We are open for 2024!

Northstar Tennis and Pickleball

The tennis program at Northstar was established over 40 years ago, and since then, thousands of visitors to Northstar California have enjoyed a variety of tennis and now pickleball offerings, from professional tennis lessons to group camps (for adults and juniors), all designed to provide a thrilling summer activity while improving your game.

Tennis Lessons and Clinics

If you are interested in joining our clinics please email northstartennisandpickle@gmail.com to make sure we have availabilty.  Drop-ins are not guaranteed a spot.

We are excited to offer both Adult and Junior Tennis lessons and clinics throughout the summer months.  

Our Junior clinics start for complete beginners and go all the way up to high performance players looking to improve for either High School, College, USTA, and UTR play.  While focusing on enjoying time on court our pros will use a mix of technique, games, and competition to get all of our players to improve!

Our Adult clinics are held for beginner players to 4.5+ level.  Whether you are looking for skill based clinics or one of our Liveball sessions you are sure to have a great time on court and get a bit better each time you have a racket in your hand.

Pickleball Lessons and Clinics

Pickleball clinics will start the week of June 19th.

 Come be surrounded by the giant pines in one of the most peaceful pickleball enviroments you'll ever find, our staff is ready to take your game to the next level.

With a combination of clinics, mixers, and match play drop in make Northstar Lake Tahoe your summer pickleball destination.

Tennis and Pickleball Events 2024

Memorial Day Weekend Up and Down the River 

Sunday May 26th 10:00 AM-12:00PM

Join us for a fun day of doubles to kick of the 2024 tennis season.  In this fun doubles format players will move after timed rounds based on winning and losing and will then switch partners!  This is a great way for players of all levels to mix up who they are playing with and even find people to hit with this summer.  

4th of July Shootout 

Saturday July 6th

This doubles round robin event will be a great way to get active during this extended holiday weekend and sweat off whatever you get into!  Players will play up to 3 doubles matches with a champion being crowned at the end of the day for each division.  Co-ed teams encouraged to register as well.  If you can't find a partner we will do our best to find someone for you to play with! $10 per player to register

Tony Ramsdell PTR, PPR

Director of Tennis and Pickleball

Meet our new Director for the 2023 Summer Season!

Tony Ramsdell is on board and could not be more excited to take over the flourishing program at Northstar Resort.  With a long history up and down the California coast he is excited to enhance and improve your game while visiting Lake Tahoe.

Tony has been teaching tennis for over 15 years full time.  In that window he has coached Men's and Women's teams and individuals from the 2.5-5.0+ level.  He has also run several junior programs including junior specialty classes (ages 5-6) to nationally ranked junior players that have gone on to the collegiate level.

If tennis isn't your thing Tony also is currently coaching multiple professional pickleball players inside the top 30.  He has also worked directly with PPA in helping host the first ever nationally televised live broadcast in Pickleball history.  

Tony most recently was the Assistant Director of Tennis and Pickleball at the Riviera Country Club in the Pacific Palisades.  He has also spent time in the Bay Area at the exclusive Burlingame Country Club, while also spending 3 years at the Tiburon Peninsula Club.

Private Lesson Rate: $110 an hour, for semi-privates add $15 per student.

Fred Safipour

Head Pickleball Pro

A 30-year racquet sport professional, Fred Safipour is thrilled to be joining the NPOA program as its Head Pickleball Professional. A full-time Northstar resident, Fred looks forward to offering a fun summer of clinics, camps, and socials for all skill levels.

“I love pickleball because it’s easy to learn,” he says, “and as you develop your skills – to dink, lob and hit angles and third-shot drops - it’s even more fun to play.”

Before moving to California in 1992, Fred managed tennis clubs in Ohio, Texas, and Pennsylvania. He came to California to become the head professional at Walnut Creek’s Heather Farm Tennis Center.

After moving to Northstar six years ago, he hung up his tennis racquet to pursue pickleball full time. Fred brought the Tahoe Peak Pickleball Tournament to Northstar in 2019, and is now president of the Truckee Tahoe Pickleball Club, which is raising money to build a pickleball complex at Truckee’s River View Sports Park.

Fred looks forward to seeing everyone on the pickleball courts this summer!

Private Lesson Rate: $75 an hour, for semi privates add $15 per player.