Tennis

Villages at Country Creek features four clay tennis courts: two by the main pool (known as the Pool Courts or Courts 1 and 2) and two by the condos (known as the Condo Courts or Courts 3 and 4). Villages at Country Creek also features a hard court located on Blacksmith Forge near the pool.  Both court locations are lighted. Our courts host social, league and open play. Schedules are available at the Courts.

Rules of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and “The Code” (a players guide for matches when officials are not present) shall be used as guidelines for CCTA court play.

  • Shirts and appropriate attire are required to be worn at all times on the courts. Appropriate attire does not include bathing suits, sandals, flip flops, sleeveless men’s shirts, etc.
  • Only smooth soled tennis court shoes are permitted on the courts.
  • No bicycles, scooters, skateboards, skates or anything with wheels are allowed on the tennis courts.
  • No food is allowed on the tennis courts.
  • Smoking is prohibited on the tennis courts.
  • No dogs allowed on the tennis courts.
  • Excessive yelling, noise, profanity, or racquet throwing are not allowed.
  • Players may not succeed themselves when someone else is waiting unless invited to join their play.
  • Members waiting to play should be considerate of other players and not attempt to occupy the court until the other players’ time is expired.
  • Do not walk or stand on or between courts while play is in progress.
  • Sitting or leaning on the nets is damaging to the nets and net straps and is strictly prohibited.
  • Use first and last names for reservations.
  • When finished playing, brush the lines only. The exception here is that on match days (and signs will be posted), the courts need to be BOTH swept and lines brushed. Sweeping and rolling are generally performed by assigned maintenance personnel.
  • Clean up your court area – used tennis balls and cans, water bottles, etc. should be placed in the buckets hanging on the net posts. Check to clear the area of towels, clothing, etc. left on the courts.

Members are asked to be aware of and to self-police these rules.

Further, a member’s concern about a violation should be brought before the Tennis Committee for resolution.

The Har-Tru courts have schedules that accommodate multiple playing requirements:
a) Social play; b) League play; c) Open play for unscheduled usage.

Social play is regularly scheduled, year-round on the Har-Tru courts, for six (6) mornings each week – Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for women and Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday for men.

Sign-up is required at the condo court bulletin board by Saturday for the following week’s court assignments. A second shift is scheduled for some courts as signup demands, which usually occurs only during prime season. Social play usually consists of a round robin series of sets lasting 1½ hours (8:30-10:00 and 10:00- 11:30).

League play is regularly scheduled during prime season on Har-Tru courts on weekday mornings at 11:00 and/or weekday afternoons at 2:00. These teams play against visiting tennis clubs both home and away. The home and away schedule will ultimately dictate which mornings or afternoons require the use of the Country Creek courts. The committee, or designee, shall schedule and post schedules on tennis bulletin boards.

Open play is identified as the unscheduled, casual availability of courts.

The hard surface court at Blacksmith Forge has its own schedule which is posted at the condo courts and the hard court area. Sign up for the hard court can be done at the men’s condo bulletin board or at the hard court. Tennis has priority over other activities scheduled there.

The hard surface court is available for play until dusk.

The Har-Tru courts are available for play from approximately 8:30 am until 10:00 pm using the available lighting. Lighting requires a few minutes to gain full intensity. Exceptions include morning maintenance and court watering scheduled for 5:00 pm.

SINGLES – One (1) hour – if authorized players arrive and are waiting for a court, the singles players are entitled to finish their hour’s play. Rallying or practice counts towards the allotted time limits.

DOUBLES – One and a half (1½) hours – if authorized players arrive and are waiting for a court, the doubles players are entitled to finish their allotted play time. Rallying or practice counts towards the allotted time limits.

COURT USAGE BY HOUSE GUESTS

House guests of members may play based on court availability and must follow court rules and regulations. Court availability can be determined by checking the scheduling of member events. The house guests must be able to identify the resident by name and address. It is not required that the host member be present.

COURT USAGE BY TENNIS GUESTS

A tennis guest is defined as a non-resident, invited on a one-to-one basis by a member, to play on a specific day with that member. The assumption is that the guest is not displacing a member that is also scheduled at that time and wishes to play.

Regular play by tennis guests is currently available on a no-charge basis; however, it is a concern that this privilege might be abused at the expense of the Villages at Country Creek which maintains the tennis facilities at considerable cost for the benefit of its members. Compensation of this privilege, in some way, is requested.

From October 1 to May 1 a weekly “Court Sign-Up Sheet” for all courts will be posted on the bulletin board at the Condo Har-Tru court location. The week’s schedule that results from the sign-ups will be posted Sunday on the bulletin boards at both Har-Tru court locations. Courts can be reserved for 1½ hour time periods.

Courts can be reserved a week in advance.

If players reserving the tennis courts are late by more than ten (10) minutes, their reservation will be forfeited and may be claimed by other players.

If no one is scheduled, authorized players may start play immediately. If no one is waiting, play may continue until a court is needed as scheduled.

A player awaiting the arrival of an opponent may not hold a court vacant if other authorized players are waiting.

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