Kiawah named Top Tennis Resort in the World
For the eighth time in the last ten years, readers of the leading online tennis travel website, TennisResortsOnline.com, have named Kiawah Island Golf Resort as the top tennis resort in the world. Below are the TennisResortsOnline.com’s top-10 tennis resorts for 2015:
- Kiawah Island Golf Resort, South Carolina
- Rancho Valencia, California
- Wild Dunes Resort, South Carolina
- JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, California
- Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, Florida
- Sea Island, Georgia
- La Quinta Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, California
- Punta Mita, Nayarit, Mexico
- Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Hawaii
- Four Seasons Resort Nevis, Nevis, West Indies
The rankings come out each May listing the top 75 tennis resorts in the world and are based on the overall tennis program including instruction, teaching staff, and facilities, as well as other resort facilities such as lodging, cuisine, service and value. During the 2014/2015 ranking period, the tennis program at Kiawah Island Golf Resort ranked high in virtually all categories:
- #1 Best Tennis Staff
- #1 Best Tennis Instruction and Programming
- #1 Best Overall Children’s Programs
- #1 Best Spa
- #3 Best Cuisine
- #3 Best Lodging
TennisResortsOnline.com rated Kiawah as the top tennis resort in 2006 and 2007. In 2008, it dropped to No. 3 before returning to the top spot in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. In 2014, Kiawah dropped to No. 2 before returning to the top spot in the latest poll that was released on May 1.
Under the direction of Roy Barth since 1976, the tennis program at Kiawah Island has become one of the finest tennis programs in the country. The combination of Barth’s teaching experience and professional background has made him an integral part of Kiawah’s tennis programs. Barth played professionally for seven years during which time he was ranked in the top 50 in the world and competed against such tennis greats like Borg and Connors. In 1990 he was awarded the PTR Pro of the Year, in 1997 Barth was inducted into the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame, in 1999 he was inducted into the Southern Tennis Hall of Fame, and in 2013 he was inducted into the San Diego Tennis Hall of Fame. He is currently the president of the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR).
Guests of Kiawah Island Golf Resort can enjoy two separate tennis facilities: West Beach Tennis Center and the Roy Barth Tennis Center near the resort’s oceanfront hotel and spa, The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. West Beach features 10 Har-Tru clay courts, two lighted hard courts and a backboard. Guests at The Sanctuary are steps away from the East Beach tennis facility that has nine Har-Tru clay courts (one lighted) and three hard courts (one lighted), as well as a zoned practice court with a ball machine and automatic retrieval system. Both clubs offer fully staffed pro shops, complete instructional facilities, and are beautifully landscaped with lush shrubbery separating the courts for privacy.