Just last week, a Saturday night dinner at the Ram Restaurant in Sun Valley Village seemed like a great idea. One member of our party was anxious to try the nightly $25 special of Hungarian Goulash, and an evening spent at the beautiful eatery, accompanied by live piano music, and noshing on delicious food sounded perfect. Our decision proved even more prescient when the server announced that the Ram was running a spring special: fondue for two (free!) with the purchase of any two entrees. It was a bubbling, gold prize at the end of the proverbial rainbow!
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Though Sun Valley is deservedly famous for the adrenaline pumping adventures available in our own backyard (think mountain biking, white water rafting, hiking), we also excel at more traditional sports like tennis. In fact, the Sun Valley Resort boasts 17 hard courts and is home to the premier high altitude tennis facility in Idaho. Programs for both adults and children run daily all summer long and the courts are home to many specialty classes, camps and instruction for all ages and ability levels.
No matter your ability level or age, there is a great program to fit your needs at the beautiful Sun Valley Tennis Center
There is nothing like volleying in the clear mountain air, surrounded by scenic mountains and drenched in summer sunlight. And whether you want to brush up on basic skills, work on your serve, hit with friends, get some exercise or take part in competitive doubles, Sun Valley’s summer schedule is robust.
Director of Tennis Mark Rodel said Sun Valley has programs that will fit just about everybody. “We used to focus on private lessons and a few camps,” he said, “but starting this summer the offerings are very inclusive. No matter your interests or background, we can find a great fit for you on the courts.”
Have fun and get some great exercise during a camp, clinic, lesson or tennis workout
Adult tennis camps let grownups enjoy summer like they did when they were kids. They feature on court and off court instruction, progressive drilling and practice, individualized game evaluation and supervised play. Guest pros and staff pros keep the sessions fun and friendly and since players are, after all, adults, coffee and light refreshments are part of the day.
For junior players, camps are available for players up to 13 years of age and for high school athletes. Again, the emphasis is on fun and skill building, focusing on instruction, physical fitness, footwork, speed and agility, progressive drilling, active practice and supervised play. After working hard, campers enjoy a light lunch and refreshments. All levels of player are welcome. Camps run through early August so now is the time to sign up.
Both daily adult and junior clinics are also on offer through the middle of August. Adult clinics are geared toward players with a rating of 3.0 to 4.5. Junior clinics are geared toward players 7 – 14 years of age. There are also daily drop in possibilities based on availability.
Social play is offered weekly on Sun Valley courts. “This is a great way to get out and play,” Mark said. “Hotel guests mix with locals in a non-threatening environment where the emphasis is on fun. People come in with mixed abilities and don’t have to know anyone. We change up partners and have a great time.”
The Sun Valley Tennis Center is summer headquarters for fun under the sun
The Lyle Pearson Labor Day Tournament is also coming up and will be held September 5 to September 7. Entries close September 2.
If getting some great exercise is on the schedule, consider a Cardio Tennis session or Machine Ball Workout. Both are guaranteed to tone and help you work up a sweat. “These are great ways to get into tennis,” Mark said. “Both appeal to people who want to play to be fit. During a Machine Ball Workout, players will hit up to 500 balls in a session.”
And, of course, private, semi-private, group and even video and game analysis lessons can be booked for personalized attention.
If you live here or spend a lot of time in Sun Valley, consider a membership to the Sun Valley Tennis Center. “This is a great new program,” Mark said. “We really want to encourage locals to come out and play.” Please call the Tennis Center to learn more about membership.
Advance registration is required for most lessons at The Sun Valley Tennis Center. To book a lesson, please call the Recreation Office at 208.622.2135 or the Tennis Center at 208.622.2156 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Tennis Center is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through September 19.
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