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Mission Inn Resort & Club

Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida

By Roger Cox, Editor

Although located just 35 minutes from Walt Disney World and 30 minutes from downtown Orlando, the Mission Inn Resort & Club has rarely registered on tennis vacationers' radars. Its address in a town with the peculiar name of Howey-in-the-Hills sounds more Appalachian than Floridian even while the resort's name evokes Spanish-era California. It was, for a time, the site of Justine Henin's 6th Sense Tennis Academy; however, that project foundered, and now the Mission Inn's tennis director Cesar Villaroel is promising that he will start an academy of his own. Once I learn more details, I'll post them here. Meanwhile, he continues to offer programs and services for the resort's members and guests.

Tennis Features

Pro Shop: 352-435-5799

Guests of the hotel can choose from a variety of weekly programs on the tennis roster, many of them designed around the needs of local members but open to guests. These include social round robins, Cardio tennis five days a week, and a program called "Fitness For Tennis," selected exercises that focus on balance, stability, mobility, and flexibility in particular by developing strength in the lower body and core..

Courts & Fees. There are two hard courts immediately adjacent to the inn and an additional 6 Har-Tru courts (two of these with lights) in a parklike setting near the spa and golf pro shop roughly half a mile away. Court fees: $20/court/hour or $10/person/day on clay, $15/court/hour or $8/person/day on hard, with a surcharge of $10/hour with lights.

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Golf Courses. There are two 36-hole courses at the Mission Inn: El Campeón, one of the oldest courses in Florida, and Las Colinas.

El Campeón: Built in 1926 from a design by Scottish architect Charles E. Clarke, it is notable for having more than 85 feet in elevation changes, giving it rolling fairways and undulating greens. Length: 4,811-7,003 yards. Par: 72
Las Colinas: Wide-open fairways and gently rolling hills combine with large undulating greens to create a course that accuracy. Length: 4,931-7,217. Par: 72.
Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy: A short-term and live-in academy for juniors.
Bird Golf Academy: Customized instruction with low student:teacher ratios.


Spa & Fitness Center. The 6,200-square-foot Spa Marbella opens in November 2008 with five treatment rooms . There is currently a long, narrow fitness center in the golf clubhouse with a dozen pieces of cardio equipment facing windows on the foliage outside as well as freeweights, dumbbells, and half a dozen Cybex workout stations.

And ... There is a small swimming pool and hydrospa behind the inn, as well as sand volleyball courts, jogging and cycling trails, a trap and skeet range, and a nearby lake with a marina for fishing and charter-boat rentals.

Lodging

The rooms are spacious, with two queensize beds in heavy wooden frames with high-backed wooden headboards, armoire with traditional TV, rough stucco walls painted a pale yellow, botanical prints, a safe, a coffeemaker, free wireless access, a sofa, screened in patio with views of golf course, tennis courts, or countryside, a smallish marble-tiled bathroom with single sink in granite surround and tub/shower combo. There's also a coin-operated guest laundry on the first floor of each of the two inn buildings.

See Also

If you like the quiet, low-key atmosphere of the Mission Inn with customized tennis programs, also check out:

Rates and Reservations

Mission Inn Resort & Club

The lodging options include deluxe hotel rooms, suites, and 2-bedroom villas (the last may require a minimum 7-night booking).

Visit the website for current rates

Mission Inn Resort & Club
10400 County Road 48
Howey-in-the-Hills, FL 34737
352-324-3101
Toll-free: 800-874-9053
Fax: 352-324-2636
Web Link: Mission Inn Resort & Club

Cesar Villaroel Tennis Academy

Sunday-Saturday sessions.

June 24-July 27, 2014
Boarding: $1,350/session. Non-boarding (Mon.-Fri.): $900

Cesar Villaroel Tennis Academy
Mission Inn Resort & Club
10400 County Road 48
Howey-in-the-Hills, FL 34737
352-455-6815
Web Link: Cesar Villaroel Tennis Academy

Travel Essentials

Seasons. Although the resort is open year-round, the best period for tennis runs from late September into May.

Travel Instructions. By Air: The Mission Inn is 50 miles northwest of Orlando International Airport (MCO). Shuttles and rental cars are available. By car from the airport, take Beachline Expressway 528 west to Florida's Turnpike north to Exit 285. Turn left on US 27 south, traveling one block before turning left onto SR 19 north. Continue to Howey-in-the-Hills, 6 miles. The resort entrance will be on the left.

General Tourist Information. For general tourist information about Howey-in-the-Hills and other attractions of Florida's Lake County, visit the Lake County Visitor Information website.

©2017 Roger Cox


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©2017 Roger Cox