possible relocation to the Seattle area?

Discussion in 'Adult League & Tournament Talk' started by Coach Carter, Aug 26, 2011.

  1. Coach Carter

    Coach Carter Rookie

    Jan 3, 2006
    West Point, GA
    We may be relocating in the next couple months to the Seattle area...from Texas. What is the tennis like up there? Obviously there could be some differences (climate, etc). Is tennis easy to find up there? Leagues? As we kick this around, I'd love to hear what may be ahead of us...
  2. escii_35

    escii_35 Rookie

    Apr 1, 2008
    Leagues are in the winter which means one of two things. Join a club or get social at Amy Yee or Robinswood.

    How did I get involved? A fit upper 20 something shanghaied to play social mxd where I met folks who convinced me to slightly sandbag at 3.5 dubs. I refused to play 3.5 singles because that would be uncool.
  3. GMay

    GMay New User

    Jan 3, 2009
    I used to live in Seattle. USTA League tennis is pretty big in the Seattle area at least compared to Phoenix where I now live. You do need to know someone to get on a team. Amy Yee is the Seattle public facility and has a lot of teams. Robinswood is the Bellevue facility and has teams as well but not as many since their facility is smaller. Roger Mark runs the Avanti tennis shop and the Mill Creek Tennis Club and generally has 1-2 teams at each level. He has tryouts for the teams in Fall.

    Amy Yee also has in-house leagues that you can play. They have an on-line registration system and it can be hard to get in.

    Also, for playing at Amy Yee it can be hard to get a court reservation but if you put your name on the waitlist you can generally get a court. I always had the impression that if they knew you would take a court even if you were not first on the waitlist they would call you just so they did not have to call everyone down the list. So, I always had felt that I had a good chance of getting a court if I was on the waitlist.
  4. swingline

    swingline New User

    Jul 26, 2011
    Leagues are very active up in the Seattle area. Here's a list of facilities in no particular order:

    Public Courts:
    Amy Yee (Seattle)
    Robinswood (Eastside)

    Harbor Square
    Silver Lake
    Pine Lake
    Central Park
    Gold Creek
    AV Tennis
    Mill Creek
    Pro Club
    Seattle Tennis Club (good luck - waiting list is 10 years long)
    Bellevue Club
    Mercer Island

    Depending on where you're relocating to, you may also be able to play in the Southwest Washington leagues.
  5. LuckyR

    LuckyR Legend

    Jun 2, 2006
    The Great NW
    probably the biggest difference between the NW and TX is the need for indoor tennis.
  6. TourTenor

    TourTenor Professional

    Dec 26, 2006
    I agree, those 108 degree days in TX require the use of indoor facilities.:smile:
  7. Kick_It

    Kick_It Semi-Pro

    Dec 27, 2005
    Depends on what you are looking for. There are lots of people who play, and IMO a surprising number of decent/serious tennis players, including former college players, for a rainy climate. It is hard to get court time in the winter; leagues eat up indoor courts in the winter.

    If I recall from reading some of your past posts, you are or were a college coach. If so, I'd recommend touching bases w/ Chris @ U-W's Nordstrom Tennis Center either before or after you arrive.

    You might like AV or Amy Yee. drop me a note if/ when you come up and perhaps we can hit.

    Good Luck, K_I
  8. travlerajm

    travlerajm Hall of Fame

    Mar 14, 2006
    Don't forget about the Racquet training Center at Sand Point!

    Also, for outdoor tennis, the 10 courts at lower Woodland Park are as good a place for pick-up tennis as any on the west coast. There's a group of about 50 guys in the 3.5-4.5 range who show up every day.

    Thee are only a few months during the winter when it is usually too wet to play. The spring and fall have many good outdoor tennis days. Summer, the outdoor courts get a little crowded.

    USERNAME Professional

    Jun 29, 2009
    Place is da bomb! Love the pool and the bball court, not to mention all the nice weight equipment.
  10. Coach Carter

    Coach Carter Rookie

    Jan 3, 2006
    West Point, GA
    Are any of these clubs near Woodinville? My in-laws live there and so...that could be our immediate roost spot when/if we make it up there.

    Yes, I was a coach for the last decade...thanks for a lot of the advice. I hope all this works out. I am excited about the potential for "life changes" to move up there.

    Now, we just need a job opportunity to get us to pull that "trigger".
  11. jdawgg

    jdawgg Rookie

    Sep 11, 2010
    Seattle, Washington
    Closest clubs to woodinville are central park tennis club (about 15 mins) ; mill creek tennis club (about 15 mins) and gold creek (about 5 mins). Central park is the most beautiful club but also most expensive and harder to get into (I think there is a waiting list). Mill Creek is good if you want to be on a really good USTA team/make it to postseason and has one of the better viewing areas for the tennis courts. Dont have much to say about gold creek other than it has indoor tennis courts...
  12. heftylefty

    heftylefty Hall of Fame

    Feb 7, 2008
    Long Beach, CA
    I am originally from Southern California but I lived in the Pacific Northwest for a year and the tennis player in the PNW are very passionate about their sport. I lived in Bellingham and played quite a bit. The biggest adjustment was playing indoors. Man, the ball just takes off.
  13. JMcQ

    JMcQ Rookie

    Aug 3, 2009
    I live 5 minutes from Woodinville. As such, I think there are really three choices:

    15 minutes away: Central Club in Kirkland. Traditional tennis club. Tons of indoor courts. Great place just too expensive for me.

    20 minutes away: AV Performance Tennis. More of a tennis training center. 4 Indoor Courts. Two former top 200 pros are coaches. (Full disclosure - this is my club)

    25 minutes away: Mill Creek Tennis Center. Similar to Central Club. Good teams and facility.

    Others have suggested Gold Creek. Although very close, that place is a dump in my opinion.

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