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Tennis Resorts Online: The Leading Guide to Tennis Travel


Tennis Resorts Online
Your Definitive Guide To Tennis Travel



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©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

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 Resort at Longboat Key Club, Florida
    "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
  • 4½-Ball Rating Royal Lahaina Resort, Hawaii
    "The staff is very friendly and accommodating. They set up the match for you and all you do is show up to play! They are very good at putting correct levels together for competitive play. They even call you the day before to confirm the match and provide towels and cups/water on court. Love playing here in Maui!!!"—T.M., Adv. Int., June 2017
  • 4-Ball Rating TOPS'L Beach & Racquet Resort by Wyndham, Florida
    "I visited Tops'l on May 4 of this year. It had been 6 years since my last visit and it was just as lovely as I remember. The accommodations were very good, the resort itself was immaculate, from the beautiful landscaped grounds, the fantastic tennis center, pools -- a tennis player's paradise. The beach is fabulous. The tennis (the reason we keep going back) is the best. Joe, Sam and Tyler are professionals and work with us to help improve our game. Everything on the premises, we hardly left the grounds."—L.T., Int., May 2017
  • 4½-Ball Rating Cliff Drysdale Tennis Adult Tennis Camps at Hawk's Cay, Florida
    "Hawk's Cay was incredible! Hannah and her staff made all the clinics so much fun and challenging! There was even a fun little tournament on the Friday when we were there. We will definitely be back and hopefully bring friends!!"—J.T., Adv. Int., March 2017

Exclusive Packages and Specials

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

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

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.


PBI World Tennis Camp, Nov. 29-Dec. 3, 2017

PBI World Tennis Camp at Naples Grande Beach Resort, Naples, FL Join us Nov. 29-Dec. 3, 2017, for a 4½-day PBI world Camp at the Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples, Florida. Consistently rated as one of the top resorts in the United States, the Naples Grande Beach Resort, features 15 hard true courts, lighted play and is situated right on the Gulf of Mexico. The camp comprises more than 19 hours of tennis, including 13 hours of group clinics, more than seven hours of doubles play and tennis events, a welcome dinner, camp picture, awards and gifts. To book, visit PBITennis.com and mention the code TROFREELESSON in the referral section and receive a complimentary private lesson during your camp stay.

Stan Smith Super Series: Nov. 24-26, 2017

Stan Smith Super Series, Sea Pines Racquet Club Wimbledon and U.S. Open Champion and former World No. 1 Stan Smith conducts this annual event, held over Thanksgiving weekend. Over the course of nine hours (3 hours each day), Smith and his staff will focus on stroke and strategy instruction, footwork, and many practice drills as well as videotape your serve. Student:pro ratio never more than 4:1, ensuring personal attention. Open to players 17+ years old and NTRP 3.0+ rating. Cost: $305/person

PBI World Tennis Camp, Dec. 3-7, 2017

PBI World Tennis Camp, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai, Dec. 3-7, 2017 Set in Dubai on the shores of the Arabian Gulf, Jumeirah Beach Hotel will stage a five-day PBI World Camp on its seven floodlit courts. Participants can look forward more than 18-hours of instruction and programming, including eight hours of group themed clinics, more than 10 hours of on court socials, point play and round robins, a welcome mixer, awards dinner, camp pictures, awards and gifts as well as the opportunity to enjoy the hotel's five swimming pools and a private beach. To book, visit PBITennis.com and mention the code TROFREELESSON in the referral section and receive a complimentary private lesson during your camp stay.

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.

©2017 Roger Cox


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Upcoming Events

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Oct. 27-29, 2017

23rd Annual Wild Wing Cafe "Nutty Buddy" Classic, Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center, South Carolina, Phone: 843-785-1152
This is a fun men's and women's doubles and mixed doubles event.

Oct. 28-Nov. 4, 2017

Tournament  Mouratoglou Junior Championships, Mouratoglou Tennis Academy, France
Powered by Ten-Pro, this international tennis tournament is open to highly talented boys and girls, born in the years 2001 to 2009. There are five levels of competition—U10, U11, U12, U13, U14, U15, U16—with a guarantee of at least 4 matches for each participant. Download and submit the reservation form prior to Oct. 19, 2017. For additional information, contact Ten-Pro Tournament Director Goran Novakovic by Skype at g.novakovic1 or by email proglobus@live.nl.

Oct. 30-Nov. 7, 2017

9th Annual Charlottesville Men’s Pro Challenge, Boar's Head, Virginia
This ATP Pro Circuit event with a purse of $75,000 has 32 players in the singles draw, 16 teams in doubles. Qualifying rounds begin Oct. 30 followed by the main draw on Nov. 1. The event benefits Special Olympics Virginia. Admission to all rounds is free. 

Oct. 30-Nov. 5, 2017

Tournament BNP Paribas Masters. www.atpworldtour.com/en/tournaments/paris/
An ATP 1000 event held indoors in Paris.

Nov. 3-5, 2017

Fall Women’s Tennis Weekend, Kiawah Island Golf Resort, South Carolina
This  program bundles nine hours of round robin play, instruction, and play-action drills with supervised doubles play.

Nov. 3-5, 2017

Ladies' 3.5 Team Challenge, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Florida, Phone: 850-267-7114
  A minimum of six doubles teams play off in a round robin over the course of a long weekend whose package includes lodging, breakfast, award, and more.

Nov. 10-11, 2017

Team Tennis Challenge, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, South Carolina, Phone: 843-785-1152
Singles, doubles, and combo mixed in World Team Tennis format. Benefitting the Hunger and Homeless Coalition of Hilton Head Island.

Nov. 12, 2017

Team Tennis & Pickleball Challenge, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, South Carolina
Men's and Women's Doubles and Mixed Doubles event

Nov. 15-19, 2017

Southern Senior Closed Clay Court Championship, Kiawah Island Golf Resort, South Carolina
Senior players from the nine Southern states are eligible to play in this Southern Championship. Age divisions: 30-90 & over men and 30-80 & over for women odds and evens. Singles, doubles, and mixed.

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


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©2017 Roger Cox