| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

 

The outdoor tennis season at Pine Hollow Country Club officially kicked off with the club’s annual Opening Day Carnival last weekend. With Mother Nature finally ushering in the spring weather, tennis players of all ages and levels came out to play some tennis and enjoy a nice Sunday afternoon.

“Our pre-opening event has become one of my favorite traditions at the club,” said Ricky Becker, Pine Hollow’s Director of Tennis. “I like this event because the whole family can come and play, and there is something for everyone. Members who are very competitive and members who aren’t competitive play together in a fun, casual setting where nobody has an agenda.”

The array of courts was filled with players taking part in numerous drills and exercises led by the teaching professionals from Pine Hollow, including a court dedicated to tennis for young children. From toddlers to adults, and competitive to non-competitive players, there were tennis activities for everyone.

 

“It’s a great first day here,” said Amy Tacher. “There are a lot of different games on different courts. We all had fun because, no matter what level, we all get along. The junior pros that are here, and Ricky, are great. They provide a lot of great instruction both for singles and doubles.”

In addition to the thrill of being able to play some outdoor tennis once again, the event serves a great way to reconnect with club members as well as meet some new ones, and usher in another exciting season of tennis.

“The pros they bring in are great and encourage all of us in their teaching. We’re hoping the weather continues to cooperate like it did today,” said Mike Ferber. “The tennis is great, but so is the camaraderie. I am one of the captain’s of the men’s teams that competes against other clubs, so we all go out after we play. It’s a great atmosphere.”

 

With successful inter-club teams and a welcoming environment, the members and staff at Pine Hollow are excited for another summer season of tennis on the north shore.  

“We look forward to celebrating our award as the 2018 USTA Long Island Region’s Private Club of the Year. We have always had weekly Sunday events and this year we added a couple more to prolong our active season until October. I personally love the weekday evening events. It is so peaceful here by the courts far away from any road and traffic. As the sun sets and I sit on the hill by the courts, I literally feel like I’m up in the Adirondacks.”

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