About Spring TennisFest

Spend Spring Break on Hilton Head Island

College Coaches - 

Bring your team to beautiful Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, for a week full of sun, fun, beach and competitive tennis!

“The PTR has been a solid, reliable supporter of college tennis on Hilton Head Island for more than 30 years.” says, Dennis Malick. Click here to read Dennis’ letter to college coaches.

PTR has secured the finest hard courts on the island and has a full time professional staff ready to serve you year round. Accommodations range from hotel rooms, to condos, to rental homes, many with fitness center access. Most are just a walk from the beach and the island’s downtown restaurants and attractions.

You can schedule as few as 1 match or as many as 6 matches. You can even have a match on clay if you like.  

Easy Drive
  • only 4½ hours from Atlanta
  • only 9 hours from Washington DC
  • only 11 hours from Pittsburgh
  • only 13 hours from NYC or Indianapolis
How to Register

Get your plans underway to join coaches from around the country on Hilton Head Island, SC.

  1. If you have not already registered, be sure to complete the registration form today.
  2. Check the list of Teams Attending. Select which teams you would like to play while you are here.
  3. Be sure to reserve accommodations for your group early, ideally from our official partners. We have secured convenient lodging locations that offer clean and enjoyable villas, homes and hotels for whatever your group may need. Our Official PTR Accommodation Partners provide excellent prices and great locations and amenities. To expedite all your lodging requirements, book directly with our Accommodation Partners but feel free to call PTR for any advice on lodging.

Be sure to give our website link to all parents and others. They will also receive our special pricing on accommodations and island discounts.

Letter from Dennis Malick

“PTR and Quality are synomous, that's why I'm working with PTR to host Spring TennisFest on Hilton Head Island”

Hello Coaches Traveling on Spring Break:

Midway through the 17 years that Tennisaction Hilton Head Island ran Spring Break Tennis, I initiated a conversation with Dennis Van der Meer about getting involved with the event. As a former promotions/advertising director for Van der Meer Tennis and the TennisUniversity, I knew it would be a very good fit for the TU and the Professional Tennis Registry. PTR was an early sponsor with promotions for coaches and players and by hosting SBT player exhibitions.

PTR already has a solid corps of college coaches among its membership and has an established year-round staff to conduct a Spring Break event. It will come on the heels of its annual International Symposium and PTR Championships held in mid-February. Dan Santorum and Julie Jilly each have a long history with college tennis and an even longer time working with and for college tennis and the sport in general.

I am serving as a consultant to Spring TennisFest, hoping to lend my experience in dealing with and enjoying working with hundreds of coaches who took our event to the incredible numbers we achieved. Together, we aim to help restore that. If you have any questions about Spring TennisFest, well, you can find me at the same place as years ago – www.springtennisfest.com.

Good luck on your cooooool summer and startup for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017. I hope to see you at PTR Spring TennisFest.

Dennis Malick

Top 10 Reasons

Top 10 Reasons to Come to PTR Spring TennisFest on Hilton Head Island

1. The BEST rates for registration and accommodations - all located on the island and close to the beach, restaurants, activities& practice courts 
2. The MOST professional hard courts on Hilton Head Island with spectator viewing at the world famous Van der Meer Tennis Center, all with singles sticks, score posts, site directors and cold water 
3. FREE Souvenir T-shirts for team members (8 per team -- a $160 value) 
4. FREE Team Dinner Party if you use our Accommodation Partners, each week (big savings -- one less night to feed your team) -- Great opportunity to socialize with other coaches and teams. All-U-Can-Eat Food. Music and Prizes - Beachside 
5. Site Directors at EACH site throughout all play to assist you 
6. ALL PTR STF facilities are located on Hilton Head Island within six miles of the Sea Pines Circle (Hilton Head’s central focal point). No time spent driving to matches. 
7. In the event of rain, we have access to indoor DecoTurf courts and outdoor covered courts at the Van der Meer Tennis Centers for an extra fee. 
8. Year round QUALITY customer service with 12 hours of operation M-F (7am to 7pm) and 4 hours on Saturday (9am to 1pm) 
9. EASY Communication – Toll free phone number (800-421-6289), skype or email available 6 days a week, year round. Event Director on site at each venue throughout the day; and available by text or cell. 
10. PTR is a global non-profit organization of tennis professionals and coaches dedicated to improving the sport of tennis.  

PTR is corporate member of ITA and a member of the Tennis Industry Association. 


Testimonials from College Coaches

I would like to thank You, Dan, the site hosts and the rest of the PTR staff for putting on a great Spring TennisFest. Everything was well organized and professionally run. The sites were very well maintained and the site directors were well prepared and always on top of things. Again, thanks for all of your hard work. Hope to see you next year! 
Steve Curtis
Director of Tennis; Head Coach, Women's Tennis

George Mason University 

attended STF 2019, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013
Julie, thanks so much for a fantastic job this week! It was a wonderful experience for our players, and we all very much appreciate all the work you put in. 
Scott Riggle
Head Coach, Men's & Women's Tennis 

DePauw University 

attended STF 2019, 2018
In a world of fewer and fewer thank you’s we want you to know how much we enjoyed our week. Thank you sooo much! We will be back for sure next year on the same week.  
Chris Johnson  

University of Lynchburg

attended STF 2019
Keep doing the great job you did. We were totally satisfied... made it easy on us coaches to practice, get matches for teams with PTR handlingthe details. Next year we may have also want to bring JV teams? IF they raise the money to take the trip and we can afford an extra Vanand extra Coach?  
Mark Schuering  

Quincy University

attended STF 2019, 2018
Thanks again for having us again this year... it was another great spring break tennis trip for us. I really appreciate all ya'll do for springtennisfest... you do such a wonderful job. 
Martha Davis
Head Coach, Men's & Women's Tennis

Webster College

attended STF 2019, 2018, 2017, 2015
Thanks for a wonderful time. I was very impressed as this was my first time with Springtennisfest. You did a great job of being present. I also really liked having site managers. I'm planning on brining my women's team next year. 
Scott Nesbit
Head Coach, Men's & Women's Tennis

St. Olaf College

attended STF 2017, 2016
Thanks for a great week. You do an absolutely solid job and we'll look forward to coming every year. 
Marty Perry
Head Coach, Men's & Women's Tennis

Virginia Wesleyan College 

attended STF 2019, 2017, 2016
I wanted to thank you for a great experience at Spring TennisFest. The teams we played were exactly the type of competition we were hoping for and the accommodations were outstanding. My players were also very happy and are looking forward to returning next year. 
Kevin Kalinec
Head Coach; Men's & Women's Tennis

Michigan Tech University 

 attended STF 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012
I thank-you so much for everything. You have made PTR a real positive in so many College Tennis Players hearts with TennisFest. Your extra effort makes all the difference.  
Terry Peck 

University of St. Thomas

attended STF 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016
I wouldn't change a thing...Julie, Dan and the entire PTR crew do a fantastic job of being great, gracious hosts. We have always enjoyed the time we've spent at PTR TennisFest, and will continue to attend, compete and participate as long as you'll have us! 
Stephen Behmlander 

Lawrenceville Tech University

attended STF 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015
I really can't say enough about what a pleasure it is working with the PTR for our annual Spring Break Trip each March. And to be fair, I really shouldn't use the word "working" as teams barely have to do any...Julie and the rest of the PTR Spring Tennis Fest team do pretty much everything for you. The organization, customer service, and communication provides me with a level of comfort knowing that all we will have to do is show up and play tennis! The only way it could be better is if they could guarantee 72 and sunny each day :)
Jeremy Howard 
Head Coach, Men's & Women's Tennis 

Endicott College

attended STF 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013
Thank you for making our week a great one. The tennis, the weather and the hospitality was outstanding. We appreciate all of your hard work! 
Eric Berg
Head Coach, Men's Tennis

University of Massachusetts, Boston 

attended STF 2016
Thanks Julie -- as always an outstanding job of organization (and reorganization due to weather)...see you next spring. 
Stuart Swink
Head Coach, Men’s & Women’s Tennis

Frostburg State University 

attended STF 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011

High School Program

Everything You Need To Know

This year we will offer a Spring TennisFest program for High Schools. If you are looking for matches against other High Schools, this will be offered anytime between the dates of March 22nd – March 30th. 

If you are not looking for matches, but just practice courts and a possible drill clinic and special housing rates, etc, that will be offered March 16 – 30th. 
Fees and Pricing Structure

Registration: $350 per team by December 1

The Spring TennisFest full registration fee is per team. The fee includes

  • up tp 2 matches 
  • 1 - 2 hour clinic with a PTR Pro
  • 8-10 hours of practice time
  • 8 Spring TennisFest T-shirts
  • Welcome Dinner - Included for 8 players & coach if you are staying with our accommodation partners (Spinnaker Resorts or Vacation Company).If not, or if extra players, the fee is $15 per person. All you can eat dinner party
  • College Exhibition Matches at local clubs