Perched on a series of small mesas and terraced between fields of sandstone outcroppings is one of the best-kept secrets in Encinitas, California.
Founded in 1965 by a group of local tennis buffs, the San Dieguito Tennis Club has developed from a single-court facility to nine acrylic-surfaced concrete courts, a pro shop, 40 ft. swimming pool, concrete backboard, two levels of parking and a clubhouse. Seven of the nine courts are lighted for night play. San Dieguito is home to some serious tennis players. Every two or three years, the club managed to finance and build a court or two, but it took 13 years to get around to constructing a clubhouse.
San Dieguito Tennis Club stands out in a number of other ways. It is family-oriented and has a large picnic ground for post-activity barbecues. This area includes a playground with swings, slides and monkey bars for the children.
Since it boasts one of the lowest “player to court” ratios in the country (21 to 1), members seldom have to wait for a court. And this is more than just a private club: members actually own and manage the property and facilities.
There are no court reservations for ordinary play. Members may bring guests and pay $5.00 per day for each guest. The member must stay with and play with the guest. No public use is ever permitted other than Club sanctioned events. Our members consist of all levels of ability.
The Club participates in exchanges with other clubs and belongs to the USTA and the North County Doubles League, whose members do battle with their counterparts from other member clubs. The club has its fair share of tournament-class competitors, as well as an abundance of recreational players.
We have ladders in singles and doubles, adult and junior, as well as a very active senior group. There are tournaments, pot luck dinners, socials, wine tasting, mahjong and bridge games.
No pets are permitted on club premises.