Tennis is one of the only sports where the surface of the court can change from event to event, and the style of play will change with it. Tournament planners must know what they are looking for in their event before choosing whether they would like to play on hard-court, clay, grass or artificial turf. As far as where to find the right place for your event, the following list of top U.S. tennis facilities is a good place to start.
La Quinta Resort & Club
Palm Springs, California
Former captain and coach of the U.S. Davis Cup team Tom Gorman has put his own stamp on La Quinta as the site’s director of tennis. The 23 professional-grade courts include both hard and clay surfaces. Center court features both terrace and lawn seating, and is surrounded by palm trees and mountain views.
Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Kiawah, South Carolina
While named after a beautiful ocean-view golf course, Kiawah Island is one of the top tennis facilities in the world. Both hard and clay courts are available at the Roy Barth Tennis Center and West Beach Tennis Club. Barth is open year round and features nine clay courts, three hard courts and a practice court with a ball feeder. West Beach has 10 clay courts of its own and two lighted hard courts.
Wild Dunes Resort
Isle of Palms, South Carolina
Not far from historic Charleston, Wild Dunes has a number of nearby and on-resort attractions to keep tournament goers busy when they aren’t on the court. The resort has 17 clay courts, five of which are lighted, and one stadium court. The green Har-Tru clay plays nicely with the surrounding palm trees and other foliage for an aesthetically pleasing event.
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
Kohala Coast, Hawaii
There aren’t many better Pacific views than from the shores of Hawaii, and Mauna Kea takes full advantage of the scenery with its Seaside Tennis Club. The club’s 11 courts are all in close proximity to each other, and are close enough to the Pacific for players to hear the waves and feel the ocean mist.
TOPS’L Beach & Racquet Resort
TOPS’L’s 12 clay courts are wind-protected by surrounding townhouses and trees, and 10 of them are lighted. The resort has one stadium court, and each pair of courts has an adjacent shaded patio complete with chairs, tables and coolers. Ball machine rentals are also available.
Sitting atop the Blue Ridge Mountains keeps summer temperatures at Wintergreen 10 to 15 degrees cooler than surrounding lower-elevation areas. Tournaments love the temperature, mountain setting and facilities. Two separate venues feature a total of 19 clay courts and three indoor deco-turf courts.
JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
Desert Springs, California
Desert Springs is unique in that it features all three grand slam surfaces. The resort’s facilities include 15 hard courts, three clay courts and two stadium grass courts. Two scenic golf courses offer a way to unwind after a day of racquet competition.
Topnotch Resort and Spa
Forested mountains surround Topnotch’s six seasonal outdoor courts, four of which are clay. The resort also features four indoor hard courts for climate-controlled play year round. Tournament goers can take advantage of an intelligent ball machine and Dartfish video stroke analysis when not competing.
Longboat Key Club & Resort
Longboat Key, Florida
Longboat’s tennis garden features 20 clay courts, five of which are lit. A United States Tennis Association-certified stadium court can seat up to 2,500 with café and terrace seating. A locker room and clubhouse will keep athletes fresh, while the resort’s HydroGrid irrigation system keeps the clay at the same consistency throughout each day.
Rancho Santa Fe, California
All 18 of Rancho Valencia’s championship courts are surfaced with plexi-pave, the type of bouncy yet-hard surface used at the Australian Open. An intimate garden setting surrounds each court, and San Diego’s eternal sunshine makes things easy on tournament planners.