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Walla Walla Tennis and Wine Camps

Walla Walla, Washington

By Roger Cox, Editor

Walla Walla Tennis and Wine Camp
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For three long weekends each summer, Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington becomes the staging ground for an unusual camp focused on tennis and wine. Campers spend part of the day on court and the rest touring local wineries and indulging in winemaker dinners. Terroir expert Dr. David Pogue kicks off the camp on Thursday evening by providing a regional view of the relationship between the land and the wines of eastern Washington and then leads tours and tastings.

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Boise State men's coach Greg Patton directs the program. He helped train such American stalwarts as Pete Sampras, Michael Chang, and Jim Courier. He'll be assisted by Jeff Northam and John Hein, the Whitman College men's and women's coaches respectively. The camp consists of 12 hours of group instruction on the 4 outdoor and 4 indoor courts at Whitman College.

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Ratings

(3 Reviewers)
Tennis Overall
4½-Ball Rating Instruction
4½-Ball Rating Tennis Complex
4-Ball Rating Cuisine
5-Ball Rating Dollar Value
4½-Ball Rating Setting
4-Ball Rating Romance
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Tennis Staff
5-Ball Rating Game Matching
3½-Ball Rating Lodging
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Lodging

Campers can opt to stay in dormitories on campus or in the historic Marcus whitman Hotel in downtown Walla Walla.

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Rates and Reservations

The rate includes tennis instruction, all meals, wine and transportation while in Walla Walla. Special room rates available on campus and off at additional cost. See the website for details.

June 2-5, 2016
$1,095/person

All other dates in June, July & Aug. have sold out

Walla Walla Tennis and Wine Camps
Whitman College
Walla Walla, WA 99362

Travel Essentials

Seasons. Year-round.

Travel Instructions. By Air: The nearest airport is Walla Walla Regional Airport (ALW), five minutes from campus. It is served by Horizon Air out of Seattle. There is broader service into Tri-Cities Airport (PSC), 45 minutes west in Pasco.

General Tourist Information. For general information about the region, visit Share Walla Walla.

©2017 Roger Cox


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Ratings

(3 Reviewers)
Tennis Overall
4½-Ball Rating Instruction
4½-Ball Rating Tennis Complex
4-Ball Rating Cuisine
5-Ball Rating Dollar Value
4½-Ball Rating Setting
4-Ball Rating Romance
4½-Ball Rating
Tennis Staff
5-Ball Rating Game Matching
3½-Ball Rating Lodging
2½-Ball Rating Other Recreation
4-Ball Rating Solo Travelers
5-Ball Rating


Your Call

Here's what others have had to say about Walla Walla Tennis and Wine Camps.

  • 4½-Ball Rating ""—W.M., Adv. Int., April 2014
  • 4-Ball Rating "A fun time playing tennis, meeting great people, enjoying lots of wine and amazing dinners at beautiful wineries!"—H.Y., Adv. Int., August 2013
  • 4½-Ball Rating "Ahh, tennis and wine camp. And tennis players like to eat nice food and drink some good wine. Who doesn’t? What if I told you that there existed such a place, that not only combines tennis with food and wine, but is some of the most fun tennis you’ve ever played but also some of the single most amazing wine dinners you’ve ever had? And it happens day-after-day, night-after-night. Enter Tennis and Wine Camp at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA. The Tennis This is first and foremost a tennis camp. There are warmup routines, technical focus on fundamentals, match situation drills, and fun games that get you running around and interacting with everyone at the camp. There’s a wide range of abilities. There were 2.5 level beginners all the way up to 5.0 superstars. The staff do a great job of mixing it up so that you’re either playing with similar levels or involved in a game where skill level doesn’t matter. Scroll down for a typical day’s schedule. You’re guaranteed a fun group too. Think about it, these are people just like you – fellow foodies who play tennis! Morning session in the Walla Walla sun The Staff One important note: the camp staff runs this camp in order to raise money for the Whitman College men’s and women’s tennis team. And the single biggest reason this camp works is due to that staff. We’re talking not only some of the friendliest people around, but super organized, thoughtful, and FUN. And I should also mention they are AMAZING tennis coaches. Greg Patton (Bio) and Jeff Northam (Bio) are the head coaches of the Boise State and Whitman College tennis teams. From 1984 through 1987, Greg served as the Head Junior National Coach with the USA Junior National Team that included Pete Sampras, Jim Courier, Michael Chang, Patrick McEnroe, and more. But at this camp he’ll be teaching YOU. So much more could be written about Greg and Jeff (and other staffers John Hein (Bio), Tom Sawatzki, etc.) but you’re best off going to the camp and meeting them yourself. The Food If you are a foodie tennis player this camp is a no brainer. The restaurants are top quality. I live in Seattle and it always surprises me that a small town like Walla Walla has the quality of restaurants that it does. But you won’t be eating at just restaurants. My favorite meal was the meal we had on the hill of the Figgins vineyard. The cost of the camp was worth it for just this one meal. We were served amazing amazing food made with local ingredients, and served wine made with the grapes grown in the earth below our feet. It was some of the best wine I’ve ever had and best food in a setting straight out of a magazine."—S.H., Adv. Int., July 2013

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