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Tennis Resorts & Camps For 2017

May 1, 2017. If you're looking for advice about where to go on a tennis vacation, you probably begin by asking tennis-playing friends to recommend places they love. Essentially, that's what Tennis Resorts Online does in order to come up with our annual rankings—though with thousands of monthly visitors from all over the world, we probably have a broader circle knowledgeable tennis vacationers than you may. Throughout the past year we have been soliciting the options of that trove of avid players worldwide. We of course asked everyone to rate their tennis experience in general, but we went further. We also requested their input on some 20 different aspects of a tennis holiday. In generating the rankings, we relied most heavily on their opinions of the tennis instruction, teaching staff, and services like game matching. Nevertheless, because this is a vacation, we also factored in such creature comforts as lodging, cuisine, and other recreation as well as their sense of how much value they received for their vacation dollar. Then, over the last few weeks of April, we began compiling those evaluations into a numerical ranking using a formula that gave added weight to the tennis elements.
We have broken the results down into two major categories: the Top 75 Tennis Resorts and the Top 25 Tennis Camps. We've listed the Top 25 Resorts—our Gold Medalists—and the Top 10 Camps in ranking order. For the remainder of the resorts, we awarded Silver Medals to those ranked from 26 to 50 and Bronze Medals to those ranked 51 to 75. We followed that same pattern for camps, awarding Silver Medals to those ranked 11 to 20 and Bronze Medals to those ranked 21 to 25. For resorts and for camps, we listed those Silver and Bronze medalists alphabetically, We also singled out resorts and camps that excelled in many of the individual features we asked players to assess. To see which fared best in individual areas, visit Categories.
To ensure that these results were statistically meaningful, we required a minimum of 25 reviews for a resort to qualify for a Top 10 ranking and a minimum of 10 reviews to earn a Gold medal. For camps, we similarly required a minimum of 25 reviews to be eligible to for a Top 5 ranking and a minimum of 20 for a Gold Medal. Only reviews associated with a valid email address counted. Finally, although we encouraged reviews of all types of properties, only those having a minimum of six tennis courts were eligible to be ranked.
What is not immediately evident from these rankings, however, is just how tight the competition was, not only for the coveted No. 1 positions but across the board. All of the resorts and camps listed here have a proven record of catering attentively to the needs of avid tennis players. The choice comes down to one final issue: Which one suits you best?

Roger Cox, Editor

Gold Medal Resorts

Top 25 Tennis Resorts

  1. Kiawah Island Golf Resort, South Carolina
  2. Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, California
  3. Four Seasons Resort Nevis, Nevis, West Indies
  4. Wild Dunes Resort, South Carolina
  5. JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, California
  6. The Resort at Longboat Key Club, Florida
  7. Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Hawaii
  8. Boca Raton Resort & Club, Florida
  9. Kapalua Resort, Hawaii
  10. Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, Florida
  11. Bio-Hotel Stanglwirt, Tirol, Austria
  12. Saddlebrook Resort, Florida
  1. TOPS'L Beach & Racquet Resort by Wyndham, Florida
  2. Caneel Bay Resort, U.S. Virgin Islands
  3. Punta Mita, Nayarit, Mexico
  4. Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne, Florida
  5. Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, South Carolina
  6. The Buccaneer, U.S. Virgin Islands
  7. The Broadmoor, Colorado
  8. Wintergreen Resort, Virginia
  9. Shipyard Plantation, South Carolina
  10. Waterville Valley Resort, New Hampshire
  11. Naples Grande Beach Resort, Florida
  12. Port Royal Racquet Club, South Carolina
  13. The Jumeirah Beach Hotel, United Arab Emirates

Silver Medal Resorts

Resorts Nos. 26-50 (listed alphabetically)

Bronze Medal Resorts

Resorts Nos. 51-75 (listed alphabetically)

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Gold Medal Tennis Camps

  1. Roy Emerson Tennis Weeks, Switzerland
  2. John Newcombe Tennis Ranch, Texas
  3. PBI Tennis Camp at Bio-Hotel Stanglwirt, Tirol Austria
  4. Saddlebrook Tennis (Hopman), Florida
  5. New England Tennis Holidays at Sugarbush, Vermont
  1. Cliff Drysdale Tennis at Amelia, Florida
  2. Reed Anderson Tennis School, California
  3. IMG Academy Bollettieri Tennis Program, Florida
  4. Van Der Meer Tennis, Shipyard, South Carolina
  5. Wintergreen Tennis Academy, Virginia

Silver Medal Tennis Camps

Camps Nos. 11-20 (listed alphabetically)

*Court Think Tennis, closed for the summer at Green Valley Spa on May 19 and moved to a venue in Lake Tahoe which does not have lodging. Since the camp is currently unavailable at a property that meets Tennis Resorts Online's lodging requirements, we have included a total of 11 Silver medalist camps in this listing.

Bronze Medal Tennis Camps

Camps Nos. 21-25 (listed alphabetically)

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If you'd like to rate any of the resorts or camps you've attended on vacation, visit the Rate a Resort page. All the new information we begin to gather will be used to the rankings for 2018. Entrants are eligible to win tennis vacations in a drawing among those who submit reviews.