Racquets at Dorset Field Club

Tennis


Tennis players of all levels enjoy the atmosphere and depth of the Dorset Field Club tennis program. Members enjoy seven clay courts, a pro shop, and an enthusiastic Director of Tennis, Steve Dahm. Steve is an excellent teacher for students of all ages and levels! Tournaments and clinics are well attended and open play is always welcome.

  • Facilities
    • The Dorset Field Club boasts 7 Red Clay Tennis Courts.

      The courts are consistently maintained in the highest quality condition by our professional grounds crew.

  • Meet the Pros
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      Steven Dahm


      Head Tennis Professional

      802-867-2233
      tennispro@dorsetfieldclub.com

      After a stellar career at the University of Buffalo, where he was a conference all-star at #1 singles, Steve was trained as a teaching professional at Van der Meer Tennis University in Hilton Head, SC. After several years on staff, he was chosen as personal assistant to Dennis Van der Meer. Subsequently, Steve took the Head Tennis Professional position at the Country Club of Buffalo, a position he held from 1997 - 2012. During these years he also served as an assistant collegiate coach at the University of Rochester and Furman University. In 2001, Steve was hired by the University of South Carolina Aiken to head coach Men’s and Women’s tennis where he recently notched his 300th win. Steve splits his time between Vermont and South Carolina.




       

      Kyle Sprow


      Assistant Tennis Professional

      802-867-2233

      Kyle began playing tennis at 12 years old in Okinawa, Japan, where he spent the majority of his adolescent years. At the age of 17 Kyle’s began started his first coaching job at the club where he first picked up a tennis racket. After high school, Kyle moved back to the states and began playing tennis for Steve Dahm at the University of South Carolina-Aiken (USCA), in January of 2011. Kyle spent two summers with Steve at the Country Club of Buffalo before accompanying Steve to Dorset in the summer of 2013. In May of 2014, Kyle graduated with a BS in Exercise and Sports from USCA. Starting in the fall of 2015, Kyle will be enrolling full time at graduate school to pursue a masters in public health. Following graduate school Kyle would like to pursue a career either as an epidemiologist or in policy development and analysis to promote a healthier society.

  • Lessons & Clinics
    • Members at the Dorset Field Club enjoy a wide variety of tennis instruction featuring Men's & Ladies Clinics, workouts, junior clinics and high performance junior tennis as well as private lessons.



Paddle Tennis


Platform Tennis or as it is more commonly known Paddle Tennis, is a unique American racquet sport considered to be one of the fastest growing sports in the club community. Enjoyed by players of all ages, it is the only racquet sport that was created to be played outdoors in cold winter climates. This sport which is traditionally only played in a doubles format, is extremely popular with the DFC membership and promotes active competition and social engagement. The club hosts a number of tournaments each year, as well as a club championship. The DFC paddle community also hosts a series of social gatherings and pot-luck suppers. Our programming includes professional instruction for group and individual lessons and clinics for all ages and levels.

Players of all levels are encouraged to come outdoors in the winter to experience the thrill and excitement of paddle; to enjoy the benefits of rigorous exercise and to appreciate the camaraderie that paddle offers.

  • Facilities
    • The Dorset Field Club boasts 3 lighted paddle courts and a warming hut. When not on the paddle courts you will find friendly banter among the members in the warming hut.

  • Lessons & Clinics
    • We are pleased to be working with Rob Parker, a Platform Tennis instructor from the area, to provide club members the opportunity to participate in private lessons, group lessons, and clinics for all skill levels.





      Originally from southern Connecticut, Rob Parker has been a Tennis Professional for the past 25 years and a Platform Tennis professional for the past seven.

      Rob is currently the Platform Tennis Professional at The Norwich Racquet Club in Norwich, VT and the Boys Varsity Coach for Woodstock Union High School in Woodstock, VT. Rob served as the Director of Tennis at the Chatham Bars Inn in Chatham, MA from 2007 to 2012 and from 1999 to 2006 Rob was the Director of Tennis/Head Professional at Rolling Hills Country Club in Wilton, CT. He also worked as a Staff Professional at Four Seasons Racquet Club in Wilton, CT and Greenwich Racquet Club in Greenwich, CT.

      Rob has worked with both adults and juniors of all levels including nationally ranked players. In addition, from 1999 to 2003 he coached the Weston, CT High School Boys Varsity Tennis Team to a 68-5 Match record, capturing 3 Conference Championships and 2 State Titles. Rob is a USPTR Certified Professional as well as holding certification from the PPTA and the USRSA. In addition, he is a USTA Vermont Board Member as well as serving on the USTA New England schools committee.

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