Columbia Athletic Clubs – Silver Lake
Tennis Information, Rules and Procedures

General Tennis Information


Club Hours:  The Club is open every day of the year, except December 25th.  Regular Club hours are from 5 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  The Club observes special “holiday hours” on the following days:  New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and New Year’s Eve.

Registration:  All members are required to check-in at the front desk and show their membership card.

Guests:  Guests are welcome at Silver Lake when accompanied by a member.  Members are required to register their guests upon entering the Club and pay a guest fee.  Guests must comply with CAC-Silver Lake rules and policies.  Regarding Tennis, an individual may play as a guest a maximum of one time per month.  The guest fee for tennis use is $20.

Junior Members:  Parents are responsible for their children’s behavior while in the facility and must assure that their behavior does not inter with the enjoyment of the Club facilities by all  members.  Any child under the age of 10 that is not checked-into the Kid’s Club, must be accompanied by an Adult over the age of 18.  Members are responsible for any damage done by their children or guests.

Telephones:  Courtesy telephones are available to members at various locations around the Club.  As a courtesy to others, please limit the duration of phone calls.  Courtesy phones are not to be used for reserving court times with the front desk.  For emergencies or questions you can reach the front desk by dialing “0”.

Club News:  Members may access the Club’s website for the monthly newsletter, special events and schedules at www.columbiaathletic.com.  Tennis members can join the Tennis Email Club by providing your email address to the Tennis Director, who will then keep you informed of upcoming tennis events at the Club.

Tennis Rules and Procedures


Court Times:  Court sessions are 1-½ hours in length beginning at 5:30 a.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m. on weekends.  Prime-time reservations are 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Monday through Friday and 4:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Dress Code:  Members and their guests must wear non-marking regulation tennis shoes.  Clothing and warm-ups are to be appropriate for tennis.  Shirts are required.  Jeans, cut-off shorts and running shoes are prohibited on the tennis courts.

Conduct:  Clean and proper tennis etiquette and sportsmanship are always required.  Racquet throwing, ball smashing, swearing and facility abuse will not be tolerated.  Players should not cross or walk behind the courts while play is in progress.  Players may not use any part of the indoor walls as backboards due to the noise and possible damage to the court fixtures.  Non-tennis playing children are not allowed in the court area unless they are able to sit quietly and be non-disruptive to adjacent courts for the entire playing period.  All disputes should be handled at the net rather than shouting from baseline to baseline.  No food or beverages aside from water are allowed in the court areas.  


Reservation Policy:  Each court requires two names (first and last name) per court.  Each member may have one “Advanced” reservation and one “24-hour” reservation on the books at any time.  A reservation made 24 hours or less in advance of the court time is termed a “24-hour” reservation.  A reservation made more than 24 hours in advance and up to 7 days before a court time, is termed an “Advanced” reservation.  Nobody’s name is to be used to reserve a court  that does not intend to use that court.  Once a reserved time period expires, you are eligible to make another reservation of the same type.  For example, once you have played out an advanced reservation booked under your name, you may use your name to reserve another court up to seven days in advance.  Once made, an advanced reservation cannot be retroactively changed in status to become a 24-hour reservation.
    Reservations often occur simultaneously; therefore the reservation attendant will alternate between in-person and telephone reservations starting with the in-person reservation.  Due to emergencies and club business, phone reservations can only be on hold for 5 minutes.  Due to high activity at the front desk and in order to maintain equality amongst members, specific court requests will not be granted.  
    Cell phones are not allowed on the courts, in the locker rooms, or in any workout facilities within the Club.  You may use your cell phone in the tennis lounge area.  If you are on Club property you must make your reservation in person at the front desk.   Reservations made from anywhere inside the Club or from the parking lot, if detected, will be denied.
    The outdoor season is from approximately March – October, weather permitting.  For the purposes of fostering use of the 3 outdoor courts, reserving these courts does not count against your Advanced or 24-hour Indoor reservations.  You also have a 24-hour and an Advanced reservation for your outdoor reservations.  However, you cannot have an Advanced or 24-hour reservation at the same time both indoors and outdoors.  The outdoor backboard may be used on a walk-on basis unless members have reserved the court for play.

Waiting List:  Members unable to reserve a court at a desired time may be placed on a waiting list.  This practice is encouraged in order to fill courts that are released due to cancellations or otherwise released on short notice.

Cancellations:  In the event that you cannot keep a court reservation, the earliest possible cancellation is encouraged.  As a courtesy to fellow members on the waiting list, cancellations must be made at least 4 hours prior to the court start time.  The Club will charge a $15 No-Show fee and $10 for tennis reservations that are canceled within 4 hours of the reservation start time.  This fee will be charged to the members holding the reservation.  Besides canceling 4 hours ahead of time, the only way to avoid a late cancellation charge is if there was already an open court available, therefore fellow members were not turned away because the courts were full.  Outdoor courts are treated differently, and in the event of bad weather or the chance to play inside, there will be no late cancellation or no-show fee charged to the member.  Members planning to play outside while holding an indoor reservation must cancel the indoor reservation 4 hours ahead unless there is already an indoor court available to avoid being charged for a late cancel on the indoor court.  The first three court times each day of the week are exempt of this late cancel fee when moving from inside to outside due to the Club’s opening time and the inability to call and rearrange.

Late Arrival:  Courts are held for 15 minutes after the start of the court time before being released for walk-on play.  A court may be held longer if the member calls the Club to announce his/her intention to play on the court.

For questions, please contact Mark Bergman, Tennis Director

    Email:  markb@columbiaathletic.com    Phone:  (425) 745-1617, ext. 2242