Palm Coast - Tennis has been called the sport for a lifetime - serving up a great way to remain active, practice mental alertness, and get cardio exercise from childhood through the senior years.

As the New Year begins, the Palm Coast Tennis Center announces a full lineup of programs, leagues and lessons for all age levels. New this year is a clinic for Adult Beginners, and several special events will allow residents to "Try Tennis Free!" Youth tennis programs have been restructured and renamed by level to allow for instruction better tailored to your child's skills.

The Palm Coast Tennis Center features 10 top-of-the-line HydroGrid clay tennis courts, lighted to tournament standards. The Tennis Center is certified as a Quickstart Tennis Site and as a Cardio Tennis Site and won the 2010 USTA National Award for Outstanding Small Public Facility. The center hosts a USTA Pro Circuit Men's Futures Tournament every January.

The Palm Coast Tennis Center is located at 1290 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast, and the center's phone number is 386-986-2550. Registration for tennis programs is simple through the City's new, easy-to-use Civic Rec online registration program: www.palmcoastgov.com/register.

Programs for Adults

Beginners - 9:30-10:30 a.m. Mondays or 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays from Jan. 8 through May 23. This is a social clinic that teaches the fundamentals of tennis. The cost is $60/session or $11 drop-in. For pricing, the schedule is as follows: Session 1 - Jan. 8-Feb. 21; Session 2 - Feb. 28-April 11; and Session 3 - April 18-May 23.

Cardio Tennis - 7-8 p.m. Mondays; 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesdays; or 9:30-10:30 a.m. Fridays from Jan. 8 through May 18. Get your heart rate up with tennis drills and games. The cost is $9 pre-registration or $12 same-day registration.

2.5-3.0 Doubles Clinic - 9:30-11 a.m. Thursdays starting Jan. 11. Situational drills and games for doubles. The cost is $14 pre-registration or $18 same-day registration.

3.5 & Up Doubles Clinic - 9:30-11 a.m. Tuesdays starting Jan. 9. Situational drills and games for doubles. The cost is $14 pre-registration or $18 same-day registration.

Tennis Round Robins - Round Robins are offered three times a week starting Jan. 7: 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays; 9:30-11 a.m. Saturdays; and 9:30-11 a.m. Sundays. The cost is $5 per person; free for Pass-Holders.

Youth Programs

Rookie Rallies - 6-7 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 10 through May 23. For players ages 4-6 years, with focus on the Athletic ABCs (agility, balance, and coordination). The cost is $54/session or $10/drop-in. For pricing, the schedule is as follows: Session 1 - Jan. 10-Feb. 21; Session 2 - Feb. 28-April 11; and Session 3 - April 18-May 23.

Red Rallies - 5-6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 8 through May 23. For players ages 6-8 years, with cooperative and competitive partner and team activities. Players develop match skills and make tennis friends. The cost is $108/session or $10/drop-in. For pricing, the schedule is as follows: Session 1 - Jan. 8-Feb. 21; Session 2 - Feb. 26-April 11; and Session 3 - April 16-May 23.

Orange Rallies - 6-7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 8 through May 23. For players ages 8-11 years, with cooperative and competitive partner and team activities. Players develop match skills and make tennis friends. The cost is $108/session or $10/drop-in. For pricing, the schedule is as follows: Session 1 - Jan. 8-Feb. 21; Session 2 - Feb. 26-April 11; and Session 3 - April 16-May 23.

Green Rallies - 5-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 9 through May 24. For players ages 11-14 years, with cooperative and competitive partner and team activities. Players develop match skills and make tennis friends. The cost is $108/session or $10/drop-in. For pricing, the schedule is as follows: Session 1 - Jan. 9-Feb. 22; Session 2 - Feb. 27-April 12; and Session 3 - April 17-May 24.

Junior Development - 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 9 through May 24.  For players ages 11-18 years, with focus on refining techniques and tactics for doubles and singles. The cost is $144/session or $15/drop-in. For pricing, the schedule is as follows: Session 1 - Jan. 9-Feb. 22; Session 2 - Feb. 27-April 12; and Session 3 - April 17-May 24.

Free Special Events

Try Tennis Free! - Come out to the Tennis Center for a free introductory clinic. Meet the friendly staff, check out the facility and ask questions. It's free, but please register in advance. The dates are:

  • 10:30-11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16 (for adults)
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m. Friday, March 23 (for adults)
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 24 (for kids)

World Tennis Day - 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday, March 5. World Tennis Day is an international celebration of the sport. Join us for a day of free tennis and fun activities.

The Palm Coast Tennis Center is open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday through Sunday. The tennis center is located at 1290 Belle Terre Pkwy., Palm Coast, and the center's phone number is 386-986-2550. Registration for tennis programs is easy through the City's new, easy-to-use Civic Rec online registration program: www.palmcoastgov.com/register.