Mention “sports” and “Hilton Head” in the same sentence, and most people will immediately think of golf. We won’t deny that the Island is an incredible place to hit the links—in fact, it’s one of our favorite things about living here. That said, golfers aren’t the only sports enthusiasts in these parts. If you prefer a racquet to a set of clubs, you’ll be in good company on Hilton Head. We’re well known for our tennis—and we offer no shortage of opportunities to enjoy the sport, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned vet.
Here are five reasons why Hilton Head is the perfect place to build on your tennis skills…
1) The world-class facilities
It’s no secret that Hilton Head is home to some of the best tennis facilities in the country. The Sea Pines Racquet Club is a great example. This impressive center has earned a #1 worldwide ranking from Tennis Magazine, making it a must-visit for lovers of the sport. The publication also named another Island favorite, Palmetto Dunes Tennis and Pickleball Center, as one of the top 50 tennis resorts in America. Meanwhile, Port Royal Golf and Racquet Club was designated a Gold Medal Resort by Tennis Resorts Online. With accolades like these, it’s easy to see why so many players are drawn to the Island.
2) The variety of courts available
If the stellar reputations of the tennis centers on Hilton Head don’t impress you, the sheer number of courts will. There are over 500 public and private options here—perfect for those who like to switch things up. Thanks to this variety, you can also play on all three grand-slam surfaces: clay, grass, or hard courts. If you’re a night owl, you’ll be pleased to learn that many of Hilton Head’s courts are well lit. So feel free to grab your racquet and work off that post-dinner fatigue!
3) Great instructors
While playing tennis is fun no matter your skill level, the right instruction can really kick your abilities up a notch. Hilton Head is the ideal place to do that, thanks to all of the incredible talent that calls the Island home. First off, we have the legendary Stan Smith. This former head coach of the men’s Olympic team (and past winner of the U.S. Open and Wimbledon) sits at the helm of the Sea Pines Racquet Club. Stan is far from alone. Having coached some of the biggest superstars tennis has ever seen, Dennis Van Der Meer is another local legend. Today, he continues his teaching legacy at Van Der Meer Tennis. Across Hilton Head, you’ll find an impressive number of clinics, academies, and camps—and plenty of experienced instructors to ensure that they’re all worth your time.
4) The weather
Are you a fan of both tennis and the great outdoors? If so, you’ll love Hilton Head—where the average annual temperature is a gorgeous 66 degrees. Even during the colder months, the weather tends to be temperate. Sure, it might cool down in the winter. But generally speaking, it’s always nice enough for a tennis match. That’s a far cry from what you can expect in other parts of the country, where playing on an outdoor court year-round is out of the question.
5) There’s so much more to do
If tennis is your sport of choice, there’s no shortage of ways to relax in between practices and matches on Hilton Head. Visit one of our beaches, which draw lovers of sand and sun from all over the country. Try a top-notch restaurant (we’re big fans of the Jazz Corner, the Crazy Crab, and Fraser’s Tavern, to name a few). Hit the charming shops at Coligny Plaza or Main Street Village. While tennis may be your favorite activity on the Island, you’ll never run out of things to do when you’re not playing!
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