The Bakersfield Racquet Club has a rich tradition of offering quality events to its members as well as the tennis community at large. Events and activities such as the Counties, the Central Cal Junior Championships, quality instruction from certified professionals, USTA and Interclub league play and a full calendar events have contributed to the success and history of our great club. We look forward to continuing these great events and serving the Bakersfield tennis community. As we look to the club's future, we're excited about offering new programs for the whole family such as kid's Art's and Crafts, Family Game Nite, new Fitness and Cardio Classes, Bus Trips and a slew of new tennis socials. It's truly an exciting time to be a Racquet Club member!
BRC members are generous with their time and expertise, and take pride in being the friendliest tennis club in town, which helps the club maintain a very family oriented atmosphere. Visitors are invited to watch great tennis, eat fabulous food at our Restaurant next to the courts, or shop for tennis shoes, clothing, racquets and more at the BRC ProShop.
An Evening to Honor Allen & Billie Hodges
was on Friday May 22th
We shared the memories of Allen and Billie Hodges for their many years of service to the Racquet Club
It was an evening of sharing nearly
7 decades of tradition.
It's an evening to honor Alan & Billie Hodges. Wednesday May 20th at 5 PM. Share memories of nearly 7 decades of tradition. Call the the office for more details 325-8652Posted by Bakersfield Racquet Club on Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Much appreciation to BRC member Wendy Brandon who has been painstakingly compiling BRC's historic photos.
Over 65 years of memories. We hope you enjoy! Click here...
The Bakersfield Racquet Club was founded in 1948 by the late Lake Lovelace, an avid tennis player who moved to Bakersfield in 1922. At that time there were no private or commercial tennis clubs in the area, so Lake organized the local players at nearby Jastro Park into a public parks club named Bakersfield Tennis Club. From 1939 to 1948 Lake operated a small tennis shop at Jastro Park and along with a few local businessmen tennis players came up with the idea of building a member-owned and operated private tennis club. A Tennis Development Corporation was created to sell stock and the tennis facility was built in 1948. A membership club was then created, which was named the Bakersfield Racquet Club. Many years later, before he died, Lake Lovelace wrote a book about the club which he titled: A Home for Tennis. From the beginning the club was centered around family, welcoming children of all ages. That tradition continues to this day with a vigorous youth program and official Nike tennis camps, plus High School, College, Central Cal & Maze Cup Tournaments
It's also the home of champions as many nationally ranked tennis players grew up on the BRC courts: Jack Lynch, Louise Snow, Sally Moore Huss, Dennis Ralston, Marianne Werdel Witmeyer, Camille Benjamin, Hank Pfister, and numerous talented junior players, like our own U.S. Girls Super National 16's Champion Danon Beatty.
Dennis Ralston was ranked #1 by the US Lawn Tennis Association for 1964, 1965 and 1966. He played on the Davis Cup team in the middle 60 and later became Captain of the US Davis Cup team for a number of years.
. Dennis was instrumental in bringing to the Bakersfield Racquet Club the Davis Cup tie between the U.S. and Canada in June of 1965, making Bakersfield one of the few cities in California ever to host a Davis Cup event.