Hangtown Women’s Tennis Club wants you.
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The popular tennis group, started in 1976 by Dot Gilmour, plays round robin doubles every Wednesday at El Dorado High School. The group begins play at 9 a.m. during the winter, weather permitting, and at 8 a.m. during the hot summer months.
The club, which is holding its annual membership drive, welcomes all levels of players from beginners on. The dues are just $30 a year.
“It’s all about socializing and friendships,” member Trish Cumbra said.
After she retired, Gilmour placed an ad in the Mountain Democrat looking for women interested in a weekly tennis game. The response was so good the club was started and has been going strong for 35 years. Gilmour, who passed away last year, played until she was 87 years old.
Although the group no longer holds its annual Hangtown Women’s Benefit Tournament, the ladies enjoy a host of other activities. Nimble Fingers/Agile Minds, a needlework and book club gathering, meets every second Wednesday. On the third Wednesday of each month, a birthday luncheon celebrates all the birthdays that month.
In addition, the group travels for tennis outings to Carmel and Graeagle, have picnics at Sly Park and gather for Christmas parties.
In an effort to attract young players, the club sponsors a low cost tennis clinic for youth every year at Ponderosa. The clinic, taught by long-time tennis professional Martha Downing, targets beginning and beginning/intermediate players.
Downing, who was the Director of Tennis at Millennium SportsClub, was Hangtown’s professional for many years. She left her position to compete on the circuit and the current Director of Tennis at Millennium, Nick Zimmer, has worked with the group for the past three or four years.
For information about Hangtown Women’s Tennis Club contact Cumbra at 530-626-5292.