By Roger Cox, Editor
Set in the upper reaches of Miami's Dade County, on the mainland side of the Intracoastal Waterway, the 300-acre Turnberry Isle Miami encompasses a splendid 392-room hotel, a complex of four lighted Hydrogrid courts, 36 holes of golf, a 25,000-square-foot Spa & Fitness Center, and a private beach club—though the last is a 10-minute shuttle ride away. Something like $150 million has been lavished on the property over the last several years on everything from a redesign of the two golf courses to a complete renovation of the hotel rooms, Ocean Club, restaurants, and common areas as well as the construction of new, though smaller, tennis center with four Hydrogrid courts and a pro shop.
Pro Shop: 305-933-6925
The tennis took a new direction in the fall of 2012 when the Cañas Tennis Academy, whose High Performance junior program is based at the nearby Turnberry Isle Yacht Club Tennis Center, took over management of the four hotel courts, putting them in charge of Gustavo Oribe, the co-founder of Cañas Tennis with former Top 10 Argentine player Guillermo Cañas.
"Adults now have two places to play and more options for clinics and people to hit with," Oribe told me. That's because the eight courts at the Yacht Club—four clay and four hard—offer clinics to the general public to supplement what takes place at the hotel. So although there are daily clinics—among them Cardio sessions— at the hotel and a couple of men's nights, there are additional clinics and a larger stable of players to draw from at the Yacht Club, which is a free shuttle ride away, as well as a broad range of junior programs. For the latter, the Cañas academy offers an afterschool program, Monday through Friday, for juniors ages 10 to 18 as well as Tiny Tots and Quickstart on selected days supplemented by with Get Up & Go AM Clinics for adults, Tennis for Moms that includes babysitting services for the kids, a Ladies' League Practice & Match-Play, and Adult Instructional Tennis. Though designed for locals, all of these programs are also open to hotel guests.
Courts & Fees. There are four lighted Har-Tru courts at the hotel and an additional 4 clay and 4 hard courts at the Yacht Club. Court fees: $20/day.
Stay Longer at Four Seasons Resort Nevis with a complimentary fourth night with every three consecutive paid nights. That extra night means more time for tennis at the Resort's award-winning tennis center. The 10-court complex features two new AstroTurf courts, four red clay, and four hard, making the facility one of only two in the region to offer three different playing surfaces. For reservations, please call 869-469-6238 or visit fourseasons.com/nevis
Spa & Fitness
Beach. Turnberry's Beach Club is physically outside the resort in Aventura, a 10-minute drive or shuttle ride away. However once there guests have access to the private club and a lovely stretch of beach. The club also has watersports equipment, a six-sided swimming pool, cabanas, lockers and changing rooms, and a restaurant and bar.
Golf Courses. The resort has two 18-hole courses, originally designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and then redesigned by Raymond Floyd.
Spa & Fitness Center. At 25,000-aquare feet, Turnberry's Spa & Fitness Center offers a full range of treatments, exceptional relaxation areas, and an oversize fitness center with Techno-Gym equipment, personal trainers, and a variety of classes.
And ... The new Laguna Pool attracts adults and kids with its 800-foot-long lazy river, 35-foot-tall slide, zero-entry pool, hot tub, and wading pool. Poolside cabanas with flatscreen televisions and refrigerators are also available. A 2.9-mile jogging track circles the resort.
Turnberry offers a half-day and full day Kids Connection, a supervised program of activities, games, and crafts for children ages 5 to 12.
The resort's 392 guest rooms and suites have every lavish appointment and amenity. Most rooms have Mediterranean terra-cotta floors, armoires, and other exquisite furnishings in soft tones of almond, moss green and peach. Italian red marble, and overstuffed couches in the classic Mediterranean hues complete the seating area. French doors open to flower-lined terraces with spectacular views of the manicured fairways or pool gardens.
Options range from Bourbon Steak, a restaurant by James Beard award-winner Michael Mina, to grills variously located at the Ocean Club, golf clubhouse, and the Laguna Pool.
Among the other tennis resorts similar to Turnberry are:
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Travel Instructions. By Air: The resort is 20 miles south of Ft. Lauderdale International Airport and 18 miles north of Miami International Airport.
General Tourist Information. For information about travel to this region of Florida contact the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, 701 Brickell Avenue, Suite 2700, Miami, FL 33131; phone 305-539-3000 or toll-free 800-933-8448 or visit their website.