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Racquet Sports

A Fun & Active Lifestyle

Amid the beautiful tree-line drives and natural beauty at Thornblade lies an impressive Tennis complex with 15 lighted courts including seven Har-Tru, two hard surface and six newly constructed Pickleball Courts.

Thornblade Club boasts one of the most active tennis programs in the Southeast. Men and ladies alike enjoy challenging clinics, open pickleball nights, competitive match play, USTA events, league play, and a variety of social activities and events. The year-round Junior program has camps and clinics for every level from beginner to competitive player development.

The Tennis Pro Shop offers the latest rackets, gear, and apparel as well as racket stringing and re-gripping services.

Thornblade Club is proud to host the annual USTA Thornblade Adult Charity Tennis Classic which raises funds for a charity of choice each summer. In 2022, the tournament featured over 160 competitors and raised $36,788 for the International Progressive Multiple Sclerosis Alliance on behalf of a Thornblade member faced with the disease. 



Meet the Tennis Pros

Director of Tennis Rick King is a South Carolina native and grew up with a passion for the game beginning at only four years old. After playing collegiate tennis at the University of Mount Olive, Rick became a teaching professional at tennis resorts and academies in Hilton Head and Isle of Palms, SC. Rick has served as the cornerstone of the Thornblade tennis program since 2009 and has served as Director of Tennis since 2013.

Accompanying Rick is Thornblade's Head Tennis Professional Austin Schlarb and Assistant Tennis Professional Graysen Elms. Our professional staff is enthusiastic about organizing fun events, compeitive matches and charity events for all ages. They specialize in advancing technique and increasing performance in both pickleball and tennis through private lessons, group clinics, and junior camps. 

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