Benefits of the GVR Tennis Club to GVR Tennis and YOU
Have we got a place for you in the GVR Tennis Club! Many of the things we offer are understated, and although there should be something for everyone, most of our members choose how they participate. Many players volunteer to host one of our varied activities, serve on the board, or ‘chair’ various areas of interest, tidy up or just help out as they can. The GVR Tennis Club is a 100% volunteer organization.
Membership in the GVR Tennis Club is encouraged for any GVR Member (homeowner) or GVR Tenant (renter) who has an interest in Tennis or has guests who have an interest in Tennis. Unfortunately, Guests may not join GVR Clubs; however, they may give an annual GVR Tennis Club membership to their GVR host, provided the host is willing.
We attempt to provide tennis opportunities for all GVR tennis players. The annual dues (Jan 1 – Dec 31) is $15. That’s under $2 a month for full time residents, just over for winter residents. If you are playing in a GVR Tennis Club sponsored activity, we expect you to join the GVR Tennis Club. If you are playing in a buddy group, membership will enable you to carry your fair share of the responsibility of reserving a court. If you are not, we hope that you will join the tennis club and learn about our opportunities.
Each of GVR’s 17 tennis courts at 6 facilities are well appointed with shade structures, cabanas and nearby water. Tennis club volunteers work with GVR on an ongoing basis to ensure the nets are in good repair, properly tensioned and at the proper height; the pony walls have a safety covering, ball guards under the benches keep balls from rolling onto neighboring courts, and windsocks are flying in the breeze. Those LoveOne scoring sticks were provided to GVR by the tennis club. No need to dye tennis balls or replace the old scoring sticks every couple of years. Volunteers work with GVR’s P & E committee and staff to identify major tennis projects. The tennis club has a long history of chipping in for these projects when they are complete.
Tennis club volunteers maintain the attendance scanners at each of the facilities which display the day’s tennis court schedule – for all 17 courts, a listing of those who have recently scanned-in and a scanner for your GVR card. Scan twice, you will only count once. If the scanner is not working for you, there is a paper exception sheet nearby to carefully write your GVR number, day, time and YOUR name; or, simply fill out this web page. Tennis club volunteers developed these systems and the tennis club paid for it.
The Desert Hills Ramada and West Tennis Ramada provide an inviting area for players to gather before and after they play. The Desert Hills Ramada was a tennis club project. Each has a refrigerator to keep refreshments cool or fresh, until they are ready to share. Please take your left overs with you, we are all responsible for cleaning up after ourselves. The kitchen in the West Tennis Ramada has plates, napkins, cups and bowls which are provided by the Tennis Club. Dishes and utensils should be washed, dried and put away after you use them. We don’t want to attract ants or rodents. Enjoy the fans, propane for the heaters, BBQ’s and propane, refurbished tables and chairs – courtesy of the GVR Tennis Club. There are shaded viewing areas to watch the play, next to West Courts 1, 3 & 6. Some of those USTA Matches – normally at noon – are really exciting.
GO Green Valley!
GO Green Valley!
We recognize that many more players are using the courts during the winter season – which we define as November 1 to April 30. Experience tells us that mornings are the preferred time to play. Hence we offer players the opportunity to play for preset 90 minute blocks of time from 6 am to noon in their own groups. Afternoons are set aside for Drop-ins, Classes – with multiple levels – including GVR, leagues, the Unablers for rehab and USTA Matches for those USTA Teams which choose to represent GVR and the GVR Tennis Club. The GVR Pro gets 3 hours of court time allocated for lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Participating in a GVR Tennis Club activity eliminates the requirement for you to reserve a court. We think that Membership is a fair exchange for playing in a league, drop-in or taking advantage of a clinic.
Summers – which we define as May 1 to October 31 – are also active, however most players start earlier in the morning and by the afternoon are normally absent. Leagues, classes and drop-ins are scheduled at Desert Hills in the morning in order to spread out the play. The Enablers are still at Las Campanas, one morning a week. GVR provides lights on five of the courts from dusk until 8:45 pm.
The Tennis Club owns two Ball Machines and two of our volunteers maintain the machines, replace the balls and teach players how to use the machine. Ball Machine fees are only used for the maintenance, balls and replacement of the machines. ONLY those members who have paid the Ball Machine Fee are allowed to hit any ball which is launched by either ball machine. The surplus goes into an account to replace the machines when that time comes.
To keep all this organized the Tennis Club provides an online reservation system by CourtReserve. Access to the system is a benefit of membership, while your GVR status is active.
- Tennis Club activities are scheduled in the reservation system, prior to becoming available for a booking. Each has contact information and a description.
- Players are able to book one tennis court at any give time for up to 90 minutes. Courts become available at 4:30 pm a week out. (Next Monday’s courts become available at 4:30 MST this Monday.)
- Those members who payed the Ball Machine Fee get an extra reservation for the ball machine & it’s court – NOT for play. Ball Machine users are given the current ball machine combo which is shown at the top of the Ball Machine Members List.
- The system also has the ability for players to sign up themselves and, sometimes, guests for Events which are coming up, like clinics, some leagues, a dinner, potluck.
- The system has a ‘Bulletin Board’ for notices about the courts; lost and found items; and, to get the most recent Tennis Club Roster.
Most months the tennis club holds a social/membership meeting – more social and food than a meeting, but there is an opportunity to catch up with those players you have not seen on the courts, recently, as well as the latest tennis scoop. Sometimes a potluck, BBQ, some are catered. Often there is a 50/50 drawing with a number of prizes for a few of those who do not win the split. Volunteers collect the food, set tables, serve, greet participants and clean up.
Each year brings a new version of a tournament or two, maybe an exhibition and a fundraiser for some community organization. We have raised almost $8,000 for Honor Flight. Funds from fund raisers are passed direct to the charity advertised.
Leagues, court, and other Tennis Club information is available on our website gvtennis.com and our Facebook page. A read-only display of court availability is available from the website. Updates are reflected within moments. Any GVR member or their guest may use a court which is not currently being used nor reserved, for up to 90 minutes. If someone is waiting for a court at the end of your time, you must move off the court.
We look forward to you becoming part of the GVR Tennis Club.