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Courts are open for singles play only.

To reduce crowding at the courts and provide a streamlined process for users to secure a court, the Recreation Division is providing online court reservations free of charge.
 
Individuals may reserve a tennis court for a minimum of 1-hour, with a maximum of 2 hours per day. Pickleball courts may be reserved for a maximum of 1-hour per day. As a courtesy to other players, please only reserve times you will be able to keep. Walk-on play is permitted if courts have not been reserved. Players are encouraged to label their balls or use different colored balls to avoid sharing equipment when serving or clearing the court.
 
Below are additional guidelines pertaining to the usage of courts during the soft reopening:
• Court gates have been left open to avoid excess touch points;
• Drop-in use is permitted when not reserved;
• No loitering or waiting on courts; finish match and exit towards parking lot;
• Arrive no earlier than 5 minutes before your reservation to avoid crowding;
• Cross over should be made on the opposite sides of the court;
• Bring your own water;
• Wash your hands after completing match or touching shared equipment;
• Please maintain social distance of at least 6 feet from other players; and
• No lessons are permitted (SCMC §12.28.010).
 
For questions regarding court reservations or for more information, contact Recreation at (949) 361-8264 or email recreation@san-clemente.org

Tennis Courts Locations & Rules

Tennis Court Rules 

  • Good sportsmanship is the first rule of tennis. The honor system & tennis ethics shall prevail.
  • Courts are for tennis play only – no bicycles, roller skates, skateboards, scooters, animals, eating or drinking.
  • Tennis shoes or rubber-soled shoes only.
  • Limit play to 1 hour if others are waiting.
  • Permit holders have priority over general public use.
  • Private and/or group lessons are not permitted without a permit.

Tennis Lessons

Authorized tennis lessons are offered exclusively through the Recreation Division. View all courses and register online.

CAUTION! Teaching a lesson without a City issued permit and authorization is against San Clemente Municipal Code and punishable by an administrative fine. Users should take caution when signing up for a private or group lesson that is not affiliated with the City of San Clemente.

Pickleball Courts Location & Rules

Pickleball Court Rules & Usage 

GENERAL RULES 

  • The pickleball courts are open play courts that are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • On the dual-lined court on Tuesday and Thursday, pickleball players can use the pickleball courts for open play, but will need to vacate the court once a tennis player(s) wishes to use the court.
  • Private and/or group lessons are not permitted without a permit.
  • Players are requested to observe "tennis court courtesies" as well as rules of good conduct on and around the pickleball courts at all times.
  • Portable Nets
    • Sitting or leaning on the nets is strictly prohibited.
    • Nets should be rolled to side of courts when finished playing.
  • No pets, bicycles, skateboards, roller-skates, rollerblades, or cleats are allowed on the courts.

SAN GORGONIO PARK RULES

  • Dual-lined Court: Priority court usage is given to tennis on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • Dedicated Pickleball Courts: Pickleball play daily

PICKLEBALL COURT ROTATION
Users are encouraged to utilize the following rotation system while enjoying the pickleball courts:

  • Place your paddle on the ground near the court where you wish to play.
  • Players will come off relative to the number of paddles waiting for the court. 
  • After winning two consecutive games, all four players come off the court.

COURTS 1, 2 & 3 (Beginning/Intermediate)

  • One paddle waiting, one player comes off (2 winners and 1 other player remain)
  • Two paddles waiting, two players come off (2 winners remain)
  • Three paddles waiting, three players come off (1 winner remains)
  • Four or more paddles waiting, four players come off.

COURT 4 (Challenge Court)

  • Two paddles waiting, two players come off.
  • Four paddles waiting, two non-winning players come off.
  • Six or more paddles waiting, all players come off.

Pickleball Lessons

Authorized pickleball lessons are offered exclusively through the Recreation Division. View all courses and register online.

CAUTION! Teaching a lesson without a City issued permit and authorization is against San Clemente Municipal Code and punishable by an administrative fine. Users should take caution when signing up for a private or group lesson that is not affiliated with the City of San Clemente.

Tennis & Pickleball Court Questions/Concerns 

  • Court rules and regulations are subject to change. Non-compliance with any of the above statements may result in denial of court usage.
  • Concerns or suggestions regarding court usage should be reported to the Beaches, Parks and Recreation Department at (949) 361-8237.
  • Maintenance requests should be reported to the Public Works Department at (949) 361-8317.