Deer Valley staff

Top left : Grace Norton; membership director, Halle Pilkington, Brent Pilkington (owners), Adam Smith (tennis director). Bottom left: Jennifer Pillow (Restoration Massage owner), Nicole Dufree ( Beyond Pilates owner), Allexia Brewer (High County Greek owner)

Deer Valley Athletic Club has a long history in the High Country. It all began in 1987 with 6 outdoor courts and a trailer for an office. Today, Deer Valley, owned by the Pilkington family, has six outdoor Har-Tru clay courts, 3 indoor courts, a kid-only fitness and agility gym, and a full fitness area with cardio, Nautilus, free weights and an assortment of props to suit anyone’s needs. Our tennis community is the largest of its kind in the High Country.  We strive to be a competitive and fun environment for all levels of tennis players. In addition, Deer Valley has the only available league-sized competitive racquetball court, as well as both indoor and outdoor swimming pools. 

The Pilkingtons took over Deer Valley in January and have been working hard to continue the traditions of the club by being a premier private tennis club with a dedication to the health of all our families and surrounding community. They believe Deer Valley is more than just a facility that offers professional tennis and fitness instruction; it is also a place that cultivates community through our family-oriented programs and longstanding presence in the area. Our members are all considered family and we celebrate these relationships through community outreach, friendly challenges and monthly socials that continue to create strong bonds.

Additionally, the 33,000 square-foot facility has allowed space to add more amenities by adding three incredible businesses upstairs: Pilates, massage and High Country Greek restaurant. 

Beyond Pilates, owned by Nicole Durfee Shipley, is located on the upper level of our facility and is the only Pilates studio in the N.C. High Country that focuses on the cutting-edge science of movement. The studio’s passionate instructors focus on individual client needs and are able to support individuals of all capacities. Their core values are rooted in the belief that Pilates is for everybody and in the benefit of helpful training in smarter movement, improved posture and growth in ideal muscular and fascial strength and lengthening.

Restoration Massage and Bodywork is comprised of Jenn Pillow (owner), Liz Martin and Grace Norton, all of whom are strong-minded and knowledgeable massage therapists. The team works under the vision that massage is a necessity, not a luxury, and work to restore and repair muscles in an environment that you will feel refreshed and excited to return to. The team specializes in deep tissue, sports and prenatal, and orthopedic massage and offers hot stone, cupping and other unique practices as well.

The High Country Greek is another incredible business that shares this space. The Brewer family moved to the area and was shocked to see a lack of Greek food offered in the High Country. They have established an incredible, authentic and family-friendly Greek restaurant full of homemade food and a unique atmosphere.

We are excited to offer new programs this year including a health, wellness and personal training program, all day summer camps, gymnastics and cheer camps. 

Our goal for Deer Valley is to continue to provide exceptional services for individuals and families that help to increase the health and wellness for both children and adults.

We are excited for this year with new tournaments, new classes and fun events.  We look forward to seeing you at THE premier club of the High Country!

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