Fuzzy Florescent Balls
There are few places in this world better suited to playing a good game of tennis than the communities of the Greater Palm Springs Oasis. Thanks to near-perfect weather year round and ample places to play, desert tennis is one of my favorite forms of exercise. My blogging pal—the delightful Diana Dodge—and I have been known to volley some fuzzy florescent balls over the net at our local free courts at the Whitewater Park in Rancho Mirage (right behind the big pink elephant on Highway 111), but I’ve insisted we stop keeping score. Frankly, it’s just downright embarrassing how badly she beats me. Which is why I’m seeking professional help…
The tennis pros over at Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa are offering the world-renowned Peter Burwash International (PBI) tennis camps, including “Tennis for Life Dynamic Doubles Camps.” PBI has been teaching and coaching amateur and professional players alike since 1975, and is overseen at WMH by the dynamic Pat Dennehy, who has been with the organization for more than 20 years.
I figured if I couldn’t defeat Diana, I might as well join her, so we decided to do the camp together! Whether you’re staying at Westin Mission Hills or not (and who wouldn’t want to splurge and make it a true resort weekend?), the Friday through Sunday event features five sessions that include “round robin” play, “serve & volley skills and drills,” and “specialty shots & doubles drills.” The $360 camp fee incorporates eight full hours of instruction as well as complimentary court time—and even throws in Burwash’s book, “Tennis For Life.” There are eight weekend camps scheduled between December 2012 and April 2013, so plan ahead and make your reservations early for both the tennis play and for accommodations if you’re visiting from out of town.
I can’t wait to get in the game and play as a dynamic duo with Diana at the doubles camp. And then maybe I can challenge her to a singles game and show her all I learned!
To reserve, call 760-202-2021. www.westinmissionhills.com