Discussion in 'Tennis Travel' started by Raul_SJ, Jul 27, 2013.
Are there any clay courts in the Bay Area?
Well, there's the members-only Olympic Club south of San Francisco (where Agassi and Steffi used to practice). Then there's the guests-only Indian Springs resort in Calistoga (one claycourt), and the guests-only Flora Vista Inn near Watsonville (2 claycourts).
There probably is a har-tru court at harbor point TC in Marin if that counts.
I think Menlo Circus also has one, but that's also members only.
I don't think it's "San Francisco Bay Area" anymore, when you have to drive ~80miles from San Francisco.
Just an FYI - the Har Tru corporation is going to invest $500,000 to help build a clay court training facility in the Bay Area.
I've heard some day it's going to be on the East Bay side and others have said North Bay past Mill Valley.
Is there a website for said news? Because it's great news! How far along are they in the development?
Flora Vista Inn.
Seascape in Aptos.
Hopefully Golden Gate Park! I'd be a tennis bum there if this happens!
Doubt it'll happen at GGPark.
GG has 24 courts, committment is for 10 courts.
GG has three rows of courts, and showcase courts are raised up higher than the other courts, and another level is a headache for the court builders, not to mention far from flat access.
I seriously doubt Brad's claim for playing there on weekends. Most weekends, juniors have tourney all over the BayArea, and why would a Piedmont kid travel all the way to GGPark, when sis Dana didn't.
I don't believe a final choice on location has been made yet. Discussions included East Bay, near San Rafael, Palo Alto area........I don't think inner city SFO was really being discussed.
I'm sure some of the folks here in the NORCAL section who are heavily involved would know more
Brad's shop is in downtown SanRafael.
Closest multiple courts would be Albert's Field, also downtown, 4 courts, and where I used to play. NO room for expansion.
MtTam is in CorteMadera, 3 miles away, but privately owned.
SanRafaelHigh has 8 courts, but it's own by the school district.
College of Marin has 8 courts, but owned by the college.
DomincanCollege has 8 courts, but privately owned.
HarborPoint might already have HarTru.
There's a private club in SanRafael, between Sunnyside and SanRafael proper, but it's not open to the public.
Not a whole lot of land availible cheap enough for a tennis facility.
My idea would be to stick it in Moraga near St Mary's Univ..........place already looks like a country club
I would think a community will have to chip in and donate some space.........will be interesting to see where it's decided - no matter what someone will gripe that they are going to get short changed having to travel.
Or that it's a poor use for the land - and those rich 'tennis people' should go somewhere else - or pay some outrageous amount for the land.
As a So Cal'er all I can do is start the chant: "Hyperloop! Hyperloop!"
They asked about the Bay Area not San Francisco area. People in San Jose might enjoy a drive to Aptos and people in Vallejo might not mind driving to Calistoga and either places are nice weekend minivacations. OP lives in San Jose.
It seems like the old country clubs have them (Olympic, Burlingame, Circus Club, Menlo, etc.) but nothing public yet. Trying to get my club to install two, but I'm not holding my breath.
Yes, I am in San Jose but am interested anywhere in the SFBA . I wouldn't mind driving by on occasion if I happen to be in the area.
I guess you need at least two full-time people to roll and re-paint the clay courts every day?
That's probably why most clubs don't install one -- too much maintenance...
But I think most players would enjoy playing on clay more than hard courts.
I'll be sure to try out the Watsonville clay courts one day.
I will be in San Jose from Oct 20th to 23rd for a business trip and I'd love to hit with local players during this time. can you help me where I can find people to play with in San Jose?
There's 2 clay courts in Pismo Beach that sit up on a bluff right next to the ocean. Brown clay (not quite red) but they were groomed well. Wow what a setting it was to play at! The guys who own/run it are serious players who might let you on if you can play.
This is exactly the problem.
There isn't enough land for schools, you can be sure it will take big dollars to prioritize space for tennis.
Even Har-Tru doesn't have the money to pull this off. But you know who does? Larry Ellison! Something not far from the Oracle campus would be nice.
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