20 stunning tennis courts to play in your lifetime

Mauna kea beachside tennis court at sunsetCourtesy of Seaside Tennis Club at Mauna Kea ResortThe Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Seaside Tennis Club has incredible courts.

While people like to argue about grass versus clay versus hard courts, everyone can agree that the surface becomes secondary when the courts are this scenic.

We found the most beautiful tennis courts in the world that are open to the public.

Every tennis player should add these 20 courts to their bucket lists.

Going, Austria: Stanglwirt Hotel

The rugged Wilder Kaiser mountain range in the Austrian Alps (which aptly translates to wild king), make for a breathtaking backdrop to your backhand in this eco-friendly resort.

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Kamuela, Hawaii: Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Seaside Tennis Club

Eleven stunning seaside courts beckon with a salty breeze and epic views across Kauna'oa Bay. Hotel guests as well as those from sister hotel Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel can take private or group lessons, tennis clinics, or take part in round robin tournaments.

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Positano, Italy: Il San Pietro di Positano

Befitting of a five star hotel that hosts the likes of George Clooney is this luxury resort's epic seaside tennis court, which sits 384 steps down from the hotel between limestone cliffs and a private beach. Views span rugged cliffs and the Mediterranean, with Capri sparkling in the distance. Try booking the court around sunset for an especially breathtaking experience, then grab a drink at the hotel bar.

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New York City, New York: Vanderbilt Tennis and Fitness Club

Grand Central is full of secrets, like whispering galleries and hidden speakeasies. But one of its biggest treasures? A tennis court. Even more surprising than a tennis court inside of a train station is that said court is open to the public, though its astronomical pricing of up to $US250 an hour is not.

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Serengeti National Park, Tanzania: Singita Sabora Camp

If you can take the hot African sun, check out this luxury safari lodge's beautiful court, which has insane views that stretch across the African plains of the Serengeti National Park. Just don't be surprised if your game is interrupted by game.

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Charles City, Iowa: All Iowa Lawn Tennis Club

Ever since listening to Wimbledon on his grandfather's radio in 1962, Mark Kuhn dreamt of having his own court. In 2003, he and his family realised that dream by carving a court into their corn farm, on the former cattle feed lot. The All Iowa Lawn Tennis Club, made to resemble Wimbledon's Centre Court, is free to play on -- all you need to do is reserve a court via email.

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Peter Island, British Virgin Islands: Peter Island Resort and Spa

This private island boasts some of the most beautiful palm fringed courts we've ever seen, and hopefully a cool breeze from the nearby ocean.

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Newport, Rhode Island: International Tennis Hall of Fame

These courts are where the United States tennis championships -- now known as the U.S. Open -- began in 1881, and were played until 1915. Clay court rentals are a reasonable $US35 an hour, while the grass courts are a more pricey $US80 for 30 minutes. Don't forget your tennis whites.

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Wesley Chapel, Florida: Saddlebrook Resort

Florida is like a tennis pro factory, so it comes as no surprise that one of the world's most famous tennis academies hails from the state. Saddlebrook, which has 45 courts, is where kids with dreams of going pro are sent, where pros themselves practice, and where adults dreaming of releasing their inner Federer take lessons.

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Flushing, Queens, NY: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

In the shadows of the Arthur Ashe Stadium -- the US Open's main court and one of the world's largest tennis-specific stadium -- the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, which features 33 courts and is part of the complex, will still have you feeling like a pro.

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Isle of Harris Scotland: Bunabhainneadar Tennis Court

Nestled among craggy cliffs, hills and loch, with panoramic views of the ­Atlantic Ocean, this just might be the world's most spectacular tennis court. Owned by a charitable foundation and run by tennis coach Mike Briggs, as long as you snag a reservation -- and find the court -- you can play here.

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Kiawah, South Carolina: Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Don't be fooled by the name -- or the location in one of the world's golf meccas -- because this resort was voted the very best by thousands of tennis players on Tennis Resorts Online. The massive resort is home to two complete tennis complexes, and takes up almost all of the 10,000 acre island it's located on.

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Denver, Colorado: Grand Hyatt Denver's Skycourt

Get skyhigh in the Mile High on this rooftop tennis court, which overlooks the Denver skyline and the Rocky Mountains. Since Denver boasts 300 days of sunshine, chances are you'll have an epic game.

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Dunblane, UK: Cromlix

Play in the shadows of a Scottish castle at Cromlix Hotel, on courts that dazzle in the bright colours of Wimbledon. Hey, if they're good enough for owner Andy Murray...

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Stowe, Vermont: Topnotch Resort and Spa

Consistently ranked among the country's top resorts, Topnotch features 10 courts, four of which are indoor so you can play through those harsh Vermont winters.

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Gstaad, Switzerland: Gstaad Palace

Roy Emerson, former number one tennis player who has 12 Major singles titles and 16 Grand Slam tournament men's doubles titles under his belt, started the Roy Emerson Tennis Weeks at the Gstaad Palace Hotel every summer, during which he himself teaches classes. The Gstaad Palace is also
the site of the annual Allianz Swiss Tennis Open Gstaad, which attracts some tennis greats.

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Stoke Poges, UK: Stoke Park Hotel

Boasting 13 grass, clay and indoor courts, the main attraction at Stoke Park is The Boodles Tennis Challenge, which takes place a week before Wimbledon, and is essentially a warm up that sees tennis greats practicing for the big event, like Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Underwater Courts

Don't get too excited, this is just a rendering. Polish architect Krysztof Kotala designed a seven court underwater tennis complex for Dubai, just offshore in the Persian Gulf, in the hopes of attracting the next Grand Slam. However, with Dubai's history of opulence and avante garde designs, this might just become a reality soon.

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