HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The tennis and pickleball center at Sea Pines Country Club, Hilton Head Island’s distinguished private club, is ranked among the “Top 45 Racquet Facilities in the U.S.” by Club + Resort Business (C + RB), coming in at 14 on the inaugural list.
In recognizing the club’s market-leading facilities, C + RB stated: “With a widely established reputation in local tennis circles as the preeminent facility on the Island, Sea Pines Country Club’s seven lighted and meticulously groomed Har-Tru clay courts provide members of all levels an unparalleled playing field for expert private instruction and clinics, fun-filled junior summer camps, and spirited competitive team programs.”
In addition to its premier tennis offerings, the club installed a USA Pickleball Association regulation surface in 2020, creating a four-court pickleball facility for its members to enjoy America’s fastest-growing sport. A new Pickleball Patio featuring outdoor furniture, umbrellas, comfort stations and an information board for clinics and tournaments was also part of the project.
“Tennis has always been an integral part of our DNA, and Hilton Head Island has long been one of the tennis capitals of the world,” says Robbie Ames, Sea Pines Country Club general manager and chief operating officer. “The addition of the pickleball courts combined with the recent expansion of and enhancements to our Tennis Shoppe really raised the bar.”
Sea Pines Country Club’s racquet sports program is led by longtime Director of Tennis Matt Wuller, Tennis Professional Dave Gleason and Assistant Tennis Professional Graeme Joffe. The department is known for its creative programming, including tennis socials like Cheeseburger in Paradise, the Mardi Gras Tennis Event, and “The Woody Tournament,” a wooden racquet soiree paying homage to Wimbledon and the game’s roots, replete with strawberries & cream and champagne.
“This is a tremendous honor from Club + Resort Business and our industry peers, and I’m extremely proud of our dedicated team of professionals,” Wuller says. “I’d also like to recognize our members, who are unfailingly committed to tennis and pickleball.”
A family-focused lifestyle club, there are approximately 15 juniors in Sea Pines Country Club’s year-round tennis program. The summer junior program has approximately 100 to 125 kids participating in a seven-week program, while the afterschool program hosts between 10 and 15 kids per session.
C + RB’s rankings reflect its judges’ scoring of data provided on the types (tennis, pickleball, squash, paddle and racquetball) and number of courts at the property; retail and food & beverage square footage for racquet-specific facilities; average total monthly plays; member usage (% of total membership); number of interclub teams and junior players; full-time, part-time and contract staff; photos and more. The panel of judges was made up of club professionals from several of the industry’s most-respected properties and a leader in the world of racquet sports.
Earlier this year, Sea Pines Country Club’s Fitness Center was ranked among the “Top 50 Fitness and Wellness Centers in the U.S.” by C + RB. Also a Distinguished Club as recognized by Boardroom Magazine and designated one of “America’s Healthiest Clubs” by Prevo Health Solutions, the club is unequivocally committed to the well-being of its members and employees.
About Sea Pines Country Club
Sea Pines Country Club is a private, member-owned club within the gates of the famed 5,000-acre Sea Pines community on storied Hilton Head Island. Its centerpiece is a meticulously maintained golf course designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer and updated by Hilton Head-based golf course architect Clyde Johnston in 2001.
Eminently playable, the 6,383-yard Lowcountry gem is routed through thick strands of Spanish moss-draped live oaks and towering Carolina pines. Its subtle doglegs and canopied corridors lead to beguiling green complexes flanked by languid lagoons and coastal landscapes.
Members relish the club’s expansive outdoor deck overlooking one of the island’s largest tidal marshes. Here, they soak up the South Carolina sun while cooling off in the waters of the 24-meter lap pool as children play in the fountains of the kids’ splash pool just a few feet away. A wide selection of food and beverage options ranging from smoothies, salads and sandwiches to pizzas, wraps and burgers are available poolside.
The club’s completely reimagined Clubhouse is highlighted by contemporary, casual dining at the Blue Heron Pub & Grille and a 7,300-square-foot Fitness Center with leading cardio and strength training equipment, classrooms, infrared saunas and indoor saline lap pool. Members enjoy an array of amenities and activities, including tennis, pickleball, bocce and numerous social clubs.