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An Inside Look at One of Florida’s Top Tennis Communities

Posted on: September 26, 2023
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Orchid Island’s elite racquet sports program is consistently recognized for its scenic beauty and welcoming culture. Eight Har-Tru tennis courts and two pickleball courts celebrate social connections, muscle movements, and friendly competition for players at all skill levels. As Orchid Island Members anticipate coming home for the season, the community has announced a lineup of captivating programming and unveiled new amenity plans set to debut in the fall. Let’s take a closer look at how Members are swinging in style this season.

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Hawaiian Flair and Expert Experience

As Director of Racquet Sports, Kainoa Rosa coordinates and oversees every aspect of Orchid Island’s programming. Rosa might have just finished his first year at Orchid Island, but he brings with him over 20 years of experience on the courts. Originally from the scenic island of Hawaii, Kai started playing tennis when he was just five years old. Kai went on to play collegiately with a full tennis scholarship at the NCAA D2 University of Hawaii. He was ranked as high as 10th in singles and 8th in doubles in the nation’s most competitive D2 conference. After graduating, Kai coached at numerous high-performance tennis programs throughout the Pacific Northwest, including the Highline College Women’s tennis team. He then relocated to Tampa, where he spent six years working his way up in management as a Head Professional and eventually Director of Tennis & Operations at Apollo Beach Racquet & Fitness Club. Desiring to live closer to the beach and having heard about Orchid Island’s glowing reputation, Kai and his family made the move to Vero Beach.

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“I had known that the previous director was here for 25 years, and any time you have an employee that’s somewhere for that long, especially in the hospitality industry, you know it’s a special place,” Kainoa says. “Everything I’ve experienced so far with the Membership and committees at Orchid Island is excellent. We’re very appreciative of the community that has made it a very easy transition for my family and me.”

Upcoming Racquet Sports Events

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Whether Orchid Island Members are searching for competitive action or casual fun, Kainoa Rosa and his team are preparing an exciting lineup of events on both the tennis and the pickleball courts. Kicking things off are the season opener exhibitions, offering a chance to meet the pros and get introduced to the world of racquet sports. Pickleball clinics and Play n Instruct allow Members to receive valuable coaching to enhance their skills.
Tennis enthusiasts will relish the co-ed tennis programs, while the doubles tournaments will provide an opportunity for friendly competition and teamwork on the courts. For those aiming to prove their skills, a series of tournaments, including the Member-favored Club Championships will be a highlight of the season.

“There will be some fun and exciting events for all ages and skill levels coming up,” Rosa says, leaving Members anticipatedly waiting. “It will be a balance of both competition and social, and certainly some programming the Members haven’t seen before!”

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Pickleball Expansion on the Horizon

Combining elements from tennis, ping pong, and badminton, pickleball has claimed the title of America’s fastest-growing sport for the past two years. Its desirable health benefits and social nature have made it a nationwide favorite, including among Members at Orchid Island. Recognizing the sport’s burgeoning popularity, Orchid Island has set its sights on expanding its pickleball offerings. The committee is currently in the planning stages for a new recreational area, which would feature six new pickleball courts, a basketball court, a children’s playground, a croquet lawn, and a bocce ball court. This exciting development will cater to the growing demand for pickleball and enhance the overall recreational experience for residents.

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Oceanfront Beach Club and Championship Golf

panning from the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian River, Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club is highly sought-after for its laid-back waterfront lifestyle. A West Indies-inspired Beach Club creates an easygoing setting where generations can gather together to enjoy a tropical seaside pool, rejuvenating spa, world-class dining, and endless special-interest clubs. For the health-focused, a state-of-the-art fitness center houses personal trainers and physical therapists ready to guide and motivate every personal fitness quest. From lounging at the Beach Club, hitting the links for a round of golf or just having a barbeque in the comfort of their backyard, the charismatic and inclusive attitudes of Members are found throughout this community.

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A Premier Collection of Golf, Riverfront, and Oceanfront Homes and Condos

Each of Orchid Island’s 375 residences surrounds Members in the best of Florida’s natural beauty. With many homes located directly on the water or overlooking Orchid Island’s championship golf course, each home features West Indies architectural designs, panoramic natural vistas, and the secluded privacy of living in a gated oceanfront golf community. Luxurious oceanfront condominiums and oceanfront estates are spacious and bright with open Atlantic Ocean views. A wide array of single-family riverfront estates offer open Indian River views and many feature private docks. Golf course homes and cottages are tucked away on private cul-de-sacs and winding streets to maintain open views of the lush fairways and sparkling lakes of its distinctive Arnold Palmer course.

With demand for this highly sought-after community at an all-time high, inventory is limited at Orchid Island. To stay updated on new real estate listings, register your interest at OrchidIslandFL.com. A complimentary copy of the Orchid Island Magazine is available online, showcasing the surrounding area and lifestyle of the community. Call 772.388.3888 for more information or to schedule a private community club tour.

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