Palm Coast - Have you always wanted to try tennis? The Palm Coast Tennis Center is offering three sessions of "Try Tennis Free," a free introductory clinic - two for adults and one for children.

The first Try Tennis Free event, for adults, will be 10:30-11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16. Participate in the clinic, meet the friendly staff, check out the facility and ask questions. It's free, but please register in advance.

The other Try Tennis Free clinics are:

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

Also in March, World Tennis Day will be celebrated from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday, March 5. World Tennis Day is an international celebration of the sport. The public is invited to enjoy a day of free tennis and fun activities.

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:

The Tennis Center has a full lineup of programs, leagues and lessons for all age levels. A new clinic for Adult Beginners was added this year, and youth tennis programs have been restructured and renamed by level to allow for instruction better tailored to your child's skills. For details on all the current offerings,

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, and this year's tournament is going on now and continuing through Sunday, Feb. 4. Come out and see some of the world's top players! The schedule is posted at

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. For more information, call the Tennis Center at 386-986-2550.