Woodbridge club hires tennis pros, resurfaces courts

Mauricio Achondo, one of Woodbridge Golf and Country Club's newest tennis pros, teaches a lesson on one of the club's resurfaced tennis courts on Tuesday afternoon.

Eight months after members approved major renovations, Woodbridge Golf and Country Club announced on Tuesday that it has expanded its tennis program by hiring two new professionals to teach lessons on its resurfaced tennis courts.

Kristine Roberson, the club’s sales and marketing director, said the resurfacing cost approximately $150,000 and was one of the club members’ top priorities when they approved the capital improvement project in May 2018.

“We finished on Labor Day, and that started generating some interest in tennis here,” Roberson said.

In addition to hiring Mauricio Achondo and Haley Marais — tennis professionals who previously taught at Twin Arbors Athletic Club on Cochran Road in Lodi — Roberson said Woodbridge also attracted new members when Twin Arbors closed its doors in November 2018.

“I believe we have about 50 new members after (Twin Arbors) announced that,” Roberson said.

After working as the tennis director and head professional at Twin Arbors for 30 years, Achondo is excited to bring his knowledge and experience to Woodbridge, where he said many of his Twin Arbors players have moved to as well.

“It’s a great change for the country club,” Achondo said. “They haven’t had tennis here in a few years, not in the capacity that Haley and I are capable of developing.”

Marais, who spent eight of her 25 years as a tennis professional at Twin Arbors, said she enjoys the environment at Woodbridge and has found the staff and club members to be welcoming.

“I feel like we have the opportunity to grow nice adult and junior programs here,” Marais said. “In the month and a half we’ve been here, we’ve been able to get more juniors interested in playing tennis, and hopefully they will continue to play as adults.”

Ashley Pitcock, the club’s sports complex director, said Achondo and Marais now teach lessons for individuals and groups of all ages and experience levels, as well as weekly tennis clinics.

“We find the best program for you based on your experience level and how much you want to play,” Pitcock said.

The club also plans to host more tennis tournaments and club championships, Pitcock said, and offer more league teams.

“We have the Woodbridge Ladies’ League, but we only have one team right now,” Pitcock said. “Hopefully by September, we’ll have three to five teams.”

Woodbridge Golf and Country Club is located at 800 E. Woodbridge Road, Woodbridge. For more information, call 209-334-5454 or visit www.woodbridgegcc.com.

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