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The Dominion Country Club
3 Dominion Drive
San Antonio, TX 78257
|CLUB / RESORT DATA|
|Number of Tennis Courts||11|
|Number of Pickleball Courts||7|
|Retail/F&B Size (sq. ft.):||2,500|
|% Member Usage||20%|
|Number of Interclub Teams||11|
|Number of Junior Players||125|
|Full Time Staff Members||4|
|Part Time Staff Members||21|
The facility itself is uniquely serene, and co-mingles the courts with natural surroundings, including a man-made brook that flows through the area.
There are 11 individual tennis courts (no shared surfaces). The Director of Tennis has been at the club for more than 30 years, and four other employees have been part of the team for more than 20 years. This commitment and longevity set this club apart from all others.
Any time of day, the staff will be on the courts, working with members on skills drills or competitive strategies. The cadence ebbs and flows, starting with the morning rush, the after-school programs, and ending with evening matches.
It’s this activity and vibrancy that sets the club apart from the competition and that has solidified its regional reputation for racquet sports excellence. In fact, other clubs covet and copy programs because constant excellence, delivered by an experienced staff, leads to robust participation and member satisfaction.
Since imitation is the best form of flattery, it’s no wonder that other clubs want to paint their pickleball courts in the same hue of blue or try to engage as many junior players as possible in after-school and camp programs. The club’s Mighty Muscle tennis camps (4 to 8-year-olds, offered for 10 weeks each summer) are considered the best in the region and teach eight sport disciplines each day. Best of all, the kids are never indoors and never using their electronic devices.
The tennis academy has sent players to college and introduced the game of tennis children as young as 4. All players in the academy are expected to mentor the program’s youth. On a daily basis, players young and old, tournament players and beginners, warm up together. The team bond created is second to none and is clearly in evidence when players compete in tournaments around the state.
The weekly schedule of events is coupled with year-round special themed opportunities. From Thursday Night Lights (mixed social pickleball and tennis) to Saturday Morning Workouts (all players welcome to participate in physical drills that always cater to their level), activities options are creative and popular.
The Wimbledon White Events are special and very popular, anchored by early-morning watch parties, complete with strawberries and cream, cucumber sandwiches (crusts off, of course), Pimm’s and Champagne bars. The event even includes a call with Wimbledon Royalty Alan Mills (tournament director from 1980-2005), which provides a unique perspective.
Additional annual special events on the calendar are February’s Sweetheart Pickleball, Tax Day Men’s Round Robin Doubles, Kentucky Derby Mixed “Mint Juleps,” Couples Golf and Pickle Ball, and on the day after Thanksgiving, Fit Friday “Burn That Turkey Off”— to name only a few.