By Roger Cox, Editor
Set deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, the Yonahlossee Resort & Club started out in 1922 as a summer camp for girls, but took on an entirely different dimension after being converted to a tennis resort in 1987. Then as now guests stayed either in an inn or the cottages and homes on the property and dining in the 1920s stone house now known as the Gamekeeper Restaurant and Bar or other local restaurants. Although the resort's amenities have been expanded to include a spa, fitness center, and pool, tennis at the member-owned private club (though open to guests) remains the centerpiece: outdoors, from May through October on its seven Har-Tru courts, and indoors on three hard courts year round.
Pro Shop: 828-963-1800
Veteran tennis professional Ripley Amell holds the dual roles of the General Manager and Director of Tennis. His long career tennis and hospitality began at the Gray Rocks Inn in Quebec's Laurentian Mountains—working for both its ski and its tennis schools—and from there to run several other resorts and junior camps, among them Matchpoint Jr. Tennis in Canada and Maine Golf & Tennis Camp. he also ran adult camps at Vermont's Essex Resort & Spa and the Pocono Mountains Skytop Lodge in Pennsylvania. At Yonahlossee, he has plans to "working hard to achieve even higher levels of tennis service and hospitality, delivering our member/guests the kind of club/resort experience that only Yonahlossee can offer and building an enduring love for our club.".
Courts & Fees. There are seven clay courts outdoors and 3 hard indoors as well as two permanent pickleball courts.
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Yonahlossee Racquet Club
2- to 5-bedroom homes are available for rent at the club through a variety of rental agencies. See Property for more information and rates.226 Oakley Green
Seasons. May-September on the outdoor courts; year-round on the indoor courts.
Travel Instructions. By Air: The most convenient airport is Charlotte Douglas International (CLT) in Charlotte, NC, a two-hour drive away much of it along four-lane highway. The alternative is Asheville Regional Airport (AVL), roughly the same distance away but along often narrow roads.
General Tourist Information. Visit the Explore Boone Area website.