SaddleBrook Tennis

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  1. gscone

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    Anyone ever been to the Saddlebrook Tennis Center in FLorida. I'd like to hear all feedback as my wife and I are planning a tennis vacation in Florida. Thx!
     
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    I'm thinking of going too. Maybe in May. Can anyone tell me what the weather will be like at that time (I'm travelling from the UK)? And I'm kind of curious about the resort. I've never been to a place like it. What sort of places to eat are there? What is the local town like? What is the service at the resort like? Any info gratefully appreciated.

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  4. charlie8

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    we're thinking of sending our sons aged 14 + 12 to saddlebrook full time, i.e: tennis + academic school ... has anyone got any kids there now or know of kids who go there?
     
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    I dont know much about Saddlebrook, except that they use the Hoppman method of teaching. This places a lot of emphisis on physical fitness. Tennis magazine called it Tennis Boot Camp.
     
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    I was at Saddlebrook last year for a week at the end of May. It was usually around 80F when we started in the morning and would be in the low 90s by mid day. Quite humid in the morning (even had fog one day). No rain until the day I left :)

    I enjoyed it, made some good changes to my game and got a good workout in the process.
     
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    Great, thanks for the feedback. Did you find being there for a week was perhaps too long? What level are you?
     
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  8. charlie8

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    has anyone been to saddlebrook during the hurricane season? does the place get hit? am thinking of going around july/august but don't want to spend all that money and end up staying indoors coz of the weather :(
     
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  9. charlie8

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    is there anyone out there who has kids studying full time at saddlebrook at the mom?
     
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    I went to Saddlebrook last summer. It was awesome. There wasn't near enough physical fitness to call it boot camp. It is tennis all day, and you go to fitness once a day for like 45 mins. It isn't bad. The place has all the court surfaces. It is a sweet place to go and the 4:1 teaching ratio really gives you a lot of help and I plan on going back.
     
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    What level were most of the players? Can you compare this to any other camps you may have gone to?
     
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    3.5...Most adults there the week I attended were 3.5 to 4.0, a few higher.

    A week was long enough for me, 5+ hrs/day is more than I am used to. I am thinking of going back some time in May, it's one of the better camps I've attended.
     
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    Thanks for the feedback. What other camps have you attended?
     
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    Awesome!! Thanks for the video.
     
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    Newk's (TX), Broadmoor (CO), Shadow Mountain (CA), ATP program at Club Med - Paradise Island (Bahamas - since closed). They're all good in their own way, it just depends what you are looking for.

    Though I don't view them as a "camp", I've also made two trips to LGE Performance Systems outside Orlando, FL. Those trips were more helpful than anything else I have done playing tennis, but it was also the most intense (I soaked three changes of clothes a day). It was also very comprehensive and pretty expensive (all individual instruction). And, what they teach is a process, not a quick fix, so it's all about your discipline and dedication when you get back home.
     
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    Drop me an e-mail and I can probably answer questions regarding Newk's or even T Bar M which is right next doors. Saddlebrook seems like a pretty cool place to go if it's within your budget. But really, it depends on your needs/wants....
     
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    DAVI! you are back online!
     
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    I emailed you a while ago because I knew you were working at Newk's.
     
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  19. dbusiness

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    I've been in July twice, you will need to be in great shape, the sun index gets up to 16, it is humid and heavy sunblock and a desert boonie style hat is a must.
    In summer around Tampa the winds change and blow clouds from the east to west and you will usually have rain hit by 2:00 PM.
    They usually start a little earlier and cut a little from your long lunch to prevent this from stopping the tennis.
     
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    Since this recent trip was my 3rd time in 5 years here are some highs and lows.

    This is like a tennis boot camp, they allow limited breaks for water and
    always seem to have drills ready. In 5 hours I had a 7 minute total break time.

    Their student to instructor ratio is 4:1 and when I went they changed you around to different instructors frequently and you even had time alone with
    an instructor for 15 minutes of tailored instruction and strategy play.

    If you are not use to clay (me) when you adjust you can be asked to be
    skilled with players more in your ratings and they will accomidate you.
    The pros are very knowledgeable and will give you all the little tips that
    will improve your game.

    Lows (Basically, the Staff outside the Instructors for tennis)
    I went for a tennis weekend and no one told me I would have to be out by Noon, when I still had the afternoon class to go, I talked to them three times.

    The staff is not very knowledgeable about the different services.
    To arrange airport transportation I called a day prior. I asked
    if they can pickup at the fitness center since a late check out was not
    arranged after the class and they said Yes. You have to make arrangements
    for them to pick your bags up from your room before it is cleaned on check out.

    To get to the fitness center I had to pickup my bags at the Bell Captains stand, have them call the shuttle to go to the fitness center to shower. Once showered I called to confirm that airport transportation would be picking me up and they stated that it only picks up at the main building. So luckily since it leaves on the hour I caught the shuttle back to the main building just in time.

    A tip charge is included with any meal even the one you order at the snack bar and take with you.

    The prices for the resturant were ala carte and it actually cost me the same to take a taxi out and eat the same meal as it would to eat on premise.

    (Overall I'm going back for the Tennis, this is just some insight into what to expect.)
     
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