use of ball machine. Lots of tennis pros that you can book lessons with. Lots of clinics, etc. They will also find you a player at your level though I did not use that service."—M.D., Adv., April 2016
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Beautiful facility. Courts in excellent condition. Court location is in a quiet area away from any roads or noise. Very pleasant playing conditions. Multiple pros an site. Large pro shop with great selection and very friendly staff. The staff arranged match play for my wife and I. The only weakness we found was the 3 mile distance from the main resort facility to the tennis gardens. A beautiful and short drive though in an elegant area of Longboat Key, FL. The resort offers a free shuttle but we used our rental car instead. Courts were also available on site at the resort but we did not play there. We thought the short drive to the tennis gardens was worth the drive. The resort had a USTA package which we chose. Included free breakfast for the two of us, free court time and a $25 credit at the pro shop which my wife took advantage of and returned home with a new tennis outfit! We were treated very well there. Had a great trip."—J.W., Adv., April 2016
  • 4½-Ball Rating "A delightful holiday in everyway. We had a spectacular room which was incredibly spacious and with the most wonderful view of the Gulf. The highlight of our trip was our time at the tennis gardens. Jackie is a superb instructor who clearly wants you to be the best you can possibly be. Her approach, her drills, her demeanor, her focus and commitment are unsurpassed. She is the reason we return to Longboat. This is the perfect holiday for us and we are already planning our next visit."—K.R., Int., April 2016
  • 4½-Ball Rating "I love the tennis gardens at Longboat Key, and have gone there twice in the last 6 months. Everyone is so friendly; in particular the pros! My favorite pro is Jackie Bohannon, and she is the reason I went there the first time, and the main reason I go back. Jackie is a phenomenal coach; giving constant feedback, being encouraging, really knowing the game as well as equipment, making each player feel that she genuinely wants you to improve and believes you can,... Thank you Jackie, and all the staff at LBK; I'll definitely be back!"—M.W., Int., April 2016
  • 5-Ball Rating "Super Friendly and Welcoming Club ! As a Guest sometimes an open environment is tricky but that was not the case on our first visit. We were invited to all functions and we were able to play Tennis twice daily and more if we accepted the inventions. 5 Star Resort because of the People, Accessibility to Member's Activities and Facilities. Over All Service was well above our Expectations!"—D.W., Adv. Int., April 2016
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Courteous: will always find you a match or just a cout."—H.H., Adv. Int., April 2016
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Best tennis club I have ever known, Zoe the concierge and John the head pro are top notch. I highly recommend to all my friends, and have been coming here for many years."—R.R., Adv. Int., April 2016
  • 4½-Ball Rating "One of our favourite tennis resorts! Great facilities, great staff, great tennis!"—J.D., Low Int., April 2016
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Beautiful, well-groomed tennis facility. Excellent pro staff, including Sammy Aviles who has the ability to inspire change, improve technique and instill new match strategies. The resort location on the white sand beach on the Gulf of Mexico is beautiful, although the lobby is small and dated, and the 10-minute ride between the resort and Tennis Gardens facility isn't the most convenient. On balance, though, the beach location, excellent tennis instruction, clinics and friendly vibe carry the resort to the top of my list!"—A.T., Int., April 2016
  • 4½-Ball Rating "A beautiful complex with 20 beautifully maintained and watered green clay/Har-Tru courts. We had a great clinic with Jackie, lesson with John and Zo was always there to provide game matching in singles and doubles. We miss you, but hope to be back soon!"—T.D., Adv., March 2016
  • 4½-Ball Rating "It's a fantastic tennis facility. The courts are immaculately kept. The tennis coaches are very keen to help you develop you skills/game play. You are welcomed to the club as though you are a long standing member not just a holiday maker. Before you arrive for your vacation you can pre book lessons, games etc, the team also arrange matches for you with to play with other members or guests during your stay."—G.H., Int., March 2016
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Beautifully maintained courts and landscaping, plus great instruction.. Welcoming to all ages and skill levels."—A.H., Adv. Int., March 2016
  • 4½-Ball Rating "We spent a week at the Longboat Key Club and Resort. The Tennis Gardens are a very nice 20 court facility. We really enjoyed our stay. The staff, Susan, Sandy and Zoe were very helpful in arranging things for us. We had instructions from John and Jackie and it was excellent. We will defintely come back. Peder, Birgit and Maria"—P.C., Adv. Int., February 2016
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Outstanding facility. Great environment. Very personal, accommodating and professional for someone visiting only 3 days. Productive Valuable instruction with "world class" pros. Scheduling and setting up play a breeze via a dedicated tennis concierge. On a side note, I actually had my card case fall out of my bag and they tracked me down before I realized it was missing avoiding an airport problem later that day. I can't wait to go back!"—S.S., Adv., February 2016
  • 3½-Ball Rating "I just spent 4 days at the resort. It was my first time tbere. The courts were in incredible condition and the best amenity that they have there is Zo, the Tennis Concierge. I emailed her before arriving and she hooked me up with several terrific mstches/partners. They were excellent Tennis players and, as importantly, nice nice people."—M.S., Adv., February 2016
  • 4½-Ball Rating "I recently spent 4 nights at the Resort with the focus of the trip being a tennis get-away. The weather was not very good during the first two days but the savior of our trip was meeting the Tennis Concierge, Ms. Zoebeida Smith. She invited us to play in her round robin on Sunday and actually filled in as our fourth. She then helped us set up court time and matches the next day prior to our departure. She was professional and could not have been nicer. She truly represents The Tennis Gardens well. Our group will be returning to The Tennis Gardens next year due to the five star customer service from Zoe. Can't wait!!"—R.H., Adv., January 2016
  • 4-Ball Rating "The tennis facility is awesome. The instruction was exceptional. The staff was extremely accommodating however with that said the tennis concierge Zo smith was out of this world. She constantly went out of her way to to make sure myself and two tennis buddies were taken care of. She went out of her way to stop what she was doing and arrange a solid player for us to play doubles when we didn't have a lesson. Thank you Zo !!!!! Regards Joseph Tooma"—J.T., Adv. Int., January 2016
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Great facility and fantastic staff for your tennis vacation."—K.R., Adv., January 2016
  • 4½-Ball Rating "The Tennis Gardens @ Longboat Key Resort r fantastic . The courts / grounds / clubhouse r immaculate , however the ever pleasing staff is clearly 5.0 +. I am a recreational and a competive player / PTR Instructor/ USTA CTA president and a USTA Board member and play to a 3.5-4.0 level doubles and singles . My wife is an intermediate " lesson taker", who loves the Game , however not real interested in competive play , but is willing to hit w/ like skilled players . She enjoyed a number of private lessons while we were @ Gardens for (1) week, while Zoe Smith Tennis Concierge , arranged great competive doubles and singles matches for me , all week long."—B.D., Adv. Int., January 2016
  • 5-Ball Rating "My son who is a D1 college player and I ( a 4.0/4.5) just spent a fantastic week at Longboat Key where we played tennis every day. On day 1 I took a lesson from John the head pro and my son took a lesson with Sammy. Both were terrific. Thereafter Zo, the tennis concierge extraordinaire, found me a spot in a doubles game with players of similar ability every morning the rest of the week. I paired with and against other resort guests or from her seemingly never ending roster of members looking for someone new to play. The facility was beautiful and the courts well maintained. Everyone on the staff was fantastic and made us feel welcome. The rest of the resort was great too. We played golf most afternoons. Plus we had a roomy comfortable room with lovely views. Thanks and we will be back!"—D.K., Adv., January 2016
  • 4½-Ball Rating "The Resort at Longboat Key Club in Sarasota is fantastic! Beautiful rooms , great service, food and amazing tennis. My husband was working and I wanted to play in a game, I was put in a mixed doubles that initially got rained out. I was so disappointed but the tennis Concierge Zo went so out of her way to find me another game that she herself and the head pro helped formed a foursome so I could play. Facilities are beautiful and everyone here is very accommodating and helpful . I live in Boca Raton but this is now my new favorite place in Florida to come for tennis and relaxation ."—N.O., Adv., January 2016
  • 5-Ball Rating "The Resort at Longboat Key Club is a first class full service tennis center and resort offering an unforgettable tennis experience. Knowledgeable and expert tennis instruction, top notch pro shop and tennis cafe. The courts are second to none with 16 courts and a stadium court. The resort provides one of the most beautiful beaches plus 45 holes of golf, an incredible spa, fitness center, several top restaurants, boating and many other amenities."—P.B., Int., December 2015
  • 4-Ball Rating "At the Tennis Gardens at Longboat Key Club, a guest is greeted with warmth, receptivity and the desire to do everything possible to help create a wonderful tennis experience. And a special thanks to Sandy and Zoe in the Pro Shop for their generosity and willingness "to go the extra mile." I'm grateful to each of them. In addition, the Gardens are situated within a lovely setting and provide an abundance of excellent clay courts to play on. My thanks again for a terrific time."—M.T., Adv. Int., December 2015
  • 5-Ball Rating "While staying at the resort with an oceanfront view that compares to my oceanfront view in Princeville, Kauai, HI we were able to enjoy sumptuous clay court tennis at the Tennis Gardens. I'm a 4.5 player and my husband is 4.0. The Tennis Concierge was able to set up matches for us everyday we were there and the pro helped my husband immensely during clinic."—N.F., Adv., December 2015
  • 4½-Ball Rating "This is my 3rd time back at the resort at long boat key. I am continually drawn back by its unrivaled tennis matching thanks to its tennis concierge extraordinaire, Zo. She will spare no effort to get a quality match. I have had the good fortune to be paired with a former instructor at Bollitieri academy and former college players which as a 4.0 player is quite a treat. I have been to quite a few other tennis resorts listed on this website where their idea of game matching is usually to hand you a list of players (frequently out of date) and expecting you to make your own arrangements. The Resort at Long Boat Key is privileged to have a dedicated employee like Zo who truly seems to love her job. By extension, I and other serious tennis afficionados are equally as lucky!"—J.L., Adv. Int., December 2015
  • 5-Ball Rating "Third year in a row going to the resort. Celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary there this year. We had a great time with the assistance of Zo at the Tennis Gardens! She made sure we had our fill of tennis during our 8 day stay..... We will be returning year after year!"—S.B., Adv. Int., December 2015
  • 4-Ball Rating "Absolutely loved the pros & the facility. We took five semi-private lessons in three days because the pros were so skilled, and booked our return trip for 3 months later before leaving. Highly recommend!"—S.Z., Beg., December 2015
  • 5-Ball Rating "Fabulous luxe resort with a terrific tennis program and instructors. Sammy and John are awesome instructors and Ron and Jackie are merciless drillers who keep you moving. The level of play is broad. Zoe will find you an opponent and a court everyday if you wish. You're right on the Gulf of Mexico with a white sand beach, attentive beach staff, golf, luxe accommodations, good restaurants and all the shops/restaurants of st. Armand's circle and sarasota minutes away."—W.R., Int., November 2015
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  • 4½-Ball Rating "Excellent facility in a beautiful area. The strengths are the game matching. instruction and the large number of courts. Zo who handles the game matching is very helpful and does a good job of matching players of similar ability. The only negative is the beautiful clay courts are kept too wet from the underground water system."—J.F., Adv., November 2015
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Beautiful setting, superbly maintained clay courts, excellent range of tennis activities: private lessons, daily clinics, mixed doubles. Very friendly, knowledgeable staff. Director John Woods not only tweaked my backhand, he gave me a new tennis/life philosophy: aim high and go deep. Ron Shields is the nicest, toughest drill-sergeant ever, and Zobeida Smith is the capable Tennis Concierge coordinating it all."—L.P., Adv. Int., November 2015
  • 4½-Ball Rating "I had great fun playing in the round robin mixed doubles this morning. Great group of tennis players with fun attitudes and good tennis! Thanks for a great morning if tennis!"—T.A., Low Int., November 2015
  • 4½-Ball Rating "My husband and I have visited Long Boat Key Club in attending a Medical Tennis conference for the last 6 years.We love the tennis facility, the beautiful setting of Longboat Key and nearby St Armand's Circle with its wonderful restaurants and shopping. This year I am coordinating the tennis schedule of our 50 tennis playing doctors in attendance at the medical education- tennis conference. The Tennis Gardens' har-tru courts are superb. The staff from head pro John Wood, court maintenance director Lynne Green to the tennis desk staff Susan have been exceptional in working to facilitate our tennis activities. We have 25 new attendees this year who have all visited numerous tennis resorts. All are extremely impressed with the tennis facilities and are excited about returning to Longboat Key Club for future conferences."—M.H., Adv. Int., November 2015
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Friendly, Professional and Enjoyable. Zo, the tennis concierge, was very friendly and helpful. We had a great time."—B.R., Int., November 2015
  • 4-Ball Rating ""—A.F., Adv. Int., October 2015
  • 5-Ball Rating "I thought the facility was beautiful, the atmosphere was elegant and the service was professional and incredibly friendly. They seem to think of everything and even the small details were well taken care of. As we were a group of 12, we were assigned a service representative to take care of us for the day - Zobeda Smith. She was a complete delight and took excellent care of us, making sure everything was arranged properly and went off without a hitch. She was very knowledgeable about the facility and worked very hard to make sure we all had a wonderful day."—P.W., Int., October 2015
  • 5-Ball Rating "Excellent facility and staff! Enjoyed my lessons from Maraj and John! Sandy was very helpful in the pro shop!"—J.R., Int., September 2015
  • 4½-Ball Rating "The 20 courts of the "Tennis Gardens" are stunning. As importantly, they are extremely well maintained. The is a benchmark environment for some outstanding tennis! I have to say, though, the entire team makes Resort at Long Boat Key set apart from the rest. There is a healthy mix of extremely experienced pros (from Bollettieri & The Colony) and younger pros. I took 3 lessons from 3 different pros and one was as good as the next. The ladies in the pro shop are extremely helpful, welcoming and accommodating. They even have a Tennis Concierge (Zo) who make sure you have a tennis match from club members, guests or anyone else she knows. Trust me, Zo will get you great match with some incredible people. I can understand if a few people are outstanding servants, but when an entire team (at the Tennis Gardens and the entire LBK Resort) is so good, it has to be part of the culture of the resort--great leadership! I love it."—D.E., Adv., September 2015
  • 4½-Ball Rating "The courts are kept in near perfect condition. Their tennis coordinator Jo, is great at putting players together for fun matches. Nice café for snacks and all the tennis clinics you might ever want."—J.H., Int., September 2015
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Beautiful resort and grounds. Outstanding tennis facilities and pro shop. The ladies, especially Zo, most helpful in arranging matches and clinics. The young pro named Jackie is really good. Gorgeous beaches and convenient airport. Great area restaurants. The only negative would be the lack of a washer/ dryer in the lodging on the beach. The USTA promotional package with the free full breakfast and discount on lodging is a good value."—D.M., Adv. Int., August 2015
  • 4½-Ball Rating "A great spot for the Har-Tru player. Plenty of courts, variety of pro's and clinics. The Court 21 was great for beers, a bite and some good tv watching. They could use a broader selection of food, but this is the quiet season"—B.C., Int., August 2015
  • 4½-Ball Rating "The Tennis Gardens at Longboat Key Club is a tennis players dream! Plenty of well kept Har-True courts, including an intimate Grand Stand. There are plenty of strong and capable pro's and clinics at all levels. You can also pick up unique and varied gear in the proshop to change into after the great sweat on the court. And after a great time on the court you can relax and chat and chew at the Court 21 cafe! It has plenty of screens for watching hours of tennis along with some spirited cocktails. This is a premier property with top of the line pro's."—M.C., Adv. Int., August 2015
  • 4-Ball Rating "We had a lovely experience at The Tennis Gardens while visiting Sarasota, FL. A round robin mini tournament was organized by Zo Smith and it was a great tine for all. The staff and players were all so friendly and we definitely will be back. Thank you so much for a wonderful day!"—C.W., Int., August 2015
  • 4-Ball Rating "Exceptional facilities, courts well prepared, staff eager to arrange matches if required."—I.W., Adv., August 2015
  • 3-Ball Rating "It is a nice facility, clean, and the staff is friendly. Easy to find people to play tennis."—E.L., Adv. Int., August 2015
  • 4½-Ball Rating "My family spent a week at this resort on our family vacation and we had a blast! The beach is awesome...and the tennis facility at the Tennis Gardens is even better. The coaches/pros are fantastic...and we really enjoyed the daily clinics and round robins. and our kids participated in the tennis camp as well. I highly recommend this resort...and we'll be back next summer! Troy & Lynn Leonard (from Ocala, FL) PS...Zo is the BEST! We love her enthusiasm!!"—T.L., Adv. Int., August 2015
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Great tennis program for guests. Excellent tennis lessons. Pro shop stocked and tastefully chosen styles. Pro shop help friendly and efficient. Tennis games arranged at the drop of a hat. Water on courts, but no ice (the only weakness)"—W.V., Adv., August 2015
  • 4½-Ball Rating "As avid tennis players and beach goers, my husband and I find the Longboat Key Club our oceanfront, home away from home. We have not experienced a better way to celebrate our wedding anniversary and even our honeymoon, than to start the day with a great game of tennis and with the excellent staff, Zo and Sammy. A relaxing cool shower and off to the beach for an afternoon of fun and relaxing play! Lunch poolside or beachside is not a pipe dream, but a wave away from awesomeness. We will return another year and possibly another... The amenities and service keep bringing us back."—D.L., Adv. Int., August 2015
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Traveling often, this is by far my favorite "destination " place to play tennis ! Not only are the facilities gorgeous , beach spectacular ...the tennis Conciegre is top notch! Zo Smith does a phenonmanal job of coordinating great matches and fun group events!. I always look forward to playing here and meeting great people!"—T.F., Adv., August 2015
  • 5-Ball Rating "Wonderful people and atmosphere. Polly and Susan were a great help in the Pro Shop. Very friendly and went above and beyond to assist us and make sure that all of our needs were met. Would HIGHLY recommend this resort to ANY skill level of tennis player. We attended two group sessions with Mirage, who is a tennis pro there. Great instruction, patient and he was able to improve my game! I am extremely impressed and happy with the value for dollar. Thank you for an exceptional tennis vacation experience."—M.G., Int., July 2015
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Amazing tennis facility and staff. Susan in the store went out of her way to make us feel welcome. The pros Sam and Mirage the pros managed to make a shared lesson with our family's different skill sets fun and educatiomal. Well worth the time."—C.H., Adv. Int., July 2015
  • 4½-Ball Rating "This is a great tennis venue. The facility is first rate as are the services. The staff is very competent and helpful and did everything they could to make our stay a very positive one. They were able to set up good matches for both my wife and I whenever we wanted and one of the pros also hit with me. My wife attended the tennis clinic a number of times and was very pleased with that. We stayed on our boat in the marina (part of the resort) which is only a short walk away which was great but if you stay in the main resort it is only a short drive and, if you want, the resort will provide transport. Tennis is great here and we also love the many other attractions about the resort, marina and the Longboat Key area."—D.K., Adv. Int., June 2015
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Zo and John Woods provide a tennis getaway like no other club I've been to. This is my third visit back to the Longboat Key Club Resort and Tennis Gardens. I have always left feeling saturated with tennis. Simply put, they are the best!!! Highly recommend for any level tennis enthusiast."—V.M., Adv., June 2015
  • 5-Ball Rating "Great staff and accomodations. Everyone was friendly and welcoming. Very helpful and knowledgeable. Courts were freshly swept, had balls to use, makes you want to go and play!"—J.L., Adv., June 2015
  • 5-Ball Rating "Best tennis center I've ever been to. Facilities and staff are outstanding."—J.B., Int., June 2015
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Tennis and staff were awesome!"—A.M., Adv. Int., June 2015
  • 4½-Ball Rating "We were very pleased with the overall professionalism of the staff and the overall operations of the Tennis Gardens at Longboat Key Club. We were extremely impressed with the private lessons for our daughter. Maraj identified some key flaws in her basic game and she came home and immediately worked on strengthening that aspect of her game. The lessons were above our expectations. The Tennis Concierge, Zo found a group for some match play during our stay. She was very observant and worked quickly to make the most out of our stay. They were both extremely accommodating with all our needs and enjoyable to talk to. Can't wait to come back!"—J.B., Adv., June 2015
  • 5-Ball Rating "Our good experience, on multiple occasions starts with the pro shop and the assistance my family receives from Susan. She helps my wife and daughter outfit themselves with tennis shoes, skirts, tops, and a new racquet bag. She and the other pro shop staff help sort out the best lessons a groups to join for a game. Ron provided excellent lessons for my 16 year old and both Ron and Susan helped choose a new racquet for her. I like the quality of the ball machine and the overall facility. The cafe is fresh and friendly. I wish there was more availability for night time play under the lights but there does not seem like there is a lot of interest."—D.H., Adv. Int., June 2015
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Sammy Avillas is an exceptional asset and the reason we started going to this resort. Outstanding teacher."—G.M., Adv., June 2015
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Do you want to play on an exceptional surface with great people in Florida resort setting? Here you are! Zoe, the consierge, scheduled competitive play every day. Jackie, Ron, and Raj, the tennis pros, provided great instructional lessons and clinics. Susan and all of the pro shop employees assisted in all of my tennis needs. The pro shop is fully stocked with the new tennis clothing, shoes, and racquets. The 20 courts have the most amazing clay surface with great views. I can list no negatives of my experience."—D.P., Adv. Int., May 2015
  • 4-Ball Rating ""—G.L., Adv., May 2015
  • 5-Ball Rating "Great, friendly and helpful staff in the pro shop. Will find a suitable match and the clinics are wonderful. Location is over the top!"—J.M., Adv., May 2015
  • 4½-Ball Rating "My daughter and I attended the "Tennis Tuneup Weekend" at The Tennis Gardens and really enjoyed our semi-private lessons from Mirage, one of their tennis pros. He was kind and truly knowledgeable...very worth it."—R.W., Adv. Int., May 2015
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Raj @ the tennis gardens was the best! Jackie also was a great instructor too. Susan was wonderful at booking all of our lesson and so helpful with the tennis shop. And back at the Club - Christina (concierge)was a miracle worker at getting dinner reservations for us each night at the best places!! - even at a restaurant that didn't take reservations!"—S.H., Adv. Int., May 2015
  • 4-Ball Rating "Great courts, nice people."—D.W., Adv. Int., April 2015
  • 5-Ball Rating "Friendly, top notch and I would highly recommend. The courts are fantastic."—G.D., Adv. Int., April 2015
  • 4½-Ball Rating "WE have visited the stunning and amazing Longboat Key club many times mostly for the incredible Tennis facility and opportunities that exist. Zoe is the talented and caring Director of the Tennis Program. She is intuitive and professional. Zoe makes certain each guest has a fulfilling,challenging and spectacular time at the Tennis Club. We are matched up for tennis games-singles,doubles,round robins etc.Zoe deserves top commendation and accolades for her outstanding accomplishments in guest satisfaction!Ths is a winning combination-Lonboat key club and Zoe!! Memorable times."—M.S., Adv. Int., April 2015
  • 3½-Ball Rating "Great Tennis facility. The resort needs some updating"—A.G., Adv. Int., March 2015
  • 4½-Ball Rating "A superb tennis club, courts and clubhouse in great condition. We were made to feel very welcome by members and staff alike. The staff were also very helpful in all aspects of the game, whether advice on equipment, pairing us up for matches or getting us involved in coaching sessions and round robins. The coaching we had was exceptional. We can't wait to return."—G.H., Int., March 2015
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Grat place to have matches planned for you and great courts and instructors."—J.R., Int., March 2015
  • 4-Ball Rating "Excellent facilities and great lessons. I had three individual lessons, each with a different pro. All of the lessons were great. They also set up matches for me with other guests at the resort and/or members of the club. Although there are a lot of courts they do fill, and especially in the morning."—R.S., Adv., March 2015
  • 4-Ball Rating "Wonderful facility with talkative helpful coaches/pros/staff."—B.K., Adv. Int., March 2015
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Vacation and tennis go hand and hand for us! So, when it came time to book a winter getaway, Longboat Key Club Resort was a given. It has everything you want- clinics, private instruction, match play, great courts,an amazing pro shop with a huge inventory of tennis attire, a welcoming clubhouse and an always helpful and happy support staff. We also enjoyed meeting and playing tennis with people from all OVER THE WORLD. We were able to get tennis in every morning and then enjoy the afternoons on the beach, site seeing, dining, shopping. Unlike a tennis club, the resort is truly a RESORT with TENNIS and lots of amenities. We will definitely be back."—L.B., Int., March 2015
  • 5-Ball Rating "Just returned from another visit to LBKC. The tennis gardens are located in a spectacular site 2 short miles from the hotel. The tennis "Diva" Zo does an amazing job engaging locals and visitors so everyone gets plenty of tennis. If you enjoy tennis this is a must visit. Courts are well maintained and all the buzz is "tennis"."—R.K.,  February 2015
  • 4½-Ball Rating "We recently stayed at the Resort at Long Boat Key Club. This has now been our third time and my whole family sees no reason to go anywhere else. We have gone to other tennis getaways in Florida, California, and Virginia and believe the R@LBLC is something quite special. It is more than than the courts, the staff and pros. LBK is peaceful and secluded. The community is not pretentious and always make us feel welcome. A match was arranged for me everyday and the drills and lessons were challenging and fun. Finally, we always have the opportunity to eat or see a play at St Armand's or Sarasota. All around great experience for my entire family."—D.E., Adv., January 2015
  • 4-Ball Rating ""—E.S., Int., January 2015
  • 4½-Ball Rating "This was my second year at this resort, and it was wonderful. The tennis concierge, Zo, did a terrific job of finding me suitable doubles matches (3.5) for everyday that i was there. In addition, I attended daily clinics that were fast paced and fun. I am going back again next year! Also, the selection of clothing for women in the pro shop is really excellent. I spent way too much, but it was just too tempting."—C.H., Int., January 2015
  • 4-Ball Rating ""—C.R., Adv. Int., January 2015
  • 4½-Ball Rating "The facilities and ambiance are unmatched anywhere. The beautiful clay courts amidst palm trees and water make this resort idyllic. Match making is good, and there is also an excellent pro staff."—C.R., Adv. Int., January 2015
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Beautiful tennis gardens with well maintained har-tru courts. Had clinics with 2 pros that were fast and fun. Had game coordinator to set up games and can play in as well if a forth was needed. Great tennis shop. Very friendly and great facility ."—A.K., Adv. Int., December 2014
  • 4-Ball Rating "Excellent! One call did it all! Zo set up my matches every day for my entire stay."—A.R., Pro, December 2014
  • 4½-Ball Rating "We were 3 couples, needing a 5.0+ man and a 3.5 woman to complete our group for competitive doubles. Zo (staff) was the best, she got us great partners for our 3 day stay. Courts were in great shape. Facilities were excellent. Staff always pleasant. From the moment you walk onto the grounds, you find yourself in a happy place."—C.U., Adv., December 2014
  • 4½-Ball Rating ""—B.L., Int., November 2014
  • 3½-Ball Rating "Tennis at Longboat was great; courts were always available and the tennis pros are excellent. Pleasant, lots of different instruction techniques, and always with a smile on their faces. Sammy Aviles, one of the pros there, is exceptional. A highlight of the trip was working with him in the clinics. We've been twice and will certainly go again."—J.P., Adv. Int., November 2014
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Great courts, super staff. Zo at the Tennis Gardens at The Longboat Key Club is so helpful at arranging games it makes tennis even better! We'll be back."—T.F., Adv., November 2014
  • 5-Ball Rating "Absolutely superb facility - 20 excellent courts, really friendly staff (ask for Susan), sociable members and a great clubhouse."—A.F., Int., November 2014
  • 4-Ball Rating "Beautiful property right on the beach. Our room was great with a large balcony, overlooking the pool, with a chaise lounge and a round table with 4 chairs. Perfect view of the sunset each evening. My wife and I came here for tennis. I am a USTA 4.5 player and my wife is 3.5. We arrived on a Saturday afternoon and had scheduled to split a 1 hr lesson which was given by Muraj. Great guy who was fun and gave my wife good pointers which immediately improved her serve. On the second day my wife was scheduled for a clinic which she did, and Zo Smith the tennis concierge had arranged a game for me. However, she called me that morning to let me know that someone backed out, and there was no game for me. I was disappointed, so I called Zo and expressed it, although I understand that these things can happen. Despite this day being Zo's day off, within 20 minutes my cell phone was ringing, and it was Zo. She told me that she had spoken to the Director John, and invited me to come to the tennis village anytime I wanted that afternoon and John would be happy to hit with me. John is a great guy and couldn't have been nicer. He hit with me for about 45 minutes and it was great. Zo turned lemons to lemonade, wanting to make sure we had a great time. The following day Zo arranged a nice mixed doubles game for us, and she even came out to the court to see it the "matchup" she created was good. In doing so she realized that my wife was a little outmatched, and went ahead and arranged a game for the following morning for three of us, with her being the fourth. Another thing I will say is that the facility is awesome and the regular members could not have been friendlier to us "guests". The entire staff at the Resort was awesome and friendly. We had a great time and hope to return in the future."—K.R., Adv., October 2014
  • 5-Ball Rating "I've played in the US, Europe and South America. This is my favorite club. They work hard to arrange matches and the courts are great. I think everyone should come and play at Longboat Key!"—G.D., Adv., September 2014
  • 5-Ball Rating "Words cannot describe how beautiful the tennis shop is. I have never seen anything like it. Myself and my mom spent our whole hitting hour in the shop. The staff are wonderful couldn't be more helpful and we will be back for sure."—J.C., Beg., August 2014
  • 5-Ball Rating "I highly recommend Susanne & Poly at the Tennis Shop. Susanne was extremely skillfully and help us with courts reservation and all amenities!"—R.S., Adv. Int., July 2014
  • 4½-Ball Rating "This is a fantastic place with very well maintained courts and common areas. The staff is very friendly and always looking to find good solutions. Their head pro is one of the best instructors I have ever worked with. He worked with our 11 year old (tournament player) and really improved his game. One area of improvement is match play for juniors, for older players it is great."—O.W., Adv. Int., July 2014
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Great place. Zo,the tennis concierge, was great. Sammy,tennis pro, was phenomenal in his knowledge. Will come back."—E.W., Adv., June 2014
  • 4½-Ball Rating "We have been going to Longboat for years. My husband is a 4.5 player and LOVES to play tennis here. He talked me in to having lessons this year and it was fantastic. Jackie was an awesome instructor as well as player. I have taken tennis lessons in the past, but this was exceptional. Highly recommend it! So does my husband!"—L.K., Beg., June 2014
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Excellent tennis facility and the best beach we have been to in Florida."—G.W., Adv., June 2014
  • 5-Ball Rating "During my stay at the Longboat Key Club Resort, I was welcomed to the Tennis Gardens by the pleasant staff. The tennis concierge Zoe Smith was incredible. I contacted Zoe the week before and told her of my plans to play mid-day on Saturday. I had a guest and I was looking for a doubles match. It was an extremely hot day on the Courts, but Zoe lined up a match. During the summer, demand is low so Zoe recruited a local friend, Carlos, and she and Carlos played with us for hours. The Courts are spectacular, the lunch was wonderful, and the pro shop was helpful. I did not bring a raquet, and the pro shop had an arsenal of Wilson demo raquets available to guests at no charge. Thank you Zoe!"—R.D., Low Int., June 2014
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Outstanding tennis facility with great people. They had clinics for adults and kids. They also arranged matches and were able to get me a match everyday I wanted to play. Court time and ball machine were free."—C.I., Adv. Int., June 2014
  • 4½-Ball Rating "I have played at many facilities around the country and the Tennis Gardens at the Longboat Key Club is one of the best around. The staff are wonderful and considerate and my wife and I love playing there. John and Zo have been amazing at finding other player with similar abilities to play anytime we are in town."—T.B., Adv., May 2014
  • 3-Ball Rating "Nice courts, though no netted court dividers. Seem to be aLot of players."—A.M., Adv. Int., May 2014
  • 4½-Ball Rating "My instructor at the Longboat Key Club tennis resort was the best instructor I have ever had in tennis. She not only helped improve my game, she made each and every lesson/clinic a delightful social experience. She is truly a gifted tennis coach."—S.B., Int., April 2014
  • 4½-Ball Rating "I had the most outstanding tennis experience at this resort. My coach, Jackie, is an exceptionally talented instructor with a delightful personality as well. I learned more in one week with her than I have over the past two decades of tennis lessons."—S.B., Int., April 2014
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Great resort for tennis. Lots of clay courts. Good pro shop. nice patio to hang out and grab a drink or bite to eat. Had 3 lessons by Jackie Bohannon. Fantastic lessons. Very technical and good pointers. Did one clinic with her as well. Very good also. The resort is right on the beach and has a lovely pool as well. This is our second time back and second time lessons with Jackie!"—M.P., Adv. Int., April 2014
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Very enjoyable stay. Tennis was great. Contacted Zo, the tennis concierge,before we got there and she lined up matches every day. All matches were very competitive and for the most part were of equal ability, which is tough in doubles when you've never seen some of the players before. I would highly recommend this resort."—S.S., Adv. Int., April 2014
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Excellent facility, talented staff, tennis concierge and pro shop staff had an incredible eye for detail. Was offered matches every day I was there. Sparkling locker rooms. Wonderful array of merchandise. The way a total tennis experience should be!"—S.A., Int., April 2014
  • 5-Ball Rating "Although somewhat removed from the resort itself the facility and staff more than made up for the short drive to the tennis center. The site is beautiful, the plentiful courts maintained perfectly, the staff incredibly helpful in arranging games, the pros provide great instruction, the residents welcoming, the food great and a well stocked proshop to boot! That plus a USTA discount made it a perfect get away. My third time there and I'm already looking forward to a fourth visit! I've been elsewhere and this is definitely one of the very best."—J.L., Int., April 2014
  • 5-Ball Rating "This place delivers everything they promise. Excellent live ball drills,helpful pros, and the Tennis Concierge, Zo, will pair you with other players for matches at many skill levels. This place is Heaven on Earth for tennis addicts!"—C.W., Adv. Int., April 2014
  • 3½-Ball Rating ""—M.S., Adv. Int., April 2014
  • 4½-Ball Rating "I traveled with a friend who had researched and targeted LBKC as a tennis destination and what a find indeed. The area of Longboat Key / Sarasota, the resort itself and the tennis gardens of the resort (just a few minute drive up the road) were all outstanding. There were more things to do and places to eat than we had time for over our extended weekend. We scheduled a drill session, a doubles round robin, several doubles matches and singles as well. All of the staff (resort, tennis pros, "Concierge" Zoe and the support staff were friendly, enthusiastic and very supportive. The HarTru courts were in excellent condition. We would highly recommend the resort for all of those reasons and definitely plan to return. Thanks to Zoe and the entire staff for a wonderful tennis getaway."—M.T., Adv. Int., March 2014
  • 5-Ball Rating "My friend and I chose to visit Longboat Key Club for a long weekend this spring largely based on the glowing reviews found on this website. After our visit, we can certainly confirm that the resort is absolutely 5-star, the tennis gardens are truly "tennis heaven", and Zo is AWESOME!. Since we had limited time and wanted to squeeze in a lot of tennis along with a pre-season baseball game or two, game matching was a big deal for us. Zo set up 2 doubles matches for us at the exact times we needed with guys who were the same or maybe alittle better ability level. She got us in a round-robin- again matched with similarly-skilled players.. All staff we came into contact with, both at the hotel and pool/beach area, as well as at the tennis gardens(5 min away)and pro shop, etc could not have made us feel more at home. Food was superb at resort but also lots of good affordable restaurants 5 minutes away in Sarasota. A short 70 minute jaunt to Tampa Int- Why go anywhere else?"—D.K., Int., March 2014
  • 4½-Ball Rating "The Tennis Gardens are an incredible place to play. Each teaching pro is unique in their style and game focus in teaching. Multiple lessons clearly address the total game and skill sets."—T.W., Adv. Int., March 2014
  • 4-Ball Rating "One week filled me with admiration for the staff at Longboat. So professional, so helpful and fun. The tennis pros looked to me wonderful though I had no opportunity for a lesson. The concierge,Zo Smith was most helpful to me and played when I couldn't get a game just when i needed one. beautiful well, maintained clean, airy, night lit,....what more could you want."—S.S., Int., March 2014
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Tennis concierge arranged matches every day I requested. She was personable, professional, effective. Members and other guests were friendly, strong players. Clay courts consistently in superb condition. Great tennis attire in the pro shop. My husband and I will definitely come back."—S.T., Adv. Int., March 2014
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Awesome place. Beautiful courts and super friendly staff, especially Zoe"—D.B., Adv., February 2014
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Spent the week at LBKC and foudn the tennis facility simply heaven. As a visiting teaching pro I wanted to hit some balls in the sunshine and play some doubles. I arranged a hitting session with Gabe who was a great guy with a terrific game who gave me an outstanding workout, and was helpful in recommending a few things. I then got in contact with the "Tennis Diva Zo" who helped arrange two nice doubles matches. I had the opportunity to play with the club champ which was about my level and we had a grand time in the sunshine. This place is a real gem and the staff does everything possible to help you. Thanks also to Susan at the front desk who gave me alot of good information about the resort program. This place deserves the high rankings. I cannot wait to return."—R.K.,  February 2014
  • 4-Ball Rating "My wife and I recently spent two 4 day periods at the Resort and had a great time. I'd contacted Zo, the Tennis Gardens' Concierge, in advance and left her both our levels and interests. For the entire time that we were there, she arranged for both of us to have others to hit with and matches to play. Since my wife is a 3.0-3.5 player and I am a 4.5+ doubles player, this meant that Zo had to find completely different games for each of us, yet coordinate the times so that we could travel to and from the courts together and have the rest of the day free. She did this perfectly and I was very impressed by her willingness to get me out there with some players that probably would be critical of her if this 60 year old guy couldn't compete and ruined their games & wasted their time. I really appreciated her hands on approach and that she made it her business to come out and watch each of us when we played our initial matches so that she knew exactly where to go from there. This place is a winner and Zo and the rest of the Tennis staff at the Longboat Key Club are extremely motivated & talented and (most importantly) friendly folks. And the courts are great. I look forward to our next stay there."—S.R., Adv., February 2014
  • 4½-Ball Rating "I am a member of this club and it's truly paradise....20 lighted clay courts, wonderful pros and clinics, fabulous pro shop with courteous staff, great food and service at Court 21, not to mention the amazing beach with pool and jacuzzi! Everywhere you look there is pristine, turquoise water, gorgeous white sand, a plethora of beautiful, unique birds....and everything else that goes along with paradise! The restaurants and shopping in Sarasota/Longboat Key area are fabulous too!"—J.F., Adv. Int., February 2014
  • 5-Ball Rating "From the moment I entered the Tennis Gardens at Longboat Key Club Resort, I felt welcomed and included. Everyone here loves and cares about tennis as much as I do! Zo,the outstanding Tennis Concierge, put me into just the right singles and doubles games and round robins, and Susan suggested just the right clinics. The pros in our clinics were very knowledgeable and kept us all hard at work on our games. The players themselves were all friendly and just happy to be on the court, thoroughly enjoying their games and welcoming a newcomer. The Fitness Center, Mind and Motion Studio classes, an excellent trainer, and even a "Tennis Stretch" class provided dimensions that I did not expect, but really complemented my tennis. And the Pro Shop and all its variety, even for the more conservative, had a range that I have not found elsewhere. I could not have been more pleased, thank you, Tennis Gardens, I will be back next year!"—J.V., Adv., January 2014
  • 5-Ball Rating "Well maintained courts in a beautiful setting. The most accommodating staff. Zo makes it possible for you to play when you want and gets you great matches. She helped us meet a couple that was a perfect fit for us. The staff in the shop Susan and Polly were friendly and helpful. These people know how to do tennis. They made a good vacation great"—D.B., Adv. Int., January 2014
  • 4½-Ball Rating "My family and I went to Longboat Key Club for a relaxing Christmas vacation, and the tennis resort on the grounds was just absolutely the cherry-on-top of a wonderful getaway. The grounds were well-kept, the service was excellent and everyone on the staff was helpful. Zoe, especially, was so warm and friendly and really went out of her way to make sure our experience at the Tennis Gardens was exceptional. She not only matched my husband and I up with other couples to play doubles, but she also found players for our 2 kids as well. I would definitely recommend!"—J.L., Int., January 2014
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Wonderful facilities, very helpful staff, our son who is a competitive high school players was able to have a couple of great matches with other players at his level."—R.L., Adv., January 2014
  • 5-Ball Rating "my son and I had a wonderful experience. facilities are beautiful. the staff goes the extra mile and then some to cater to every need. instructors are all top shelf. can't wait to go back!"—L.W., Int., December 2013
  • 4-Ball Rating "This is an amazing resort for tennis lovers who want to combine the sport with a family vacation--it's an easy 20 minute drive from the Sarasota airport and our room--a 2 bedroom suite with kitchenette and washer dryer-- offered an outstanding ocean view. Our kids (ages 6 and 9) loved the pool and beach, and the tennis was superb.
    Three of us play--my husband, our 9 year old and me. We took a few lessons and quickly added more to our schedule so we each had one daily (I also did a clinic one day). The tennis facility is a few minutes drive away from the main resort. There is a shuttle available, but we had a rented car which was convenient, given that we went a few times each day. There are 20 courts in this "Tennis Garden" which was built in 2009 and awarded USTA's "Outstanding Facility of the Year."
    Everyone who works there is friendly and helpful and the quality of instruction is top notch. We especially loved Jackie Bohannon, one of the best teachers we've ever experienced! She shares many practical tips and uses drills that hone in on what you need to improve. She also is genuinely interested in improving your game--she's invested, no matter if you are there for a quick vacation and may not see her again.
    Our tennis experience combined with the beach resort and the nearby cute shopping/restaurant area at St. Armand's Circle (and the fact that we have easy direct flights from Wash DC to Sarasota) make this a good trip for us. We liked the tennis so much that we are considering returning in a few months when the kids have another school break, or again next year.""
    —S.S., Int., December 2013
  • 4-Ball Rating "From the minute you walk in, tennis is in the air. All the courts were in play and everyone was having fun! Beautiful place."—M.P., Adv. Int., December 2013
  • 4½-Ball Rating ""—C.G., Adv. Int., December 2013
  • 5-Ball Rating "WOW--what an outstanding tennis resort! First class all the way. I was there for 4 days in December 2013. 20 of the nicest clay courts I've seen. I played everyday for at least a couple of hours. Everyone was friendly and Zo was the best!! Zo went out of her way to make sure that I had a good time and was matched up appropriately. Zo's efforts made my tennis vacation the most enjoyable I’ve ever had. Thanks Zo!"—C.C., Adv., December 2013
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Our suite was tastefully elegant with an amazing Gulf view that included passing dolphins each day. The beach stretched on for miles. The Tennis Garden is the best facility I've had the pleasure of playing at. The courts are immaculate & beautifully maintained. As a hard court player, the thick clay took getting used to but the other players who reside there were gracious and patient.
    The instructors are knowledgeable & enthusiastic. A real pleasure to work with. I recommend any of the group lessons offered. They're fun, informative & great exercise.
    The game arranging is top notch. Zoe, the club liason was tireless in her efforts to get us good matchups (too good sometimes!) but all of the people we played were lovely. As an added bonus, while playing on the back courts by the river, we were able to watch river otters hunting for fish!
    In short, LBKC offers great accomodations, tennis, instruction & people. I can't wait to go back!"
    —J.G., Adv. Int., December 2013
  • 4½-Ball Rating "The Tennis Gardens program is simply the best tennis experience I have ever had. I worked with two of the best teaching pros I have ever worked with in 35 years of playing tennis and traveling all over the USA and Caribbean. First of all Head Pro Sammy Aviles is absolutely phenomenal. I really don't have enough space here to rave enough. Also tennis pro Jackie Bohannon is a joy to work with, I can't praise her enough for her enthusiasm and expertise. Zoe Smith is absolutely dedicated to finding you a game and if you can't find one that suits your needs, she will jump in and hit with you as well. She is awesome. Everyone at the resort works together to make your experience top-notch. I really can't say enough about the Resort at Longboat Key Club. Everyone there is fantastic. I know I will be back again many more times."—D.S., Adv., November 2013
  • 5-Ball Rating "Excellent tennis setup- courts are immaculate, instruction tailor made for the ability of the player, ambiance is warm and friendly, members are welcoming, and staff go out their way to set up matches and accomodate. I have been returning to Longboat for the past seven years, and would not go elseware,the staff treats players like family."—E.L., Adv. Int., November 2013
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Perfect weather, great courts, friendly club and Zoe was great at organising and including me in a 'Round Robin' session on Sun morning, two tennis coaching clinics, and a mixed doubles match with club members. She matched my standard of play perfectly and lots of fun had by all! Even referred me to a local Chiropractor when I injured my back doing some kayaking (not tennis!!). Her support and enthusiasm to help will be remembered and I thoroughly recommend the Resort for anyone wanting a holiday in paradise, it had everything and more I could have wished for!"—S.P., Adv. Int., October 2013
  • 4-Ball Rating "This would be a nice destination if your tennis team is looking for a nice getaway too. Tennis concierge Zoe will go out of her way to make sure you get matched up to play as much as you want. Also played a round of golf. Even if you are not a scratch golfer you must play at least 9 holes and take in the scenery. Weather permitting there is Beach Yoga. Resort offers free cocktail to watch the sunsets...don't both...its awful!!! But Jimmy the bartender at Barefoots will make you anything you want. I definitely will go back."—D.N., Adv. Int., October 2013
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Absolutely one of BEST vacations we've taken. Hotel and Tennis Staff were excellent. Our tennis concierge Zo, was outstanding. Prior to our arrival she assured me that we would be pleased with the level of players and we most certainly were. We played with 3 separate "couples" and they were ALL nice and embracing. Had fun, and played agressive matches. EVERYONE at the hotel was OUTSTANDING, I would compare this Resort very close to a Ritz Carlton... It was our 40th anniversary and I'm soooooo glad we chose Longboat Key."—J.M., Adv. Int., September 2013
  • 4½-Ball Rating "It was great Zoe the director was awesome! We had matches everyday that were both competitive and fun"—C.T., Adv. Int., August 2013
  • 4-Ball Rating "Our Tennis concierge, Zo was really easy to work with. I called about a week prior to arriving and asked her to line up some opponents for the group of six ladies coming for a girls tennis get a way weekend. She promptly got back with me with exactly what we needed. The facility was very well kept and easy to get to. We will strongly recommend this place and So to others planning a fun trip with friends."—J.H., Adv. Int., August 2013
  • 3½-Ball Rating ""—Y.H., Adv. Int., August 2013
  • 4½-Ball Rating "The entire staff is very helpful in setting up matches. If something falls through like someone not showing up the pros fill in. Had a great time. Thanks to Zoe and Sammy."—B.J., Adv. Int., August 2013
  • 4½-Ball Rating "A beautiful resort with excellent service and a fantastic tennis experience. The tennis organiser Zoe went out of her way to arrange suitable and different opposition every day so that we had the best tennis experience of the ten times that we have visited the resort. The staff in the shop are friendly and warm. Beach facilities are excellent. The condos are superbly situated and spacious although the kitchens and bathrooms are looking a little bit tired and need renovation. All in all, this is my families favourite tennis resort in the world and we will definitely go back again."—J.W., Adv. Int., August 2013

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The Resort at Longboat Key Club
220 Sands Point Rd.
Longboat Key, FL 34228