Tennis

The West Lake Tennis program at its core is fun, fitness and fundamentals, as taught by our tennis professionals who are passionately committed to helping players enjoy life by enjoying the physical, mental and social benefits of tennis and fitness.

The West Lake Tennis program is the consummate Country Club experience. We boast two highly credentialed and experienced tennis professionals whose primary goal is to give our membership their best service on a daily basis. The tennis desk is ably manned on weekday mornings by Karen Lowry, who has been an instructor and for most of her life has played tennis at a high level. Afternoons and weekends are staffed with the best of our local high schoolers. West Lake has a complete array of programs to offer its patrons. For the kids we start as young as 4 and have clinic opportunities all the way to those players training to play college tennis. The pathway has a specific stepping stone approach to allow all of our players to move systematically to the next group if they are inclined towards building a strong tennis game. Our adult tennis program, like most, begins with the ladies’ leagues. Participating in the CSRA Ladies’ Doubles League we have a “B” team and “C” team. Each team has 12 or more players who play once a week and practice one day as well for those who wish to do so. We also have two ladies’ teams that play in the local USTA League. We have a 3.0 team and a 3.5 team. Our hopes are to add a 2.5 and 4.0 team to that list for the fall of 2019. Adding an “A” team to the CSRA league seems reasonable as well, especially if the 4.0 team comes to pass. We have an ongoing entry level clinic for those just getting started and for those wishing to play on one of the teams. For the guys we offer men’s nights periodically and will always assist with putting together USTA teams when there is enough interest. Our facility has 4 hard courts, which is where most of our afternoon junior programming occurs. We have seven clay courts where our ladies’ league play happens. Our clay courts are well maintained and are second to none in Augusta. Our two-story pro shop affords excellent viewing to all of our courts. The pro shop itself is stocked with an assortment of clothing, accessories, shoes and rackets. We are a Wilson Exclusive dealer and can offer anything Wilson has and get it here in short order if we do not have it in stock. Both of our pros own GoPro video equipment and can film your swing or an entire match with personal analysis. Their equipment allows for instantaneous feedback or can be viewed on the larger TV/Monitor in the upstairs of the tennis shop. By mid-February we will be adding four Pickleball courts to what we already offer at our club. Look for more information here as to the exact opening of the courts and the Grand Opening that will follow. If you are already a Pickleball aficionado, you have access to lessons from our Head Tennis Professional who is also a high level Pickleballer. He is certified and is already using temporary nets to teach on the hard courts.


Our Staff 

Director of Tennis

Mark Rearden, Tennis Professional

Mark Rearden is a career tennis professional with over 40 years in the tennis industry (21 of which were at West Lake). He has a Master Professional certification with the USPTA and a Professional rating with the PTR.  He is also a Certified Junior High Performance Coach.  He is a USTA certified Referee and an ITA Official.  His writings have been published nationally in AddVantage Magazine, the TennisPro, and Tennis Industry Magazine.  He has directed 13 USTA professional events as well as the ITA Small College National Championships. 

HEAD TENNIS PROFESSIONAL
VU NGUYEN  
Vu grew up in Augusta, GA and played junior tennis here as well. He attended The University of Georgia where he received his degree in Sports and Exercise Science.   Vu has been coaching tennis professionally since 2004. Throughout his coaching career, Vu has overseen junior programs at some of the most successful tennis facilities in the Southeast. Vu has also worked as a national QuickStart trainer for the USTA, whose mission was to educate coaches around the nation on developing 10 and Under Players. While doing so he became the youngest teaching professional in the country to be selected for this position.   His teaching style has allowed him great diversity in the level of player he teaches. While he currently teaches most of the entry level programs at West Lake, he also acts as the primary coach for several of our juniors with sectional rankings and has trained players who currently play college tennis.   Vu is a USPTA Elite Professional and also has the Professional designation through the PTR. He is also a 5.0 Pickleball player and competes at a level such that he is a sponsored player. He is Professionally certified to teach Pickleball through the Professional Pickleball Registry.