Summertime at The Grove means heading outdoors for fun in the sun. It is the season of bright sunshine, longer days, and easygoing, laid-back living full of fun things to do outside. There is no shortage of outdoor adventures and pursuits here at The Grove; from pools and shady trails to keep you cool to parks and playgrounds to keep you active, an unforgettable summer is at your fingertips.
The Grove Pools
The Grove Sports Centre features a family-friendly, resort-style pool with beach entry, a fabulous waterslide, and plenty of room to lounge poolside or under the covered gazebos. Separately, the Adult Pool is available to members who prefer a quieter, more relaxing poolside experience, or for lap swimming. Alfresco dining* and beverage service from the Trellis Grille is centrally located at the Sports Centre for dining underneath the covered trellises. Water stations and pool towels are offered for use, and the fully-appointed pool restrooms located inside the Sports Centre feature showers and saunas.
At The Gathering Place, members will find even more space to enjoy a sunny day. Here, the large Olympic-style pool offers family-friendly swimming with abundant lounge seating and covered gazebos. There are also pool towels and water stations, along with well-appointed, dedicated pool restrooms featuring indoor and outdoor showers located between the pool and tennis courts for easy access and convenience. Dining* and beverage service is available from Bridge Bar, with dining seating indoors or outside at the Bridge Bar dining tables.
The Resort & Gathering Place Pools are staffed with Lifeguards during the primary season of operation. Swimming is not allowed when a lifeguard is not on duty. There are no lifeguards at the Adult Pool, swim at your own risk at all times. *Food service is not available poolside.
The Grove Sharks Summer Swim Program
The Grove Sharks Summer Swim Program, for ages 6-18, had 12 swimmers participate in each session during June and July (space was limited due to COVID-19 regulations). This year, the swim program focused on teaching and enhancing the skills of those swimmers that are already familiar with forward swim. Each of the four strokes was worked on, as well as learning relays, and shallow water starts. The Grove Sharks is a great summer program to make sure swimming is a safe and fun activity!
Discovery Club at The Grove
Discovery Club offers Summer Camps from June – August. Campers, ages 5 – 12, enjoyed themed weekly activities, including sports, nature, animals, food, science, and more! Along with creative games and projects developed around each weeks’ theme, campers also enjoyed a fitness class, golf, tennis and fishing! Daily trips to the pool were also included, which is one of the things camper Hadley Todd (8) said she loves most about camp. She also likes getting to play tennis and the art projects. In prior years, summer camp would include a weekly field trip. This year the fun came to The Grove and campers enjoyed special guests who visited each week! During sports camp, a group of Page High School Soccer Team players visited and led a skills clinic and played some fun soccer games with the kids.
Junior Golf at The Grove
Summer at The Grove also means Junior Golf Season, and the players came out swinging! The Grove junior PGA participants have been playing exceptionally well this summer. The Grove is an active participant in the PGA Junior League’s Sneds Tour, Tennessee’s premier junior golf tour for golfers ages 4-19. The Grove PGA Junior League team has 13 participants and currently holds a four to one winning record.
The Grove is honored to be trusted with growing the game with these remarkable young players and proud to report that The Grove’s Junior Golf Program is flourishing. The Grove Junior Golf Program is where kids can participate in clinics, camps, private instruction, and even our PGA Junior League team. For more information, contact Hannah at [email protected].
The golf course is not the only place summer fun was in full swing. Kids hit the tennis courts for learning skills and having fun at summer Tennis Camps! Weekly camps started June 9th and ran through July 31st for Tots (ages 4-7), Juniors (ages 8-12) and Teens (ages 12-16). Coaches led campers through programs to work on strokes, rallies, learning the rules, and always, lots of tennis games! To beat the summer heat, campers enjoyed a swim session daily as well.
Along with The Grove’s community pools, there are several parks that offer plenty of ways to play the long summer days away. Here are just a few…
Sports Park: Located off Wildings Blvd, this park offers more structured fun for kids young and old. A sandpit for digging, swings and a carriage climbing structure offer fun for the little ones. An open field with soccer nets and a cage for batting with bases marked for the younger kids means it is time to bring the ball and bat for a game!
The Gathering Place Playground: This expansive playground with cushioned rubber matting is suited for kids 5-12. From bouncing and climbing, to sliding and balancing, this park features a play structure built for fun, plus overhead lighting to keep the play illuminated after sundown (until 9:00pm). Conveniently located adjacent to Bridge Bar, stop in for a sweet ice cream float!
Hole #3 Fishing Pond: Stocked with Bass, Crappie and Blue Gill, this pond is easily accessible off Wild Heron Way and is an opportunity for catch and release fishing fun for all ages! Signage indicates shoreline areas that are accessible for fishing, to ensure the fishermen are safe from errant golf balls and don’t interfere with play.
Angler’s Nest/ Fishing Camp Park: At the end of Shoreline Drive, the Angler’s Nest Fishing Camp Park overlooks our larger fishing pond that sits alongside hole #14. This pond is stocked with Bass, Crappie and Blue Gill for catch and release fishing from the dock or shoreline. The Angler’s Nest offers views of the dock, water and covered bridge, with covered picnic tables and open-air seating. Two permanent charcoal grills sit amongst more picnic tables under shade trees just beside the Anglers Nest, offering room for friends and family to gather.
Winding through the community from Wild Heron Way to the far end of Heirloom Blvd, over 3 miles of finished trails (plus more to come) allow for enjoyment, exercise and exploration throughout the community. The majority of the trail system is a natural stone base path suitable for walking or biking on. In some portions, the trail leads on to the golf course cart path and through the course. (Please be aware of golfers in play while in these areas.) For those looking for a bit more of a hike, follow the trail off the cart path and over the bridge near hole #10. Take in the sights and sounds of the gently moving creek along this wooded path area. There is a cabin shelter in case bad weather arrives, and lots more to explore as the path leads through mildly challenging climbs, looping back around to where you began.