Lone Tree cherishes old-fashioned tennis

City offers great spots to get in a match

Posted 8/30/18

Lone Tree is a hub for work and play, with a wide array of trails and recreational facilities to give residents a range of options for the latter While pickleball has gained traction among residents …

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Lone Tree cherishes old-fashioned tennis

City offers great spots to get in a match

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Lone Tree is a hub for work and play, with a wide array of trails and recreational facilities to give residents a range of options for the latter

While pickleball has gained traction among residents in the city, sticking with the traditional yellow fuzzy ball and fiberglass racket of tennis is among the most popular pastimes in Lone Tree.

The Tennis Center at the Lone Tree Golf Club is the most popular place for Lone Tree tennis fanatics to gather and get in a match or two. The surface is high-quality and ranks among the best tennis courts in the Denver area, according to TennisDenver.com.

“One of the biggest misperceptions of our Lone Tree Golf, Tennis and Hotel location is that it is a private country club,” said Brad Stafford, athletics manager for South Suburban Parks and Recreation. “The Golf Course, Hotel and Tennis facility are all managed and programmed by South Suburban Parks and Recreation.”

Until six years ago, the Tennis Center was one of the only places in Lone Tree to play on well-maintained courts. The Tennis Center became crowded as Lone Tree's population grew. The tennis courts at Cook Creek opened in 2012 to ease that congestion.

Both parks are run in conjunction by the city and South Suburban Parks and Recreation, which has more than 50 tennis courts across 14 locations throughout its district — from Centennial, Sheridan, Lone Tree and Littleton.

Tennis Center at Lone Tree Golf Club

The Tennis Center sits just off Lincoln Avenue to the north in the middle of the Heritage Hills neighborhood. The courts are free and open to the public. The Lone Tree league tennis team, made up of a dozen or so women, face competitors from around the South Suburban district with the Tennis Center as their home court.

Only four of the six courts are lit. Those four courts can be used from sunrise to 11 p.m.

The Cook Creek Tennis Courts

The Cook Creek tennis park is smaller, with just two courts. They're finished with the same, hard-surface material and are just down Lone Tree Parkway, one mile from the Tennis Center.

The tennis courts at Cook Creek are less crowded in comparison, and usually have at least one unused court. The park is located at 8711 Lone Tree Parkway.

How to reserve

South Suburban is now offering online reservations at its website, ssprd.org/facility-rentals.

With at least a 24-hour notice, residents and non-residents can reserve courts at either location. South Suburban district residents can reserve a court for $8 per hour, non-residents for $10 per hour. Reservations made more than seven days in advance will not be honored, according to the facility's website, ssprd.org.

If you've never played before

South Suburban Parks and Recreation offers programming for kids and adults at every level of experience. Visit ssprd.org/tennis to view programming options, league or tournament information and other special events.

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