Kiawah Island Resort named No. 1 again

May 10, 2011

KIAWAH ISLAND, SC — For the fifth time in six years, readers of the leading on-line tennis travel website, has named Kiawah Island Golf Resort as the No. 1 tennis resort in the world and ranked #1 in Instruction and Programs. The rankings are based on the overall tennis program including instruction, teaching staff, facilities, as well as other resort facilities such as lodging, cuisine, service and value. rated Kiawah as the No. 1 resort in 2006 and 2007. In 2008, it dropped to No. 3 before returning to the top spot in 2009, 2010 and in the latest poll that was released this May.

Under the direction of Roy Barth since 1976, the tennis program at Kiawah Island has become one of the finest tennis programs in the country. The combination of Barth’s teaching experience and professional background has made him an integral part of Kiawah’s tennis programs. Barth played professionally for seven years during which time he was ranked in the top 50 in the world and competed against such tennis greats like Borg and Connors. In 1990, he was awarded the PTR Pro of the Year, in 1997, Barth was inducted into the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame, and in 1999, he was inducted into the Southern Tennis Hall of Fame. He is currently Chairman of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Davis Cup Committee and on the board of the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR).

Guests of Kiawah Island Golf Resort can enjoy two separate tennis facilities: West Beach Tennis Center and the Roy Barth Tennis Center near the resort’s oceanfront hotel and spa, The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. West Beach features 14 Har-Tru clay courts, two lighted hard courts and a backboard. Guests at The Sanctuary are steps away from the East Beach tennis facility that has nine Har-Tru clay courts (one lighted) and three hard courts (one lighted), as well as a zoned practice court with a ball machine and automatic retrieval system. Both clubs offer fully staffed pro shops, complete instructional facilities, and are beautifully landscaped with lush shrubbery separating the courts for privacy.

Located along 10 miles of pristine beach just south of Charleston, SC, Kiawah Island Golf Resort is rated as one the country’s top golf resort byGOLF and Golf Digest magazines. Accommodation options include The Sanctuary — a AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star-rated, 255-room hotel and spa — and 600 private villas and luxury homes. The resort has five championship golf courses, including The Ocean Course – host of the 1991 Ryder Cup and 2012 PGA championships. The resort also features 10 miles of pristine Atlantic beach, named by Dr. Stephen Leatherman (aka “Dr. Beach) as one of the top 10 beaches in the U.S., eleven restaurants, and features a renowned recreation and nature program. For more information, visit or call 800-654-2924.