Oakland Hills Tennis Club Hours

Monday – Friday:  6:00 am to 10:00 pm
Saturdays & Sundays:  8:00 am to 8:00 pm

2nd Bridge Night  7pm 
14th  Ladies Night – 6:30 p.m.
16th Men’s Night – 7:00 pm
27th Children’s Halloween Party 4:00pm

President’s Message

Unprecedented club closure?  Not really.The electrical black-out in October closed the club  for 3 days, but it wasn’t the first time.  In the late 1970’s, the club was closed at least 3 days for…..are you ready…..snow.  I couldn’t get to the club if I wanted to, but I tried..  A second closure occurred in the late 1980’s; a helicopter had to deliver the air conditioning units for the club’s expansion and nobody could be in the building for safety reasons.  This latest closure, PG&E cutting off electricity, wasn’t welcome but wasn’t a new experience – and we lived through it.  Hope it doesn’t happen again, though.

Lockers are up for renewal on Nov. 1.  If you presently have a locker you will be automatically billed.  If you want a locker, or want to switch lockers, now is the time as inevitably vacancies present themselves.  You should look at this as an opportunity!

Speaking of opportunities, the club’s pools will be shut down – all of them – for approximately 6 weeks starting the first week in November for re-plastering and new coping.  Why is that an opportunity?  Because you can swim at Bay-O-Vista Swim & Tennis Club in San Leandro (about 15 minutes from our club), The Hills Swim and Racquet Club in Oakland (about 10 minutes from our club) and Harbor Bay Club in Alameda (about 25 minutes from our club).  The rules are:  1.  Bring your own Towel; 2.  Bring your membership swipe card to prove you are a member; 3.  Do not bring a guest; 4.  You may not participate in any aquatics classes at these other clubs; 5.  You may shower and use the restroom facilities – nothing else; and, 6.  There is no charge to our members but you must register at the front desk.  Failure to strictly abide by these conditions may result in cancellation of these reciprocals, so please be on your best behavior.  These are the same conditions we impose on other clubs when providing the same accommodation – we all have our down-times.  Call the club for details and directions.

New lighting has been installed around the full perimeter of the upper 8 tennis courts to provide a more convenient and safer exit at night, especially from the Pickle Ball courts.  You’re going to love it!  Also, the handrails leading down to the Pickle Ball courts are being repaired as I write this article – should be completed about the time you are reading this newsletter.

Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB-5 into law September 18, 2019 redefining who can be an employee and who can be an independent contractor.  How does that affect the club?  All our tennis pros – independent contractors since the inception of the club – must now become employees.  This unwelcome turn of events is still being sorted out between the pros and me; hope to have it resolved soon.  Frankly, I do not see any disruption though none of us is pleased with this new mandate

Club hours will be adjusted on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve and New Years Day:  Hours are 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM, no baby-sitting.

Cordially,Oakland Hills Tennis Club, Inc.Jim Thompson, Pres.

Jerry O’Connor

Join Jerry and others on Wednesday, November 6 at 7:00 pm for some fun cards and snacks.

Ladies’ Night
Tomiko Hawkins
Come out and see what all the fuss is about on Monday, November 11 at 6:30 PM.

Men’s Night
Ron Iriyama

Change your mid-week by coming out with Ron and the guys for some structured tennis and snacks  on Wednesday, November 20  at 7 pm.

Tomiko Hawkins, Director

Our Annual Fall Wine Tasting is taking place on November 9th from 5-7PM.  Make your reservations by contacting me at ext., or sign up in the lobby.  Come and enjoy music and Hors d’oeuvres provided by our own, David Choi, and fine wine from different wineries that will be available for purchase at wholesale pricing.  Don’t miss this opportunity to stock up for the holidays and the New Year.

Santa Arrives on December 8th so mark your calendars and look for information to be displayed around the club for all the kids who want to say hello and put in their wish list!

Our Annual Holiday Party, “Holiday Glam” will take place on December 14h from 5:30-7:30pm.  Thank you for being apart of the Oakland Hills Tennis Club Community. There will be food, fun and fellowship for all members.  Come dance the night away to the music of Off The Record.  Look for more information to be displayed around the club.

Lastly, don’t forget that Ladies Night and Men’s Night are two great opportunities and excuses to come out and play tennis with other members, while also enjoying the food and wine afterwards.

Look for all 2019 social events elsewhere in the newsletter.  You do not want to miss out on the social events that interests you.  We look forward to seeing you!

Tomiko Hawkins,
Director of Social Events
For more information,
call 530-3300, ext. 23 or email at

November 9                   Fall Wine Tasting
December 8                   Santa Arrives
December 14                Holiday Party

Another great way to get involved at the club is to join our Ping Pong Players.  Come on out for Ping Pong on every Tuesday night 8-945pm for a great time!!

Lastly, don’t forget that Ladies Night (2nd Monday of the month) and Men’s Night (3rd Wednesday of the month) are great opportunities and to come out and play tennis with other members, while also enjoying the food and wine afterwards.

Social Tennis
Ladies Night-Every 2nd Monday
Men’s Night-Every 3rd Wednesday

Pool Hours:  Mondays through Fridays:  6:00 am to 9:30 pm Saturdays and Sundays:  8:00 am to 7:30 pm

Hours are:
Monday through Sunday 9 am to 2 pm
Monday through Thursday 4 pm to 7 pm
Two hour maximum and $1 per hour per child.

Parking Lot
Please remove all valuables from your vehicle while using the club.
Break ins are on the rise due to members leaving valuables in plain sight.

Online Login
Now you can go to our website  and see your statements!  It is quite simple.  Go to member log in, using your membership number you may create an account and log in.  After you log in you may view your statements, change your payment type (checking account or new credit card), make a payment, change your address, phone or other information.  In the fall we intend to begin emailing statements and the newsletter (please update your email address on line), and, eventually, on line booking (also will be available through our app – Oakland Hills) of massage, courts, etc.  Very exciting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oakland Hills App
Oakland Hills Tennis Club has an app! Through our free app (Oakland Hills) you can view our group fitness , massage, social events, kids programming, aquatics or personal training schedule.You may download the FREE app through the Apple App store or go to Google Play. Come check us out!!!


Hello OHTC Members and Friends,

I just left the pool after our 6am Masters Swim class, held every Tuesday and Thursday.  The wind was chilly but the water was warm, as evidenced by the massive amounts of steam rising from the surface.  As the sun started to come up and the sky exploded with multiple shades of red, purple and pink, some of the members commented on the incredible beauty of our surroundings.   I thought right then and there how fortunate we are to have access to this outstanding facility, with full views of Oakland and San Francisco, and a guaranteed moment of splendor two times each and every day at sunrise and sunset.  Factor in the quality of feeling energized, reinvigorated and detoxified, which are all by-products of a good swim workout, and the moment starts to feel like (dare I say?) perfection.

When you look at it from that perspective, the idea of getting up at 5:30am to go swim with Paul at the club doesn’t seem so daunting.  In fact, I’d venture to say it begs the question, “why aren’t I swimming masters with Paul every Tuesday and Thursday?”

We all know the pool is closing down in November for approximately six weeks for re-plastering.  I am excited to see the results of this facelift.  Along with the brand new heater and other cosmetic and engineering improvements, our pool will be the best it has ever been since its original design and installation.  Beyond that which can be seen with the naked eye, the heart of our pool remains it’s best feature.  Our swim team and lesson program is growing, our aquatic exercise classes remain popular and well-reviewed, and all the “regulars” who swim laps at the pool always bring a positive energy to the swim zone.  I am pleased to have made so many friends at the pool during my year-and-a-half as Aquatics Director.

Post-construction strikes me as a great time to make a commitment to include more aquatic exercise in your routine.  And if swimming is not your “thing”, please consider signing up for private lessons with me.  It will open up an entire new branch of fitness and quality of life, and will prove to be a great gift to yourself in 2020 and beyond.  Slots tend to fill up fast in the spring and summer, but there is always space during the winter.  If you decide you want to take the plunge, please email me at: to set up a time and schedule.

I wish you all the best as we begin our journey into the holiday season.   See you at the pool!  –Paul

Fitness Facts
Yulia Wynn, Director
Dear Members,

I am sure many of you noticed that a lot of classes are now devoted to the practice of slowly rolling different parts of the body over a tube; it’s thought to improve athletic performance and flexibility, reduce workout-related soreness, slash recovery time and knock out muscle pain.

There’s some research to back up the hype. One recent study in the Journal of Sports Rehabilitation found that foam rolling—coupled with old-school static stretching—could increase range of motion in the hip more than stretching alone. One of that study’s authors, Central Michigan University associate professor Blaine Long, says foam rolling may decrease a muscle’s “viscosity,” which would make the muscle less resistant to motion and therefore more flexible. Another study, this one from Canada, linked foam rolling to less muscle soreness, better vertical leap and greater flexibility. There are dozens more. And while some researchers failed to find benefits, nearly all of those experiments involved less than 30 seconds of rolling—compared to 90 seconds or more in studies that turned up positive results.

I am thrilled to announce that one of our fitness instructors and personal trainers Casey Brown will be hosting a foam rolling workshop on Saturday, November 9th at 1300. Learn how to develop powerful core and spinal muscles while working out kinks, knots and releasing tension with a foam roller! This class covers basic to advanced use of any and all styles of foam rollers for al bodies. Aches and pains after exercise? This class is for you! Develop self-care and body maintenance skills in this 90-minute workshop for only $15.00. Sign up at the front desk

In health,

Group Fitness
Dear Members,

It happens each year: the dishes you’ve been craving all season long are finally passed around the table, and before you know it your plate is piled up to your head with turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes — all smothered with a heaping portion of gravy. It’s a masterpiece, yes. But it’s also a single meal that can total anywhere from 2,500 to 4,500 calories (nearly twice the calories recommended daily). While there’s no need to skip your favorite feast in the name of fitness, I suggest taking a peek at this infographic, which puts those calories into perspective. It’s not all bad news, though. That Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot will earn you a delicious slice of Mom’s apple pie. But you just might think twice about the gravy: a quarter-cup will cost you 50 burpees!

Although 50 burpees sound like a lot of work – I have a much better solution for you! If you’re not leaving the city for the holiday, squeeze in one of the fitness classes on Thanksgiving morning before you sit down to feast.

If you are hoping to start Thanksgiving morning with a tough workout, consider a high-intensity

60-minutes of cycling at 8 AM with Virginia! This class will get you more than ready to tuck in to some turkey—all before 9 AM! Come and pedal off that extra energy!

Another way to use all that fuel before your hefty Thanksgiving meal—and that second plate as well is heading to Sally’s class for the Thanksgiving Turkey Burn bootcamp at 9 AM. This 60-minute workout will utilize weights and equipment. While challenging, this bootcamp is designed to be doable for all fitness levels. Finally, Martina is hosting a 90-minute soulful slow flow Yoga session at 10 AM if a leisurely morning is more your speed.

In health,

Tennis & Pickleball
Skip Redondo & Nicole Havlicek, Co-Directors

We’d like to congratulate Stacy Merrick and Byron Bardy who, while representing Harbor Bay Tennis Club in Alameda, are going to the Sectionals.  We’d also like to congratulate Kathy Ottesen and her Pleasanton team, who are also going to the Sectionals.  Our BALL teams are also running smoothly and performing well.

Our Junior After School Development program is seeing strong attendance and we continue to get inquiries and new attendees weekly.  Skip Redondo’s Thursday morning Ladies Doubles Clinics are a big hit and full through December.  Taylor Bryant’s Wednesday evening Adult Drill Clinic also has strong attendance.  The 101 & 102 Tennis foundational classes are open and going well.  We still have space so come on out and get started with tennis!

Our upcoming Member/Guest Doubles Round Robin including a Wilson Demo Day during the event has seen strong sign ups and we’re looking forward to it.  Our next event is the Turkey Round Robin on Saturday, November 16th from 1-4pm followed by food and drinks.  Winners get a turkey, runners up get a chicken.

Please visit for all the details on tennis programs at OHTC.


Nicole Havlicek, Co-Director

The popularity of pickleball at the club continues to be on the rise.  Classes and Open Play hours are well attended.  Please continue to spread the word about this great game.  As a reminder, Open Play hours are for members.  You may bring a guest for a $15 guest fee and must register and pay at the front desk before playing.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Please visit for all the details on pickleball programs at OHTC.

Weekly Pickleball Open Play Hours:
Mondays 6:00-7:30pm
Tuesdays 9:30-11:00am
Wednesdays 6:00-7:30pm
Thursdays 9:30-11:00am
Sundays 9:30-11:00am

OHTC Court Policy

  • Courts may be reserved up to 3 days in advance.
  • There are only 4 reservable courts in advance.  Two courts are held for the teaching pros.  3 tennis courts are available for walk on.
  • After 10 minutes, if you have not arrived, you have forfeited your court.
  • A reservation only reserves the right to a court; not a specific court.
  • Fitness members may not make advance reservations.
  • Ball machine is not available for advance reservations.


Tennis Corner
Greetings Tennis enthusiasts.

In some Professional tennis notes, there is excitement  in the WTA. 15 tear old Coco Gauff winning her first singles championship in in Linz, Luxembourg, defeating Jelena Ostapenko. Also American Serena Williams has moved into the the 9th spot in the WTA rankings. Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are 1 and 2 in  the ATP rankings, both with over 9000 points each, with Roger Federer in 3rd with 6950 points, as of October 16th 2019.

The USTA Fall Leagues continue with our two local OHTC club teams.  At time of of editing the Tennis Corner. our men and women, in the Mixed 7.0 team, have  6 matches remaining matches: 2 in late October; 2 in November; and 2 in December. Our 7.5 Men’s Combo Doubles team has 7 matches left. We encourage all OHTC club members to be on hand for the matches to support and cheer our home teams.

The USTA 2020 Adult 40 and older league will have Team Registration from November 11 through December 9, 2019. The Playing Season will begin January 6 through April 5, 2020 followed by Local League Playoffs later in April, and if any team moves on to Districts and Sectionals in May 2020. The league features both singles and doubles.

For more information contact Oakland Hills Tennis directors and pros, or the USTA.

Our next scheduled Men’s night is on November 20th. At time of editing the Tennis Corner, the October 16th Men’s night has 10 confirmed  players. We continue to have good turnouts every month with 2 to 3 courts. We have men of all skill levels play friendly social tennis, which can get entertaining and competitive, followed by food beverages and great company.

The Club provides tennis balls, snacks and beverages after the tennis. Men’s Night is always the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7 pm with warm-up at 6:30 pm. We will continue Men’s night in  December with another Men’s Night, weather permitting.

For seniors 60 and older, (both men and women are welcome), there are Monday and Thursday OHTC social tennis groups. You can contact Jim Thompson at

Jim Thompson Sr. coordinates the inter-club Men’s 60 plus league is played on alternating Wednesdays during the daytime against men from other private tennis clubs in the East Bay and Contra Costa County. So, you gentlemen who will turn 60 sometime in 2019 and wish to play, please contact Jim Thompson at

See you on the courts! Memo

Massage Messages
Dear Members,

Thanksgiving is the time for giving back and giving thanks to others! Why not give back to yourself? We think you deserve it! While running out for turkey and stuffing, don’t forget to stop at the club to relax by the pool and get our Thanksgiving Massage Special! You can choose from our wonderful “Hot Stone Massage” or “Shiatsu Massage.” Choose from the 60-minute or 90-minute options for the price of 75 or 95 accordingly.

The premise behind hot stone massage therapy is that the direct heat of the stones relaxes muscles, allowing the therapist access to their deeper muscle layers. Combining hot stone protocols with a full body massage provides a very healing and effective experience. The hot stones also expand blood vessels, which encourages blood flow throughout the body. The hot stones have a sedative effect that can relieve chronic pain, reduce stress and promote deep relaxation.

Developed in Japan, Shiatsu is a style of bodywork that uses finger pressure to specific points on the body, rocking movements, stretches and joint rotations to restore the healthy flow of energy to the body. Shiatsu is holistic, addressing the whole body rather than focusing on one area where symptoms are most obvious. You wear loose clothing for shiatsu, which is usually performed on a mat on the floor. No oil is used in this treatment. Shiatsu massage is performed by Casey only. Please, stop at the front desk to make an appointment with Izumi or Casey.

In health, Yulia

Welcome New Members

Shazad Alik and Seema Khan; Christa Dahlstrom; Tianna Paschel; Alexis Read and Jack Dresnick; Jan Stites and Bert Felton; Adrian and Zorianna Johnson; Christina and Kyle Manini;  Ashley Binter and Maya Smith

Welcome Back Members

Thank you for the Membership Referral
Wendy Spader; Rachel Sorenson

Couples Training
Spice up your training with a loved one or a friend! Contact your personal trainer for more information!

Privacy Policy

The club values your membership and your right to privacy. However, by the very nature of our business, we need to share information with others, particularly when forming rosters, teams or programs. We collect information about you that we understand you may consider private or confidential. This information may be contained in applications and other forms you submit to us. Therefore, we are providing you with this notice to explain our policies for collecting, using and sharing this information with others.
Our Privacy Principals
The club will protect all non-public personal information we collect from our members.
The club will contractually require any person or organization providing products or services to members on our behalf to protect the confidentiality of this information.
The club affords former members the same protections as existing members with respect to the use and sharing of their information.
The club will only permit authorized employees, who are trained in the proper handling of this information, to have access to it.
Information We May Collect
The club collects and uses information it believes is necessary to administer our business and provide you with the services you request. We may collect and maintain several types of information needed for these purposes, such as those stated below:
Information the club receives on applications for credit or other financial services, such as your name, address, telephone number, Social Security number, USTA number and other identifying information.
The club has information about your transactions with us, including your payment and credit history.
Information Disclosure to Non-Affiliated Entities
The club shares information with Independent Contractors who provide us services, such as Bankers, Accountants, Lawyers, Tennis Professionals, Food Vendors, Trainers, Instructors, etc, only as permitted by law and only when relevant. We also share information member to member, particularly when forming teams, with club rosters, with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and USTANORCAL, its local affiliate.
When Will We Notify You
Our Privacy Policy will be published once a year. You will receive this notice as long as your membership is active. If you cancel your membership, we will continue to follow our Privacy Policy, but you will not receive future notices from the club.
Changes in Privacy Policy
Over time, it may be necessary to modify or supplement our Privacy Policy. If the club makes material changes, it will provide our current membership with revised notices that describe our new Policy and any new procedures that apply to them.
Your Choice to Share Information
If you choose, the club will not share any information we collect. If you prefer that we not share any information, notify us in writing detailing the information you don’t want the club to share. Mail this information to:

Oakland Hills Tennis Club, Inc.
5475 Redwood Rd.
Oakland, CA 94619
If you have any questions, please feel free to call the club at