Guide To Private Tennis Courts On Hilton Head Island

Playing Tennis in Hilton Head Island Is Fun!

Hilton Head Island is a place well-known for many things. From the island’s unrivaled beaches to its renowned golf courses, visitors are never far from a great time. What may surprise some first timers though, is the world-class Tennis courts found here.

In fact, almost all of the private tennis courts listed here have been featured in Tennis Magazine’s “Top 50 Greatest US Tennis Resorts”! How’s that for a little known gem?

With so many world-class tennis courts on Hilton Head Island, the only real problem is figuring out where to play. This article with serve to recommend some of our personal favorites, and give you the information you need to decide which private tennis court is the perfect choice for you. Read More

Best Places to Get Tennis Lessons In Hilton Head

Continuing on with our series on the great tennis options in Hilton Head is our newest post on the best places to get a tennis lesson in Hilton Head.

If you’re visiting the Hilton Head area, you’ve likely caught wind of their world-class tennis facilities.  But with so many options, it can be hard to find the perfect choice for you.  This list is all about tennis lessons, and will give you a peek into the best places to improve your skills in Hilton Head SC.

Sea Pines Racquet Club

Let’s start our list with the internationally-renowned Sea Pines Racquet Club.  This tennis facility is run by the former US Open and Wimbledon world champion and former US Olympic Men’s Coach Stan Smith – hows that for credibility?  With over 40 years in the business of giving tennis lessons, Sea Pines offers a large variety of teaching clinics, instructional programs, and tennis vacation packages.  In fact, it was ranked as one of “America’s Top Tennis Destinations” by Tennis Magazine.  The Club has 21 clay courts, 4 of which are lit for night play.  Sea Pines offers private and group lessons for all skill levels. Read More

Guide To Public Tennis Courts On Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island is known far and wide for its spectacular golf courses and wide sandy beaches but if you talk to the more active residents and visitors to the island, you’ll likely hear them raving just as loudly about the outstanding tennis courts that dot the island.

A year-round mild climate and over a hundred courts on the island make Hilton Head Island one of the top tennis vacation destinations on the east coast.

In this first in a series of articles about the best places to play tennis on Hilton Head Island, we’ll take a look at the public tennis courts located around the island.  These courts, as the name suggests, are open to the public.  

Chaplin Community Park

Address: 11 Cast Net Drive The Chaplin Community Park has plenty to offer, but tennis players get excited when they see its six well-maintained courts.  These lighted courts are available for an $8 per hour rental fee between Memorial Day and Labor day, and at no charge for the rest of the year.  Visit the Island Recreation Association’s website to reserve a court.

Cordillo Courts

Address: 2 South Forest Beach Drive For convenience, it’s hard to beat the four hard courts located just off Pope Ave.  The Cordillo Courts are just steps away from Coligny Plaza, the premier shopping district on Hilton Head Island.  It’s easy to imagine playing a few matches in the morning and walking across the street to grab a coffee, smoothie, or sandwich as one of the many shops in the area.  The Cordillo Courts are lighted and do not require visitors to schedule a court time.

Hilton Head High School and Hilton Head Middle School

Address: 70 Wilborn Drive

Looking to mix it up with the kids?  Kidding, of course, we all know they would win.  If you feel like a throwback to your high school domination of the courts, the local school district has you covered.  There are six courts located on the high school campus and four more next door at the middle school that are open to the public.  During the school year, courts are available in the evenings and over the weekend.  During the summer, these courts are available anytime on a first come first serve basis with user fees. Read More

Hilton Head Recognized As A Bike Friendly Community

One of the biggest reasons visitors and residents alike chose Hilton Head Island is the chance to enjoy the magnificent low country landscape found on and around this coastal paradise.  More and more locals and guests are discovering a better way to enjoy their surroundings.  Rather than speeding around in a car, Hilton Head Islanders are choosing the human powered transportation of a bicycle.  

While the thrill of cruising around the island on a bike has been common knowledge locally for years, Hilton Head Island is beginning to get a little national recognition for its bikeability. This summer when the League of American Bicyclists gathered to make their list of the best communities for cycling, Hilton Head made the list of the top 25 bicycle-friendly communities in the U.S.

While Hilton Head had been given a silver-level status by the organization in the past, the community took an exciting step forward this year by winning gold-level status as a bikeable community.  As one of only 21 gold-level bike-friendly communities in the country and the only one located in the Southeast, Hilton Head is quite proud of this honor.  

As with any award, this one comes as the result of lots of hard work by the town and it’s residents.  Everyone involved has been putting in plenty of time to make Hilton Head a bike-friendly community.  Two specific initiatives stand out as reasons the town was given gold status this time around. Chamber Of Commerce Bike And Dine Week One of the most exciting events of the year for the cycling community On Hilton Head Island is the annual Bike and Dine Week sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce.  After realizing years ago that residents and visitors to the island can get nearly anywhere they needed to go by bike, the Chamber decided to encourage folks to get out and take a ride to their favorite dining spots.  Many restaurants have gotten behind the initiative by offering discounts to those who show up on a bike.

Building An Extensive Network Of Bike Trails What would a bike friendly town be without a great network of trails?  Cyclists of all ages and skill levels have come to see the nearly sixty miles of bike paths and shared roadways as a vital part of their daily lives.  These paths take cyclists into the center of town for dinner and entertainment as well as out through the forests and marshes of the island.  Visitors have no fear of getting lost thanks to the kiosks located all along the paths with an island-wide map on one side, and a local route map on the other.  

Didn’t have room in the car for your bikes on this years vacation?  Hilton Head Island has you covered with plenty options for bike rentals.  Check out one of these great local companies on your next vacation for bike sales, rentals, or service.

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    3 Fabulous Ways To Enjoy The Waters Around Hilton Head Island

    There is something soothing about being out on the water.  The rhythmic motion of the waves and the beauty of nature has a way of putting the mind at ease.  As the name suggests, Hilton Head Island is surrounded by water, including acres of marshland, a number of local creeks and rivers, the Intracoastal Waterway, and the mighty Atlantic.  Visiting the island and want to get off of dry land but don’t know how?  We put together a list of some of our favorite ways to get out on the water. Read More

    The Best Seafood Restaurants in Hilton Head

    Any visit to Hilton Head Island would be lacking if it didn’t include a healthy dose of Lowcountry cuisine and its signature seafood.  Similar to the New Orleans and Cajun styles of cooking, Lowcountry dishes trace their roots to the Caribbean and Africa.  The addition of the product of local saltwater marshes and brackish estuaries makes Lowcountry cuisine something special.

    While you may be itching to dig into piping hot bowl of Frogmore stew, chances are you don’t plan on spending much of your beach vacation cooking.  Thankfully, plenty of first-rate chefs have set up shop in Hilton Head and the surrounding area, making all the best lowcountry dishes available with no cooking required. Read More

    Top Rated Golf Courses in Hilton Head

    Hilton Head Island, known for many things; sun, surf, sand and amazing resorts among them, is famous for its spectacular golf courses.  With 24 world class golf courses spread across its 40 square miles, choosing can be quite a chore.  From courses designed and played by the masters to great values at public courses, we decided to put together a list including a few of our favorites.

    Harbour Town Golf Links

    Image from Flickr When Jack Nicklaus first dipped his toes into course design in collaboration with the legendary Pete Dye, the result was this must play course.  Uniquely shaped greens, a few well-placed bunkers, and plenty of lagoons favor the player who can make all the shots rather than the one with the longest drive.  Prices at Harbour Town Golf Links range between $200-$260 and it has a rating of 75.6.

    Heron Point

    Image from Flickr Opened in 2007, with a slight touch up completed over the summer of 2014,  the second Pete Dye course on the list is ranked number 11 on the 2014 GOLF Magazine “Best Courses Near You” list.  With seven sets of tees, this course can play long, short, and everywhere between, making it a great choice for groups with different skill levels. Prices at Heron Point Range from $90-$160 and it has a rating of 75.2.

    Robert Trent Jones Course at Palmetto Dunes Resort

    Image from GMTA Generous fairways, an inviting layout, and occasionally maddening bunkers led this gem to be named South Carolina’s Best Golf Course of the Year in 2003.  Jones puts the Atlantic winds to great use, allowing them to roll across the fairways, changing the course from shot to shot.  Prices at the Robert Trent Jones Course range from $95-$195 and it has a rating of 72.6.

    Old South

    While not technically on Hilton Head Island, Old South is well worth the short trip across the bridge.  This public course provides a excellent value thanks to its great location along the saltwater marshes of McKay’s Creek.  Golfers enjoy the fantastic views and the chance to see plenty of wildlife including birds of prey, deer, and even the occasional alligator.  Prices at Old South range from $55-$95 and it has a rating of 72.7.

    The Country Club of Hilton Head

    Located on the land facing side of the island, this Reese Jones designed course embraces the beauty of the South Carolina lowlands it inhabits.  Its location along the Intracoastal Waterway and plenty of Live Oaks really give this course a sense of place.  The water on nearly every hole, deep pot bunkers, aggressively contoured fairways give players plenty of chances to challenge themselves.  Prices at The Country Club of Hilton Head range from $89-$118 and it has a rating of 73.8.

    Shipyard Golf Club

    If it’s variety you’re after, the Shipyard Golf Club is a great choice.  There are three nine-hole courses, the Clipper, the Galleon, and the Brigantine, that can be played in three different eighteen hole combinations.  The well-protected greens demand that the player bring their best short game when Playing Shipyard. Prices at Shipyard Golf Club range from  $69-$129 and has ratings ranging from 69.4-73.2. With these amazing choices, we’re sure you’ll have no problem finding the right course for your foursome the next time you visit Hilton Head.

    Soft Shell Crabs Are Here, But Hurry!

    Soft Shell Crabs Are Here But Hurry….

    Because They Won’t Last Long!

    Right now on Hilton Head Island the delicious local blue crabs are going through the molting process, meaning they have outgrown their old shells and must shed them so their bodies can grow. During this very short period when the crabs shed the old shell  their entire body is soft and edible. In a matter of hours the crab’s shell will start to harden. The entire process takes place each spring when the local water temperature rises to around 59 degrees and stays there over the course of a few weeks. It is during this time when local restaurants scramble to find a supply of the soft shell crabs for their hungry patrons. Read More

    A Break From The Beach

    Take A Break From The Beach…..

    Visit Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge

    The next time you are vacationing at Hilton Head Island you will obviously enjoy the great beaches, golf, tennis, and other fun activities. But for a wonderful change of pace you should take half a day (or the entire day) exploring Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge. This is a hidden gem most visitors (and some residents) overlook as they cross the bridge from the mainland to Hilton Head Island. The Refuge is several thousand acres with numerous lakes,ponds, marshland and fantastic vistas. With well-maintained roads and paths there is easy access to the refuge’s many species of birds, mammals, and wildlife. Read More