| By Jacob Mishkin
Photo credit: Samantha Sklar

The Hamlet Country Club opened their gates to members and guests who entered to play in the Club’s Annual Tennis and BBQ Mixed-Doubles Tournament this past Saturday night. Those in attendance enjoyed a nice summer evening and also an assortment of food and beverages. While there was a tournament to be played, having a nice time, meeting new people, and enjoying the sport of tennis were what the night was all about.

The Hamlet Golf & Country Club Tennis Director Bruce Moodnik was pleased with the night’s turnout, as he, along with other staff members, have steadily progressed the overall tennis program at The Hamlet Golf & Country Club over the past three years.

“We have a lot of new members this year which is great,” said Moodnik. “We have 40 new families, so there are a lot more tennis players. We have also done a lot of advertising and we did a whole renovation to the tennis area, which has made the area even more beautiful than it was in the past. For the tennis members, we run cardio tennis, tennis zones and have the club championships.”

Hamlet Golf and Country Club member Rob Smith, who competed in the tournament, reiterated the growing popularity of tennis at the Hamlet.

“There are a bunch of new members this year that are only tennis members,” said Smith. “This year, we started a single and doubles league. Each year, tennis seems to grow more and more, and we have more tennis members in the development than we have had before. With a larger pool of players, we are having more people come out now.”

Smith also noted how great the events are for the community.

“The social aspect is really, really good,” said Smith. “It’s nice bringing out all of the new members, you meet everybody so you can set up games as the season goes on, and everyone seems to be very nice.”

As the event wrapped up, newfound friends mingled and continued to laugh it up as burgers, hot dogs and chicken wings were being served. From the happy members to the strides being made to boost the tennis program, it’s safe to say tennis is on the rise at The Hamlet Golf & Country Club.

Credit all photos to Sarah & Samantha Sklar






Jacob Mishkin

<p>Jacob Mishkin is an intern with Long Island Tennis Magazine. The Woodbury, N.Y. native is currently a junior at St. Bonaventure University where he plays for the Men&#39;s Tennis Team.&nbsp;</p>