By Roger Cox, Editor
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.
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 6 outdoor and 4 indoor courts at Whitman College.
Campers can opt to stay in dormitories on campus or in the historic Marcus whitman Hotel in downtown Walla Walla.
If you like the sound of the Whitman's Tennis and Wine Camp:
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, July, October, November 2019
Tennis only (no wine): June14-16, 2019
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.