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Taos Tennis at Quail Ridge Taos

Taos, New Mexico

By Roger Cox, Editor

Taos Tennis at Quail Ridge Taos, Taos, New Mexico
Courtesy Taos Tennis

It would be tempting to attribute Kurt Edelbrock's commitment to tennis to the fact that he owns the courts at Taos Tennis at Quail Ridge Taos as well as the nearby swimming pool and building that houses the pro shop. But the truth is Edelbrock has been running a solid program on these courts since 1980 (with a few brief lapses when owners mistakenly thought they could to better), long before he became the proprietor. And it's also true that under his ownership the complex expanded from eight to ten courts, a necessity to meet the demand he created, especially in summer, when there are one or more tennis activities scheduled for adults every day. He supplements that with several sanctioned and unsanctioned tournaments during summer and fall and weekly sessions for juniors and a couple of summer junior day camps. And such is his passion, that even in winter, he'll spread sheets of black visqueen (a polyethylene plastic) over a couple of courts to melt the snow, so it is actually possible to play there year-round.

"This is my heart and soul," he told me as we sat courtside having beers after a late-afternoon clinic. "We've got such an athletic community that a facility like this can stay busy,"

If you show up at the courts—whether you rent one of the adjacent condos or stay anywhere else in town—and the staff will find a way to get you involved.

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Edelbrock did not start out to be a tennis player. A solid athlete—he lettered in five sports and captained the football team at a small junior college in Southern California—he didn't take up tennis until he was 22 and living in Arizona. He went on to graduate from the University of Arizona, studying kinesthesiology and Kurt Edelbrock, Taos Tennis at Quail Ridge Taos, Taos, New Mexicobiomechanics, where noted tennis coach Bill Murphy helped him with his game even though he wasn't on the team. That led to a head pro position in Tucson and in 1980 to an offer to run what was then the Tennis Ranch of Taos.
"From the time I was 10 I wanted to run a resort," he remembers. "And because I started tennis later in life, I still have a lust for the game. I enjoy every day I'm on the tennis court."
At Taos Tennis he has either a clinic or drop-in doubles or both scheduled for every day of the week for adults. He supplements that with several tournaments, two of them sanctioned, the largest of which draws 140 competitors. "After most of the events we'll have cocktails or brunch afterwards," he told me. So he draws widely. On any given day, he says they get "a nice blend of condo owners, guests, and people staying in town."

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The John Newcombe Tennis Ranch offers unbelievable programs for all levels and ages & unbelievable prices in a beautiful Texas Hill Country setting. All inclusive Adult Vacations, World Class Junior Camps offered year-round with over 45 years of tradition and expertise & an Elite Academy program guaranteed to take your game to the next level. For more information visit, www.NewkTennis.com


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(145 Reviewers)
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Lodging

The resort consists of clusters of individually owned condominiums, each with a full kitchen and a wood-burning kiva fireplace, and all within an easy walk of the courts. Edelbrock himself manages about 25 of the units, so by renting through him you're assured of full membership privileges. For more information about lodging, visit Quail Ridge Taos.

Restaurants

Next door is Common Fire, a full-service restaurant with an outdoor patio and beautiful view. Their menu features classic American dishes and Asian-influenced plates and bowls. [link to restaurant is http://taoscommonfire.com/]

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Rates and Reservations

Lodging consists of individually owned condominiums, which range in size from rooms with kitchenettes to units with two bedrooms and full kitchens. Most have fireplaces and private patios or balconies. A cleaning fee applies and varies with the size of the unit.

Jan. 1-Dec. 21, 2017
$85-$200/night

Taos Tennis at Quail Ridge Taos
88 State Road 150
Taos, NM 87571
575-776-3447
Toll-free: 800-624-4448
Fax: 575-776-3446
Web Link: Taos Tennis at Quail Ridge Taos


Travel Essentials

Seasons. Year-round.

General Tourist Information. For general information about New Mexico travel, check out the New Mexico Tourism Department website.

©2017 Roger Cox

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(145 Reviewers)
Tennis Overall
4½-Ball Rating Instruction
4-Ball Rating Tennis Complex
4½-Ball Rating Cuisine
3-Ball Rating Dollar Value
4½-Ball Rating Setting
4½-Ball Rating Romance
4-Ball Rating Kids' Programs
4-Ball Rating
Tennis Staff
4½-Ball Rating Game Matching
4½-Ball Rating Junior Tennis
4-Ball Rating Lodging
3½-Ball Rating Spa & Fitness
3-Ball Rating Other Recreation
4-Ball Rating Solo Travelers
4-Ball Rating


Newks text+graphic
The John Newcombe Tennis Ranch offers unbelievable programs for all levels and ages & unbelievable prices in a beautiful Texas Hill Country setting. All inclusive Adult Vacations, World Class Junior Camps offered year-round with over 45 years of tradition and expertise & an Elite Academy program guaranteed to take your game to the next level. For more information visit, www.NewkTennis.com




Newks text+graphic
The John Newcombe Tennis Ranch offers unbelievable programs for all levels and ages & unbelievable prices in a beautiful Texas Hill Country setting. All inclusive Adult Vacations, World Class Junior Camps offered year-round with over 45 years of tradition and expertise & an Elite Academy program guaranteed to take your game to the next level. For more information visit, www.NewkTennis.com


©2017 Roger Cox