Sara Stablein joins The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe as Tennis Director

Sara Stablein, named 2011 Southwestern Pro of the Year by the U.S. Professional Tennis Association (USPTA), has joined The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe as its new Tennis Director.

Stablein will oversee instruction and programming at The Bridges’ $5 million Tennis & Recreation Centre, a 5-acre facility serving club members and their children and grandchildren.

“Sara is not only an accomplished competitor but she has proven herself as an effective and innovative club director,” said The Bridges General Manager Sean McCune, who noted that Stablein spent the last nine years of her career rising through the ranks at the Phoenix Country Club. Most recently Stablein served as the club’s Tennis Director, as well as Tournament Director of the Goldwater Women’s Tennis Classic Pro Circuit event.

Stablein’s competitive achievements include her 2011 ranking as USPTA International Women’s Open Double Champion and co-ranking as the #1 Women’s Doubles Player of the Year. She is a graduate of the University of New Mexico with a degree in Exercise Science.

The Bridges’ Tennis & Recreation Centre includes five lighted courts, including a “center court” with stadium seating for exhibition play. The Tuscan-style building features a series of indoor-outdoor rooms, patios, and arcades, and a restaurant providing full meal service 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

The family-friendly complex also includes a separate sand bocce court as well as full-court basketball, volleyball, and outdoor handball. A large grass park and full playground facilities provide additional space for unstructured play, and a contiguous fenced dog park offers grass, fresh water and seating. These diverse elements for both passive and active recreation help promote a true sense of community for Bridges club members.

The Bridges Club was recently ranked as the best in San Diego and the 15th among top golf venues in California by Golf Digest. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., the 6,965-yard championship course has hosted such prestigious events as The Battle of the Bridges since opening in 1999. The golf club — which includes privileges at the Tennis & Recreation Centre and the Sports Centre — is currently accepting new membership applications. For information, contact Gordon Cooke at 858-756-8055.

The centerpiece of The Bridges is a 36,000-square-foot clubhouse designed by architect Marsh & Associates, Inc., to resemble a hilltop Tuscan village With working vineyards, citrus and avocado groves, and a half-acre organic garden providing fresh, seasonal produce, the club features four separate dining facilities with 12 different menus.

The Bridges was recently selected as the host venue for the American Junior Golf Association’s 2013 Wyndham Cup.