| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

Mauna Kea Resort’s 11-court Seaside Tennis Club is one of the largest and most sought-after tennis experiences in Hawaii. Located ocean-side on the grounds of the legendary and award-winning Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, the Club consistently ranks among the best in the world … and with good reason.

In addition to the expected menu of lessons, clinics and round-robin tournaments, Director of Tennis Craig Pautler and his staff have long-standing relationships with guests and island residents who come regularly to play at the top-notch facility. They also work closely with local high school and junior tennis players and programs providing courts and even equipment to help aspiring young athletes.

Each September, the Seaside Tennis Club serves up their annual Grand Prix and Open Class Championship and a Spring Doubles Tournament in April.

Perhaps most surprising to first-time players at Mauna Kea is the Club’s proximity to the ocean, unlike any other tennis facility in the state. Players on Courts 10 and 11 in particular might be distracted during humpback whale season from November until May when the giant mammals can often be seen breaching just offshore.

Mauna Kea Resort, originally developed by venture capitalist and environmentalist Laurance S. Rockefeller in 1965, is an 1,800-plus acre resort with beautiful homes; two stunning white sand beaches,; two 18-hole championship golf courses and two hotels, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, which opened in 1965 and its sister hotel, Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, which opened in 1994. Guests are afforded signing privileges at both hotels for dining and receive guest rates at the Seaside Tennis Club and at Hapuna Golf Course and Mauna Kea Golf Course where golfers may opt to “surf the earth” aboard Golfboards.

No stay at Mauna Kea Resort would be complete without experiencing the warm ocean waters fronting the two hotels at Hapuna Beach and at Kauna’oa Bay. Stand-up paddle boarding, snorkeling and canoe rides are among activities for anyone looking for a day of sun and fun. Mauna Kea Spa by Mandara and the Hapuna Spa, along with fully-equipped fitness centers at both hotels, provide the perfect options for indulgence and exercise.

Enjoy more with Mauna Kea’s Free Nights and Breakfast Package. Visit MaunaKeaBeachHotel.com/Spring or call (877) 880-6524 for more information.