5 Top Tennis Communities in Florida

by Robert Borges on March 11, 2022

There is no shortage of world-class tennis spots in Florida, and seeking out the best Florida tennis communities is often on the top of the list of amenities for active adults and retirees. Some are simply looking for the opportunity to partake in the occasional afternoon game with friends to stay fit, while other more seasoned tennis aficionados prefer more skilled tournaments and regular league play.

Wherever you fall on that spectrum, the communities detailed here have something for you—and feature some of the best tennis facilities in the Sunshine State. Whether you’re searching in the Panhandle, Gulf Coast, Treasure Coast, or elsewhere, these top Florida tennis communities are great for both the casual player and those looking to take their game to the next level.

Fiddler’s Creek- Naples, FL

Fiddler's Creek Florida Tennis Community

This community features an immense tennis and pickleball complex with fully lit hydro-grid tennis courts and a USPTA staff. In addition, residents of this premier active adult community in Naples, FL, enjoy the 54,000-square-foot Club & Spa, fitness center, multi-pool swimming complex, and an extensive social calendar for the entire family. Golfers also have the option to join The Golf Club at Fiddler’s Creek®, home of the Arthur Hills-designed Creek Course, ranked among Golfweek’s 100 Best Residential Golf Courses in the United States since 2006.

Ave Maria- Ave Maria, FL

Ave Maria Florida Tennis Community

Ave Maria is an award-winning master-planned community that combines an active lifestyle with the charm and friendliness of a small town in the Gulf Coast region of southwestern Florida. Families and active adults thrive at Ave Maria with access to a resort-style water park, sports fields, and two golf courses. When it comes to tennis, the community features lighted tennis courts are available at The Club at Del Webb, as well as the South Park recreation area.

The Club at Ibis- West Palm Beach, FL

The Club at Ibis Florida Tennis Community

One of the best tennis communities in Florida, The Club at Ibis boasts sixteen Har-Tru tennis courts with HydroGrid subsurface irrigation. Overseen by Director of Athletics and professional tennis pro, Jay Berger, the community holds weekly drill clinics, group play, round-robin socials, leagues, and drop-in games. In addition, the community features four pickleball courts, three Nicklaus family-designed golf courses, an 80,000 square-foot clubhouse, and proximity to beaches, boating, and fishing.

BallenIsles Country Club- Palm Beach Gardens, FL

BallenIsles Country Club Florida Tennis Community

This acclaimed Palm Beach Gardens country club community offers homebuyers exclusive access to three historic championship courses and other deluxe private amenities in a secure gated environment about 15 minutes from Florida's Atlantic Coast. Among the amenities and recreational opportunities within the community are expanded tennis facilities including two hard courts and 20 Har-Tru clay courts (one of which is a 500-seat stadium court), plus a full-service tennis shop, lessons, clinics, tournaments, and social activities for all ages.

Lake Jovita- Dade City, FL

Florida Tennis Community Lake Jovita

Lake Jovita is more than just a prestigious golf community north of Tampa. Giving residents a perfect balance of tranquility and convenience, it also boasts world-class tennis facilities. For tennis enthusiasts, there are four clay courts with fast-drying surfaces, perfect for year-round play. Members can hone their skills or compete in matches under the guidance of a USPTA-certified professional. Beyond the fairways and courts, residents enjoy a wealth of amenities including a luxurious clubhouse, a fitness center, swimming pool, and various social clubs. For families seeking an upscale lifestyle, Lake Jovita provides an array of luxurious homes with stunning views, seamlessly blending indoor and outdoor living.

That's just a sampling of the premier Florida tennis communities we feature here on PCR. Explore them all here!