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Black Butte Ranch will inspire you to take your tennis game to new heights. Tennis enthusiasts will find 15 outdoor tennis courts throughout the Ranch, including three lighted courts. Black Butte Ranch on-site Director of Tennis Evan Simms offers private and group lessons beginning mid-June. A set or two of tennis in our inspiring natural environment is an experience not to be missed.

Court Reservations are required on most courts from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Call 541-595-1285 or stop by the recreation counter at GMRC to reserve your court or to schedule a lesson.

Reservation Courts

Glaze Meadow # 5—12; South Meadow # 15—16.

Limit of 2 hours per home site per day, including lighted court time.

Lighted Courts

Glaze Meadow Courts #7—9

1 hour of play, per home site, per day; Courts are lit until 11pm

Open Play/Non Reservation courts

Upper Glaze Meadow Courts #17—18 (located on Triflorium)

Paulina Court #19 (Located on Red Clover-no parking available.)

*No reservations required, please limit play to 1 hour


Evan Sims


evan_-_tennis_instructor.jpgBlack Butte Ranch is excited to announce the hiring of Evan Sims to the role of On-Site Director for the 2017 Summer Tennis Season. A Central Oregon native, Evan brings a lot of coaching and playing experience with him. Most recently, Evan has been working at The Valley Club, a prestigious private tennis and golf facility in Sun Valley, Idaho.


Evan began his coaching career while he was still in college, working at the Ashland Tennis and Fitness Club in Ashland, Oregon. While there, Evan was responsible for developing a junior tennis program and helped run a variety of adult clinics. During his time in Ashland, he trained under multiple certified professionals who helped prepare him to become USPTA certified himself, which he obtained later that year.

Following his college graduation in 2013, Evan secured a teaching position at the Bainbridge Athletic Club in Bainbridge, Washington, working alongside the Head Professional running clinics, teaching private lessons and helping merchandise in the shop.

Soon after, Evan was given the title of Head Tennis Professional at the St. John’s Racquet Center in Portland, Oregon and was soon promoted to the title of Facility Manager. In addition to his on-court responsibilities, Evan managed a staff of 10 people that included tennis professionals and administrative workers. He also helped lead a marketing effort to promote both the nonprofit sector (Portland Tennis and Education) and the SJRC branch of the club. Later on, Evan was able to utilize a grant from the USTA Foundation to help provide at-risk kids in the area a safe place to learn and grow as student athletes.

As a player, Evan played two years for Santa Rosa Junior College, a perennial top performer in California. During his time there his team reached the #2 ranking in Northern California. Eventually, Evan transferred to finish his degree at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon, where he earned his B.S. in Health, Physical Education and Leadership.

In addition to teaching tennis, Evan is a proficient woodworker, mountain biker and rock climber. Evan will be directing both the tennis and pickleball program and is available for private, group and hitting lessons for all ages and levels.



Summer Collins

Black Butte Ranch is excited to announce the addition of Summer Collins to the 2017 summer tennis staff.

Summer recently wrapped up her second year playing tennis for Kansas University where she split time playing #3 and #4 singles and competed at the top of the doubles lineup for the Division 1 Jayhawks. Two years ago, her incoming class brought "KU" from being unranked, to the #14 ranked team in Division 1 and the #2 ranked team in the Big Twelve.

Prior to taking her game to Kansas, Summer had an incredibly successful junior tennis career both regionally and nationally. She consistently ranked in the top 15 of the extremely competitive "Southern Section" in the 14, 16 and 18 and under divisions. Her regional success translated to victories on a national stage when she reached the quarterfinals in both the Spring and Winter "Supernationals" in 2010 and 2011.

In addition to being one of the most successful players in the country, Summer has accumulated 17 Sportsmanship Awards in regional and national tournaments, including the respected “Southern Championship award.”

Summer comes from a very successful tennis family. Her father, Carey, has been a teaching professional in some of the biggest tennis facilities in the country and all three of her siblings have played collegiate tennis.

Although she spent her high school years competing in the South, Summer has family in Sister's, Oregon, and is excited to spend her summer back in the Pacific Northwest. She has prior coaching experience with juniors and adults and enjoys working with both recreational and competitive players. Summer plans to resume her academics in the Fall where she is eager to complete her degree in Global and International Studies with a double minor in Leadership and Sustainable Development by 2019.


2017 Summer Tennis Programs


Cardio Tennis

Monday/Wednesday/Friday 9am – 10am

This fast paced clinic is a fun, group activity featuring drills and games to give players of all abilities an ultimate, high-energy workout. If you want to find a fun new way to get in shape and burn calories, join us at the GMRC tennis courts.



Live Ball

Monday/Wednesday/Friday 10am – 11am

This drill session puts players in common match situations and shows competitors the proper court positioning, shot selection and strategy to take their game to the next level. Check the tennis calendar at the GMRC counter for the daily theme!



Points, Points, Points

Tuesday/Thursday 9-10am

This fast paced doubles drill will keep you moving with point after point of fun competition. Our intermediate to advanced players will love how fast this drill moves and we will help reinforce proper movement and communication during the hour of instruction.



Stroke of the Day

Tuesday/Thursday 10-11am

Whether you are fine tuning your swing or looking for a full overhaul, this class will focus on a specific stroke and cater drills to accelerate your individual improvement. Stop by the GMRC counter to find out what stroke we are drilling each week!



Tennis 101

Once a month intro class (Wednesday) 2-4pm

June 21st, July 19th, August 23rd

Always wanted to try tennis? This is your time to pick up a racquet and join us for a fun, instructional introduction class that will give you all the tools to develop into a tennis player! Just bring yourself and a pair of non-marking shoes, we will provide the rest.

Pre-Registration required (minimum 3 people) $10/player


Twilight Tennis

Tuesday 5-6:30pm

Join us once a week in the evening after the heat of the day for hour and a half of match play coordinated by our staff of tennis professionals. Cool off by the courts or the pool with a cold beer, included in the price of the clinic.



Intensive Skills and Drills

Saturday 9-11am

We will be drilling and playing points all morning every Saturday. An hour of drills and an hour of live ball, round robin point play will jump start your weekend and get you learning new skills to put to use in our second hour of this intensive tennis clinic.



Lil Shots

Ages 4 - 7

Monday-Friday 9-10am

Let us introduce your child to the game of tennis! We use Quick Start balls to ensure all of our Lil’ Shots find success and have fun with every hit!



Big Shots

Ages 8 – 10

Monday-Friday 10-11am

Whether your child is just starting or has been playing for years, this class will help reinforce stroke fundamentals and introduce sportsmanship, rallying, and scorekeeping in a fun environment.



Jr. Development

Ages 11 - 14

Monday-Friday 11-12:30

Our junior development class will continue to reinforce stroke fundamentals and teach our players how to construct points by using the proper shot selection and court positioning. Structured, fun competition make this a great way for our aspiring players to transition their games to the next level.



Pickleball Mixer

Monday-Friday 11:15-12:30

Join us over at the pickleball courts at the GMRC Family Recreation Area to learn the basics of the fastest growing sport in the country! We will show you the rules, court positioning and strategy to enjoy this family friendly game. Equipment is provided.



Pricing Details

Adult Drop in: $25/Clinic

Adult Daily Combo: $45/Both Clinics

Hitting Partner/Doubles Fill in (3 and me): $40/hour

Lil Shots: $20/clinic

Big Shots: $20/clinic

JR. Development: $30/clinic

Pickleball mixer: $10/person

Twilight Tennis: $15/person

Payment is required prior to the lesson. Check in and pay at the GMRC counter.


Summer Smash Pass

Your choice of 3 adult clinics (tennis or pickleball) and 1 private lesson for $120 (15% savings)

Great for yourself or a friend. Makes a great gift!!


Weekly Passes

These may be used within the week purchased and cannot be shared.

Adult, one clinic each day: $112.50 (10% savings)

Adult, two clinics each day: $200 (20% savings)

Lil Shots/Big Shots: $90 (10% savings)

Jr. Development: $135 (10% savings)


Private Tennis Lessons with Director of Tennis Evan Sims

Please call the GMRC counter at 541- 595-1285 to set up a time for you and/or a friend to take a lesson this summer!

1 Person - $70/hr

2 Person - $50 per person/hr

3 Person - $45 per person/hr

4 Person - $40 per person/hr

5 Person - $35 per person/hr


Pickleball private and group lessons

1-4 Players $60

5-8 Players $90


New this summer!

Private Lesson Happy Hour

Tuesday/Thursday (4-5pm)

Come take a 1 hour private lesson for a discounted rate in the late afternoon! Perfect for the person who is just getting into tennis and wants to start with a few lessons from a USPTA teaching professional at an introductory price.

Tennis Price: $50

Pickleball Price (1-4 players): $40


Tennis Players List

The GMRC counter keeps a list of people interested in playing tennis. Call 541- 595-1285 and leave your name, ability level and phone number. Or come in any time to talk with our Pro and front desk staff.


Tennis Racquet Rentals and Repair

Tennis racquets are available for rent at the Rental Shop located inside the Glaze Meadow Rec Center. (541) 595-5877.

Rental Rates - $2 per hour or $6 per day.

Stringing Service is available through our Tennis Director Evan Sims, USPTA, at the GMRC counter.


Pickleball Rentals

$5 for one hour of rental from the GMRC counter. Includes 2 paddles and 2 balls.


Adult Drop—in Tennis

Ladies Drop-in Tennis   Morning Drop-in Games are Monday & Wedesdays, 8am-10am, Glaze Meadow courts #10-12.

Tennis Players List

The Glaze Meadow Tennis office keeps a list of people interested in playing tennis.  Call 541-595-1206 and leave your name, ability level and phone number, or talk with the Pro.

Tennis Racket Rentals and Repair

Tennis rackets are available for rent at the Rental Shop. 541-595-5877.

Rental Rates — $2 per hour or $6 per day.

Stringing service is available through Greg Smith, USPTA at the Tennis office.

View the Black Butte Ranch Tennis Brochure (pdf)


Court Location

There are four permanent pickle ball courts located at the GMRC Family Recreation Area.

Court Availability

Court reservations are on the hour, and can be made by contacting GMRC at 541-595-5879. 

Rental equipment is available at GMRC. Racket rental is $5 per set, includes two rackets and a ball.