What is the ultimate compliment you can give a tennis resort? Probably, that it rained almost the entire time and we still had an amazing time. I was part of a group of five 3.5/4.0 women who traveled to Kiawah for the Prinella Haywood Memorial Tennis Championships. The adult NTRP tournament is a benefit in honor of a young resort employee who lost her battle with breast cancer.
We arrived a couple days before the event, so were able to take part in the three Stroke of the Day clinics and drills that are offered each morning. We worked with several pros at the clinics; Jonathan, Ryan, Brian, David and Roy Barth (who is the Director of Tennis). No matter which pro you are assigned, you can be assured you will learn something new that is specific to your game, hit a lot of balls, and have a good time.
The tournament ran over three very rainy days (a true rarity at Kiawah), but they somehow kept it nearly on-schedule, using both of their large and well maintained tennis centers as well as sending some matches "next door" to the Seabrook Island facility. The tournament provided lots of tennis with good competition and enjoyable opponents. There were several social opportunities connected with it as well, including a nice wine and cheese welcome reception, and a beautifully presented buffet dinner and silent auction.
Kiawah delivers away from tennis too. Our villa had a beautiful lagoon view and was an easy walk to the Roy Barth Tennis Center, the beach and the town market that offers excellent lunch choices. Due to the unseasonable weather we weren't able to have as much beach time as we would have liked. As this was our third trip to Kiawah, we know the ten mile long private beach is typically perfect for walking, biking, sunning, and swimming. There are also miles of paved bike trails, so even with our less than stellar weather, biking was a definite option. We also made use of the large heated pool that is centrally located in the resort. The weather did keep us from kayaking the marshes, but we'll do that next spring. We love Kiawah enough that we purchased a villa week at the silent auction for our next trip.
As stated earlier in this review, we have made Kiawah an annual tennis trip. In the past, we have gone to other tennis resorts, but have found a "home" at Kiawah. The setting is spectacular, from the lush grounds of the resort, to beautiful Charleston which is just 30 minutes away. The tennis instruction at Kiawah is top-notch, whether you do the three day camp, Stroke of the Day, private lessons, tournament or social play. (We've done them all.)"
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