Rossmoor Tennis Club

located in Walnut Creek, California

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A Recap of Rossmoor's Tennis Teams


The 2022 tennis season saw the creation of two tennis leagues for women and the continuation of the men’s league.

Yvonne Merrick captained the women’s Super Senior Team (65 + years) playing matches with teams in  Oakland, Concord, Danville, San Ramon and Walnut Creek.  Under Yvonne’s guidance, the team placed in the middle of the rankings….an  admirable result for a newly formed  team.

Mary Benin took on the leadership for the new season and also created a new team with a 50 + age restriction allowing several players under 65 years of age to play  more competitive matches.  

The two teams practice together Monday mornings and have many overlapping members.  To find out more about the women’s team, contact Mary Benin at  or 602-692-7765

The Men’s Tennis Team, captained by Dave Kern,  is one of 8 teams that participates in the Senior Men’s Inter-club League, known as SMIL.  While competitive, the SMIL league is a more friendly and relaxed type of competitive tennis with teams located in the East Bay.  The team’s roster includes over 50 players with a minimum skill level of 3.0.  All are welcome to practice with the team every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  To get more information about the team, contact Dave Kern at  or 808-721-5599

RTC Board Thanks Retiring Board Members


As the  Rossmoor Tennis Club Board of Directors welcomes the new year it wants to thank the remarkable efforts of the retiring Board members. 


President Larry Barclay’s leadership these past two years has been remarkable.  Always approachable, he helped bring us back from the COVID shutdown to full utilization of the tennis courts, was instrumental in the installation of a backboard to help newer players improve their game, and brought to the attention of GRF the deteriorating nature of the courts.  As a result, cracks on the courts were repaired in 2022 and the courts are scheduled to be resurfaced in 2023.  Finally, Larry helped GRF to come to an amicable decision to locate a new pickleball facility adjacent to the Event Center rather than taking away existing tennis courts.

For the past five years, Chris Slee has been Tournament Director, recruiting volunteers and overseeing around twenty club tournaments annually.  Much of his good works go unseen – the upgrading of the Club’s website and improvements in the management of tournaments.

Dave Hickey as Social Director increased the number of always popular Saturday Evening BBQ’s, adding fun activities and broadening participation.   He also invigorated the annual New Member Welcome Party. Always enough food and drink, the socials have been booming successes. 

Amy Bollinger as Publicity Director has both publicized tennis events with pictures and articles but also expanded coverage to include articles of broader interest to the tennis community and others especially during the months of COVID restrictions.

The tennis community has been greatly enhanced by the contributions of all four retiring Board members.


RTC Local Rules

RTC Logo 10 KB TransThe Rossmoor Golden Rain Foundation has issued Rules that apply to all Rossmoor Residents, Tennis Club Members, and all Guests.   GRF has delegated authority to the Rossmoor Tennis Club to make rules governing the Buckeye Complex under Tennis Rules R106.1 and R106.2.  Each Rule contains sections on Purpose and General Rules, which are identical but printed here only once to avoid duplication.   Following the General Rules are Specific rules for the Buckeye Courts.


The Rossmoor Tennis Club has been formed to promote tennis play and to organize tournaments and social activities for the club's members.   Club membership is an individual choice and is not a condition for use of the tennis facilities.   Due to the unique etiquette governing play, the Golden Rain Foundation Board of Directors has delegated to the Rossmoor Tennis Club the day-to-day responsibility to:

  • Determine conditions and/or restrictions for play
  • Schedule and organize matches and tournaments
  • Monitor and enforce player compliance with the Tennis Court Rules
  • Serve in an advisory capacity to staff in matters related to the courts

The following General Rules apply to the eight (8) courts at the Buckeye Tennis Complex.

General Rules:

  1. Courts are available for play during daylight hours.   During early morning and early evening hours especially, players should avoid loud noises and conversations that may disturb local residents.
  2. Courts are for the use of Rossmoor Residents and their Guests only.   A Resident Sponsor must accompany Guests the entire time of play.
  3. Resident and Guest players must sign the Register prior to play.   To occupy a court, enter the names of all players and the court clock time under the selected court as listed on the Court Register.
  4. Court usage -- see below
  5. A court is properly occupied -- see below
  6. Wait list -- see below.
  7. Bumping -- see below
  8. Smoking, food and drink, other than water or sport drink, are not permitted within the fenced court area.   No glass containers of any kind are permitted.
  9. Proper tennis attire must be worn on the courts.  Shirts must be worn at all times and tennis shoes must have non-marking soles.
  10. Observe accepted rules of tennis etiquette and courtesy.  (See The Code of Tennis below)   Please leave the court cleaner than you found it and return court-cleaning tools to their proper place after use.

Individual courts are closed for short periods during the week for cleaning.   Court cleaning has priority over play so please vacate the court immediately when the staff arrives.

Court Usage Rules


  • All players, groups must sign in on the court register to have standing
    • Two or more players must be present and signed in to hold a court
    • Non-residents must be accompanied on court by a resident
  • Court use is on a first come, first served basis … except that
    • Club sanctioned events take precedence. This includes Tournaments, Clinics, Matches, Drop-in Tennis and other events
    • Team matches will leave two courts open for general play, giving priority to the practice courts one and two. See examples below
  • During Prime Time -- sun up to 11 a.m.
    • Playing members take precedence over an individual ball machine user
    • No more than two (2) non-residents are allowed on court with a resident if courts are full and residents are waiting
  • A court is properly occupied by:
    • Two players playing singles for one hour
    • Three or more players for one hour and thirty minutes
    • An individual using the court two ball machine for one hour after 11:00 AM
    • Court time is based on the sign-in time
  • A court is considered available if:
    • The court is empty
    • Players did not sign in, or incorrectly, or with no court number
    • Playing time has expired
  • Players, out of courtesy, are encouraged to rotate off Court 2 to aid those wanting to use the ball machine when other courts are open

Court Wait List Rules


  • Wait List:
    • Players wait list by signing in when no court is available
    • A minimum of two players are required to have signed in
    • An individual may wait list for the ball machine on court 2 AFTER 11:00 AM
    • A player may not be both on court and wait listed
  • Wait listed players can “bump” only if there is no empty court:
    • Players cannot choose which court to bump.
    • Wait list players must find the earliest entry on the register where the court is now available (playing time expired, etc.)
    • Waiting players will, without entering the court, notify the on-court players that their court time has expired
    • Bumped players will finish the current point (not the current game) and immediately relinquish the court


  • Wait List:
    • Players wait list by signing in when no court is available
    • A minimum of two players are required to have signed in
    • An individual may wait list for the ball machine on court 2 AFTER 11:00 AM
    • A player may not be both on court and wait listed
  • Wait listed players can “bump” only if there is no empty court:
    • Players cannot choose which court to bump.
    • Wait list players must find the earliest entry on the register where the court is now available (playing time expired, etc.)
    • Waiting players will, without entering the court, notify the on-court players that their court time has expired
    • Bumped players will finish the current point (not the current game) and immediately relinquish the court

Ball Machine Rules

  1. You must be a member of Rossmoor Tennis Club
  2. An additional fee is required
  3. New Ball Machine Members are required to have a training on the operation of the Ball Machine with the RTC Facilities Manager prior to initial use
  4. Use of the Ball Machine is exclusively for RTC Members who have paid the additional Ball Machine fee and have received proper instruction on its use
  5. This eliminates use by non-paid RTC members, family members i.e., spouse, partner, grandchildren etc. or any other guests
  6. The lockbox combo is NOT to be shared. If someone asks for it, please refer them to the RTC Facilities Manager who maintains an authorized list of users
  7. Ball Machine is NOT to be used when any signs of dampness are on Court 2. Do not use any of the balls from the shed on damp court.
  8. Ball Machine hours are 9:00 am till dark
  9. Tennis games take precedence until 11:00 am
  10. Ball Machine Users may wait list for the Ball Machine on Court 2 after 11:00 am
  11. If Ball Machine fails to function properly, stop use immediately and report to the RTC Facilities Manager

Reservations and Sign-Ups:

Four circumstances exist where Reservations for future court use are permitted: (1) pro lessons, (2) RTC tournaments, (3) Club sanctioned teams and (4) other RTC events such as the annual meet against The Villages, San Jose.   Lessons can be reserved one week ahead by the professional.   RTC Tournaments or events are reserved when scheduled or established. These are Reservations and not mere Sign-Ups.

All other court assignments are Sign-Ups and must be made immediately before or at the time of play at the appropriate sign-in area at the Buckeye Tennis Complex.    Two or more players are required to be present to Sign-Up unless an individual is signing up for the ball machine.   Sign-Ups are for 90 minutes or less for doubles and 60 minutes or less for singles and 60 minutes for the ball machine.   Current announcements and sign-up sheets are posted near the tennis courts.

Buckeye Specific Rules:

1. Drop-in (Open) Tennis --- Rights and Restrictions:

Courts are open to Rossmoor Residents and their guests for Drop-in (Open) Tennis every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.   An Open Tennis Group is defined as 4 or more players.   Sequence of play is rotational.   Groups often consist of five or even six players.   In these cases at the end of each game, a new (waiting) player rotates into the server's ad court, the previous server goes out, and the remaining two players rotate clockwise for the upcoming game.   Games are played no-ad when people are waiting to facilitate rotation.

Drop-in (Open) Tennis Groups have priority on courts 3, 4, 5, and 6 at Buckeye on Drop-in (Open) Tennis days.   Private game players may sign in at the Buckeye tennis shack as usual, but must defer to Drop-in (Open) Tennis Groups on courts 3, 4, 5, and 6.

Drop-in (Open) Tennis Groups have priority on courts 1, 2, 7, 8 at Buckeye when:

  • Courts 3,4,5, and 6 are all in use by Drop-in (Open) Tennis Groups.
  • An Drop-in (Open)Tennis Group is present and available for play.
  • Note --- If an Drop-in (Open) Tennis Group is playing on courts 1,2,7, or 8 and a court becomes available on courts 3, 4, 5, or 6, then that Drop-in (Open) Tennis Group must relinquish court 1, 2, 7, or 8 if requested by a Private Game.

2. Wild Card Couples Competition --- Rights and Restrictions:

Courts 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 are reserved for Wild Card Couples Competition the first Saturday of every month from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM (or until competition is completed).

3. League Competition or Tournaments --- Rights and Restrictions:

Courts may be reserved in advance for League Competition or Tournaments by the Rossmoor Tennis Club Board of Directors. this is generally available shown on the Club Calendar on this site.

Captains should stagger play to ensure that two courts are left open for general play. As far as possible courts one and two should be avoided, in particular court 2 because of the ball machine. Some examples:

  • When fielding more than 4 lines of players and courts 1 and 2 are being used for clinic: the captain should start 4 lines and wait to play 2 more lines as courts 1 and 2 become available
  • When there is no active approved clinic, the captain can start up to 6 lines, leaving courts 1 and 2 open for general play
  • Similarly, when tournaments are scheduled on a Saturday we will make efforts to limit our court usage to 6 courts; keeping 2 courts open for Rossmoor residents. Prioritize leaving court 2 open for ball machine users

The Board understands this may take a little longer to finish matches but it keeps two courts open for people not on the teams and not participating in practice. [Discussed at meeting 15 Jan 2018 meeting, approved by the board 16 Nov 2021]

4. Ball Machine Protocol for Court 2

See Court Usage Rules above.

Times are M, W, F 9AM to 4PM.  Tu, Th 11AM to 4PM and Weekends 10AM to 4PM.  After 11AM weekdays and weekends ball machine use has priority on court 2 so an individual player has standing to properly occupy the court. Before 11AM a single ball machine user can be bumped if there are no empty courts.

Ball Machine users sign up at Kiosk before play and time is limited to 1 hour (exception for Ball Machine Clinic F from 11AM to 1PM). Teaching professionals and those authorized to train others* to use the ball machine may reserve court 2 in advance. Ball Machine users must be members of RTC and have paid the annual fee to use the Ball Machine.

Tournaments and team matches take precedence over casual use of Ball Machine.  Players, out of courtesy, are encouraged to give up Court 2 to those needing the ball machine when other courts are open.

*Current members available to train others on use of ball machine (as of 1/1/18) are Ron Wyman, Dave Blanchard, Roger Haas and Bernie Wolf.  Contact them through RTC Members Directory

Contact Us

Please contact the Club by using email to MAIL RossmoorTennis dot COM

Please note that this form of email address is to protect against spam.

RTC Organization

The business and social affairs of the club are governed by our By Laws and administered by a nine-member Board, Committees The Board meets once a month on the third Monday to conduct its business and in March, July, and November hold general meetings for all club members each year. Members are welcome at any Board meeting but these three general meetings give all club members an opportunity to participate in decision-making and in the election of new board members.

If you're a member, log in to find Admin - Forms for Printing and Procedures for running events and working with the club

Board of Directors:

Board Member: Board Title: Term:
(year end)
Email Outgoing:
Al Peters President 2023  Larry Barclay
Emily Van Vleet Vice President 2025 ebv2new gmail  Al Peters
Barbara Landberg Secretary 2024  
Ken Steiner Treasurer 2024  
Ike Ichikawa Tournaments 2026 iekuni.ichikawa ..  Chris Slee
Laura Townsend Social 2025 lauralutownsend gmail  Dave Hickey
Terry Quinlan Membership 2024  
Jerry Quinlan Facilities 2023  
Linda Hague Publicity 2025 laphague gmail Amy Bollinger

 Note: the email addresses are "Cloaked" to prevent online attacks.  You'll have to re-type them. You cannot copy and paste them

There are a few standing "subcommittees" of the club.

Member: Role Term:
(year end)
Email Outgoing:
Bernie Wolf SMIL Men's team Principal   davekern44 .. gmail  
Mary Benin Ladies league team Principal   mary.benin ... gmail

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Chop Suey Tournament

This tournament moves players up and down a series of courts, splitting teams every round so that partners become opponents in the next round. It's a chop and change format with matches becoming more evenly competitive as the tournament progresses!

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  • THIS Friday, Aug 17
  • at the Tennis BBQ
  • preorder your Cheeseburger , leaving $6.00 at Gateway admin offices, tennis box
  • complimentary Margaritas for all
  • bring a side dish & own plates 

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Health racket: tennis reduces risk of death at any age, study suggests

Research indicates regular badminton and tennis are sports most protective to health, while football and running are bottom of the table

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Not keen on racket sports? Don’t despair: the authors stress that all types of physical activity are beneficial to health.

If you want to stave off death for as long as possible, you might want to reach for a tennis racket.

Scientists attempting to tease apart the benefits of different sports have found that regularly taking part in sports such as badminton or tennis reduces your risk of death at any given age by almost 50%, with swimming and aerobics also proving protective.

Health racket: tennis reduces risk of death at any age, study suggests


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