If you like to combine tennis with your beach vacation, the Hidden Dunes Beach & Tennis Resort in the Florida Panhandle just might be your dream resort. Hidden Dunes was ranked as one of the top 50 tennis resorts worldwide by Tennis Resorts Online. Located near Sandestin, Hidden Dunes Tennis Center, which features six championship clay Rubico courts, received high marks for overall tennis experience, tennis staff, instruction and game matching.
Tennis Resorts Online solicits the opinions of racquet-wielding vacationers worldwide and compiles their collective experience into an annual ranking of the Top 100 Tennis Resorts and Camps. Resorts are ranked in more than 20 categories, ranging from the tennis courts and instruction to the quality of the lodging, children’s programs and value for the dollar.
“We are thrilled to make the list,” said Hidden Dunes Director of Tennis Renee’ Broxson, USPTA. “We have been making lots of improvements to the tennis center and the Pro Shop and guests have been really excited about our new tennis packages as well.”
The 27-acre beach resort enclave of condos, cottages and villas is tucked away amid the trees, providing a quiet oasis for tennis enthusiasts and beach lovers. The Tennis Resorts Online feature noted that “guests who opt for Hidden Dunes seem to regard tennis as almost as essential amenity as the white-sand beach.”
“People like coming to Destin for the emerald water and beautiful pristine beaches and the incredible tennis makes this area a compelling choice for tennis players,” continued Broxson.
Broxson took over the tennis program in August 2011 and has been focused on quality, customer service and game matching.
Game matching is one of the strongest services because the staff draws not only on members and guests but also on a stable of local players. “It’s a small quaint little place, ” says Broxson, “and people like that it’s laid back, relaxed.”
Managed by Newman-Dailey Resort Properties, Hidden Dunes Beach & Tennis Resort includes two pools, hot tubs, natural gas grills, lighted basketball court, clubhouse and seasonal beach service.