Bask in Bacara-Tennis in Santa Barbara

By: Emilie Moeller

The first thing you’ll notice when you set foot on one of The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara’s clay courts is the sound of the Pacific Ocean. It’s subtle; you’ll only hear it between points or as you’re scooping up balls from along the fence, but it offers the distinct reminder that you’re playing tennis square on the Central Coast of California.


With 78 acres of oceanfront property, including two miles of natural beach, The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara offers an expansive sun-drenched setting with endless vistas of sea and sky. The resort features innovative and artful design that is in keeping with the intimacy and aesthetics of a Mediterranean village.


Unwind at an award-winning 42,000-square-foot spa and fitness center or relax beside one of three zero-edge swimming pools and 26 private cabanas. Or quench your palate at one of the hotel’s six restaurants showcasing the best Santa Barbara has to offer, from A5 Japanese Wagyu at Angel Oak to authentic Latin cuisine and bold cocktails at ‘O’ Bar + Kitchen, to traditional Japanese flavors at San Setto. Then, end your day in one of the resort’s 358 newly renovated guestrooms and signature suites that artfully infuse luxurious interiors with modern technologies for a true sense of comfort.


The tennis facility is spearheaded by Galina Bykova, a St. Petersburg, Russia, native internationally known and recognized for her talent, expertise and success as a junior player. After a standout collegiate career, Galina has delivered her signature energetic teachings to players of all levels and backgrounds at CDT locations across the nation.


Despite comprising only four courts, the Bacara tennis facility regularly plays host to custom Adult Tennis Camps as well as Cliff Drysdale Tennis’s new and popular offering, Tennis & Wine Weekends. In addition to luxury accommodations and CDT’s infamous on-court instruction, Tennis & Wine Weekend guests are treated to a private tasting featuring a sampling of local wines and blends from the Sonoma Coast.


No matter your vacation preferences, The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara fuses five-star luxury with timeless, scenic views for a Santa Barbara getaway like no other. Capitalize on the property’s amenities with a trip to the tennis facility, be it a custom vacation with friends or loved ones, or a Tennis & Wine Weekend, for a truly memorable experience.