Pickleball & Tennis


Located at the summit of Bear Lake Reserve and adjacent to our mountaintop golf course are two hard court Pickleball and tennis courts surrounded by trees. This “top-of-the-mountain” experience is truly unparalleled! Our programming for both Pickleball and Tennis is designed for players of all experience levels to hone their skills and deepen their love of tennis. Activities include: Team Play, Round Robins, Clinics, Special Events, Open Drop-in Play, and Private Lessons for Adults (many are available year-round.)

Aerial view of Pickleball courts in winter.
John Green, Director of Racquet Sports at Bear Lake.


John has been involved with USTA (United States Tennis Association) for since 2003, playing on over 120 USTA Teams, 70 of which he captained. He qualified for the National Championships 5 times, and captained and played on two 2nd Place National teams. He served for 10 years as General Manager for the St. Petersburg Florida Tennis Center, the oldest and largest tennis facility in Pinellas County. He’s been a Pickleball instructor for 3 years, and joined BLR as the Director of Racquet Sports in 2019.

Favorite thing about Pickleball: “It’s easy to learn, easy to play, it’s the fastest growing sport in the world. You can learn to play in one session….then join in on all the fun.”

Pickleball/Tennis Questions? Call 828.293.7414

“You have to believe in the long term plan you have but you need the short term goals to motivate and inspire you.”

– Roger Federer
20 Time Grand Slam Champion