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Port Royal Racquet Club, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
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Port Royal Golf & Racquet Club

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

By Roger Cox, Editor

Port Royal can trace its tennis history to the mid 1980s, when the original Port Royal Racquet Club opened to become one of the rare venues with 16 hard, clay, and grass courts. Late in 2018 however, the tennis operation was moved, taking up residence on eight brand-new Har-Tru courts and two permanent pickleball courts adjacent to the golf fairways at what is now the Port Royal Golf & Racquet Club, about a quarter-mile away. (The site formerly occupied by the old racquet club is slated to be redeveloped as timeshare condominiums.) Dale Brown has been hired as head tennis professional. Originally from Georgia, Brown trained at the Smith Stearns Tennis Academy on Hilton Head Island as a junior and went on to play for LaGrange College, where he earned a B.S. in Business Management and an M.S. in Strength and Conditioning. He bring a variety of teaching and coaching experience to this new position, having taught at the nearby Sea Pines Racquet Club and coached at both the high school and college levels. Still feeling his way into the new facility, he has begun by offering stroke-of-the-day and fast-action clinics every weekday as well as private lessons. He expects to add additional programs and services, including options for juniors, as he gets into high season.
Coming here is a homecoming of sorts. "As a child, my family vacationed to Port Royal and I took lessons during the summer at the old Racquet Club," he told me. "I also spent countless hours training as a junior tennis player on Hilton Head at Smith Stearns. The chance to come back to the island and build onto the tennis program here at Port Royal is quite a blessing to me."


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Port Royal Racquet Club

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( 147 Reviewers)
Tennis Overall
4½-Ball Rating
Tennis Staff
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Instruction
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(147 Reviewers)
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4½-Ball Rating Game Matching
4-Ball Rating Lodging
4-Ball Rating Dollar Value
4½-Ball Rating Other Recreation
4½-Ball Rating Romance
4-Ball Rating Solo Travelers
4½-Ball Rating
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4½-Ball Rating Instruction
4½-Ball Rating Junior Tennis
4-Ball Rating Cuisine
3-Ball Rating Spa & Fitness
4-Ball Rating Setting
4-Ball Rating Kids' Programs
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Port Royal Racquet Club Ratings
( 147 Reviewers)
Tennis Overall
4½-Ball Rating Instruction
4½-Ball Rating Dollar Value
4½-Ball Rating
Tennis Staff
4½-Ball Rating Junior Tennis
4-Ball Rating

Ratings

(147 Reviewers)
Tennis Overall
4½-Ball Rating Cuisine
3-Ball Rating Romance
4-Ball Rating Kids' Programs
4-Ball Rating
Instruction
4½-Ball Rating Lodging
4-Ball Rating Solo Travelers
4½-Ball Rating
Tennis Staff
4½-Ball Rating Spa & Fitness
4-Ball Rating
Game Matching
4-Ball Rating Dollar Value
4½-Ball Rating Setting
4-Ball Rating


Port Royal Racquet Club

Ratings
( 147 Reviewers)
Tennis Overall
4½-Ball Rating
Tennis Staff
4½-Ball Rating
Instruction
4½-Ball Rating
Junior Tennis
4-Ball Rating
Dollar Value
4½-Ball Rating

Other Recreation

Beach. A broad beach runs the length of Hilton Head Island.

Golf Courses. Port Royal has two 18-hole designer golf courses

Barony: This 18-hole course, designed by George W. Cobb, was one of the first to be built on Hilton Head Island. Deceptively open in appearance, it becomes challenging near the greens, which are protected by think rough and unforgiving bunkers.
Robber's Row: Willard C. Byrd designed these 18 holes to have narrow, tree-lined fairways, small, undulating greens, and the challenge of water along 10 of the holes.

Lodging

The five-story, 412-room Westin fronts the beach roughly half a mile from the racquet club. It has a spa and fitness center, three swimming pools, and a kids' club.

Restaurants

The clubhouse at Port Royal Golf & Racquet Club has the Robber's Row Grille, open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There are more dining options at the Westin. In addition to a poolside grill for lunch, it has two other restaurants: View 32 and the farm- and sea-to-table Carolina Room.

See Also

If you like Port Royal's emphasis on individually tailored programs, also check out:

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Port Royal Golf & Racquet Club

Rates on request.

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Port Royal Golf & Racquet Club
10 Clubhouse Drive
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
843-686-8803
Web Link: Port Royal Golf & Racquet Club

Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa

The Westin rents both rooms in the beachfront hotel and 2- and 3-bedroom villas adjacent to the courts.

Visit the website for current rates

Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa
2 Grasslawn Ave.
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
843-681-4000
Toll-free: 866-716-8108
Web Link: Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa


Travel Essentials

Seasons. Year-round.

Travel Instructions. By Air: Port Royal is 45 miles from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) in Georgia and 95 miles from Charleston International Airport (CHS). Major airlines serve both of those gateways. It is also possible to fly directly to Hilton Head Island Airport (HHH), on commuter service from US Airways Express, via Charlotte, NC. Rental cars and shuttles are available at all three airports.

General Tourist Information. Visit the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau website or contact them at 1 Chamber Dr., P.O. Box 5647, Hilton Head Island, SC 29938; 843-785-3673 or toll-free 800-523-3373.