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There are more than 300 courts on Hilton Head. Tennis comes in at a close second as the island's premier sport after golf. It is recognized as one of the nation's best tennis destinations. Hilton Head has a large international organization of coaches. Spring and fall are the peak seasons for cooler play, with numerous tennis packages available at the resorts and through the schools.
Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center. This facility has 23 clay and 2 hard courts and welcomes nonguests. In 2010, the resort was ranked #7 in the world by Tennis Resorts Online. Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, 6 Trent Jones La., Mid-Island, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928. 843/785–1152. www.palmettodunes.com.
Port Royal Racquet Club. The club has 10 clay and 4 hard courts. Port Royal Plantation, 15 Wimbledon Court, Mid-Island, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928. 843/686–8803. www.heritagegolfgroup.com.
Sea Pines Racquet Club. The club has 23 clay courts, instructional programs, and a pro-shop. There are special deals for registered guests of Sea Pines. In 2010, the resort was ranked #16 in the world by Tennis Resorts Online. Sea Pines Resort, 5 Lighthouse La., South End, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928. 843/363–4495. www.seapines.com.
Shipyard Racquet Club. Play on 4 hard courts, 3 indoor courts, and 13 clay courts at this club. Shipyard Plantation, 116 Shipyard Dr., South End, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928. 843/686-8804. www.vandermeertennis.com.
Van der Meer Tennis Center. Recognized for its tennis instruction, this club has 17 hard courts, 4 of which are covered and lighted. Shipyard Plantation, 19 DeAllyon Ave., South End, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928. 843/785-8388. www.vandermeertennis.com.
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