Tennis & Pickleball News 

Happy 2021! Looking Back – Looking Forward

2020 has been a challenging year for many which makes it all the more important to take care of our health and well being. I hope you are taking time for YOU! Looking back at this year, in spite of many challenges, we were able to develop a great quality tennis program, grow our membership and most importantly bring the community together and have lots of fun. Tennis socials, tournaments, clinics, interclub matches; there was a great deal of tennis and social activity here at the Club. Our members and many guests have participated in various leagues throughout the year, and our drills, cardio and pickleball continue to be very popular. We introduced Grand Slam and UTR tournaments this year which was a booming success. I want to thank all the members that make Hidden Trails a special club to be a part of and to our staff that go above and beyond to organize and arrange leagues, socials and various tennis and pickleball events. A big thank you also goes out to all the parents of our junior players, for getting them to and from our practices, tournaments and matches.

New Year, New Programs & New Look for our Facility

We have big plans for 2021. In addition to our current programming, we are introducing new and exciting league ladder play for both pickleball and tennis. You can read more about it below in the programming section.

We have had many improvements done this year – we resurfaced outside courts, installed brand new lights and purchased new furniture for our facility. We plan to undergo several projects to further improve the look of the Tennis Facility. Specifically, we are working on solutions for our lounge area floor; currently we have carpet there that is not in the best shape. We also need new green tarps that surround our indoor courts and we hope to give our lounge area a fresh look with new paint. Having said that, we will put together a Fundraiser in February that would help us with this effort. If you would like to be involved and help us in any way please reach out to me.

With 2021 knocking on the door, Hidden Trails Country Club will stay committed to bringing you the best in tennis, pickleball and events. Let’s bring in the New Year with focus on kindness and gratitude for all we have.

Best wishes,

Elizabeta Babb
Tennis Center Director

January Events & Programming

H.I.T.S – UTR Match Play

(H.I.T.S ~ Stands for “Hidden-Trails is the spot”)

H.I.T.S  match play (doubles and singles) will be available to all ages and levels every 2nd Saturday in the month. We will make sure your matches are with someone that’s your level. The match scores are recorded on UTR.

  • Day/Time: 2pm Saturday, January 9th
  • Cost: $10 members, $16 nonmembers

Polar Bear UTR tournament series

Mark your calendars for the 2021 Polar Bear UTR Tournament Series. The emphasis of this tournament series is giving to others less fortunate while having fun. Along with your entry fee please consider donating a blanket or warm clothes that we can give out to Oustanding Love Foundation who provide for homeless and others in need. It doesn’t have to be new, as long as its something that will keep people warm in the cold.

Polar Bear Tournament Series will be hosted for all levels in the month of January. Food is provided. Check the dates and times below.

 

Polar Bear UTR Tournament for USTA Level 3.0 and under

We will accept only 4 teams for women draw and 4 teams for men draw. Format will be round robin.

Surprise gifts to winners and 2nd place!

Entry Fee: $20 members, $30 non-members

Date: Saturday, January 16th at 3pm.

If you would like to play but don’t have a partner we will match you up with someone.

 

Polar Bear Open UTR Tournament (for USTA level 3.5 and above)

We are accepting 16 teams for this tournament. This will be a prize money tournament. The first 3 teams and the winner of the losing bracket will win money.

Day/Time: 2pm on Saturday, January 30th

Entry Fee: $40 members, $50 non-members

Please remember to bring a blanket or anything warm so we can donate it to people that need it. Thank you in advance!

 

To sign up for the above events please contact Elizabeta Babb at 405-837-4269.

“Challenge Accepted” Ladder Match Play

Only at Hidden Trails, introducing a fun and exciting singles ladder. How does it work? We will have men’s and women’s divisions. There will be 20 players accepted in each ladder. You challenge other players on the ladder and work up the ladder in order to get to 1st place. The winner of the ladder will win a surprise gift.

Benefits of “Challenge Accepted” Match Play

  1. You will get some great match experience
  2. You get to play on your own schedule, choose a time that works best for you
  3. You get to meet and connect with new players that are your level
  4. Lots of Fun!

FORMAT OF PLAY

Best 2 out of 3 sets. At 1 all in sets you will play a 10 point super tiebreak. Make sure you report your score to front desk staff or text to Elizabeta at 405-837-4269.

SCORESHEETS

A ladder will be displayed in the club showing all the player names and their rank. When players win a match against somebody above them – they switch places on the ladder.

ORDER OF PLAY

Start day is Monday, January 11th, end date is Monday, February 22nd. Players must organize with other players to play matches in their own time. Players challenge each other in order to move up the ladder.

As an example, for a ladder that has 20 players, 20th-15th place can challenge players a maximum of 4 places above them, 15th – 5th placed players can challenge players 3 places above and 4th-1st can challenge 2 places above.

Players should not refuse a challenge from a player below. If players continue to refuse challenges or are unable to play matches they will be removed from the ladder or moved down a set number of places.

 

Entry Fee: $50 members, $75 nonmembers

Sign up by contacting Elizabeta at 405-837-4269.

Ongoing Adult Tennis Program

ADULT LEAGUES

Leagues are prepaid with no drop-ins.

Duration: 6 weeks

Time:  Evenings at 6:30-8:30pm and Sundays at 3-5pm

Cost: Members $50, Non-members $85

Mondays – Men league (level 2.5-3.5)

Thursdays – Mixed (level 3.5/4.0)

Fridays –  Mixed (level 2.5-3.5)

Sundays – Women (3.5/4.0)

Leagues listed above are currently full, please contact Kay Knight if you would like to register for an upcoming league at 405-556-1864.

 

New * DAY TIME LEAGUE

These leagues are for both men and women (all levels).. If you would like to sign up or need more information please contact Elizabeta at 405-837-4269.

 

CARDIO TENNIS

This drill is on Saturdays 9-10am, free for members, $15 non-members. Limit is 12 people max. Must register to attend.

 

INTRO TO TENNIS ACADEMY

Who is this program for?

Beginning Tennis players and anyone that has yet to discover tennis.

This Academy is for adults only!

  • Day/Time: Sundays – 4PM to 5:30PM

Call/text Elizabeta at 405-837-4269 to register

Weekly Tennis Drills – ran by Coach Jenny Marcos

Wednesday morning Drill $ Play

Level: 2.5-3.5

  • Day/Time: Wednesdays 10-noon.

1 hour match play at 10 am followed by drill at 11am.

  • Cost: $10 members, $15 non-members

Make sure you register by contacting front desk or by CourtReserve app

 

Wednesday Evening Drill

  • Day/Time: Wednesdays at 6.30pm

Level: 2.5-3.5

  • Cost: $10 members, $15 non-members

Make sure you register by contacting front desk or by CourtReserve app

Junior Tennis Program

High Performance Yellow Ball Group: for competitive players 12 and up. Practice times are Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays at 5-6.30pm. We offer additional match play day on Saturdays at 2pm.

Green Ball Group: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4.30-6pm.

Age: 12 and up

  • once per week cost: $15 members, $20 non-members
  • twice per week cost: $20 members, $30 non-members

Orange Ball group (beginners): weekly Thursday group (5.30-6.30pm) and weekly Saturday group that meets 1-2pm.

Age: 12 and under

  • once per week cost: $15 members, $20 non-members
  • twice per week cost: $20 members, $30 non-members

New* High Performance Orange Ball Group (intermediate and advanced players): weekly Tuesday group (5 – 6 pm) and weekly Saturday group at 2-3pm.

Age: 12 and under

  • once per week cost: $15 members, $20 non-members
  • twice per week cost: $20 members, $30 non-members

 

Tiny Tots group: weekly Saturday group that meets 12-12.45pm

Age: 3 & 4 year olds

Cost: $10 members, $15 non-members

Little Champs:  weekly Saturday group that meets 12-12.45pm

Age: 5 & 6 year olds

Cost: $10 members, $15 non-members

 

If you are planning on coming to any of our tennis programming please make sure to register by contacting Elizabeta Babb at 405-837-4269 or sign up via our court reserve app at www.courtreserve.com

Pickleball Program

Weekly Organized Group Play time schedule:

  • Tuesday evenings at 6.30-9pm

Cost: free for members, $5 non members

  • Saturday mornings at 9-11.30am

Cost: free for members, $5 non members

 

Pickleball lessons: if you would like to take your game to the next level schedule a lesson with 2 time National Champion coach Jenny Marcos.

Champion Minded Book Fundraiser

At Hidden Trails, one of our goals is to provide our students with the skills and principles needed in order to achieve success in both tennis and life!  We would like to provide copies of the book “Champion Minded” to our junior students, encouraging them to begin implementing the principles of leadership and success discussed within the book.

Any donation towards covering the cost of these books would be greatly appreciated!

Please contact Elizabeta at 405-837-4269 if you would like to make a donation for this cause.