7 Top Tennis Communities in Florida

7 Top Tennis Communities in Florida

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

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 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.

Oyster Bay Harbour- Fernandina Beach, FL

Just two miles off the Intracoastal Waterway, this Florida community with tennis boasts more than 900 tree-canopied acres and four miles of stunning marshfront. Resident share in a variety of social events, activities, and first-class amenities including the Bay House and pool, nature trails, marina with floating docks, and the only full-service residential Yacht Club in Fernandina Beach. Just across from the clubhouse and situated under moss-draped oak trees are two Har-Tru clay tennis courts.

The Club at Ibis- West Palm Beach, FL

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.

Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club- Vero Beach, FL

Despite the plethora of luxury amenities and premium real estate in this Southeast Florida community, you could argue that the most compelling attribute of Orchid Island is the welcoming and engaging atmosphere with a year-round schedule of tournaments, club activities, and social gatherings. The community tennis facilities play a large part in creating that atmosphere. With eight Har-Tru courts, including an exhibition court with observation terraces, and pickleball courts, Orchid Island's Tennis & Fitness Center offers an impressive year-round tennis program that includes team play and competitions, instruction by highly trained tennis professionals, demonstrations, and a full-service tennis shop.

The Founders Club- Sarasota, FL

This established Southwest Florida country club community combines a member-owned Robert Trent Jones, Jr. golf course and other exclusive amenities with a limited selection of luxury homes and lots for sale. Just minutes from the beautiful Gulf Coast beaches and nearby marinas, residents enjoy an array of surrounding waterfront activities, and plenty of tennis time within the gates—with two Har-Tru tennis courts with professional instruction available.

Valencia Grove at Riverland- Port Lucie, FL

Tennis lovers have a lot to get excited about in this 55+ community located within the 4,000-acre Florida master-planned community. Anchoring the community’s sports and recreation offerings is the Riverland Sports & Racquet Club complete with14-acre complex that includes a fully equipped fitness center, dozens of tennis and pickleball courts, and pro shop. In addition, the 34,000-square-foot clubhouse is the social hub of the community where residents enjoy dining at the restaurant, live shows on the stage, watching games at the sports lounge, and more.