Public tennis courts are managed by the Kauai County Parks and Recreation Department (www.kauai.gov/parks; 808/241-4460). Its webpage (click on “Park Facilities”) lists the 24 public tennis courts around the island, 20 of which are lighted and all of which are free. Note: Lights are shut off September 15 to December 15 to protect endangered shearwater fledglings, which may be misdirected by them. Other courts open to the public include the eight resurfaced courts (four hard court, four artificial turf) at the Peter Burwash International Facility of Hanalei Bay Resort, Princeville (www.hanaleibayresort.com/tennis; 808/821-8225). Court fees are $15 per person per day; the resort also offers private lessons, daily clinics, and a pro shop. Also in Princeville, the Makai Club (www.makaigolf.com; 808/826-1912) charges $15 per player for 90 minutes on one of its four courts, with biweekly drop-in clinics, weekly men’s and women’s clinics, and private lessons available.The South Shore is brimming with resort courts—including Grand Hyatt Kauai, Poipu Kai Resort, Nihi Kai Villas, and Kukuiula—but they’re restricted to overnight guests. Guests in Kiahuna Plantation units managed by Castle Resorts have access to the otherwise members-only four tennis courts, resort pool, and other facilities at the Poipu Beach Athletic Club; so do guests in rentals of Great Vacation Retreats (www.alohagvr.com; 866/541-1033) for a $100 weekly fee per property, covering up to 8 people.
On the East Side, the Hokuala Golf Course offers access to its lushly landscaped, four-court Tennis Garden for $20 for two hours.