Tennis Resorts Online: The Leading Guide to Tennis Travel


Tennis Resorts Online
Your Definitive Guide To Tennis Travel



Roy Emerson Tennis Weeks/Gstaad Palace, Switzerland
©Roger Cox

The Guide To Taking Your Tennis Racquet On the Road

Since 1999, Tennis Resorts Online has been helping vacationers decide where to go on their next tennis holiday. I've made a career of giving such advice, initially as Tennis magazine's travel and resorts editor and since 1999 as the founder of this website. What you see here are not paid listings but the descriptions—provided without cost to resorts and camps—of those properties I feel are worthy of your attention. Over the course of several decades, I've visited more than 350 resorts on five continents and participated in some 50 different tennis camps, many more than once. It is that personal experience—supplemented now by reviews submitted by vacationers like you—that underpins this website.

What you'll find on these and the following pages is a suite of tools to help you make an informed choice on where to go. Start by checking out the rankings of the Top 100 Tennnis Resorts and Camps, which we base solely on the reviews submitted by people like you. For more personal advice, use the "Tailored Search" form that lets you specifiy precisely the features you're looking for in a resort or camp. Those results link to my personal descriptions, which are supplemented by the reviews—good or bad—of others who themselves have been there. There are also maps of what can be found in six different regions of the U.S. and one for Europe. Every property we list appears in a master index, listing both alphabetically and by state, region, or country. There is also a section devoted to junior camps, though since I'm a little old to participate in any of those I've had to settle for writing a description and let those juniors who've attended or their parents write personal reviews. To supplement all of this I've included a calendar of events taking place at tennis properties across the globe. We also ask resorts or camps to put together packages that offer special discounts or perks to Tennis Resorts Online readers.

Still, the site needs your input. We want to hear from you about your experience with any resort or camp you know first hand. As an incentive to take the trouble, Tennis Resorts Online gives away several tennis vacations in an annual drawing (2017 prizes to be announced soon). Every review you submit gives you another opportunity to win. To file one for a resort or camp, visit "Write a Review" or "Review a Junior Camp". Finally, let me know of ways you feel the site can be improved (and since we've just gone through a major redesign, please also let me know if there are any technical issues with any of the pages). You can contact me at . See you on the courts. —Roger Cox, Editor

Your Recent Reviews

Every time you review a resort or camp you know first hand, you're automatically entered in a drawing for one of several tennis vacations we give away each year. If you review a resort or camp between now and Apr. 30, 2016, you' be eligible to win a holiday at Saddlebrook International Tennis and Cliff Drysdale Tennis at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, both in Florida, and New England Tennis Holidays at Sugarbush, in Vermont. If you rated a junior camp, you're in the pool for a week-long junior camp at Saddlebrook Junior Tennis.
Here's a sample of recent critiques of resorts and camps by other vacationers, followed by a link where you can post your own.

  • 4½-Ball Rating Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, California
    "A fabulous resort for adult tennis clinics and personal instruction. The classes are well organized - extremely pleasant - and focused on drilling and playing was excellent. Having members playing with guests is wonderful - they are excellent players - very very friendly - and provided a memorable experience."—J.M., Int., August 2016
  • 4½-Ball Rating Saddlebrook Tennis (Hopman), Florida
    "I’ve been to Saddlebrook more than once, I think it speaks volumes when the majority of fellow tennis players are return clients. The knowledge level, courtesy and professionalism is second to none compared to other tennis resorts. Howard Moore (Program Director) is an absolute joy to be around. The staff (Zora/Phil the ones I mostly interacted with this visit) of tennis pros are friendly, infectious and upbeat. The groups are small enough to keep the drill personal. The entire staff at Saddlebrook (front office/housing) made my visit a complete joy. It is no wonder when I go somewhere else I always return to Saddlebrook."—L.C., Adv. Int., November 2016
  • 4½-Ball Rating VitalHotel Wolfgangsee Nature Spa & Tennis Resort, Austria
    "Absolutely stunning location, easy walk down to the beautiful village on the lake. Coaches are amazingly friendly and take great care to ensure everyone is included. Cuisine is suoerb, with an amazing array of food and events in the evenings - the Saturday Night in the kitchen is a winner. This is family rin, and has been for many uears and it shows. It is friendly, welcoming, helpful but above all a place full of people wanting you to emjoy yourself. Can't wait to return. Great for singles, couples, friends, groups and families alike, a plethora of things to do if wanting a rest from tennis or with others with different interests."—S.H., Adv. Int., February 2017
  • 4½-Ball Rating Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, Nayarit Mexico
    "Setting in Punta Mita is like paradise--fabulous ocean, beach, family activities, tennis, meals (various wonderful restaurants at the resort and in town), and assortment of lodging from Four Seasons Resort to private condos or houses. (Though be cautious about temperatures during the later summer months.) Approximately 10 tennis courts shared by residents and guests at Punta Mita, maybe 5 hard court, and 5 soft court (artificial grass). Fabulous instructional staff, from top level teaching pro for advanced players to pros perfect for usual kids or adult lessons. Highly recommended, and we have already made plans to return. About 45 min drive from Puerto Vallarta--easy drive."—B.C., Adv., November 2016
  • 3½-Ball Rating CopperWynd Resort and Club, Arizona
    "This was just what I was looking for. A relatively small resort, outside of Phoenix and up in the hills so not too hot. The setting is beautiful. It was close enough to to be able to enjoy the dining, nightlife and shopping of nearby Scottsdale. I liked the fact that this was a compact resort, with everything a short distance from the rooms, rather than one of the sprawling resorts that you need a shuttle or jogging shoes to go from place to place. I'd never chosen a resort specifically for the tennis, so I don't have a lot to compare it to. I thought Nick and his team did a great job. I called Nick prior to booking and he ensured that I got the best deal that included a daily two hour tennis clinic. Upon arrival, I mentioned that I'd twisted my ankle a couple of days before, but that it seemed to be ok. Nick turned up the next day with an ankle brace that he refused to let me pay him for. The clinic was great, fast paced with the right balance of drills and instruction."—C.P., Int., November 2016

Exclusive Packages and Specials

Discounts, room upgrades, and special packages only available on Tennis Resorts Online.


TRO Exclusive: Save $100!

John Newcombe Tennis Ranch Tennis Resorts Online users can claim a special $100/person discount on any adult all-inclusive week-long camp program. To get it, telephone reservations toll-free at 800-444-6204 or email the Ranch. You must mention Tennis Resorts Online to get the discount. Request a brochure.




Special Discount on Team Packages

Beach at Port Royal Book our 3-day/3-night Ambassador Package for teams and get a discounted rate of $395/person. The special package includes six hours of personalized clinics, unlimited court time, accommodations in a deluxe 2-bedroom villa (discount based on four people sharing a two-bedroom), one lunch at Robber's Row Grill, logo souvenirs, and pro shop discounts. For information and help in planning your personalized holiday, call Tanda at 843-686-8803 or 843-298-0027 and say you want the Tennis Resorts Online special rate.




JKCP Special: Save on Jr. Packages

Julian Krinsky Tennis Camps and Programs Tennis Resorts Online has secured a discount of $100* off residential and $50 off day-camp* bookings on any tennis camp you book at the Julian Krinsky School of Tennis. To get it, email imagine@jkcp.com or apply online at http://www.jkcp.com and use one of these codes: for Residential camps, TRORES2017, and for day camps, TRODAY2017

For more information, visit www.jkcp.com/tennis or call 610-265-9401. Offer expires Aug. 31, 2017
*Note: May not be combined with other discounts.




Free Upgrade to One-bedroom Suite + Amenity Basket

Saddlebrook International Tennis at Saddlebrook Resort Book the Saddlebrook Tennis School (which offers five hours a day of instruction) and a regular deluxe guest room at Saddlebrook Resort and they'll upgrade you to a one-bedroom suite* at no extra cost (two-night minimum) and include a complimentary Saddlebrook Amenity basket.

To get it, phone toll-free 800-729-8383, x4200 and ask for the Tennis Resorts Online Upgrade.

*Subject to availability at the time of booking



On the Road

Dispatches from my latest travels

Taking a Swing At Cape Cod

Revisiting the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch in Texas

Resort Hopping In Southwest Florida

Emilio Sánchez on "the Spanish Method"

Tennis on the "Garden Isle" of Kauai

Sea Island, Georgia, and the Jensen Brothers

Cliff Drysdale Tennis at Hawk's Cay Resort, Florida

Soaring Above Phoenix, Arizona

Newport, Rhode Island, For Tennis Players

©2017 Roger Cox




Doubles Boot Camps

Visit the award-winning Cliff Drysdale Tennis program at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation this spring. Doubles Boot Camps, February 10-12 and 24-26. Luxury Ladies Retreat, May 3-7. Adult Tennis Camps offered every day of the year. Contact us for more information about our amazing camp-organizers-come-for-free special at 904 277 5151 or yana.orlova@omnihotels.com or visit Amelia Island Tennis Camps



Upcoming Events

Tournament indicates a tournament

Feb. 27-Mar. 3, 2017

Boomer Tennis (Senior Clinics), Van Der Meer Tennis, Shipyard, South Carolina, Phone: 800-645-6138
This 16-hour midweek program bundles strokes mechanics, drills, supervised match play, and a Boomer fitness component, all designed for players 50 and older with NTRP ratings from 2.0-4.5.

Feb. 27-Mar. 4, 2017

Abierto Mexicano Tercel, Princess Mundo Imperial, Gro. Mexico
Ths combined ATP and WTA hard-court event draws Top 10 participants from both.

Mar.3-5, 2017

34th Annual "Luck of the Irish" Doubles Tournament, Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center, South Carolina, Phone: 843-785-1152
Sponsored by Giuseppi's Pizza and Pasta, this long-running event comprises men's and women's doubles and mixed doubles. The divisions: 3.0-5.0 for men's, 3.0-45 for women's, and mixed combo from 6.0-10.0.

Mar. 2-5, 2017

Co-ed Fantasy Weekend, John Newcombe Tennis Ranch, Texas, Phone: 800-874-7788
John Newcombe, Roy Emerson, Owen Davidson, and Ross Case conduct clinics, coach team matches, play against the amateurs, dine with campers, and then hang out for entertainment at evening cocktail parties and into the evening.

Mar. 6-10, 2017

Tennis with the Stars VIP All Access Experience, Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, California, Phone: 830-625-5911, ext 201
Held during the BNP Paribas tournament at Indian Wells, the week-long camp bundles tennis instruction with an opportunity to mingle with star players from the ATP / WTA tours and to watch the pros play up close and personal. The package includes perks like own personal chauffeur, tennis instructor, and tour guide from the Cliff Drysdale Experience Team. Camp includes 4 nights lodging, optional pro-am playing time and pro exhibition court time with the stars, daily tennis instruction, (option to substitute a round of golf), breakfast each day, dinner parties, transportation to and from BNP Paribas Open and suite passes.

Mar. 7, 2017

13th Annual Desert Smash, Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa, California
Will Ferrell hosts this celebrity pro-am, which this year takes place at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa. This year's participants have not been announced but among those who've been a part of the event in the past are ATP World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, John Isner, Stan Wawrinka, the legendary doubles team of Mike and Bob Bryan, Andre Agassi, Steffi Graf, Maria Sharapova, Caroline Wozniacki, Fernando Verdasco, Victoria Azarenka, and Eugenie Bouchard. The tennis event concludes with a Player Party and surprise live musical performance. General admission tickets start at $100. Proceeds benefit Ferrell's Cancer for College charity.

Mar. 7, 2017

Tennis with the Stars Pro Exhibition., Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, California, Phone: 830-625-5911, ext 201
In its third year, the Tennis with the Stars features an exclusive, intimate gathering of some of the world’s top tennis players as a kickoff to the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, CA. The tennis festival and pro exhibition lets a limited number of amateur tennis players, spectators, and VIPs to have an up close and personal experience with the tennis stars, both on-and-off the court. Madison Keys, Eugenie Bouchard, and Taylor Fritz have committed to take part this year. 

Mar. 13-19, 2017

Tournament  Irving Tennis Classic, Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas, Texas
This ATP Challenger event, with a purse of $150,000, draws a strong field of 32 men in singles, 16 teams in doubles. All proceeds generated from the Irving Tennis Classic benefit Emily's Place, an organization that seeks long-term solutions for women and children who are survivors of domestic violence.

Mar. 17-19, 2017

Backhands, Vines, and Volleys Tennis Camp, Silverado Resort and Spa, California, Phone: 505-257-0200
Silverado Resort and Spa hosts a special 2½-day camp that pairs tennis instruction with wine education and tastings in the Napa Valley. It begins with a Friday round robin and dinner followed by a half day of tennis clinics—taught by Peter Burwash International pros Katie Dellich and Quinn Saine—on Saturday and Sunday. The weekend package also includes a wine tasting class taught by Silverado's sommelier, two-for-one winery tasting passes, Peter Buswash's book "Tennis For Life," and two night's lodging. For more information visit silveradoresort.com or phone 505-257-0200

Mar. 17-19, 2017

Boomer Tennis (Senior Tennis), Van Der Meer Tennis, Shipyard, South Carolina, Phone: 800-845-6138
This 8-hour weekend program bundles strokes mechanics, drills, supervised match play, and a Boomer fitness component, all designed for players 50 and older with NTRP ratings from 2.0-4.5.

Mar. 6-19, 2017

Tournament BNP Paribas Open. Phone: 800-999-1585. www.bnpparibasopen.org
This combined WTA/ATP singles and doubles event takes place at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in the Palm Springs desert, with Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka as defending champions. For lodging check out La Quinta Resort & Club, JW Desert Springs Marriott Resort & Spa, Shadow Mountain Resort, Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa, Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa.

Mar. 21, 2017

8th Annual All-Star Tennis Charity Event, Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne, Florida
This afternoon event kicks off with a pro-am round-robin tournament followed by an exhibition that has featured Serena Williams, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, and Genie Bouchard (this year's participants have not yet been announced; check the website for the latest information). Cliff Drysdale is always on hand for commentator as often is his colleague and ESPN Tennis Analyst Darren Cahill. This all takes place at the Cliff Drysdale Tennis Center at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami. There are several options, ranging from spectator to participant, with proceeds benefiting First Serve Miami, which develop, organize and conduct education, tennis awareness and skills development programs for youth from economically and socially challenged communities in Miami-Dade County. For information and pricing, visit All Star Tennis Miami.

Mar. 25-31, 2017

Ten-Pro Global Junior Tour 2017, Rafa Nadal Academy by Moviestar, Spain, Phone: +31 6 2211 8857
An international tennis tournament for worldwide highly talented boys and girls, born in 2002 up to and including 2007 (in exceptional cases also for born 2008). It will be played in six separate competitions in each age category at the same time (U10, U11, U12, U13, U14 and U15). A minimum of four matches guaranteed. Registration form

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