Longer days and warmer temperatures— combined with travel starting to feel more accessible—means the season is ripe for tennis getaways. Ready to get back into the swing of things? Pack your gear and point your compass towards one of these southern states.
Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, Hilton Head
- When it comes to tennis in the Palmetto State, two words usually come to mind: Hilton Head. The Lowcountry barrier island is a tennis vacation nirvana. Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, one of the area’s most popular destinations for family getaways, personifies the beach town allure, with three miles of Atlantic Ocean beach, a marina, a lagoon-system, three golf courses—and a highly regarded tennis center, which boasts a whopping 19 clay courts, four lit for night play. Hilton Head is also home to Van der Meer Tennis, the academy founded by coach Dennis Van der Meer, and The Sea Pines Resort, where Stan Smith was once the touring pro.
Montage Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton
- In between Hilton Head and Savannah, Montage Palmetto Bluff, in Bluffton, offers a fairytale-style retreat on what was a private hunting reserve of the Rockefellers. With access to three rivers and an abundance of pine and live oaks, Palmetto Bluff is a sprawling natural wonderland made for hiking, biking, fishing, sports shooting, horseback riding, golf and, of course, tennis. The Wilson Lawn and Racquet Club has eight Har-Tru courts, along with six pickleball and two bocce courts.