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Destination Tennis: Palm Springs

 The Colony Palms Hotel  
Having re-opened after a 3-year, $17 million renovation, The Colony Palms Hotel is a stunning four-star boutique hotel.   Featured in Condé Nast Traveler's Hot List and Condé Nast Traveler’s Hot Table List, Colony Palms Hotel was referred to as one of the top new hotels and restaurants in the world. The hotel is also listed as one of the world’s “20 Dream Escapes” by Travel + Leisure.
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 The Smoke Tree Ranch 
Smoke Tree Ranch is located in Palm Springs, California, on a gently rising alluvial fan, created and landscaped by nature, and sheltered by the guardian San Jacinto Mountains. The Ranch is blessed with irreplaceable desert shrubs, Smoke Trees, and breathtaking acreage touched by undisturbed wildflowers. 

Situated on 375 acres this all inclusive resort is the only guest ranch in Palm Springs. It has an extensive tennis complex equipped with 9  hard courts and 2 clay courts.

Fifty-seven cottages offer a wide selection of accommodations, and each is situated to ensure privacy and to experience spectacular views.

Smoke Tree Ranch is only open Oct to April

Jose Higueras Package

  • Welcome cocktail reception
  • 8 hours of tennis instruction
  • conditioning sessions, match play, unlimited court time
  • use of all on-site recreational facilities
  • private cottage for 2 nights
  • three full meals
  • dinner with Jose and
  • all taxes and gratuities
  • $995 per person double occupancy
  • $1305 per person single occupancy
Information: The Smoke Tree Ranch, 800-787-3922
Surrounded by the majestic Santa Rosa Mountains, this massive resort is an oasis of recreation in the heart of the Palm Desert. With its network of sparkling manmade lakes -- over which small boats whisk guests to the property's fitness center, pools and restaurants -- at times, it can be difficult to remember that this is the desert.

The resort's Peter Burwash International-directed Tennis Center -- one of the few spots not accessible by boat--features 15 hard-surface courts, three clay courts and two stadium grass courts; it also has a SportsPC wall, a computerized hitting wall programmable to players of all levels. A comprehensive training program includes daily morning clinics, drill sessions, Grand Slam round robins, private lessons, game-matching, Quick Tips mini-clinics and Play the Pro challenges. And spectators arrive en masse for the resort's popular PBI Tennis Show, a Harlem Globetrotters-style pro-vs-pro match held Saturdays from December through April.
Information: Desert Springs, A JW Marriott Resort & Spa , 760-341-2211
La Quinta Resort & Club's world-class tennis club is consistently rated in the "Top 20" by Tennis Magazine. Guests can play on hard and clay surfaces. A fully stocked Pro Shop, sunken court, Olympic-sized pool and spa surround the historic Clubhouse which was once a gracious estate.  From 1981 to 1986 – the Pacific Life Open was held at La Quinta.

Director of Tennis, Mike Casey leads an all-star line-up of USPTA certified instructors. If it is fine tuning a tournament caliber players game or starting from the beginning, Mike and his staff can make the difference. Individual lessons or group lessons can be arranged by contacting the Pro Shop.

The Resort has 800 guests rooms and suites situated over on 45 acres of land. Rooms range from $225 to $3,500.  The resort opened in 1926 and it is the oldest resort in the desert.
Information: La Quinta Resort and Club, 800.598.3828
Mission Hills Tennis Club has been recognized by the USTA, ITF and ATP Tour Professionals as one of the finest tennis facilities in the world. With a total of 29 tennis courts, Mission Hills offers 20 hard courts, 4 clay courts, and 5 world class lawn tennis courts to its members and guests. Mission Hills has hosted the Davis Cup event twice; the hard court final in 1978 vs. England and most recently in 2006 the grass court quarterfinal tie vs. Chile. In addition to the Davis Cup events, Mission Hills also is the host of 3 National adult events including the USTA Senior National Championship, which is the largest adult event in the United States with over 700 entrants each year. 

Mission Hills also offers a variety of adult and junior clinics, a ball machine court, a hitting wall, and video analysis. The tennis club is the host for the Kraft-Nabisco Legends of Tennis event. Past tennis greats such as Rod Laver, Dennis Ralston, Jose Higueras, Tracy Austin, John Lloyd, Virginia Wade, Kathy Rinaldi, Roy Emerson, Stan Smith and Zina Garrison along with celebrities from the sports and entertainment business can be seen striking the tennis ball and socializing with other tennis members.

Dennis Ralston is a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame and former U.S. Davis Cup player and captain, Ralston coached the U.S. Davis Cup team from 1968 – 1972. Winner of 27 national singles and doubles titles and a five-time winner of Grand Slam doubles titles, Ralston has also coached many tennis greats including Chris Evert, Roscoe Tanner, Yannick Noah, Gabriela Sabatini, and John Lloyd. 

The Dennis Ralston Camp is offered to people of all ages from September to April. It costs $575 and consists of 3 days, 12 hours of tennis, lunch and gift bags.
Information: Mission Hills Country Club, 760.324.9400