2015 Tennis Program

L'Arbre Croche Club Pro Franklin Foshee

Franklin Foshee (pronounced Fo-shay) is excited to be the new Teaching Professional of the L'Arbre Croche Club Tennis Program. A native and resident of Louisville, Ky., and a USPTA-certified pro, Franklin has been on staff at Louisville Tennis Club and Blairwood Tennis, Swim and Fitness since 2006. Franklin graduated from Miami University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism in 1997. He played Division I club tennis there, was a sports writer for the nation's oldest college newspaper and was a violinist in the symphony orchestra. In 2002 he was Kentucky's top-ranked USTA adult 4.5 singles player. He has coached players of all ages and abilities, including children in 10 and Under Tennis, adults, and juniors with state, Southern and national rankings.


A Note from Franklin

Welcome to the 2015 tennis season! I am really looking forward to getting to know the people of L'Arbre Croche and enjoying a low-humidity summer in beautiful northern Michigan! I haven't been in this area since I was at a summer camp on Torch Lake as a child, but I'm hoping life by the lake will be as awesome as I remember. Some of the tennis clinic schedule is the same as previous years, but I've brought my own ideas and concepts too, so I hope you'll be excited for that and be patient with the new guy! I look forward to meeting you this summer!


Annual Tennis Camp

Tuesday, June 16 - Thursday, June 18 – 9-11 a.m.

Mike Rahaley and Franklin, along with other area tennis professionals, will help you improve your strokes, better your doubles play and explore ways to reach your full potential as a player. This is a great opportunity to meet other players, and it leaves you plenty of time each day to golf, shop, read or relax at the beach. You can register by sending your name, address, phone number, e-mail address and a check for $120 (made out to Mike Rahaley) to the L'Arbre Croche Club office before June 16th. Or, contact Mike at (231) 838-4998. There will be a wrap-up luncheon on Thursday hosted by Mike, Franklin and staff.


Special Tennis Events

All mixers are held on courts 1-4. No partner is required; you will be paired up on the courts. Adults of all abilities

are welcome at these events. The fee is $15 and balls are provided along with refreshments and prizes.


Firecracker Open – Saturday, July 4, 9 a.m.

Enjoy your freedom to play an annual mixed doubles event with other patriotic members and guests!


Parent (Adult)/Child Tournament – Date TBD

Join in the fun with young and not-quite-as-young players! This is the second year for this successful event, to be held during high “kid” season. Visit the Pro Shop for date, time and signup.


High Season Open – Saturday, July 25, 9 a.m.

Play, have fun and socialize in this mixed doubles event!


Pro-Am Event – Wednesday, July 29, 5:30 p.m. – Play or enjoy watching courtside!

Sign up to play with up to 8 area pros from L'Arbre Croche, Little Harbor Club, Birchwood and more. There will be

men's, women's and youth teams. Come join us! Guests welcome. Plan to come and cheer on your favorite players

and the pros. Prizes and snacks courtside. BYOB. Player fee: $65. Register with Franklin at the Pro Shop by calling (231) 347-0455. Deadline for entries: Monday, July 27, by noon.


Season Finale – Labor Day Weekend – Sunday, September 6, 9 a.m.

Before the end-of-the-season brunch at the beach, hit the courts for one last time!


Junior Tennis Clinics

Ages 3-5 • Mighty Mites • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:15-2 p.m.

Ages 5-8 • Red Rallyers • Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

To help 8 and unders learn control and coordination more effectively, a small portable net and very low-compression red balls are new this year! Mighty Mites play games that are all about fun, hand-eye coordination and ball contact. Red Rallyers do the same, plus learn to feed, serve and rally. ($11 per clinic for Mighty Mites; $15 for Red Rallyers. No advance signup necessary.)


Ages 8-10 • Orange Crushers • Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

The regular net is used, but the court is lined to be 18 feet shorter and 9-15 feet narrower for use with a low-compression orange ball. The kids enjoy great rallies as their stroke fundamentals and movement to the ball improve. ($15 per clinic. No advance signup necessary.)


11 and up Beginners & Intermediates • Hot Shots • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2-3 p.m.

Players learn to hit the regular tennis ball correctly and position themselves accordingly on the full-sized court so they can start to rally, or so they can rally longer and better in drills and games. ($15 per clinic. No advance signup necessary.)


11 and up Advanced • Top Guns • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3-4 p.m.

The emphasis is on advanced techniques and strategies of point play through drills and games that simulate match situations. ($15 per clinic. No advance signup necessary.)


Kids' Pizza Parties

Ages 5-12 • Thursdays, 5-6:30 p.m.

Franklin will have pizza and games at the tennis courts on Thursday evenings. First date TBD. $16 per child.


Junior Team and Tournament Training

Ideal for the Top Guns, the 11 and up Advanced players. Are you planning to try out for your school's team? Or needing to get ready for a tournament? There are drills and strategies to help you prepare! See Franklin at the Pro Shop for small group training sessions.


Private Lessons

Individual instruction is a great way to help you improve your overall game or to work on a particular shot. Small group (semi-private) lessons are also available. See Franklin at the Pro Shop (347-0455) for details, or call/text him at 502-836-3674. There is also a ball machine for use.


Adult Tennis Clinics

Advanced • Mondays and Wednesdays, 9-10:30 a.m.

Strokes and techniques are refined if necessary, but this fun and competitive clinic is for all the big dogs at L'Arbre Croche! Instruction from 9-10 a.m., match-play from 10-10:30. ($15 per clinic. No advance signup necessary.)


Beginners & Intermediates • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9-10:30 a.m.

Stroke fundamentals are emphasized, and court positioning, basic strategy and scoring will be taught. Instruction from 9-10 a.m., match-play from 10-10:30. ($15 per clinic. No advance signup necessary.)


Hit and Run Cardio

Adults and Advanced 11 & up Juniors welcome • Mondays through Fridays, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Designed to provide a more intense cardiovascular workout, these fast-paced clinics include various doubles and/or singles games which simulate match situations without the serve. Cardio clinics are not intended to be instructional. If you want to hit a lot and sweat, these are for you! ($15 per clinic. No advance signup necessary.)


Tennis Etiquette

Remember to review the rules of conduct on the courts. Proper tennis attire is required.

L'Arbre Croche Logo Wear

L'Arbre Croche Logo Wear is available at the Pro Shop. Stop in and choose from shirts, caps and jackets. L'Arbre Croche apparel is only available through the Club and gives you a chance to show your pride and spirit at a great value. The Pro Shop can be reached at 347-0455.  

                                                                                                                                        L’Arbre Croche Club Pro Franklin Foshee