Tennis Programs | Gainesville Country Club
Gainesville Country Club offers one of the top all-around tennis experiences in the region. With six beautiful hydro-watered clay courts and a full-service pro shop, our staff of certified professionals can meet all of your tennis needs. All six of our courts are lit for night play and we offer a full schedule of activities to accommodate every level of player.
Our professionals are on staff daily and available to help you find the perfect program to plug you into our tennis community. Members have the ability to practice their game on our tennis backboard or the ball machine. At Gainesville Country Club, our goal is to create a fun and exciting atmosphere for our players to enjoy while improving their game.
General Tennis Information
Please sign in at the pro shop with the names of all players and guests or on the clipboard by the door if the pro shop is closed.
Guests must be accompanied by at least one Gainesville Country Club member at all times. Guests are limited to two times per month and six times per year and the $5 guest fee is to be paid before play. After which the charge is $20 per visit. If a nonmember plays in a Gainesville Country Club tennis event, it does not count toward the total.
Members can reserve a court at any time by contacting Head Pro Chris McDonald. It is recommended that courts be reserved at least 24hrs in advance.
The ball machine can be rented at $10 per hour by any club member. It is recommended that it be reserved 24hrs in advance to ensure availability. The Gainesville Country Club tennis staff will gladly help set up the ball machine and help return it to the shed. Use of the ball machine is limited to 1hr if others are waiting. The ball machine may be used only if the adjoining court is not in use. Members waiting to play will take precedent, and the ball machine court must be relinquished.
Chris McDonald, Tennis Professional
Chris McDonald is the Founder and Owner of the Junior Elite Tennis Academy (J.E.T.A.), the premier tennis training program in North Central Florida. McDonald, was state player of the year for Gainesville High School in 1997 and was part of the Hurricanes 1996 and 1998 State Championship Teams. He was the Individual State Champion in the #1 singles position during the 1997 season. He went on to play college tennis for Mississippi State University from 1998-2001 before returning to Gainesville to play for the Gators from 2001-2003. The four-year letter winner and Team Captain for the Gators was a part of the 2003 SEC Championship Team in the #1 Doubles spot, named twice to the All-SEC Team, and was a three time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. After college tennis, McDonald took up professional racquetball winning numerous championships in men’s doubles and mixed doubles.