Cliff Drysdale Tennis


Ladies Tennis Retreat FAQs

What playing level do I have to be to attend the retreat?

With 40 campers at most retreats we have players of all levels from 2.5 to 4.5's. If you play any form of organized tennis then there will players at your level. We do our best to pair you with players of similar levels in both the instructional clinics and team matches.

What if I don’t have a roommate?

We offer single occupancy pricing, or we suggest you talk with your tennis friends/team from your local club. If they need convincing then let one of our retreat directors talk them into joining you at a retreat!

I'm thinking of coming by myself, will I meet other people?

We have many single travelers and they have a blast! We eat many meals as a group, ensuring that all players mix and mingle and meet new friends. During our clinics all the players are mixed in groups based on levels, so you'll be grouped with other players.

What are the accommodation types available?

The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne, Miami

  • All room types are Superior Resort view with either a King (single occupancy) or two double beds (double occupancy)
  • Check in is 4pm, check out is 11am. Early and late check outs can be requested but are based on availability
  • Extra night cost per room: $350
  • Upgrade to Ocean front room for 4 nights: $500
  • Upgraded extra night per room: $500

Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Northeast Florida

  • All room types are Oceanfront view with either a King (single occupancy) or two double beds (double occupancy)
  • Check in is 4pm, check out is 11am. Early and late check outs can be requested but are based on availability
  • Extra night cost per room: $350

How many tennis outfits should I bring?

It's hot in Florida, and it can be humid. In our experience most ladies bring 8 outfits, that’s a clean outfit for each clinic/match. Some bring two pairs of shoes also!!

Airport Hotel Transport Process? What is the closest airport? Is this the only airport we can fly in to?

Omni Amelia Island Plantation - Jacksonville International. The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne - Miami International Airport. If you'd prefer to fly into a different airport then speak with Kathryn Bates ahead of time to ensure that we can offer an airport shuttle pick up by a member of our pro team.

Upon arrival one of our tennis pros will meet you curbside and transport you to the hotel:

  • Miami - we provide pickups from Miami International Airport (MIA, approximately 20 minutes from hotel) and Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL, approximately 40 minutes from hotel)
  • Amelia - we provide pickup from Jacksonville Internatioanl Airport (JAX, approximately 30 minutes from hotel)

Cost: $30 one way or $40 round trip from the airports listed above

Do we have to dress up for the ‘fancy dress night’?

You don’t "have" to dress up but you'll have more fun if you do! Some campers spend all year planning their outfits while others make last minute arrangements the week before. Keep it fun and you'll enjoy a great night out.

What is a team infomercial?

A team infomercial is a brief video that your captain will direct, you'll act in and is a fun activity that the campers love. It forms a hilarious portion of the video show on Saturday night.

Can I pay by credit card?

Credit card payment is accepted and available on the respective retreat web pages for Amelia and Miami

What if I live locally and don’t need accommodation and breakfast?

If there is availability, we do offer pricing for this. Please contact Kathryn Bates for more information.

What do you mean by the dinner attire ‘dressy casual’ and ‘party frock’?

Dressy casual usually includes a dress, or a blouse and skirt or dressy slacks. Party frock is …self explanatory!

What if I get injured a week before the retreat?

We've had campers come to a retreat and not play tennis due to injuries because they have so fun much off the court.  During the clinics/matches they relax by the pool or watch their friends play. If you decide you'd prefer not to attend please see our cancellation policy.

Are there washer/dryer facilities at the hotel?

The hotels provide laundry service at a cost but not for individual use.

What if I can’t attend all 5 days?

If you really can't make all 5 days then we'll still welcome you to camp but we cannot discount the price.

Do we play singles or doubles in the team competition?

We play doubles during the team competition.

What is the court surface?

At Omni Amelia Island Plantation we play on Har Tru. At The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne we play on Har Tru and hard courts.

What happens if it rains?

If it rains during a retreat we re-arrange the timing and schedule of other activities to ensure we play as much tennis as possible, this may include early evening sessions. During the rain breaks we schedule other activities such as question and answer sessions with Cliff Drysdale and other pros, workout and fitness sessions, blackboard tennis strategy sessions and much more!

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