Tennis Welcome Center of the Month: Timberhill Tennis Club

At Timberhill Tennis Club in Corvallis, Ore., they’re all about creating new players. In fact, since becoming a Tennis Welcome Center in 2003, the club has redesigned many of its programs and now has a complete package for any new player who walks into the facility. “New players are the life-blood of any club,” says Hunter Lipscomb, Timberhill’s director of tennis and head pro. “And being a Tennis Welcome Center is a great tool to get more of them.”

Timberhill offers QuickStart Tennis and many programs for beginning and advanced juniors, but its best inventive program is the adult refresher course — a month of “practice and play” classes consisting of 45-minute “refresher” instruction followed by an hour of court time in which the participants may practice the topic of the day or play sets.

Getting new players in the Pacific Northwest can be a challenge, says Lipscomb, because indoor court availability is hard to get and expensive. But with the refresher class, players don’t have to be members, and both instruction and court time is built into the price.

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