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Kiawah Island Golf Resort: Beyond the Courts of the Roy Barth Tennis Center

Experience sweet summertime at this South Carolina racquet sports haven

Ocean breezes, rustling palmettos, vibrant flowers, and a racquet sports schedule that’s ideal for active travelers seeking court time on the island. Welcome to Kiawah Island Golf Resort and the Roy Barth Tennis Center, home to 22 courts, a highly experienced staff of teaching professionals, a stocked Pro Shop, and the Barth-Hawtin Tennis Academy. With so much in store for guests of the Resort and the Tennis Center, you’ll never have a shortage of on-court programming or off-court amenities.

Kiawah Island

Seasonality is Key

Summertime is one of the ideal seasons to visit the property, as the tennis programming calendar is always populated with options for both juniors and adults. Between clinic hours and post-court time, guests can dip their toes into the ocean, sip on refreshments poolside, dine on the island, tee off on the course, or simply enjoy the sound of the sea from their guest room. This summer, the Roy Barth Tennis Center is proud to offer clinics and drills Monday through Friday, including select weekend options. Explore the options, and inquire with the Center online or by phone for more booking details.

Adult Tennis Programming

Regardless of your level, a weekly schedule for an adult player could entail a groundstrokes clinic, a serving clinic, a net play drill session, and an Adult Tournament Tough course. Explore the full calendar of weekly training options here. Drills are available Monday through Sunday.

Junior Instruction

For juniors, explore options such as the Stroke-a-day Clinics, Junior Tennis Camps, or even a Tiny Tots option during the week. Here’s a bit more detail about each junior programming option:

Stroke-a-day Clinics

Available for ages 7-16, these clinics focus on stroke fundamentals, ball control, and footwork. These clinics are available for one hour each, split up for ages 7-11 from 4-5pm and players ages 12-16 from 3-4pm.

Junior Tennis Camps

For players seeking longer training options, camps are available May 23-September 2, Monday through Friday. There are about 10 hours of on-court instruction included within each camp session weekly (2 hours daily), and training incorporates basic strokes, singles and doubles strategy, play-action drills, and supervised play. View the schedule and options here.

The Barth-Hawtin Tennis Academy

Launched in 2018, the Academy has seen more than 250 student-athletes ages 6-25 participate in programs that include on-court instruction and sports science, nutrition, and performance. The Academy features full- and part-time options for residential or non-residential participants. There are also academic solutions for full-time students, including online training with an innovative curriculum. While there is a weekly schedule annually, the summer schedule offers the following programming:

  • Monday: Tennis & Fitness (10-12:30pm; 2:30-4:30pm)
  • Tuesday: Tennis & Fitness (12-12:30pm; 2:30-4:30pm; Yoga (5-5:30pm)
  • Wednesday: Tennis & Fitness (10-12:30pm); Slide Night at Night Heron Park (7-9pm)
  • Thursday: Tennis & Fitness (10-12:30pm); Yoga (5-5:30pm)
  • Friday: Tennis & Fitness (8-10am)
  • Saturday: Tennis & Fitness (9-11am)
  • Sunday: Active rest, mindfulness, and time management

For full details, please visit this link.

Kiawah Island

Beyond the Courts

Led by Director Jonathan Barth, son of Roy Barth, the Roy Barth Tennis Center at Kiawah Island Golf Resort is one of the most well-known and acclaimed properties among tennis enthusiasts. Barth prides himself on retaining the fundamentals that his father initially instilled while continuing to grow and expand the options for both residents and guests.

“We look forward to welcoming you to the Roy Barth Tennis Center at Kiawah Island Golf Resort for all of your racquet sports with a variety of programming we are sure you will enjoy while also offering you all of the other amenities and activities the resort provides,” Barth said.

Explore the resort through the eyes of TRO’s audience: View reviews here. Kiawah Island Golf Resort also just earned a slot on the 2024 TRO Top 10 Tennis Resorts as well as the No. 2 slot on the Top Pickleball Resorts.

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Jordana Klein

Jordana has blended her passion for racquet sports with her on-court skills as Tennis Resorts Online's Travel Editor. After competing at the Division 1 collegiate level, Jordana's journey led her to hold marketing positions with organizations such as the USTA, IMG's Miami Open, and IMG Academy. She continues to share her love for the game across TRO's network and on tennis and pickleball courts in the Tampa Bay area.

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