albany, New York
January 25, 2003
The first one (Poipu Kai Tennis Center) was the cheapest at $10 court/hour, and we played for one hour. The court was within minutes (driving) of the condo. I believe there were seven courts available for use. Each court was in great shape and had amenities such as water cooler, roller for rolling out water (and yes we had to use it), high fences that contained the errant balls, and a regulation net in good condition. To use the courts Bob and I just showed up and paid. The "attendant" was very friendly. At the "hut" there was some merchandise for sale and I did buy a tank top for a reasonable price. There are several round robins scheduled during the week but rain prevented us from playing while we were there.
The second tennis facility I used was Kiahuna Tennis Club. These courts are a little further away but within a ten minute drive of the condo. I signed up for women’s doubles. Again the courts were very nice and again the weather was not so nice. In fact, it rained a bit to stop play several times and then after about 45 minutes, it poured so hard that the round robin was cancelled. I had a good time meeting everyone and enjoyed the play even though my partner I received was a little too silent for me. And you can't beat the cost: only $1 and it is a great way to meet people if you want to play again. The cost for other matches is $20 an hour. One tip: The club is undergoing construction so I had a hard time finding where the courts were and I believe they are only available in the morning presently. Based on pictures I saw, when the club fully reopens, it is a great facility (with swimming pool) for the entire family.
The third tennis facility was at the Hyatt. A person, who Bob had met in California in October, recognized him and invited him to play with him. The cost for a non-guest of the Hyatt is $20 an hour per court. Again, the courts were well maintained. You can either drive to the Hyatt or walk (the resort is next door, but since resorts are so large walking may not be an option for some). I believe the Hyatt will match you up with partners (but I am sure hotel guests get preference).
How do the three clubs compare? Well obviously if cost is your first concern, then Poipu Kai. If you don't have a partner, I believe Hyatt would be the place to pick. But I had the feeling that to meet alot of local players, Kiahuna Tennis facility would be the place to select.
From journal What a great week in Poipu Beach