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.
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.
The next spot in Hilton Head to get tennis lessons on our list is Van Der Meer Tennis Academy. The academy, which has been open since 1979, was created by Dennis Van Der Meer and is the spot where many of the world’s best tennis instructors got their start. You can even choose to become certified by both/either of the major tennis organizations by taking a test after completing one of their courses. Van Der Meer has tennis clinics during the week that are 15, 18, or 20 hours. On the weekend they offer 10 and 12 hour versions, all of which include video analysis, stroke development, and refinement for basic and advanced skills. The cost of the clinics ranges from $312 – $425.
Another great place to get tennis lessons is the famous Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center. When it comes to accolades, Palmetto Dunes has got them all. To name a few: they were ranked among the “50 Greatest US Tennis Resorts” by Tennis Magazine, #2 in the World for “Tennis Instruction and Events”, and #5 in the World overall by Tennis Resorts Online. The center has 23 clay and 2 Nova ProBounce courts, 6 of which are lighted for playing at night. The “walk-on” rate at Palmetto Dunes is $20, but you could also book a tennis vacation package like the “3 Nights, 2 Clinics” package, where you get to stay at the resort while getting world-class tennis instruction.
The next to last option on our list is the Port Royal Racquet Club. This club, which opened back in 1985, was also included in Tennis Magazine’s “Top 50 Greatest US Tennis Resorts”. Besides that, it was included in Tennis Resorts Online’s annual “Top 75 Tennis Resorts in the World” – that’s impressive! Port Royal Racquet Club has 10 Har-Tru and 4 Nova hard courts. They offer private lessons for $58 per hour, and group rates of $23 per hour/person.
Finally, we come to the last but certainly not least important pick on our list – Smith Stearns Tennis Academy. This is another tennis academy run by former #1 player in the world and former USTA Director of Coaching Stan Smith. Billy and BJ Stearns, one of the world’s top tennis coaches and former top internationally ranked player respectively, run the academy along with Smith. SSTA is unique in that was designed for individual player development, specifically to train junior players for collegiate and professional tennis. The academy is found within the Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head.