A legendary Tampa Bay resort, the award-winning Saddlebrook Resort has made a name for itself as an unforgettable meeting and vacation destination, as well as one of the nation's preeminent training facilities for athletes. The resort rests on 480 acres of rolling terrain surrounded by lagoons and cypress trees, Saddlebrook was purposely planned as a car-free Walking Village, ensuring guests can easily walk throughout the entire resort.
The Tennis Academy was acquired in 1986 from the legendary Harry Hopman. Harry Hopman's philosophy and focus on fitness made Hopman one of the most successful tennis coaches in history, and became the foundation of the Saddlebrook Program. That focus is still under the leadership of The Tennis Program Director, Howard Moore, and the intense drills we run during daily clinics.
The Hopman Tennis Program at Saddlebrook offers tennis programs for players of all ages and ability levels.
The renowned Tampa tennis facility attracts enthusiasts from across the globe, and is home to 45 tennis courts including all four Grand Slam surfaces.
Saddlebrook Tennis has the ability to cater to the true tennis fanatics who choose to participate in our demanding five-hour a day program, offered 365 days a year, while also providing corporate meeting attendees with an opportunity to fit in a quick lesson or a few sets of competitive play.
The combination of tranquility, privacy and exclusivity on property coupled with the energy of the world's top players training to reach their goals of ATP and WTA success has made Saddlebrook a historic and legendary training ground.
In fact, guests have enjoyed watching some of the world's best players during their training at Saddlebrook, including in the past: Jim Courier, Pete Sampras, Martina Hingis, James Blake, and currently, John Isner, Jack Sock, and Bob and Mike Bryan.
Saddlebrook offers three tennis programs, including: Adult Tennis Clinics and Camps, Junior Camps and Saddlebrook Preparatory School
With a convenient location just one mile east of I-75, Saddlebrook Resort offers easy access to a variety of Tampa attractions ideal for sports and shopping enthusiasts, culture buffs and guests looking to soak up the area's year-round sunshine.
Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, Glazer Children's Museum, Lowry Park Zoo (Voted the #1 family friendly zoo in America' by Child Magazine, Lowry),The Florida Aquarium.
Tampa Bay arts and culture
Located just a short drive away in downtown Tampa, you can catch a world-class performance at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts or discover the ancient and contemporary masterpieces at the Tampa Museum of Art. Across the Bay in St. Petersburg, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Salvador Dali Museum offer both traveling exhibits as well as impressive permanent collections. Other notable cultural attractions in the area include the Henry B. Planet Museum (where visitors are transported back to the Gilded Age), the Tampa Bay History Center and the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI), which also features an IMAX theater, and historic Ybor City, a century old neighborhood with a rich history on cigar-making.
Watch professional sports in Tampa
Sports fan can take their pick of live sporting events in Tampa Bay. From the NFL Buccaneers to New York Yankee Spring Training at Steinbrenner Field and NHL games at Amalie Arena, there's always something happening near the resort.
Visit the state-of-the art training facility that is the Spring Training home of the New York Yankees!! The 31-acre facility consists of two major league practice fields, and the 11,000-seat Steinbrenner Field, including 13 plush luxury suites.
Shopping in Tampa, Florida
Located just 10 minutes from the resort, the shops at Wiregrass is an open-air village with 800,000 square feet of retail, dining and entertainment options. Stroll through well-known department stores like Macy's, as well as over 100 specialty and designer shops in this pedestrian-friendly destination. Thirty minutes away, International Plaza and Bay Street is home to Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Tiffany's and nearly 200 specialty stores as well as "Only at Bay Street", an open-air village with unique restaurants and boutiques.
Exploring the Great Outdoors
Tampa Bay is home to year-round outdoor activity with countless parks, rivers and lakes just a short drive from the resort. Paddle down the Hillsborough River, pack a picnic lunch for a day in the park or enjoy the excitement of snorkeling, diving, sailing, fresh or saltwater fishing at the Gulf beaches, which are only about an hour away. If you are feeling adventurous, hop aboard an airboat tour and cruise across Lake Panasoffkee or marvel at the area's magnificent wildlife while on an inshore, backcountry-flats fishing expedition. If you're not sure where to start, our knowledgeable Guest Activities team is happy to suggest local guides and charters.
The 540 hotel rooms and suites at Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa Bay offer 800 bedrooms designed to provide an inviting blend of luxury, space, and convenience whether you're traveling for business or a relaxing getaway.
Over 75% of the accommodations at Saddlebrook are suites, each offering a spacious retreat with full kitchens and comforts for conference attendees, sports enthusiasts and families planning a Florida vacation.
Saddlebrook Resort is home to two of Florida's most picturesque and playable golf courses, as well as the renowned Saddlebrook Golf Academy and the Saddlebrook Preparatory School for junior athletes. Designed by golf legend Arnold Palmer, both of our Tampa golf courses incorporate rolling fairways and well-maintained greens along with wilderness areas full of cypress, pine and palm trees. Add in our state-of-the-art training facility, Pro Shop and professional instruction, and it’s easy to see why Saddlebrook is an unrivaled Florida golf resort.
When you need to clear your mind and rejuvenate your senses, treat yourself to a day of pure pampering at The Spa at Saddlebrook, the 7,000-square-foot European-style spa with 10,000 sq. ft. of marble, separate men's and women's dressing rooms, each with a steam room,
Sauna, and whirlpools, features a full menu of spa and salon services as well as a hydro-massage tub, whirlpools, saunas, steam rooms, and a courtyard terrace for lounging, sunbathing and dining. The professionally trained and licensed practitioners at our spa are skilled in a variety of therapies including traditional Ashiatsu, and as massage techniques ranging from sports recovery to reflexology and hot stone treatments.
Fitness and recreational facilities
In addition to world-class golf courses and tennis courts, the fitness facilities at Saddlebrook Resort cater to every interest and skill level. View the colorful birds and wildlife that share the 480-acre nature preserve along our biking, walking and jogging paths. Keep up with your daily workouts at our state-of-the-art fitness center or challenge family and friends to a game at our Sports Village, featuring grass and sand volleyball courts, a regulation-size basketball court and a FieldTurf sports field. The refreshing waters of a 500,000-gallon free-form Superpool are a highlight of any stay, also there are two additional pools at the resort, including the adults-only Serenity Pool.
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