Sea Colony Tennis named 16th in the world

For years, the Sea Colony Tennis Club has been recognized for its excellence and superiority, including everything from lessons and programs to the immaculate courts themselves. With each year, their honors seem to climb higher, boundless with worldwide acknowledgment. Just this past month, the club soared even higher, ranking as the 16th top tennis resort in the world by Tennis Resorts Online (TRO), improving three spots from last year’s No. 19 international rank.

Coastal Point photos • Jesse Pryor: Indian River tennis players used the Sea Colony tennis courts for the Henlopen Conference Tennis Championships on Wednesday, May 14. Sea Colony was recently recognized as the 16th top tennis resort in the world.Coastal Point photos • Jesse Pryor
Indian River tennis players used the Sea Colony tennis courts for the Henlopen Conference Tennis Championships on Wednesday, May 14. Sea Colony was recently recognized as the 16th top tennis resort in the world.

“We’re very fortunate,” said Sea Colony Tennis Director Dave Marshall. “We have a great homeownership that supports us, and ResortQuest helps us a lot finding tenants and homeowners to enjoy the services we provide. It’s a true partnership that we have here. Everyone works together as a team.”

TRO identified the Delaware club again “among the elite tennis resorts in the world.”

Clubs considered for TRO’s publication of the top global tennis retreats are evaluated by vacationers, who are asked to rank resorts on everything from the quality of the programs to lodging.

Sea Colony was recognized among some of the greatest spots on the globe, including the Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa in California, The Boulders Resort and Golden Spa in Arizona, Pinehurst Resort and Country Club in South Carolina and Bio-Hotel Stanglwirt in Tirol, Austria. Resorts in the U.S. Virgin Islands and the West Indies also topped the charts.

“[TRO] looks at different factors,” said Marshall, “some of which are outside our control. We don’t have a spa at Sea Colony, so we are primarily focused on our tennis program. Sea Colony is a beautiful place, and it’s great to be recognized the way it has.”

Tennis Magazine also recently distinguished Sea Colony in its review of the “50 Best U.S. Tennis Resorts,” classifying it third for families and for match-ups, and as No. 1 for bargains. The resort has also been honored as the No. 1 club for junior tennis and children programs across the country.

“You also have to look at the fact that this is on a worldwide map,” said Marshall, “and a lot of these resorts in California and Florida are offering weather 12 months out of the year. We can’t do that here in Delaware, but we’re fortunate to have our indoor tennis center. It really allows our program to flourish.”

Marshall has been with Sea Colony since 1982 and was appointed tennis director in 1988.

“Our goal,” he said, “was to become recognized by the people, and I think it’s safe to say we’ve accomplished that. We’re fortunate to have the support that we’ve achieved.”
Coastal Point photos • Jesse PryorCoastal Point photos • Jesse Pryor
Sea Colony Tennis offers weekend clinics, private lessons, round robins, socials and much more, with programs and availability running year-round. They house 34 courts, including four indoor courts and 14 Har-Tru clay courts, and provide players of all skill level with tips from 25 teaching professionals.

The tennis program has produced state and national champions, elite juniors and top collegiate tennis players, while earning kudos from state and regional tennis organizations. Among the top junior players who play and train at Sea Colony are national champions Jessi Robinson, Shannon Buck and Ashlee Vosters, as well as 2007 Wimbledon girls’ singles finalist Madison Brengle.

Marshall led the Sea Colony squad to earn the men’s open divisional national title in the 2007 United States Tennis Association League championship, held in October in Las Vegas, Nev.

There’s a lot more to the resort, though, than perfecting skills at national competitive levels.

“We wanted to make sure we give back to the community, as well,” said Marshall. “We do a lot of community outreach. Each year, we close the facility for the local high school tournament, and we hold a number of charity tournaments.”

Following stormy weather that ran from late last week through this week’s nor’easter, Sea Colony hosted the Henlopen Conference Tennis Championships on Wednesday, seeing student athletes from throughout the region. It will host the state championships later this month.

For more information about the Sea Colony tennis programs, including rates for personal trainers, classes and camps, visit online or call (302) 539-4488. For additional information about TRO’s rankings,
visit www.tennisresorts