For the ultimate in tennis facilities, instruction, and overall ambiance, Kiawah’s Roy Barth Tennis Center just can’t be beat. Perennially rated the “#1 Tennis Resort in the World”, this spectacular sports complex is constantly humming with activity just inland from The Sanctuary hotel, an easy bike ride down the beach from Timbers Kiawah.
The island’s tennis offerings received an impressive upgrade recently as part of Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s recent island-wide expansion and enhancement initiative.
Roy Barth Tennis Center now offers 22 courts — twelve resurfaced and ten brand new — for fans of the fuzzy yellow ball to sharpen their skills or enjoy a game. All ten brand new Har-Tru courts benefit from HydroCourt technology, which keeps the clay hydrated throughout the day, improving the playing surface. Nine clay and one hard court are lighted for night-time play, and another four are lined for pickleball. Each pair of courts is bordered by palm trees and colorful tropical foliage, and has a covered patio providing shade, benches, and a water fountain.
One of the most exciting features is the Practice Alley, an amazing high-tech tool for tennis workouts, not available at most facilities. This half court has a net and a specialized ball machine on the other side. Replicate strokes over and over by setting your automated competitor to send over balls at whatever pace, velocity, angle, and direction you choose — at rates up to 1,200 balls an hour! The best part? The balls automatically re-feed so you don’t need to gather and reload them. Just swing, lob, and volley your way to perfection. It’s also a smart way to fit in some solo tennis when the rest of the family is busy engaged in other activities around the island.