Ramey Tennis Schools
By Roger Cox, Editor
A USPTA Master Professional, Joan Ramey has been running her camp at the Ramey Sports Center, amid farms and orchards in a country setting three miles outside Owensboro, Kentucky, for more than 40 years. She is the first to admit that hers is a no-frills approach, focused instead on the quality of the instruction. "What you will find are certified instructors who are determined to help you refine your game the Ramey way: biomechanical video evaluation, bone-grinding drills, and lots of blood sweat and tears," she says. "And because there are no short cuts, you won’t find any tricky stuff here. Just solid instruction designed to make lasting improvements in your game."
The Sports Center, which is also home to an equestrian school, is down to three hard courts, after Ramey sold her indoor center and greatly reduced the number of camps she offers (see the schedule below). Adults stay in a hotel in Owensboro or in a condo-cottage or bed-and-breakfast, 20 minutes away at the Ramey Riding Stables. The group program runs on selected weekends in spring.
NOTE: Before each meal, Ramey gathers the campers and leads them in prayer. noting on her website that you have the option of remaining outside until that's over if you prefer not to take part.
Pro Shop: 270-570-3054
For comparison's sake, also take a look at:
- John Newcombe Tennis Ranch, Texas
- Peter Kaplan's Westhampton Beach Tennis Academy, New York
- Total Tennis, New York
Rates and Reservations
The Ramey School runs 2- and 3-day camps on selected dates year round. Rates include tennis instruction, meals, and lodging. Housing is either at the Hampton Inn in Owensboro or in the Bed & Breakfast Lodge on the Ramey Riding Stables Property 20 minutes away. See the website for exact details and lodging rates.
Apr. 25-27, May 23-25 & Aug. 29-31, 2014
(Instruction only): 2-day, $250; 3-day, $300
5931 State Rte. 56
Owensboro, KY 42301
Seasons. Selected weekends in spring.
General Tourist Information. For general information about travel to Kentucky, visit the Kentucky Department of Travel website or contact them toll-free at 800-225-8747.