Tennis & Pickleball

Black Butte Ranch will inspire you to take your game to new heights.

Tennis enthusiasts may utilize 14 outdoor tennis courts throughout the Ranch, including three lighted courts.
Pickleball enthusiasts may utilize 12 beautiful regulation outdoor pickleball courts.

 Our Black Butte Ranch on-site Director of Tennis and Pickleball Evan Sims
offers private and group lessons beginning mid-June.

Meet others in tennis and pickleball skill levels in our stunning natural environment.

Court reservations are required on most courts from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Call 541-595-1285 or stop by the GMRC Rec Counter to reserve your court, rent a racket or schedule a lesson.

New this year is an online court reservations system.  Visit CourtReserve.com, create an account and make your court reservations.

Looking for a Tennis Partner? New this year, create an account with our new online court reservation system to find a tennis player of similar ability. This is a new program! The success will depend on players signing up and using the system.

Pickleball Courts

RESERVATION COURTS

Court reservations are on the hour and can be made by contacting GMRC at 541-595-1285. Limit of two hours of play/household/day.

Glaze Meadow Family Rec Area Pickleball Courts #1-4 GMRC Pickleball Courts #5-12

NON-RESERVATION COURTS

UGM Courts #12-13 (located on Triflorium); striped for pickleball & tennis use.

Please limit play to 1 hour if others are waiting.

Watch the progress as these courts were built in 2021 (Photo credits: BBR Homeowner William Benson)

Pickleball Club & Drop-in Play

GMRC Courts # 5-12

Summer Play beginning May 21, 2022

BBR Pickleball Club | Tues/Thurs/Sat | 9am-11am

Drop in Play  | Mon/Wed/Fri | 9am-11am

Club Play         Tu, Th, Sat      10am-12pm

Drop-In Play (No Host)   Mon, Wed, Fri  10am-12pm

This year the Central Oregon Pickleball Summer League begins and Black Butte Ranch has been invited to join the league. The league is made up of advanced women players at 4.0  level.

Central Oregon League Participants

  • BBR
  • Eagle Crest
  • Widgi Creek
  • La Pine
  • Bend Pickleball Club
  • Broken Top

Black Butte Ranch Aspen Aces

Our Black Butte Ranch homeowner team is called the ‘Aspen Aces’, members from the Ranch are:

Black Butte Ranch – League Captain:               Louise Muscato GM63  541-760-1933

Black Butte Ranch League Co-Captain:            Beth Erickson EM41

Black Butte Ranch League Member:                 Nancy Hennin Spring Home 61

Home Matches

All home matches will be at the new Glaze Meadow Pickleball Courts #5-12.  Stop on by and root our Black Butte players on.

June 1 | 1-3pm | BBR vs. LaPine (Home)

June 15 | 1-3pm | BBR vs. Widgi Creek (Home)

June 29  | 1-3pm | BBR vs. Eagle Crest (Home)

July 13 | 1-3pm | BBR vs. Broken Top (Home)

August 10  | 1-3pm | BBR vs. Bend Pickleball Club (Home)

Dayton Mason will be joining our staff from mid-July to mid-August to offer pickleball lessons and clinics. He is a 5.0 tournament player and is a certified instructor through the IPTPA (International Pickleball Teaching Professionals Association). He is also a certified Tai Chi instructor and plays the classical guitar. Dayton and his family reside in Southern Oregon. Please welcome Dayton and his family this summer and join in on a lesson or clinic with your family or friends. Learn a new sport or take your skills to the next level!

Private lessons

$80/hr – $40/half hour
$45/player for 2 people
$35/player for 3 people
All Drop in Adult & Junior Clinics $25/player

Pickleball Rentals

$8 for a one-hour rental from the GMRC Recreation Desk. Includes one racket and one ball.

BB Pickleball FAQs

How many pickleball courts are on Black Butte Ranch (BBR) and where are the courts located?

  • Courts 1-4 are located at the Glaze Meadow Family Recreation Area
  • Courts 5-12 are located at the Glaze Meadow Recreation Center (GMRC)
  • Upper Glaze Meadow pool area has 2 tennis courts with pickleball lines; tennis nets are used; these courts are non-reservation

How do I reserve a pickleball court for play?

  • Walk-in and reserve at GMRC Desk or call (541) 595-5881

Is there equipment I can rent to play pickleball?

  • Paddles and balls are available to rent at the GMRC, (541) 595-5881. Pickleball clothing and equipment are for sale in the GMRC Sports Shop.

What is Drop-In Play?

  • Drop-In Play is a set time for homeowners, family members, and guests to meet others to form teams or matches with other players. It is a great way to meet other players and enjoy a fun or challenging match.  Contact GMRC 541-595-5881 for times for drop-in play

After I show up for Drop-In Play, how will I know what to do?

  • At each session of Drop-In Play a host will help players get organized and get play started. Balls will be provided.  Players must provide their own paddles or rent paddles from the GMRC.

What is the Black Butte Ranch Pickleball Club?

  • The purpose of the Club is to grow the game of Pickleball for all ages, levels, and The Club creates an environment that promotes health, social interaction, good sportsmanship, and fun.  Skill and mentoring programs are continually offered to enhance organized recreational, and competitive play. The Club consists of many passionate pickleball homeowners, (full time and part-time) and their family members.  The current 100 Club members range in skill level from beginners to advanced players.
  • Any homeowner or homeowner family member is eligible to join the Club by simply emailing their contact information: first and last name, email address, phone number and lot number to Brody@gmail.com

Is there someone available who can help me improve my skills?

  • The Black Butte Ranch Tennis and Pickleball Instructor is Evan Sims. To schedule a pickleball lesson or sign up for his special events, call GMRC (541) 595-5881, or stop by the desk and speak to the assistant.

I’ve seen a pickleball practice machine on the court, how can I have access to it.

  • A pickleball practice machine has been purchased by the Pickleball Club through donations and is available to only Club Members, for use during Club playing times and by reservation.

Pickleball Courts 1-4 at the Glaze Meadow Family Recreation Area

Pickleball Courts 5-12 at the Glaze Meadow Recreation Center (GMRC)

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Tennis

Court Reservations | 541-595-1285

Reservations are available the day prior to play. Court reservations are limited to two hours of play/day/household, except in the case of the lighted courts which will be limited to one  hour of play during the evening after 7pm. Reservation courts that are not in use 10 minutes after the hour become available for drop-in play until the next reservation.

TENNIS COURTS

RESERVATION COURTS
Big Meadow #1-2
South Meadow #3-4
Glaze Meadow #5-9
Limit of 2 hours of play/household/day
LIGHTED RESERVATION COURTS 
(Lit until 11pm)
Glaze Meadow #7-9
Limit 1 hour of play/household/day
TEACHING COURTS 
Glaze Meadow #10-11
NON-RESERVATION COURTS
Paulina #14
Upper Glaze Meadow #12-13
(dual striped)

Non-reservation Courts

Upper Glaze Meadow #12-13 (tennis & pickleball lines on court)

Paulina Court #14 (no parking available: bike or walk)

Lighted Reservation Courts

Glaze Meadow Courts #7-9

Limit of one hour of play/household/day

Courts are lit until 11pm

Evan Sims

Evan Sims bio photo.Black Butte Ranch is excited to welcome back Evan Sims as the Director of Tennis for the 2021 Summer Tennis Season. A Central Oregon native, Evan brings a lot of coaching and playing experience with him.

Following his college graduation in 2013, Evan decided to pursue his USPTA certification and secured a teaching position at the Bainbridge Athletic Club, in Washington, working alongside the head professional running clinics and teaching private lessons.

Since then Evan has been working seasonally maintaining his summer position here at Black Butte Ranch and filling his winters at various clubs around the Pacific Northwest.

He has spent his winters in Portland at St. John’s Tennis Center, The Valley Club, in Sun Valley Idaho and most recently at Tennis Center Sand Point; a 10 court indoor facility in Seattle, WA.

He has held the positions of assistant professional, head professional and facility manager at the various locations before accepting the job as director of tennis at Black Butte Ranch. He has taught a variety of adult and junior tennis classes, ran tournaments, coached numerous USTA teams as well as private lessons, and pickleball clinics.

As a player, Evan played two years for Santa Rosa Junior College, a perennial top performer in California. Eventually, Evan transferred to finish his degree at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon, where he earned his B.S. in Kinesiology. Off the tennis court you will find Evan enjoying all that a central Oregon summer has to offer from biking, hiking, rock climbing and camping. Evan will be directing both the tennis and pickleball program, and is available for private, group and hitting lessons for all ages and levels.

2022 Summer Tennis Classes & Programs

Lessons begin June 15, 2022

Wednesdays
9-10am Lil Shots
10-11am Big Shots
5-6:30pm Twilight Tennis

Thursdays
9-10am Cardio Tennis
10-11am Zennis
11am-12pm Teen Tennis

Fridays
9-10am Lil Shots
10-11am Big Shots
5-6:30pm Primetime Pickleball Mixer and Drills

Saturdays
9-10am Cardio Tennis
10-11am Liveball

Sundays
8am-2pm Open for private lessons


Class Descriptions

All Drop in Adult & Junior Clinics $25/player
*Adult Clinics are for players 18 years or older unless approved by the tennis staff.


Cardio Tennis

Thursday & Saturday | 9-10am | Adult Drop in: $25/Clinic
This popular, fast-paced clinic is a fun, group activity featuring drills and games to give players of all abilities an ultimate, high-energy workout. Cardio Tennis includes a warm-up, cardio workout, and cool down phases while hitting hundreds of balls. If you want to find a healthy, new way to get in shape and to burn calories, join us at the Glaze Meadow tennis courts for an hour of nonstop TENNIS and music guaranteed to keep your heartrate up.

Zennis

Thursday | 10-11am | Adult Drop in: $25/Clinic
A tactical focus on the “inner game of tennis.” If you are looking for point play and strategy with a particular focus each week, this class will give you new tools to use in your matches. A great compliment to our other adult classes at BBR, we will give you a game plan to take with you in your doubles and singles matches by focusing on point structure, movement and strategy. Learn new patterns of play, tactics and lots of ball striking during this hour class.

Liveball

Saturday | 10-11am  | Adult Drop in: $25/Clinic
This is a fast-paced class that puts all the focus on point play. These addicting fast-paced doubles style games get you dialed in! BBR Liveball will help build stamina, focus, reaction time and confidence on the tennis court. Come to the courts for an hour of Liveball and see why this drill session is all the rage.

Lil Shots

Wednesday & Friday | 9-10am | $25/player
Let us introduce your child to the game of tennis! We use Quick Start balls and nets to ensure all of our Lil’ Shots find success and have fun with every hit! Build the foundation of tennis with energetic games and athletic movements. Hand eye coordination and FUN are the center points of tennis at this age.

Big Shots

Wednesday & Friday | 10-11am | $25/player
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. Through the summer the kids will learn all the strokes it takes to play a match at their level and age.

Teen Tennis

Thursday | 11am-12pm | $25/player
This class is for the middle to high school tennis players who are looking to gain some ground in their matches next season. With lots of point play and stroke production, the juniors will be fired up and ready for next year’s tennis season. Practice makes permanent and there is nothing better than a summer on the tennis courts at Black Butte Ranch to hone in your game.

Twilight Tennis

Wednesday | 5-6:30pm | $25/player
Join us after the heat of the day for an hour and a half of point play and liveball coordinated by our tennis staff. Enjoy tennis in the shade of the ponderosas during this social tennis evening. Cool off by the courts or the pool with a cold beer, included in the price of the clinic.

Happy Hour Private Tennis Lesson
Wednesday, Fridays | 4-5pm | $65/hr (Max 2 players for $40/player)
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.

Build your Own Clinic
Reserve your time slot with the GMRC Rec Desk. Do you have a family reunion and are looking for a great group activity? If you have between 4-8 players you can pick your time slot, your drills/games and create your own private tennis clinics with our certified tennis professional. Coordinate with our front desk staff and let them know how many players will be attending as price varies per number of players

Private and Group Lessons
Private and group lessons available upon request for tennis and pickleball
Wednesday-Sunday | 8-9am
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday | 11am-4pm
Thursday | 12-4pm

$80/hr – $40/half hour
$45/player for 2 people
$35/player for 3 people

Hitting Lessons
$50/hr
Wednesday-Sunday | 8-9am
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday | 11am-4pm
Thursday | 12-4pm

Private Lesson Happy Hour

Wednesday & Friday 4-5 pm

Come take a one hour private lesson for a discounted rate in the late afternoon. Perfect for the person who is just getting into to tennis and wants to start with a few lessons from a USPTA teaching professional at an introductory price. $60/hr

Tennis Racquet Rentals and Repair

Tennis racquets are available to rent at the Rental Shop located inside the Glaze Meadow Rec Center. (541) 595-5877. Equipment rental shop hours include:

June 3-20 | Wednesday – Sunday | 9:30am-5:00pm

June 21-30 | Daily | 9am-5pm

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

Pricing

Happy Hour | $60/hr

Private lessons | $80/hr; $40/half hr

2 people | $45/player

3 people | $35/player

Drop-in adult & junior clinics | $25/player

Pickleball mixer | $15/player

Pickleball lessons (1-4 players) | $45 total

Pickleball lessons (5-8 players) | $75 total

Summer Smash Pass (adult)* | $125 (1 private lesson & 3 adult clinics)

Summer Smash Pass (junior) | 1 private lesson & 2 junior clinics)

*Adult clinics are for players 18 years or older, unless approved by the tennis staff.

Tennis Players List

The Glaze Meadow Tennis office 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 tennis and front desk staff.

Racquet Stringing Service

Stringing Service is available through our Tennis Director Evan Sims, USPTA, at the tennis office at the GMRC. Price dependent on string choice.