Van Der Meer Tennis // Making Tennis Your Destination on the Island

Van Der Meer Tennis // Making Tennis Your Destination on the Island

When you think of Hilton Head, Van Der Meer Tennis immediately comes to mind. Their two secluded locations, globally-recognized staff, getaways and programming options lead visitors coming back year after year.

Planning to relocate amidst the oak trees or taking a break from work to be on island time? Look no further than Van Der Meer Tennis, situated conveniently among two pristine locations, one being in Shipyard Plantation and the other being at their Main Tennis Center, just minutes from each other (and minutes from beautiful beaches!) A total of 37 courts, 4 covered and 3 indoor, set Van Der Meer apart from the competition. They’re also the only venue on the island that hosts a professional tournament. Ready to hear what they have to offer for you?

If you’re packing your bags for the beach and want to include your tennis rackets, Van Der Meer will have the programs you’re looking for. Juniors, adults, beginners, college players, and the like have abundant opportunities to choose from.

TOPICS- Navigate easily below:

Juniors // Adults // Events // Getaways // Memberships & Accommodations // Semi-Private Lessons // Court Rates

Let’s cover junior tennis, provided at both Van Der Meer Tennis Center and Shipyard Plantation:

Juniors can excel in the world-renowned Van Der Meer Academy, which offers Full-time, visitor, and a summer tennis academy. For Full-time Academy members, there is both an AM/ PM program or solely a PM program. Below are the options/ rates associated with each:

Program Length of Contract  Cost
Residential Boarding Students – All day Full Year/ Semester  $38,800/ $20,500
Residential Boarding Students – PM only (Includes Saturday) Full Year/ Semester  $35,400/$18,550
 Day Students (non-boarding) AM/PM Full Year/ Semester  $23,050/$12,250
 Day students (non-boarding) PM only Full Year/ Semester  $18,750/$9,900

AM & PM Program – Full Time
Highly ranked state, sectional, national, ITF, collegiate, ATP, WTA tournament and High School players. (Monday 3:00-6:00PM, Tuesday-Friday 10:00AM-12:00PM, 3:00-6:00PM; Saturday – 9:00AM-12:00PM)

PM Program
(Monday – Friday, 3:00-6:00PM; Saturday – 9:00AM-12:00PM)

If you’re just visiting the center and would still like first-class academy instruction and competition, there are options as well. Here are the Visitor Academy rates, which are available as space permits. Prescreening by the Academy Team is required for this group regarding, age, recent tournament history, and rankings.

Training Fees Length of Contract  Cost
Training Fees Morning (10am-12pm) / Afternoon (3-6pm)  $70/ $105
Training Fees All day / Tennis & Boarding  $160/$220
 Saturday Training Morning (9am-12pm)  $105
 Weekly- All Sessions Tennis only/ 6 nights tennis & boarding  $735/$1,080

A Summer Tennis Academy also runs from June 6-August 27 which features tactical play, strategies, match play and more! The camp runs Monday – Friday from 9:00am – 12:00pm, 2:00pm- 4:00pm and Sunday 4:00- 6:00pm. After August 5 in the summer, the schedule changes to Monday-Friday: 3-6pm, Tuesday-Friday: 10am-12pm, with Saturday training beginning August 27th. Those rates are below, and it is $65/day extra to add on full boarding.

Program  Cost
Morning Session  $100
Afternoon Session  $65
 All Day  $150
 Series of 5 Morning Sessions  $450
 Weekly Full day  $695

Junior clinics are offered on top of these academy options at the main Tennis Center for players 10-18 years of age of all skill levels. You can expect Video analysis, Match play, coaching, fast-paced drills, and fitness. ITF top #100 players have come through these programs, and now you have the same opportunity they once did! Clinics run November 25-27, December 26-30, March 13-17, March 20-25, March 27-31, April 3-7, April 10-14, and April 17-21 for 20 hours each (except first week is 10 hours, $320.)  All weeks are $495 and are perfectly timed for holidays, spring breaks and family vacations. A World Class Junior Clinic is offered at the Tennis Center, which is $415 for 13 hours during March 14-16. Juniors 12-18 years old who compete in tournaments are encouraged to enter this clinic.

Junior Tennis Camps take tennis to the next level at Van Der Meer, and players 12 & older can join in on the action with other campers from around the world. Campers even work on fitness in the sand at the nearby beach – can’t beat that workout! These 25 hour camps run from June 6-10 week through August 22-27 week for 12 total sessions, from Sunday-Friday. Rates are $695 for commuters or $1030 for boarding.

Children can attend the Worldclass QuickStart Tennis and Day Camp during the summer from June to mid August and August to November in the fall for one day, weekly, or 4+ weeks at a time with rates set accordingly through the link above. The Fall program is after school for 2 hours per day. This format is perfect for children 4-10 years of age.

Adult Tennis Clinics and Getaway Options
are easy to come by at Van Der Meer; the kids aren’t the only ones who have all the fun on the courts! Both Shipyard and the Tennis Center host a series of weeklong and weekend adult clinics based on your USTA rating from 2.0-4.5 or the 3.5+ class. Prices range from $310 to $425, depending on if you choose the 10, 15 or 18 hour grouping. Check them out here.

Adult Drill and Play Clinics should be considered for advanced players who have a 3.5 rating and above. These clinics work on both singles and doubles tactics for competitive players with all types of drills. These clinics are 10 hours/week and are $310 at Shipyard. Here’s the dates options.

Seniors seriously have it all on the island, and, with Boomer Tennis, it’s a guaranteed blast! For $335 or $410 at Shipyard for 8 or 16 hours of tennis, seniors with a rating of 2.0-4.5 enjoy fun and instructional play of their own.

For a Doubles Weekend Getaway, you and your partner will enjoy 10 hours of tennis for $310 for those rated 3.0-5.0. With a dynamic setting, you will focus on the offense/defense aspects of doubles.

Daily Adult Programs offer those such as Stroke of the Day (M-F 1-2pm; $20/session), Intermediate Drills (M-F 8:30-10am; Saturday 9:30-11am; $37/session), Advanced Drills (M-F 9-11am; $50/session), and Round Robins (M-F 4-5:30pm; Tues, Thurs, Sunday 10-11:30am; $15/person; $80/series of 6).

Van Der Meer hosts premier events year-round, all of which can be found here. Notably, there are free tennis lessons from 5-6pm from  September 26-30, February 6-10, 2017, and May 15-19, 2017. The Van Der Meer Shipyard Cup, a Women’s 10K USTA Pro Circuit event, runs October 2-9, 2016 as the only professional event on the island, but unfortunately it was not completed after the main draw first round due to Hurricane Matthew. There was a doubles clinic/ exhibition, a community kid’s day, and a wheelchair tennis demonstration scheduled to kick off the incredible week featuring top tennis players from around the world; looking forward to next year! Junior Tournaments also offer a great opportunity for a vacation to turn into a competitive weekend. Van Der Meer offers several options from L1 to lower level events.

Pro Exhibitions from June through August on Sundays from 3-4pm are open to the public and provide a FREE opportunity to catch some top-level and entertaining tennis.

Ready for a junior team getaway with your favorite teammates or an adult getaway with your significant other and your go-to group? Van Der Meer offers both options and even provides a discount for groups of 10 or more.

Membership/ Accommodations:
Van Der Meer’s corporate offices are located on the second floor of the main tennis center, with 17 hard courts (4 covered) surrounding the building. A fully staffed proshop offers apparel, rackets, stringing, and more. Among the palm trees that lead you to the center, you will notice condos and homes in the close vicinity. As owners rent out their condos throughout the year, your membership to Van Der Meer could likely be included with your stay in the area. The sales team also has several partnerships with resorts on the island that include tennis with your room. Contact them here for those opportunities and accommodations! To become a Van Der Meer member, navigate to this link and check out their promotions.

Shipyard Plantation is a gated community with 20 courts: 13 hard, 7 clay, eight of which are lighted and 3 are completely indoor. Among condos, houses, a country club, a beach club, 27 holes of golf, a beachfront resort, and spa, Van Der Meer runs the tennis courts and center with a fully staffed proshop for your apparel, rackets, stringing and other tennis needs.

Private/ semi private lesson rates (up to 4 people):

Tour Professionals, Director of Tennis & Head Professionals:
Tennis Center Private- $100/ hour, $55/ half hour
Tennis Center Semi-Private- $60/person, per hour
Shipyard Private- $105/ hour; $58/ half hour
Shipyard Semi-Private- $60/person, per hour

Senior Staff:
Shipyard Private- $85/ hour; $50/ half hour
Shipyard Semi-Private- $50/person, per hour

Resident Professionals:
Tennis Center Private- $60/ hour, $36/ half hour
Tennis Center Semi-Private- $36/person, per hour
Shipyard Private- 105/ hour; $65/ half hour, $38/ half hour
Shipyard Semi-Private- $38/person, per hour

Court Fees & Rentals:

Reserved: $20/hour Hard Court
Walk-On: $15/hour Hard Court
Covered Courts Reserved: $40/hour
Ball Machine: $30/hour

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Van Der Meer Tennis Center: 19 DeAllyon Avenue, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928.

Shipyard Plantation: 116 Shipyard Dr, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

To contact Van Der Meer Tennis, visit their website at or call them at  843-785-8388.


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