Need advice on Adult Tennis Camps / Clinics

Discussion in 'Tennis Travel' started by nyctennis, Jul 9, 2007.

  1. nyctennis

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    HELP! Need help picking a good place to go to restart my game.

    High school player who hasn't played consistently in 10 years
    Was a 4 / 4.5 player - now probably a 3.0
    Female, mid thirties, last minute vaca so traveling alone
    Traveling last week of July
    Driving from NY easiest, but willing to travel.

    Want to get lots of tennis in, but not positive I can handle the dorm lifestyle of Nike at Amherst (a New Yorker at heart)

    Any inside information on Nike Amherst, Killington, Gunterman, TopNotch and NE Tennis, or any other recommendations, most appreciated.

    Mostly concerned about quality of tennis pros, amount of tennis time, lodging and food.

    Thanks in advance!
     
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  2. del

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  3. nyctennis

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    Sugarbush

    Thanks Del. Sugarbush was a new one -- will check it out.
     
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  4. benh2023

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    Hey!!!! Come to California!!!!!!

    Nike Tennis Camp in August in California is one of the best camps available on the west coast!!!! This three day clinic is for tournment players 4.0 and up....and believe me, it's intense!!!! Located at beautiful Santa Cruz on the Norcal coast....the instruction is top notch and hardcore...I've been to several camps and clinics over the years and this one is tops.....I went last year in August in preperation for the adult league sectional championships.....it was a great tune up!!!! my Norcal 3.5 team eventually became 06' National Champions.....and some of the credit for my wins, has to go to Coach Bob Hanson and his pros....great players(including the D-3 national singles champ three years in a row) and all his fine players.....and better yet...they're all good instructors.....there is a large group of hard core league and tourny players from the Bay area that come to this camp.....it's a great experience.....come join us!!!! Ben Horner/NorCal. (and the partying is pretty good too!!!!!)
     
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  5. Joe Average

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    I was at Amherst just a couple of weeks ago. There is a Holiday Inn Express (Hadley) just a mile away from campus, and quite a few campers stay there. I've attended six of the last seven summers. And, I have to admit, this was the first summer that dorm life ... especially the cafeteria meals ... had gotten the better of me (it used to be charmingly nostalgic). It's not much fun competing with a bunch of 15 year olds, who've never been away from home, at the lunch line. (There are a lot of other camps going on ... including a Great Books camp, believe it or not.) So I booked a room and made sure it had a microwave oven and fridge. (There is a Whole Foods across the street and some nice restaurants in town. You can also buy meals at the cafeteria.) It should also be noted that the rooms on campus are NOT air conditioned.

    As for the tennis ... Nike Amherst is very well-organized. You never feel for a second that they're just winging it (I kind of felt that way at Northwestern/Evanston, and at Sweet Briar). Sure, the pros vary in experience and teaching ability, but I never felt that I wanted to avoid any one in particular. You can also request a pro -- for your private lesson --at registration. I'd recommend Noah or Maureen. Reiny, the director, is terrific. But he kind of belongs to the veteran campers. Anyway, I'd recommend Amherst because they are so well-organized. And the other campers are very friendly. The return campers feel a responsibility to take care of the first-timers. And you get a private lesson or two, depending on your length of stay. Those lessons are terrific. Noah reworked my groundstrokes and my serve.

    There are quite a few New Yorkers who return each summer for the private lessons. A kind of pilgrimage. I guess private lessons in NYC are simply too expensive. If you're unsure about all this, I'd recommend doing a few days over the weekend ... Friday through Sunday. You can always extend if you're having fun. It's also better, I've learned, to do the weekend because there are simply more campers (you're never more than four per court). And that means a better chance you'll be grouped with players of similar ability. One caveat. We had a couple 95 degree days when I was there, and I suffered heat exhaustion. Beware. And good luck.
     
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  6. Geezer Guy

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    The John Newcombe Tennis Ranch (www.NewkTennis.com) is great for a single travler. The pro's and other campers are very friendly, all meals and accomodations are provided, and the pro's even eat with you. (And the tennis instruction is great too, of course.)

    However, if you want a much shorter trip, there are several places within an easy drive of NYC. Go to www.TennisResortsOnline.com and check out the many places near you, and read the reviews from people that have attended in the past.

    Good luck.
     
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  7. Geezer Guy

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    By the way, I have some friends who went to Total Tennis in upstate New York, and they liked it. She's a 3.0, and he's a 4.0.
     
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