By Karen Billing
The Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa put the finishing touches on its $30 million renovation project recently — the last piece included giving a little love to its tennis facility. The resort’s tennis courts all received new surfacing and windscreens, and the tennis facility now has its own locker rooms and pro shop to serve guests and year-round tennis members as well as its junior tennis program, the West Coast Tennis Academy.
The Rancho Santa Fe resort’s renovations are complete just in time for the resort’s 25th anniversary in June, said Nicole Sharp, director of marketing.
The renovation resulted in a new design for the landscaping and public areas of the resort, as well as a luxe upgrade for all of the guest rooms. The resort also gained new amenities such as the restaurant Veladora, The Pony Room bar (which now sports The All Agave Project, a tequila tasting club), an expanded fitness center and a peaceful yoga pavilion.
Now fully refreshed, Rancho Valencia has 18 tennis courts in three clusters nestled among the resort’s blooming bouganvillea and citrus groves.
The new locker facilities provide a space just for tennis players so they don’t have to walk to the spa or resort’s facilities. The new pro shop, located just off the center court, has wood floors in the chevron style seen in the resort’s Veladora restaurant and features the latest tennis gear, as well as clothing emblazoned with the Rancho Valencia logo.
The resort employs top quality instructors for every level of player, led by two-time U.S. Open champion Robin White. Tennis pros on staff have resumes that include playing the ATP and WTA tours, reaching the semi-finals at Wimbledon, winning an Olympic bronze medal and winning mixed doubles at the French Open.
One of the 18 courts is reserved as a sports court for a drill-centered cardio tennis class.
“It’s a great workout and so much fun at the same time,” said Sharp of the class that works on tennis-specific agility and cardio.
In addition to cardio tennis, there are over 70 classes offered a week at Rancho Valencia between the courts and the yoga pavilion and fitness center that can not only be utilized by members and guests but also daytrippers to the spa.
“It’s a really great way to make the best out of your day,” said Sharp of a spa guest’s options to take a tennis session and a hot yoga class, in addition to getting a massage and relaxing by the pool.
For its upcoming 25th anniversary, the resort plans to celebrate all year and “delight in all things silver,” from the Silver Lining menu at the resort spa to anniversary-inspired silver cocktails and smoothies. Through June 30, guests can be treated to a $250 resort credit.
For more information on 25th anniversary specials or for tennis membership information, visit