SunHawk Pickleball Camp

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Three New Pickleball Camps for 2024

Due to the tremendous success of our first camp, we are adding new camps for 2024

July 18-21 | August 16-18 | September 20-22

Come and experience our off-grid eco-paradise with other pickleballers who want to improve their game by working with professional coaches. Connect with kindred spirits in an atmosphere of inspiration, play and fun! Revitalize your spirit while practicing something you love. Our pickleball courts are brand new and state-of-the art. Enjoy gorgeous lake and valley views in an idyllic isolated location 15 minutes from Hopland in Northern California.

Between pickleball sessions, you can relax on our lakeside lawn, cool off in our lake, go down our 60’ solar pumped water slide, swim out to our island and relax in the hammock swing, dive off the diving board, cruise the lake in a kayak, canoe, or stand up paddle board, take a hot tub, walk our lavender labyrinth, play ping pong or cornhole, or take one of several beautiful nature walks on our 320 acres. We also have a full outdoor kitchen and dining area. Visit about us for detailed information on SunHawk Farms.

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With professional instruction at SunHawk, we hope that Pickleball Camp will be an experience of a lifetime!

A Camp Hosted at SunHawk

SunHawk Pickleball Camp will host 16 pickleballers ranging in skill levels between 2.75 and 4.0 who want to up their game and skills, while having a richly connective bonding experience with their fellow campers. We encourage all campers stay on site at SunHawk Farms for the full experience. SunHawk has 20 beds in 5 different locations and can accommodate up to 30 people. Sheets and towels are provided if staying in one of our accommodations. We encourage you to view our various accommodations. Campers are also welcome to stay offsite or bring their own tents or car camp for economy.

We will be providing six mostly organic, nutritive meals between arrival on Friday afternoon to departure late in the day on Sunday (2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, and snacks and beverages). Snacks, fresh spring water, and limited beer and wine served. Campers are encouraged to BYOB and bring any other items they like. We have a large refrigerator and small freezer on site as well as coolers.

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Our Pickleball Instructors

Our two certified Pickleball instructors are professional in every way. Jack Sayers and Lena Spence have taught pickleball for many years and are both rated at 4.5 and up. They look forward to playing with campers and imparting their skills.

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Jack Sayers

Jack Sayers is a certified PPR instructor and is currently the Pickleball Director at Airport Health Club. Jack is also a certified table tennis and tennis instructor, and ran a popular table tennis club (later an indoor pickleball club) in Marin County for ten years. Jack has been a teacher for over thirty years. Prior to teaching racquet and paddle sports he was a music and classroom teacher. In addition to competing in pickleball tournaments at the 4.5/5.0/Senior Pro level, Jack is also a tournament table tennis player and competitive ultramarathoner.

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Lena Spence

Lena Spence is a certified PPR (Professional Pickleball Registry) instructor and currently teaches pickleball at Airport Health Club in Santa Rosa and also through the Healdsburg Parks and Recreation department. She is experienced in teaching private and group lessons.  She tailors her instruction to fit the needs of each player by incorporating a variety of drills, strategy discussion and fun games in her lessons.  In addition to teaching, Lena enjoys competing in sanctioned pickleball tournaments at the 4.5+ level.  

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Pickleball Camp Schedule

Friday- Sunday

2pm-5pm 

  • Arrival
  • Free Play
  • 'Play with the Pros'
  • Informal instruction, feedback, goal-setting and pickleball discussion

5pm-6pm

  • Introductions of campers, Camp schedule overview
  • Camp teaching themes
  • DUPR and ratings
  • Questions and feedback

SunHawk House Tour by John for Group 1

6:00pm on–

  • Dinner
  • Recreation
  • Optional Evening Play if it is still light

8:00am-9:30am

  • Workshop I: Pickleball Fundamentals–Group 1 (8 people)

9:30am-11:00am

  • Workshop I: Pickleball Fundamentals–Group 2 (8 people)

11:00am-12:00pm

  • Free Play
  • Optional Rated games

12:00pm-2:00pm

  • Private 30 minute lessons – 4 people each on 2 courts

2:00pm-3:00pm

  • Free Play
  • Optional Rated games

3:00pm-4:00pm

  • Workshop II: Backcourt Play–Group 1

4:00pm-5:00pm

  • Workshop II:: Backcourt Play–Group 2

5:00pm on–

SunHawk House Tour by John for Group 2

  • Dinner
  • Recreation 
  • Optional Evening Play if it is still light out

8:00am-9:00am

  • Workshop III: Midcourt Play–Group 1

9:00am-10:00am

  • Workshop III: Midcourt Play–Group 2

10:00am-11:00am

  • Workshop IV:  Kitchen Play–Group 1

11:00am-12:00pm

  • Workshop IV: Kitchen Play–Group 2

12:00pm-2:00pm

  • Private 30 minute lessons

2:00pm

Team Competition

5:00pm

Closing and Departure

When you're not on the courts, campers will be able to take advantage of the many options for recreation on the property, including:

  • Swimming in Lake
  • Water Slide in Lake
  • Swimming to the Island & off the diving board
  • Boating on Lake
  • Hot Tubbing
  • Lavender Labyrinth walk
  • Ping Pong and Corn Hole
  • Hiking the property

Cost and Signing Up

Instruction $600
4.5 hours of Certified Professional Pickleball Instruction at a 1:4 teacher:student ratio and 30 minutes of 1:1 instruction with a Pro.

Additionally, participants will have an opportunity to play casual games with the pros, play rated games with fellow players, and be part of a team event to finish off the camp.

Food $195
Food/Drink/Snacks (2 dinners, 2 lunches, 2 breakfasts)

Lodging average cost $200
Details on accommodations here (average cost $100/night)

Total around $995 (depending on accommodation)
For 3 days, 2 nights with food, instruction, and accommodation

Note that each accommodation can be shared to reduce costs and car camping and tent camping will bring costs down to $25/night

Alternatively, campers can choose to stay offsite and pay zero Lodging Fees; but will likely miss out on the whole SunHawk experience.

To sign up for Pickleball Camp, we ask for a $500 deposit with the balance due a week before arrival. We will send out a contract upon receipt of your deposit that spells out the details. Please specify your first, second and third choices for lodging when you send in your deposit. We fully expect to sell out Camps with a limit of 16 campers, so please act expeditiously if you are interested.

Cancellations prior to six weeks before start of camp will be subject to a 10% cancellation fee. Cancellations between six weeks and two weeks prior to will be subject to a 33% cancellation fee and cancellations within two weeks of camp are non-refundable.

Payments are preferred via Venmo to John-Schaeffer1149.

Personal checks are also accepted sent to: SunHawk Pickleball Camp; 2001 Duncan Springs Road, Hopland, CA 95449.

For additional questions please email john@sunhawkfarms.com or sara@sunhawkfarms.com or call John at 707.972.9720 or Sara at 707.272.3128

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