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2024 Winter Getaways

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Mixed doubles teams shaking hands on an outdoor tennis court at Sea Island.

Leave your worries behind, but don’t forget your racquets and paddles.

Compiled and edited by Cory Sekine-Pettite

You had a long year. The rush of the holidays is over. Winter is coming. That’s right; you need a break! So, before you begin your spring ALTA seasons, consider these nearby destinations for some well-deserved R&R. Pack your tennis bags and head to the ocean or the mountains. You are sure to have a great time.

Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

PalmettoDunes.com
800.827.3006
Tennis lovers can book their perfect regional escape at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort on Hilton Head Island. Enjoy tennis court time, lessons, clinics, and more daily at the award-winning Palmetto Dunes Tennis & Pickleball Center. Along with its easy-to-access proximity, Hilton Head Island remains evergreen all year-round, making its 2,000-acre resort an ideal regional destination.

Palmetto Dunes golf course

Pictured above is the Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Course 10th & 11th holes — One of three championship courses within Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. Try the Totpracer Range, located at the Robert Trent Jones Course, which allows guests to compete against friends, play virtual courses, and receive instant shot feedback.

 

Sea Island Resort
Sea Island, Georgia
seaisland.com
855.216.3774
With its expansive campus, five miles of private beach, and an array of accommodations options that include private cottages, as well as hotel rooms and suites, Sea Island Resort offers guests the opportunity to vacation while maintaining standards for safety and security. Its extensive array of off-the-court activities, the availability of private lessons, custom clinics, and 16 Har-Tru courts combine to make Sea Island the perfect spot for a winter getaway and a place to improve your game.

Aerial view of Sea Island
Photos courtesy of Sea Island

Pictured above is The Lodge at Sea Island. Sea Island features three championship golf courses, top instructors, teeing areas and practice greens, and a 17,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Golf Performance Center.

 

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
Destin, Florida
Sandestin.com/tennis
866.953.9560
Serving up the best tennis experience in Northwest Florida, Sandestin offers 12 world-class HydroGrid clay and three hard tennis courts, six pickleball courts, a wide range of experiences including private lessons with pros, a highly ranked Junior Tennis program, and fun Round Robin tournaments for all skill levels. Looking for a customized experience or package? Sandestin has a program tailored just for you. Get in the game — then relax, unwind, and experience Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort!

Mixed doubles teams shaking hands on an outdoor tennis court at Sea Island.

Book direct with Sandestin and receive one hour of court time per day per reservation. Call 866.953.9560 for more information.

 

Credit One Charleston Open
Mar. 30 – Apr. 7, 2024
creditonecharlestonopen.com
843.856.7900
info@charlestontennisllc.com
The Credit One Charleston Open is the largest women’s only tennis tournament in North America. Every April, records are broken and memories are made as extraordinary tennis stars take the court at Credit One Stadium to compete for the coveted Charleston Open title. The 500-level Hologic WTA Tour event serves as the kick-off to the clay court season and boasts a strong list of past champions including, Chris Evert (x8), Steffi Graf (x4), Serena Williams (x3), and 2023 champion, Ons Jabeur. Single session tickets and a limited number of packages are on sale now at creditonecharlestonopen.com.

Credit One Stadium, home of the Charleston Open
Charleston Tennis LLC

Located on Daniel Island just minutes from historic downtown Charleston, the tournament courts are nestled into the Lowcountry landscape where tennis is played under warm ocean breezes, large oaks and palm trees.

 

Hidden Dunes Beach & Tennis Resort
Destin, Florida
HiddenDunesDestin.com
800.225.7652
Whether you’re a beach lover, tennis enthusiast or pickleball addict, Hidden Dunes Beach & Tennis Resort has something for everyone. The family-friendly tennis and pickleball facility is led by Tennis Pro Rhett Russell. Russell, a USPTA Certified Elite Pro with 21 years of tennis experience, offers personal training and clinics. Hidden Dunes Resort is ranked among the Top 50 Tennis Resorts and among Top 12 Pickleball Camps by Tennis Resorts Online. One of the joys of staying and playing at Hidden Dunes is breadth of resort amenities, including community pools, hot tubs, grilling stations, lush paths, a basketball court, horseshoe pit, cornhole boards, playground and seasonal beach service.

Hidden Dunes, Destin, Florida.

Hidden Dunes Beach & Tennis Resort has something for everyone. It is ranked among the Top 50 Tennis Resorts and the Top 12 Pickleball Camps by Tennis Resorts Online.

 

Camp Creek Inn
Watersound, Florida
campcreekinn.com
Camp Creek Inn is a 75-room, three-story boutique inn located adjacent to Watersound Club’s Camp Creek Golf Course in beautiful Northwest Florida. The inn’s amenities include multiple restaurants (offering indoor and outdoor seating), as well as a tennis and pickleball pro shop, golf outfitter shop and the most expansive wellness and fitness facilities in the surrounding 30A area. Camp Creek Inn is home to eight lighted tennis courts and eight lighted pickleball courts, a poolside dining venue, a resort-style pool complex with a separate adult fitness pool, multi-sport fields, and a golf teaching academy. Guests have access to all Watersound Club amenities during their stay, including Watersound Beach Club, Shark’s Tooth Golf Course, and Camp Creek Golf Course. Whether for tennis, golf, relaxation, or to enjoy a private club experience, Camp Creek Inn offers the perfect fit nestled between the 30A area’s world-famous beaches and surrounding state forests.

Adjacent to the Camp Creek Inn and Camp Creek Golf Course, the Watersound Club amenities at Camp Creek include two resort-style pools, a hot tub, an adults-only exercise pool, and 12,000 square foot health and wellness center with steam rooms and saunas.
Photo: The St. Joe Company

Camp Creek Inn’s expansive health and wellness center includes a collection of resort-style pools, a hot tub and adults-only exercise pool, as well as a 12,000 square foot exercise facility equipped with special features such as saunas and steam rooms.

 

Big Canoe Racquet Club
Jasper, Georgia
bigcanoepoa.org
706.268.3367
The “Mountains of Big Canoe” are but a backdrop to the newly updated Racquet Club facility, which can play host to a tennis or pickleball excursion. The 107-year-old former Wolfscratch School underwent a major renovation last year, with an expansion of the tennis and pickleball retail area. Big Canoe has weekly tennis and pickleball clinics for all levels and seven different weekly round-robins. The club’s amenities include 10 tennis courts (six clay, two hard courts, and two indoor courts) and four stand-alone pickleball courts. The Racquet Club also can set you up to play on one of Big Canoe’s four bocce courts — or hook up the junior Djokovic’s in your party with a kids’ tennis camp. Plus, there’s hiking, outdoor pools, and a water park.

Big Canoe marina

Enjoy the view of Lake Petit, or rent watercraft at the Big Canoe Marina.

 

 

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