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
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
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
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.
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 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.