Court Use, Ball Machine, Camps, Rules & Etiquette

    Pro & Gift Shop

    You'll find world class equipment and counsel at our Pro Shop.  Hours are:


    Tuesday through Friday 10 am-4pm

    Saturday 10 am-4pm, Sunday 10 am-2pm

    If the shop is closed, please leave rackets, and your pickup request, at the Front Desk along with your telephone number. Are you looking for a gift for your tennis team captain, or need to buy a little something for the tennis or fitness lover in your life, come by the Mt Tam Gift Shop and see some new items just in! 

    We have five indoor and eight outdoor tennis courts, experienced pros, a junior tennis program, summer camps, tennis league teams, workshops and tournaments. With the depth of our membership, there simply is no better place in Marin for both competitive and family tennis.

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    Mt. TamTennis Court Usage

    Court Change Times

    Every 75 mins (except on Court #7)

















    Members have three ways of accessing courts:

    Tennis Courts at Mt Tam RC

    Ball Machine Sign-up Procedure

    You must be a member of the Ball Machine Club in order to use the machine.  You can join this Club by making an appointment with one of the teaching pros.  The court is booked on the hour from 7 am to 7 pm.  The ball machine and Court 7 can only be reserved at the Front Desk or by calling up to 48 hours in advance.  Please remember to pick up all the balls, put the machine away, and return the key to the Front Desk.

    Mt. TamCourt Status

    Court Status #1


    Mt. TamTennis Rules & Etiquette

    Tennis Rules


    All Members and their Guests must wear appropriate tennis attire including tennis shoes and shirts.

    Abuse Not Tolerated

    Loud, abusive or profane language, racket throwing or hitting balls indiscriminately is prohibited.

    No Balls Behind Players

    When a ball comes onto your court from a neighboring court, wait for the point to end before returning the ball.  Never roll a ball behind the players hoping it will rest against the wall or be out of play.  This is both a distraction and safety risk to those players.

    Walking Behind Courts

    Please wait until a point is over before walking behind courts.

    Don't Interrupt Serves

    Do not interrupt between serves.

    Outdoor Light

    The City of Larkspur requires the lights to be turned off by 10 pm

    Wait To Return Ball

    Please wait until a point is over before returning any ball.

    One Can Of Balls

    Use 3 balls only per court.

    3 Ways To Get Court Time

    Members have 3 WAYS of acquiring court time: RESERVE, WALK-ON, and CHALLENGE

    Reserved Courts

    Courts 5 and 6 outside and courts 10 and 13 indoors may be reserved by using our online reservation system, Tennis Lives. This system is available through an App as well. Members may not make reservations for two consecutive days or times.
    Court change times are: 6:30 - 7:45 - 9:00 - 10:15 - 11:30 - 12:45 pm – 2:00 – 3:15 – 4:30 – 5:45 – 7:00 – 8:15 – 9:30.
    If a member fails to confirm a reserved court, that court becomes a walk-on court (outdoors) or a challenge (indoors) for that time period. The first person on the walk-on list or the next four names on the challenge court list will take the court.

    Court Sign-Up

    Players cannot be signed up on the waiting list for a walk-on court while signed up and playing on a reserve or walk-on court. Under no circumstances will back-to-back playing be allowed with people waiting. On weekends and holidays, courts 3 and 4 are reserved for doubles only from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm if there are people waiting to play. After 10:15 am a player cannot be on the challenge court and walk-on list at the same time.

    Walk-On Courts

    The sign-up board for walk-on courts is located on the outdoor deck. Courts 3, 4 and 7 are walk-on courts. Court 2 is also a walk-on M-F and a challenge court on weekends. Court 7 has a Ball Machine- see Ball Machine Sign-up Procedure if you wish to use it. Any outdoor reserve court that is not taken is also a walk-on court.
    Court change times are: 6:30 - 7:45 - 9:00 - 10:15 - 11:30 - 12:45PM – 2:00 – 3:15 – 4:30 – 5:45 – 7:00 – 8:15 – 9:30.
    Sign your name on the walk-on sign-up sheet. This is the waiting list for future walk-on courts.
    Members signing up for a walk-on court must remain on the club premises. All players must be physically present to check in for a court. If you are not present, you lose the opportunity to sign up for a court and your name is crossed off if your name was called.
    Courts 8 is a teaching courts and is available as a walk-on if not in use for a lesson.
    On a first come, first serve basis – At the court hour, i.e.: 9:00a.m., cross your name off the waiting list and transfer your name to the chalkboard and add the time in which you are playing. You may not pass once your name is called unless you are waiting for a doubles court and only a single court is left. Take the court.

    Winter/Rainy Day

    No same day reservations on the indoor courts.
    JUNIORS (under 18) are restricted from play on weekdays from 5:45 pm to 8:15 pmand are allowed to play on indoor reserved courts on weekends/holidays , but only with their parents before 2 pm. Juniors can play after 2 pm on weekends/holidays on any court with any one.

    Challenge Courts

    The sign-up for challenge courts is located indoors at the end of the bar.
    INDOORS – Court 11, 12 and any indoor reserve court that is not taken. OUTDOORS – Court 1 and Court 2 (only on weekends). Players sign up one at a time – not in pairs. Members begin play two at a time in the order on the list. If there is only one player signed-up they need to wait for a second player in order to challenge. Note: If you are the first players to go on to a vacant challenge court, you do not need to sign-up on the list, just simply take the court. When your name is first on the list and you are not present or you do not wish to play, your name will be CROSSED OFF. Matches on challenge courts are for one set and must use no-add scoring with a 12 – point tiebreaker at 6 all. Winners may play one additional set only. If one of the players of the winning team cannot play a second set, the next two players on the list go on.
    Warm-up time is five minutes. After each set, the winning team must check to see if there are any other members wanting to challenge. Indoors use the challenge “light” to indicate that other members are waiting. Guests are not allowed on challenge courts. When leaving a challenge court, spin the racket to determine the resign-up order.
    The reserved courts 10 and 13 have to accept challenges if they are playing singles. Do not challenge a reserved court with less than one-half hour reserved time remaining. Both challenge courts must be used before a reserved court should be challenged. The order of challenge on the courts is 11 or 12, then either courts 10 or 13. Do not challenge any court if you have a reserved or walk-on court within the next 25 minutes. JUNIORS (under 18) are restricted from challenge courts on weekdays from 5:45 pm to 8:15 pm and on weekends/holidays before 2 pm.

    Guest Policy

    Each membership has two FREE GUEST passes each month, valid for up to three persons for each usage. House guest passes are also available. (Please note that during Winter Rules each guest pay $10 prior when checking in to take the court)
    A non-member may not frequent the club more than once in a month.
    All members must sign in their guests before using the facility.
    A member must accompany all guests.


    Having knowledge of proper court etiquette is not only helpful for fellow members but will also make your tennis experience more enjoyable.

    Never enter or walk behind a court when a point is in progress.  Wait for the point to end and make sure you have the attention of the players before passing.  It is also courteous for the players to pause and allow you to pass.  When entering the indoor courts, look through the door windows to make sure that play is not in progress.  Use the door near the Reception Desk to get to courts 9 and 10 and the door in the cafe to access courts 11 through 13.

    When a ball comes onto your court from a neighboring court, wait for the point to end before returning the ball.  Never roll a ball behind the players hoping it will rest against the wall or be out of play.  This is both a distraction and safety risk to those players.

    Making any loud noise is a distraction to the neighboring courts.

    Make sure you do not go onto your court earlier than your scheduled time.  You should also be prompt about leaving the court when your time is up.  Avoid lingering to gather your belongings or to engage in a conversation.  Make a quick exit from the court area to allow the next players taking the court to get started.  It is a good habit to put all your belongings near the net post.  Leaving items behind the court can interfere with play.

    Be understanding of those who are learning the rules of the Club and the etiquette of the game.  If someone makes a mistake, help them understand how to correct the problem rather than reprimand them.  The more an experienced player passes on good information, the better off we all are, and hopefully, our tennis world becomes a more enjoyable place to play.

    Wearing proper tennis attire means using tennis shoes that are appropriate for tennis courts, not running shoes that can leave marks.  Shirts are always required.  Sleeveless shirts may have become popular with the pro tour, but are still not acceptable at most Clubs, including Mt. Tam.

    USTA Rules of the Game