Tennis Pros

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Max Hilkey- Director of Tennis


Max is a certified USPTA professional and our new Director of Tennis. He was most recently the Assistant Director at the Midtown Athletic Club in Chicago and brings many years of experience to the Bald Head Island Club team. 
He is a former nationally ranked junior tennis player who went on to play tennis for the University of North Carolina and participated professionally in Europe in 2005. Max is looking forward to meeting and communicating with BHIC members to get their ideas on what they want the tennis program to be at their club. Max has had a lifelong love for the sport and welcomes the opportunity to utilize his teaching and management skills to the benefit of the members of the Bald Head Island Club.

Max’s years of teaching and knowledge of tennis will bring new ideas, energy and opportunities to the BHIC tennis program. He is committed to providing a program of club tennis that is enjoyed by all members whether they play socially or competitively.He is involved with industry initiatives to introduce play and competition from the earliest stages of youth all the way up to adults.During his professional career, his focus has been on providing quality tennis instruction to players of all levels and abilities.  

Max, with the help of the Tennis Committee, will bring some exciting new programs to BHIC and advance our goal to create an engaging, year round tennis operation. Quick-Start Tennis is a program specifically designed to introduce and keep youth involved in the sport of tennis and Max promotes this.Max also believes there are opportunities for “a youth and adult area club team for both men and women as a great additional program for BHIC members.” He has already put the wheels in motion with the area clubs to implement this idea. Max noted that with his time spent at many outstanding tennis facilities and through professional experience, he has learned that a quality tennis program is only as good as the sum of its parts. 

The Club seeks to continue our traditions of tennis excellence and we feel Max will move the Club’s Tennis Program to even greater levels of achievement and member satisfaction. We found him to have thorough knowledge of club tennis operational procedures, member service operational practices and general business administration skills along with being a good player.

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Jeff Archer- Tennis Professional


USPTA member, Jeff Archer comes to Bald Head Island with a distinguished teaching background.  After graduating from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill in 2011, Jeff became the assistant coach for the men's and women's tennis programs at Williams College.  During his time at Williams, both teams won the Division III National Championship.  Since his time at Williams College, Jeff has been a tennis instructor on staff at two very exclusive country clubs in the United States, Chevy Chase Club outside of Washington D.C. and The Country Club of Virginia in Richmond. 

As a player, Jeff won the Southern Open National Doubles Title while competing in USTA junior tennis and captured two North Carolina State Doubles Championships while attending East Chapel Hill High School.  Jeff competed for two seasons as a member of the University of North Carolina - Charlotte men's tennis program before transferring and graduating from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill with a BA in History.

Off the court, Jeff enjoys golf, history, traveling, spending time with family, and being outdoors.  Jeff is thrilled to be a part of the Bald Head Island tennis program and looks forward to working with players of all skill levels and will customize each lesson to meet the needs of the individual.