Tennis has been a hallowed part of Crane Creek's DNA since the 1960's. Members enjoy the use of five outdoor tennis courts situated among our beautiful Boise foothills and five heated and brightly lit indoor tennis courts. Whether indoor or outdoor, members do not pay court or ball machine fees.
Take advantage of Adult, Senior or Mixed Leagues, weekly clinics for juniors and adults, as well as a rotating door of social events (for everyone) and cut-throat competitions for 2.5 to 5.0 level players. Crane Creek's highly qualified, professional instructors offer private lessons and group clinics for both beginners and those just looking to improve stroke techniques and serve up a few more aces.
Crane Creek's tennis program is aggressively welcoming. The competition-tested professionals cater to all ages and skill levels. On any given day you can expect grit teeth, improved agility, a better understanding of the sport, leaner muscles and a rollicking good time.
Whether you are a novice or a circuit fixture, you're sure to meet your match with Crane Creek tennis.
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Contact the Tennis Center at 514-4361 or [email protected] for more information.
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Lee's Crier Article October 2023
Embracing Fall Tennis
What an amazing fall we're enjoying. The cooler mornings and changing colors are a clear sign that summer's long, hot days are behind us. This fall, there are lots of things happening at Crane Creek Tennis that I'm excited about and know our members will be too.
Last month, our 3.0 Fire & Ice 40+ women's team finished 1st place at Districts and punched their ticket to Sectionals, which were held in Denver. There they played the best of the best in the Intermountain Section and finished in fourth place. The team is co-captained by Teresa Lyon and Kim Agler. Other team members are Jill Wollam, Nikki Reynolds, Michelle McSorley, Cindy Haroian, Amy Costello, Christa Napier, Tannan Koehl, Daphne McNeal, Tisha Purdy, Laurie Nowierski, Cathy Drake and Valencia Bilyeu. What a great season for these ladies, and now we get to hang a banner to celebrate!
Our singles and doubles Club Championships took place this past weekend, and the mixed doubles events will occur this coming weekend on October 6-8. We were treated to some terrific tennis and lots of fun. The draws for the mixed events are strong, and I can't wait to see who prevails. Results for all our Club Championship events will be in next month's Crier.
Our annual Tennis Player Appreciation Party is on Thursday, October 5, at 6pm in the main dining room. We're holding it this year between the Club Championship's two weekends. This much-loved event allows all tennis players to come together and recognize this year's tennis achievements and accomplishments, regardless of whether they are competing in the Club Championships. We will also present the Jerilyn Grizzaffi Sportsmanship Award in honor of Jerilyn. This year's nominees, nominated by their peers, are Lora Bonser, Michael Johnson, Cindy Haroian, Bill Agler, Amy Costello, Alex Hodson, Dana Rosellini, Kristina Winterling, Maji Daines, Tony Magnuson, Sandi Rubio, Bryan Dingel, and Suzie Wilson. This event is free to attend and all of our Crane Creek adult tennis players are welcome.
Our always popular Ladies Flight will start on Monday, October 30, and run for five weeks, ending on Sunday, December 10. We offer Flights for all levels of play. Registration will occur from Wednesday, October 9-Monday, October 23, and the Flight sign-up sheets will be in the tennis center under the TV. The goal of Flight is not to be a USTA League team practice, but for Ladies to play on a fun and consistent basis with other Crane Creek players of similar ability. This means that you may or may not play with players on your USTA League team. We offer multiple Flight options, including daytime, evenings, and Sundays, with the day, time, and rating clearly stated. To play in a specific Flight, a player must be rated at the level of the Flight. If a player knows she will miss one or more weeks, we ask that they only sign up as a sub. Players can sign up for only one Flight. This year, you can indicate a specific day or time as your FIRST or SECOND choice. We aim to allow players to play in their first or second choice, depending on sign-ups. It will not, however, guarantee a spot on that Flight.
One event I'm looking forward to is the upcoming Ladies Tennis Association (LTA) Legend event. As with all LTA events, this will be amazing and include tennis games with the pros, lunch, drinks, and so much fun with the tennis ladies of Crane Creek. They will also be honoring this year's "Legend." Mark your calendar for Sunday, October 22, with the event starting at 11:30am. Registration for this event is available on the app.
Our fall adult and junior clinics started last month and will run through December 15. We are offering a wide selection of both adult and junior clinics, offering clinics for all levels and abilities. Our fall clinic schedules are included on the next page. You can contact the Tennis Desk with any questions at [email protected]
or at (208)514-4361.
Now that play is slowing down on weekend afternoons and evenings as we head into the fall, the Tennis Center will close at 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays (or sometimes earlier if there are no reservations). Members can still make reservations and use the after-hours scanners to enter the tennis buildings. Please turn off the court lights if nobody else is playing when you leave.
Great job to some of our Crane Creek junior tennis players who competed at last month's Level 6 Gatorade junior tournament. They represented well and showed great fight in their matches. Here are some notable results:
JP Hay—Winner Boy's 16s Singles and Doubles
Nolen Larson—Winner Boy's 16s Doubles
Ali Koehl and Piper Nielsen—Winners Girl's 12s Doubles
Trevor Jones—2nd Boy’s 12s Singles
Sam Chasan—Winner Boy's 14s Singles Consolation
As we head into our indoor tennis season, it's also the time when we have more guests play. If you have a guest at tennis, you can now add them to your registration under "Tennis Guest." When members come to play, please go into the Tennis Center so we can check your guest in. Remember, we have a very reasonable $10 guest fee, and guests may play two times per calendar month. Guests playing after hours will be billed the following day.