Roy Barth Tennis Center on Kiawah // A Secluded Sanctuary on the Coast

Roy Barth Tennis Center on Kiawah // A Secluded Sanctuary on the Coast

Experience a world- renowned tennis facility at the Roy Barth Tennis Center on Kiawah Island, which showcases traditional, tennis expertise and luxury accommodations right behind their gates.

Not many other resorts can offer programming seven days a week, every single day of the year. With prime time reflecting the weeks around Easter, along with other holidays, the Roy Barth Tennis Center accommodates not only on the tennis court, but on the surrounding grounds. This resort features 12 courts (nine clay, three hard), and the West Beach Tennis Facility provides 12 courts (10 clay, two hard,) just a short drive a bit further down the island.

Seemingly unlimited programming encompasses the Roy Barth facility, yet the theme behind each clinic and drill fulfills Barth’s ideal of focusing on the foundation. When speaking with Dave Nelson, the proshop supervisor, he mentioned that Barth can be heard offering a “money back guarantee if we cannot help with your serve.” This being said, every clinic allows guests and members to simply improve upon their strokes and perfect their basics before departing from the island.

Anywhere from six to eight full time teaching professionals offer expertise at both the Roy Barth Tennis Center and the West Beach Tennis Facility. The Kiawah staff recognizes that making each stay memorable begins with their service. They strive to meet every guest’s expectations and go above and beyond for anyone on the grounds. Specifically for tennis, instead of focusing on a certain game style, the instructors deal strictly with the basics and intend to establish a solid foundation before moving to new strokes or strategies. The majority of the drills can, and should, be paired with the follow-up clinics, so that you can put your morning instruction to use during live play.

On Monday’s at the Roy Barth Tennis Center, a Free Demo Clinic welcomes all ages and abilities to improve a piece of their game and test the available programming available from the staff. For players interested in match-play, Kiawah is the right place; giving two days notice can ensure a perfect opponent with equal abilities and skill level. Round Robins, seasonally from March-August, can be a friendly yet competitive experience during your stay. Even Parent-Child Doubles Round Robins on Thursdays from 1:00pm-3:00pm during the summer for $18 are available; children must be 10 years of age or older. On Mondays during the summer at 5:30pm, tennis guests can view a Pro Doubles Exhibition, complimentary at the Roy Barth Tennis Center. A full, weekly schedule can be viewed HERE.

Adult drills and demos including an Evening Adult Drill Session (Tuesday-Thursday 5:00pm-6:00pm), Stroke-A-Day Clinics (daily from 9:00am-10:00am), Drill Sessions (daily from 11:00am-noon), Camp for a Day (daily with various, mix-and-match times), the Adult Tournament Tough Workout (Summers Monday-Friday from 10:30am-12:30pm), and Doubles Mini Camps (Friday-Sunday, by reservation only). More details on these programming can be found HERE.

The Women’s Tennis Weekend, A favorite among females, runs several weekends in only January and February. This package includes Round Robin and Sip & Shop, a Pro Exhibition, Welcome reception (with beer, wine and light hors d’oeuvres), seven hours of instruction, tennis play throughout the weekend of your choice, and daily on-court snacks. Package rates are available, with specials on a room at The Sanctuary Resort or Villas/ Homes available. Attendees also receive 10% off spa treatments. This exclusive weekend just does not seem like a deal that any tennis chick would want to pass up. Girls trip anyone? Other tennis packages (for both males and females) include the Classic Package (2+ nights) and the Ultimate Tennis Package (3+ nights); the way to go if visiting the area for a total tennis getaway!

Juniors also have an all-inclusive experience at Kiawah, with a Tiny Tots Program (Monday-Friday from 8:30am-9:00am), Stroke-A-Day Clinics (Monday-Friday for ages 7-11 from 4:00pm-5:00pm and ages 12-16 from 3:00pm-4:00pm), Junior Tennis Camps (Monday- Friday all summer from May 30 – September 2,) and a Junior Tournament Tough Workout (Summer only, Monday-Friday from 3:00pm-5:00pm, 10 years of age and older.) For complete details, click HERE.

Tournaments and special events also take place at Kiawah, with the Haywood Grady Memorial Tennis Championship in May, the Kiawah Island Summer Junior Tennis Championship in August, and the Southern Senior Closed Clay Court Championship in November. The Barth Tennis Academy assists students to reach their full potential, in paradise. Offered May 30 through September 2, 2016, your time at the Academy could not be a better match. For more information or to sign your child up for this academy, you can contact Jonathan Barth at (843) 768-2706 or by email:

Private, semi private and group lessons can be booked in advance with any of the available teaching professionals. If you prefer to utilize a court with your friends, family, or group, you can reserve courts or rent equipment:

  • $36/person per hour for court time; $45/hour for non-staying guests
  • $22/ half hour for ball machine
  • $9/hour for rackets (free with clinics)
  • $9/hour for hoppers of balls

Rated #1 Tennis Resort in the World by Tennis Resorts Online in 2006-2013 and 2015 and Best Family Resort by TENNIS Magazine from 2008-2010, Kiawah Island Tennis Centers have simply outdone themselves, year in and year out.

And, if you need further reasoning as to why you should travel to Kiawah, look no further. Five golf courses, a pool complex at West Beach, at Roy Barth Tennis Center, and throughout the grounds, The Sanctuary Hotel, and Heron Park encompass incredible amenities behind the gates. Recreational centers, such as those for kayaking and paddle boarding, can be seen on the beaches and near various waterways. The Fresh Fields Shopping Center just minutes from the Island has created a family-friendly feature for guests who may be coming, going, or planning to stay forever. Farmer’s Markets, Wednesday Movie Nights, and Friday Music festivities create a small, yet pertinent portion of what you can look forward to at Kiawah.

What to expect on this itinerary:
-24 total courts among both tennis centers
-Secluded play behind the gates of Kiawah Island
-Five full time teaching pros
-Members and Guests welcome
-Adult/ Junior Clinics & Drills; Women’s Weekend Getaway; Tournaments; Camps; Matches

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To reach the Roy Barth Tennis Center, visit their website at or call them at (843) 768-2838; West Beach Tennis Facility: (843) 768-2820.

Roy Barth Tennis Center: Year Round

Sunday – Saturday 8:00am – 5:00pm

West Beach Tennis Club: Seasonally, from March 1- September 5

Wednesday – Sunday 11:00am – 3:00pm


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Amazing place

You have to see it to believe. Wish I had a place like IMG Academy available to me when I was younger. As a parent this in an amazing place to send your kid to put them in a position to achieve their goals.

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