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The Boar's Head

Charlottesville, Virginia

By Roger Cox, Editor

Wintergreen Resort, Virginia
Courtesy Boar's Head

With 26 hard and clay courts, 12 of them indoors, the Boar's Head appears as a very bright blip on any tennis vacationer's radar. That's a huge complex for a resort with only 170 rooms, and the fact that it sits in the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains near such historic sites as Thomas Jefferson's mountaintop home Monticello and the handsome University of Virginia that he founded only adds to the allure.

The entire resort, including its recently expanded Boar's Head Sports Club, is owned by the University of Virginia Foundation. As a result, the club also serves as the home site for the University of Virginia's tennis teams during the indoor season, providing a place for them to train, play matches, and host tournaments. What's more, if you plan your visit for May, as I did the last time, you can catch another major event on the Boar's Head's annual tennis calendar: the Boyd Tinsley $50,000 USTA Women's Pro Championships, which take place outdoors on the clay.

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When I last visited Boar's Head, I came away with the sense that this was a tennis club that served local members and the University of Virginia teams magnificently Jon Sarosiek, Boar's Head, Charlottesville, VAwell but risked disappointing guests, as it did me, with its limited roster of non-member activity. That may be changing. Jon Sarosiek, who had previously shepherded nearby Wintergreen Resort to a Gold Medal ranking in our annual poll, took over as tennis director in May 2017. Part of the reason he was hired, he told me, was a recognized need to improve the hotel guests' tennis experience. While it's too soon to know what all that will consist of, he says he plans to implement something similar to the tennis academy he ran at Wintergreen and to enhance the roster of tennis activities and services. High on his priority list is an improved game-matching service. I plan to check back with him later in the summer for more specifics about what he is able to put in place. Meanwhile, if you vacation there, I'd love to hear about your experience.

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Kiawah Mar2011

Kiawah Island Golf Resort, South Carolina. Directed by Hall of Fame Tennis Pro Roy Barth, Kiawah's programs receive the highest accolades. Custom packages include unlimited court time, accommodations and daily breakfast. Enjoy Kiawah’s beach, spa, and dining. Call 888.856.7107 or visit www.kiawahresort.com/tennis


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Golf Courses. Architect Lindsay Ervin of Annapolis, MD re-designed the resort's championship Birdwood Golf Course in 1974 after the University of Virginia purchased it. Its 18 holes cut through verdant hills that were originally part of a 1739 "upland wilderness" land patent. In 2005, the course was completely redesigned by Pete Dye and Associates. Par 72, 6,865 yards.

Spa & Fitness Center. Housed in its own building overlooking the lake, the Boar's Head Spa has a modest six treatment rooms yet offers over 30 services, from traditional and Thai massage to sea mud wraps and hydrotherapy soaks. It has a hot tub as well as a dry sauna and is adjacent to one of the resort's swimming pools. And in pleasant weather you can relax outdoors on a slate patio with lake views. The tennis courts are part of the Sports Club, a sprawling complex comprising a Junior Olympic swimming pool and two other pools, a state-of-the-art fitness center with a Cardio theater and Cybex weight-training, a climbing wall, squash and racquetball courts, some 55 weekly classes (among them Pilates and water aerobics), kids' programs, and child care.

Lodging

The 170 rooms occupy four four-story buildings in stone and cafe-au-lait-colored clapboard with gables on their shingle or metal roofs. The decor runs to four-poster beds and brass lamps, typical of a country estate, but with modern amenities like high-speed Internet access. Some have fireplaces and balconies. Views tend to be of the lake or verdant countryside.

Restaurants

There are four food outlets at the Boar's Head, chief among them the Old Mill Room in the restored 1834 grist mill. It focuses on fresh, local ingredients. Otherwise, you have the choice of the more casual Bistro 1834, the golf clubhouse, or the Café at the Sports Club, the last of which serves smoothies, coffees, baked goods, wraps, specials, beer & wine and has outside dining when weather permits.

Calendar

Oct. 30-Nov. 7, 2017: 9th Annual Charlottesville Men’s Pro Challenge
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This ATP Pro Circuit event with a purse of $75,000 has 32 players in the singles draw, 16 teams in doubles. Qualifying rounds begin Oct. 30 followed by the main draw on Nov. 1. The event benefits Special Olympics Virginia. Admission to all rounds is free. 

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Rates and Reservations

Rooms range from standard in the inn to those with lake views or fireplaces and finally to full suites. See their web site for current rates.

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The Boar's Head
200 Ednam Dr.
P.O. Box 5307
Charlottesville, VA 22905
434-296-2181
Toll-free: 800-476-1988
Fax: 434-972-6024
Web Link: The Boar's Head


Travel Essentials

Season. Year-round.

Travel Instructions. The nearest airport is Charlottesville-Albemarle Regional Airport (CHO), which is 10 miles from the resort.

General Tourist Information. Among the local attractions are Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, James Monroe's Ash Lawn-Highland, and the Historic Michie Tavern, where you can have lunch. For more information about these and other local sites, visit the Charlottesville/Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau website or contact them at P.O. Box 178, Charlottesville, VA 22902. Phone: 804-977-1783.

©2017 Roger Cox

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Kiawah Mar2011

Kiawah Island Golf Resort, South Carolina. Directed by Hall of Fame Tennis Pro Roy Barth, Kiawah's programs receive the highest accolades. Custom packages include unlimited court time, accommodations and daily breakfast. Enjoy Kiawah’s beach, spa, and dining. Call 888.856.7107 or visit www.kiawahresort.com/tennis




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Here's what others have had to say about Boar's Head.

  • 4-Ball Rating "Outstanding facilities and staff. Teaching is very high quality"—B.T., Adv. Int., April 2013

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Kiawah Mar2011

Kiawah Island Golf Resort, South Carolina. Directed by Hall of Fame Tennis Pro Roy Barth, Kiawah's programs receive the highest accolades. Custom packages include unlimited court time, accommodations and daily breakfast. Enjoy Kiawah’s beach, spa, and dining. Call 888.856.7107 or visit www.kiawahresort.com/tennis


©2017 Roger Cox