OUR PROGRAM

  • Instructional Programs
    • Shot of the Week

      “A” Players – Thursday 10:00 AM
      “B” Players – Thursday 9:00 AM

      Cardio Tennis Workouts

      Friday – 10:30 AM
      Saturday – 9:00 AM
      Sunday – 9:00 AM

      Doubles Skills & Drills

      Thursday – 11:00 AM

      Men’s & Ladies’ Team League Practice

      September – May; 1 or 1.5 hour practices available

      Ladies’ Doubles Boot Camp

      June – August; 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

      Private, Semi-Private & Group Lessons

      Available Daily

      Junior Programs

      Please see the Junior Programs page for details

Our Tennis History

A Historical Perspective of Tennis at Quail Ridge

The Quail Ridge Tennis Club is proud of the contributing role it has played in the development of our beautiful golf and tennis community. It is the purpose of this historical review to share with present and future members a better understanding of the foundation on which the present Tennis program and facility was built.

  • 1970-1979
    • The 1970’s were “boom years” for the growth of tennis participation as a fitness sport in the United States. John Dodge, developer of Quail Ridge,recognized the need to incorporate tennis as part of his planned golf community. The original site plan for tennis called for 20 courts, 19 on the present site and a stadium court on the present playground site next to the clubhouse. A unique agreement was made to develop the tennis area. John Altorfer, a business friend of John Dodge, from Peoria Illinois, was looking to build a tennis club in South Florida and John Dodge wanted a tennis facility built. They agreed on a 7 year lease in which Altofer would build the first phase (8 courts, Pavilion, Lights, etc.) The first 3-4 years saw a slow development in the golf and tennis community that was stagnated by the “oil crises” in the early seventies. Two different pros were employed over this 3-year period, but were limited with a small membership and competition from competing golf and tennis developments.

      In 1976, John Dodge expanded the community north and added additional 18 holes to the golf club. He also saw a need to expand the tennis program and facilities to be an added attraction to prospective homebuyers. In September of 1976, he employed Tennis Director Fred Fleming to expand the membership, programs, and facilities, and to do promotional clinics for the sales division. In the next 7-10 years the remaining facilities were financed by the developer – 6 more tennis courts, activities room, maintenance building, practice walls, sidewalks, etc. Memberships increased dramatically and an active and comprehensive family tennis program was organized and implemented. To promote sales, “tennis clinics” were advertised in national magazines. These weekly adult instructional programs were held twice a month from November through April. Participants were lodged in the Kittiwake rental area and meals were included at the Clubhouse through a package program. Also, another promotional event included hosting a “Tennis Grand Masters” tournament for 2 years. This benefit event included outstanding touring tennis professionals from the past such as Pancho Gonzales, Pancho Segura and Frank Sedgeman of Australia. The event raised over 30,000 each of the 2 years for the charity, (The Haven).

  • 1980-1989
    • By 1982, the Quail Ridge Community was nearly completed and the members became equity owners. John Altorfer’s 7-year lease was up and his investment in the Tennis club was negotiated in the buyout settlement. With the Quail Ridge Community achieving private club status the club quickly developed a reputation for tennis excellence in the South Florida area. The implementation of the Tennis Committee, made up of active tennis members, supported the Tennis Director in developing a comprehensive tennis program that included: Special weekend tennis events, Club Championships, Ladies and Men’s inter club teams, Junior and Adult tournaments, Private and group lessons for members, Junior Development program on Saturdays, Summer and Holiday tennis camps.

      In 1986, George Sparling, (one of the original members and Chairman of the Tennis Committee) spearheaded a drive to enclose the open second floor of the Tennis Pavilion. This was a much-needed addition and enhanced the ability of the tennis program to have a place to hold special tennis events, which involved food in a large air-conditioned room. The installation of the Pavilion covered wrap around deck also provided an outstanding view to watch matches or to relax with friends after a day of social tennis.

  • 1990-1999
    • The 1990’s continued to see the tennis program grow in stature. The tennis members, both resident and non-resident, were a very supportive group, as they participated and enjoyed the facilities and activities that were created and provided. The annual end of the year dinner dance was considered one of the best events each year at the club.

      Continuity was and is a strength of the tennis program at Quail Ridge, with key personnel kept in place to continue quality tennis programs, excellently maintained tennis courts and an organized and informative Pro Shop staff. In 1997, Tennis Director Fred Fleming of 21 years retired and was replaced by his assistant of 5 years, Ron Beekman.

  • 2000-2009
    • In June of 2000, Scott Fleming (Fred's son) was hired as Director of Tennis. The Men's and Ladies' Inter-club Program and Junior Program expanded and participation in events hit record highs. The growth on the tennis program facilitated the need to update and expand the tennis complex. Upgrades included the addition of two Har-tru courts, two lighted courts, new paver entrance, tennis courtyard reception area and a Pro Shop and restroom facelift. In 2005, Twilight memberships were created for non-resident working professionals.

  • 2010-Present
    • Since 2010, the tennis program continues to thrive and the facilities continue to expand. Two Assistant Tennis Professionals and an Activities Coordinator were hired to assist in daily activities and maintenance. Evening programming was expanded to includes leagues, round robins, and instructional clinics. Two additional Har-Tru courts were built, and the practice area was renovated to include two Pickleball courts. In 2016, the Quail Ridge Tennis Program/Facility was selected by Ideal Living Magazine as a "Best of the Best" Tennis Facility.

      Although Quail Ridge tennis has a rich tennis tradition, the future looks even brighter.

   
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