| By New York Tennis Magazine Staff

 

Windridge was founded in 1968 in Jeffersonville, Vt. By Alden Bryan and Ted Hoehn. Bryan, a professional landscape artist and businessman, played tennis at Harvard and was passionate about the sport. Hoehn was only 26-years-old when the two met and decided to go into business together. But Hoehn had already made quite a name for himself in the tennis world. The son of Red Hoehn, the Dartmouth Tennis and Squash Coach, Ted was the number one ranked player in New England in the 13, 15, and 18 & Under Divisions.

He was also a high ranked player nationally. He was recruited to play tennis by the University of North Carolina, where he played # 2 singles and #1 doubles on the perennially powerful UNC team. Ted was twice the champion of both the ACC and Eastern Intercollegiate Doubles titles. After a two-year stint in the Army, followed by a couple of years playing tennis internationally, Hoehn decided to settle down in his native New England and go into partnership with Alden Bryan.

When Windridge first started, it was essentially a specialized tennis camp. But as the camp expanded in the 1970s and 1980s, so too did the camp broaden its featured sports offerings. Soccer, the world’s most popular sport, became a “major” sport at Windridge. As Windridge grew in popularity and size, more international campers attended, many of whom were already very talented in soccer. When Windridge purchased its facility in Roxbury, Vt. in 1985, which was formerly known as Teela Wooket, an all-girls riding camp, horseback riding joined tennis and soccer as another major sport.

Now Windridge has a fourth major...golf. Last spring, Hoehn purchased the Northfield Country Club, which is located three miles down the road from the camp. Founded in 1927, the club has been voted many times as the #1 nine-hole course in Vermont. It operates as a private club, but is also open to the public. Windridge campers who major in golf may now spend either all morning or all afternoon on the links honing their games. Although Adult Camps at Windridge have been in existence since 1970, they have always been limited to offering just tennis instruction. With the addition of the Northfield Country Club, golf now shares the spotlight.

“Both tennis and golf are lifelong sports,” says Hoehn. “Tennis is more physically challenging, and therefore adults tend to play less tennis and more golf as they get older. So I’m expecting many adults will jump at the chance to play half a day of tennis and half a day of golf. And anyone who wants to spend the whole day on the courts or the course may do so.”

Adult campers are housed at the Inn at Teela-Wooket, a lovely five-bedroom, five-bath renovated farmhouse located on the Windridge grounds. The food is both nutritious and delicious. There is a social hour each evening before dinner. There are three Windridge Tennis & Golf Camps scheduled for the summer of 2021. Each session runs from Noon on Wednesday to Noon on Sunday. The dates for the Adult Camps are July 15-18; August 5-8 and August 26-29.

For further information, call Ted Hoehn at (802) 238-8379 or e-mail ted@windridgecamps.com.