Saddlebrook Resort // The Premier and Legendary Destination For Resort-Style Living & Training
Live well, train well, and play well at Saddlebrook Resort. Their luxurious style of amenities border their world-class tennis facilities, bringing you a setting that’s simply unparalleled.
Saddlebrook Resort brings neighborhood-living, resort lifestyle, and inclusive sports facilities together, all in one location. On the same grounds that breed world top 10 tennis athletes, you can purchase your full-time or vacation home or choose to stay among condos surrounding your private pool. The serene vibe on your terrace will provide views of the 45 total tennis courts, which are situated along this walking-style resort. Once you experience Saddlebrook’s unrivaled scene, you’ll be sure to regularly schedule a morning tennis clinic, afternoon massage appointment, and a reservation at Dempsey’s Steakhouse year after year.
There are several opportunities to ensure membership at Saddlebrook, including owning property inside the community gates, purchasing a resort room for use throughout the year, or simply staying at the hotel as a guest of the resort. Members and guests mingle around the Poolside Cafe for cocktail hour and enjoy a pastry together at the Coffee Bar among the early morning hours. Saddlebrook does not separate its resort guests from its long-time members, a novelty in the hotel industry.
Founded in 1980, Saddlebrook is yet to become corporately owned, and, after your on-site stay, you’ll soon recognize the difference. By continuing as a family owned and operated venue, this Wesley Chapel resort accommodates all guests, no matter if you’re traveling from 30 minutes south or from another country around the globe. Inclusive of 540 resort accommodations, 95,000 square feet of meeting and function space, three pools and hot tubs, two Arnold Palmer signature golf courses, European-style spa, a 50-yard astro-turf field, the Saddlebrook Golf Academy and Hopman Tennis Program, there’s a niche for all who venture to the property. Corporate team building becomes possible just around the corner from Saddlebrook Preparatory School, home to the full-time athletes with world-class aspirations.
By staying at the resort, you’re prompted for a $25 resort fee, which allows access to all of the inclusive amenities, or you can opt for a Hopman Tennis Package, which incorporates your minimum two night stay, daily launch, a shirt or towel, discounted tennis for five hours daily, various social gatherings, digital video stroke analysis, and so much more. Undoubtedly, if you’re arriving due to your passion for court time, the tennis packages absolutely incorporate an unforgettable stay that maximizes your tennis potential.
Harry Hopman, known as perhaps the greatest Davis Cup tennis coach of all time, coached renowned players like John McEnroe, Vitas Gerulitis, Rod Laver, and John Newcombe. His style of teaching allotted fitness and off-court conditioning with on-court technique, personal attention and inspiring drills. Today, Saddlebrook’s teaching professionals (25 total in-season) have adopted his tactics and offer the same strategies to all guests that Hopman utilized with his world class students.
Howard Moore, Program Director at Saddlebrook for 30 years, pursued the expertise and style of Hopman and managed the Harry Hopman International Tennis Club in Italy from 1982-1984. In 1986, Moore took his skills to Wesley Chapel at Saddlebrook and transformed the program as one of the top training regimens in the country, if not the world. Today, Moore entrusts the teaching pros at Saddlebrook with the same methods that Hopman instilled in him, allowing all guests and members to grasp the true difference of this mentality.
Of the 45 total tennis courts that boast all four Grand Slam surfaces, the Walking Village and Lakeside Tennis Centers include 31 clay courts, 10 hard courts, two grass courts and two red clay courts (five of which are lighted.) The fully-staffed Hopman Pro Shop features stringing, apparel, shoes and rackets for sale
Various adult tennis package options allow for your to decide whether you’d like to commit only part of your day to your backhand, or if you prefer focusing on your serves and strokes throughout the afternoon. Maximum 4:1 student to teaching professional ratios ensure you’re receiving the pertinent attention you expect and deserve. Ranging from $110 to $315 per adult per night, your Hopman Tennis Package offers pristine care that sees returning guests of over a decade from countries around the world. The morning clinic from 8 a.m. through 11 a.m. infuses your morning with individual care of your game through live ball drills, feeding routines, and personalized instruction. After a two-hour lunch break, the afternoon session from 1 p.m. through 3 p.m. focuses on point play and emphasizing the morning’s stroke analysis and tactics.
During my stay on-site at Saddlebrook, I was able to partake in the three- hour morning clinic with four incredibly knowledgable professionals leading the training. As a collegiate athlete, I have endured my fair share of training around the country and have experienced countless styles of tactical coaching and methods. Completely unknowing of the types of drills I would engage in at Saddlebrook, I joined returning players from Sweden, New Zealand, California, and the like. Needless to say, I am still thoroughly impressed with the care and personalization of the tennis professionals. I received attention to detail regarding volleys and backhands that I honestly wish I would have learned over a decade ago. After experiencing Saddlebrook first-hand, I completely stand behind their methodology and feel that, once you train with their program, you will believe that it stands apart from the rest. You’re not simply a number or another dollar sign to Saddlebrook’s program; you’ll leave feeling that the professionals care about your success and will work overtime to ensure every guest leaves a better player than they arrived.
Whether you’re arriving on a Wednesday and plan to stay for nine days, or if you plan to enjoy Saddlebrook for two months, the non cookie-cutter treatment will cater to your needs without another thought. Ladies enjoy weekend or week-long tennis getaways, while families or other groups can also specify their needs to the staff of the tennis program. Tennis and Golf packages also provide a special treat for guests to indulge in both programs. Other adult programs of all realms can be utilized while on property as well. Trust Tennis Itinerary when we say that you should experience the Saddlebrook style to believe it.
Junior Tennis reigns the Saddlebrook Academy setting, with their pristine methods that have taken recreational players to the professional tour. The Academy allows juniors to focus on their training while also enrolling players in a highly esteemed schooling program. No qualifications are necessary for academy prospects, however, like most Saddlebrook programming, an application process and evaluation are offered. From traveling teaching pros that coach students at ITF tournaments around the world, to afternoon tennis and fitness on property, Saddlebrook Academy creates an atmosphere for students to excel in the classroom and on the tennis court. School begins at 7:30am through noon, with lunch immediately following, and tennis runs from 1pm-4pm with fitness and stretching from 4pm-5pm. Classes run from 3rd grade through 12th grade and see over 100 student-athletes annually. Last year, over 10,000 players joined the Saddlebrook junior program.
Students are housed on-site in gender-specific dorms, which amenities such as a pool, fitness center and resort dining available. Students can be seen riding their bikes to and from classes on their way to meet their mates around property. Academy benefits run quite lengthy, but features such as video analysis, constant contact and messaging features, weekly parent updates, competitive ladder matches, and year-long competition and training schedules keep both students and their coaches on the same track and path to success. World class players such as John Isner, Caroline Wozniaki, Jennifer Capriati, James Blake, and others have trained seasonally or full-time at Saddlebrook. Dozens of other plays earn collegiate scholarships and have pursued DI tennis on a highly-competitive scale. If you’re schedule allows for a year-long commitment or only a semester or quarter-long route, Saddlebrook customizes your schedule to best fit your needs. Newly designed Academy programming also offers students to attend their own schooling option yet enroll in the full-time training academy.
Junior Camps expose the true professionalism and expertise of Saddlebrook to players who may not desire the full-time route. During the summer, spring break, winter break and holidays, camps offer a wide range of tennis aspects from 8-11am, lunch following, and then tennis again from 1-3pm. Camps can allow juniors to experience the Academy from an outside viewpoint and test the waters to see if they’d like to enroll full-time. All ages and levels participate in these groups. Camps range from six-day programing for $743 to a five-day option for $752 that offers intensive training and extreme analysis. Evening fun for both camps allow players to leave their skills on the courts and build off-court relationships and memories.
“The tools are here if you want to turn pro,” Shawn McGee, the Adult Director said. “It’s just about how hard you want to work.”
Located 30 minutes north of Tampa International Airport, Saddlebrook also arranges pick-up and departure shuttles for your flight times. In the busy season of November through March, the resort sees an influx of action among guests and members, but action remains steady year-round; seasonal rates for programming and resort stays do apply. A plethora of corporate events, weddings, anniversary celebrations, team building functions and more are organized on the property for your enjoyment. Saddlebrook has earned international attraction, especially for the tennis program, and members and guests from Northeastern states arrive regularly each year. Whether you choose to own property at Saddlebrook, book a weekend whirlwind, or settle for several months at a time, there’s a program and opportunity for anyone seeking professionalism around a renowned Floridian setting. Book your time at Saddlebrook, and let us hear about your experience with the tennis programming to see if you have the same opinions that we did during our stay. It’s a given that tennis will see its way into your itinerary while at Saddlebrook Resort.
To reach Saddlebrook Resort, visit their website at http://www.saddlebrook.com or call them at 813-973-1111.
5700 Saddlebrook Way,
Wesley Chapel, Florida 33543
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