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“Superb attention to tennis instruction” 4 of 5 stars
Review of John Newcombe's Tennis Ranch

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325 Mission Valley Road, New Braunfels, TX 78131-0469   |  
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“Superb attention to tennis instruction”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

The individual attention to instruction and the litany of excellent tennis drills make this an excellent camp for those who wish to improve their game. Be prepared to exercise and work on your skills. This is not country club tennis. The food is very good and the price is great for what you get. The staff is friendly and encouraging. The accomodations are fine...sparse, but clean. The bathrooms could use updating, but I was there to play tennis, not focus on interior design. For people most interested in playing tennis better this is a great deal.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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NewksResort, Public Relations Manager at John Newcombe's Tennis Ranch, responded to this review, September 10, 2012
Thank you for your compliments on our tennis program. We enjoyed having you stay with us. Since your visit in 2011, we have updated all of our rooms and are in the process of completing a major upgrade to all of our bathrooms. It would be our pleasure to have you back for a weekend or week of tennis! We hope to see you on the courts soon!
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Houston, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2012

We live in Texas so we tried this place. It's okay but not great. It seems dated and worn out and the clay courts, one of the reasons we went, are indistinguishable from the hard courts. However, the staff is good, the instruction was good, and the play they arranged for us was fun.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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, Manager at John Newcombe's Tennis Ranch, responded to this review, July 10, 2012
Dear Ward W.

Thank you for your recent feedback regarding the Ranch. We are definitely “Texas Ranch” style and do not compete with Florida or South Carolina in terms of either image or price. Our clay courts are dirt and hard-courts are cement.

We appreciate your constructive criticism.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2011

"ekaskate" - the previous reviewer - says it all, and very well. One goes for the tennis!!! so go - with an open mind - ready to work on your game. (and leave your smartphone in your bag!)

The property was once was a Dude ranch. The two-time Australian Wimbledon champion (1970 I believe), John Newcombe, bought it for he and his young family, and developed it from there (he now lives in Australia and visits a few times a year). It is peaceful and beautiful at the ranch. We saw a roadrunner, deer, hawks, and heard coyotes howling at the moon!

The adult programmes are part of the entire facility. This is also a world-class tennis academy for Juniors. This sets the tone for the ranch. Imagine that you are at a summer camp -- then you will think it very luxurious!

It's good if you are an intermediate or advanced player, it's not for beginners. Different levels will be expertly accommodated. The pros are top-notch. You will get the most from your experience by being in decent tennis shape before you arrive.

You will want to pack a few extras: refillable water bottle (like Nalgene/Klean Kanteen) so you don't have to use one of those courtside tiny cone cups; a coffee mug (they just have disposable ones); lots of tennis clothes (but not whites, that's too "country club"!!); bathing suit (for the lovely pool and hot tub); warm-up jacket and pants; healthy snacks like almonds, raisins, protein bars (you'll want to re-fuel between meals. Breakfast is at 8:00 am, so a snack for on-court as there is not a break until noon. Lunch is at 12:00, and then there is no food or refreshments until 7:00 pm). You will want to stop at the nearby grocery store (the H-E-B) to pick up bottled waters (though the tap water there is fine), and fruit if you want to supplement the orange/apple/bananas they always have available. There is a pro shop with a fridge full of water and sports drinks, tennis clothing, and a re-stringing service. What not to pack: any "nice" clothes for dinner (this is not a "country club": a John Newcombe-ism), more than one novel to read (no time!).

My husband and I just returned from a Sunday through Friday week, we were there over the American Thanksgiving. A delicious, huge, traditional turkey dinner was served on Thursday at lunch (we had an extra-long break so we could have a nap!) then back out on the courts in the afternoon. And another turkey dinner that night! We even had the requisite left-overs on Friday with a yummy soup. The food was simple and plentiful, if high-caloric! There was always a big salad. Would have been good if oatmeal porridge and a big bowl of plain yoghurt would have been available every day at breakfast. (I am eating gluten-free). We did think there could have been a "tea-time" of sorts at around 4:00 - we were famished after the afternoon session and it's a long time until dinner: a table set up with coffee/tea/lemonade and small sandwiches and cookies in the bar area would have been a nice and convivial treat for the families and adults.

The rooms were super clean (we had a courtside hotel room) and very basic - there was not a dresser, just a writing desk. There was a huge walk-in closet though. So we bought lots of clothes hangers at the grocery store and used those for our clothes.

Nearby there are several things to do if you were so inclined: one of the largest outlet malls in the States, a big water park, and an underground lake. San Antonia is around 40 miles away.

I would recommend the ranch to families (there is a separate kids programme), single adult travellers and couples -- whose goal it is to become a more well-rounded player (i.e. to work on your weaknesses!) and those on a plateau, who wish to take their game to the next level.

Room Tip: The courtside hotel room was fine and good value (although there was no fridge or laundry in them).
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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, Manager at John Newcombe's Tennis Ranch, responded to this review, July 10, 2012
Thank you for your detailed description of your stay at the Ranch.

We always appreciate our Guests comments regarding their experience as it helps us to improve our facility and programs. We hope you will return very soon!
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2011

Your going there for the tennis NOT a five star country club.... They work you hard, the food is plentyful, but not gourmet ... YOUR GOING THERE FOR THE TENNIS...They work well for all levels and the groups are small. The accommodation is basic but fine .. YOUR GOING THERE FOR THE TENNIS ... you don't do much more than crash in the room because they have worked you so hard with drill after drill .. No time to relax ... cause YOUR GOING FOR THE TENNIS.... in the evening they make it really fun in the bar... So bottom line is if your looking for a country club don't come ... if you want your tennis to improve and your a 3.0 to 4.5 player ... you will get supportive coaches that are only too happy to answer questions... the beds are clean. So go for the tennis and have a blast! I will be going back for my fourth visit.

Room Tip: I have stayed in a two bedroom condo and also the cottage... both are basic but fine... For two the...
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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, Manager at John Newcombe's Tennis Ranch, responded to this review, July 10, 2012
It was a pleasure to host you at the Ranch and we look forward to having you back soon!
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2011

I stayed at the Newcombe ranch over New Years (Dec 2010-Jan 2011). I was very impressed with the quality of instruction and the amount of attention. We had 9 adults and 3 pros. The food was good and very plentiful. The ranch grounds were well kept.

The only negative was the accomodations. I had a courtside room. Although you don't spend much time in the room, the condition of them really made it almost hard to stay there. The room was very sparsely furnished. You have to put your suitcase on the floor because there is nothing to put it on. No cable TV (not an issue for me, but could be for some). The bathroom was in terrible condition; it was clean but it felt dirty because of how old it was. The units have cute porches outside the rooms but no furniture on them. The beds were comfortable, which was great because you are really tired from so much tennis. There was nothing on the walls, no sense of decor. We had to run the heat because there was only a thin blanket on the bed.

The price is so reasonable for this camp that it's hard to complain about the rooms. However, if I did it again, I would spend more and stay in nicer accomodations. They are building a Newcombe tennis community just across the street from the current ranch and maybe it will have rental units. I absolutely recommend this place as long as you have low expectations for the accomodations.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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, Manager at John Newcombe's Tennis Ranch, responded to this review, July 10, 2012
Thank you for your feedback on the Ranch. We have recently updated many of our rooms and this is a constant work in progress as we are an older faciltiy.

We appreciate your constructive criticism as it helps us identfy problems areas. Happy tennis and we hope you will schedule a tennis vacation with us in the future.
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2011

Stayed in a two bedroom condo with my junior tennis player while they were attending a weekly tennis program. Switched units because the first one had food and debris in the silverware drawer and garbage in one of the kitchen cabinets. Second unit had a clean silverware drawer but after we unpacked, noticed the very stained carpet, grimy phone, sliding door with a broken lock, peeling wallboard in the shower and below the bathroom sink, mold, dirty walls and missing lights in fixtures. Aside from a coffee maker, the kitchen was unusable as there were insufficient supplies--a couple of plastic bowls was about it. The unit also had no smoke detector. We simply could not wait to leave and in retrospect, we should have. The resort is in a general state of disrepair. Go elsewhere.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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, Manager at John Newcombe's Tennis Ranch, responded to this review, July 10, 2012
We are sorry that you did not enjoy the Ranch, and judging from your comments we really "dropped the ball". We are constantly working on improving and updating our facilities and rooms, and have a new housekeeping manager in place since your visit. Your comments will help us improve.
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Lubbock, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2010

A group of four tennis friends went for a weekend of tennis instruction. We had a 2 bedroom condo. The set up in the condo is one very small bedroom with two twin beds and a much larger room with two queen beds. The larger room had its own A/C unit so that room did stay pretty cool. I had read the other posts so I wasn't expecting luxurious accomodations but I was expecting something nicer than a Motel 6 or Super 8. Cleanliness, bedding and linens were on par with Motel 6. Air conditioning did not work properly in the living room and smaller bedroom and we were told there were no other rooms and that it was just hot in the loft rooms due to no insulation. Funny, their website does not mention that this is "just the way it is." Our living area and small bedroom were always over 80 degrees in the afternoon and early evening. After 3 requests, they did finally provide us with an commercial type fan that was so loud that we had to shout. Their was a washer/dryer in the unit but we didn't use it because we didn't want to heat the room up any further. The water was turned off for a few hours on our second day. We were told it would be just a few minutes. This would not have been a big deal but it was the time in between our tennis sessions so not everyone got to shower. The toilet was stopped up and again, took 3 calls to get attention for this problem. Ok, so you get the picture; accomodations are really lacking. Onto the tennis program, which is what we were there for anyway. We had a social hit Friday night for about 2 hours that was pretty good. No real instruction but some fun drills. There was 1 pro for every 5-6 players. The next day we had two clinics, one from 9-11:45 and another from 2:00-4:00 and a round robin tournament from about 4:30-5:30. The drills were good and you definitely get a workout. The program is run by a man named Joe and he has about 7 college students assisting him. There were 5 male pros and 2 female pros. Noone in my group received much individual instruction and I do have to point out that the young college men did spend alot of time working individually with the younger women there. Not bitter; this is just a fact. I still got some very useful things from the clinics. There was a lot of time spent explaining the drills and then always some confusion among Joe and the pros about how to run the drills so the time could be more efficient. They do adult weekends alot so I'm not sure why they don't have it down to a science by now. Just something simple like having the pros rotate courts instead of the players would help so that you're not always having to go back to where your bag is for water or a towel. They did keep the water jugs well stocked and that was good since it was extremely hot everyday. Overall, we did hit a lot of balls just didn't get much individual instruction. The food is provided as part of the package. All the meals were buffet style and were pretty standard "camp fare", nothing gourmet but ok. There is a bar with very reasonable priced drinks. Pros socialize with the guests in the evening. Front desk staff are not the most efficient. After making our reservation, we didn't get a confirmation email or anything stating what to bring. When I called with questions, they would answer the exact question but did not volunteer any additional information. We originally planned to stay Sunday night as well and then changed our plans so I called to cancel that night. Then, when we checked in, we confirmed that our last night was cancelled. When we checked out, we were charged for the extra night and it took some time for them to rerun cards and credit the over charge. We all agreed that while we had a fairly good time, we probably would not return and definitely not in the middle of the Texas summer heat.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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, Manager at John Newcombe's Tennis Ranch, responded to this review, July 10, 2012
Dear Saqsaq,

Thank you for your incisive comments regarding your stay with us. It really helps us to receive feedback, both good and bad, in order to improve. We take all your critisims very seriously and will follow up on all your comments.
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Address: 325 Mission Valley Road, New Braunfels, TX 78131-0469
Location: United States > Texas > New Braunfels
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 25 Specialty Lodging in New Braunfels
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Established in 1968, by tennis Legend, John Newcombe, the Tennis Ranch has evolved into one of the premier tennis destinations in the world. Nestled in the rolling Hill Country of Texas, the Ranch offers year-round junior tennis camps, adult tennis vacations, a world class tennis academy and fantasy camps with tennis legends. The Ranch is a totally unique tennis environment that can be enjoyed by everyone at all levels. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, there’s a program here for you! In addition to tennis, the Ranch offers corporate team building, adventure camps and meetings and special events. ... more   less 
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