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Although some resorts only allow guests to use their tennis facilities, the Kohala Coast has several delightful exceptions. The 11-court Seaside Tennis Club (808/882-5420) at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is frequently ranked among the world’s finest for good reason: Three of the courts ($25 per person) are right on the ocean and all enjoy beautiful landscaping. The club also boasts luxurious locker rooms, a pro shop with racket and ball machine rentals, daily clinics, round robins, and lessons for ages 4 and up. Those not staying at the hotel just need to make a reservation for a court (open daily 8am–5pm) or lesson.

Just as highly ranked, the Hawaii Tennis Center 808/887-7532) at the Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii offers 10 courts (including one stadium court), with evening play available until 9pm by reservation. It has a pro shop, rents rackets and ball machines, and offers lessons. Fees are $30 per court; check in at pro shop. The Pa Lea Lea Ocean Sports Tennis program (www.hawaiioceansports.com; 808/886-6666, ext. 108) at Hilton Waikoloa Village provides five cushioned courts and one stadium court, plus lessons, clinics, and racket and ball-machine rentals. Court fees are $20 per hour ($30 per day if available).

You can also play for free at any Hawaii County tennis court; the easiest way to find one nearest you is to visit www.tennisinhawaii.com. For those in Kailua-Kona, the four courts at Old Kona Airport Park offer the best experience.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.