History of Bakersfield Racquet Club
Something Special
Not Just Another Tennis Club

BRC is a proud Tennis Club with a rich history. Established in 1947, we’ve been providing Bakersfield with fantastic tennis for 74 years running.


“Our original goal was a club where tennis and friendship are the major things: a club where all members are equally important, and a club where your kids want to be and where you want them to be…I think we have come close.” Lake Lovelace


The Bakersfield Racquet Club was founded in 1948 by the late Lake Lovelace, an avid tennis player who moved to Bakersfield in 1922. At that time there were no private or commercial tennis clubs in the area, so Lake organized the local players at nearby Jastro Park into a public parks club named Bakersfield Tennis Club. From 1939 to 1948 Lake operated a small tennis shop at Jastro Park and along with a few local businessmen tennis players came up with the idea of building a member-owned and operated private tennis club. A Tennis Development Corporation was created to sell stock and the tennis facility was built in 1948. A membership club was then created, which was named the Bakersfield Racquet Club. Many years later, before he died, Lake Lovelace wrote a book about the club which he titled: A Home for Tennis. From the beginning the club was centered around family, welcoming children of all ages. That tradition continues to this day with a vigorous youth program and official Nike tennis camps, plus High School, College, Central Cal & Maze Cup Tournaments

a home of champions

 Many nationally ranked tennis players grew up on the BRC courts: Jack Lynch, Louise Snow, Sally Moore Huss, Dennis Ralston, Marianne Werdel Witmeyer, Camille Benjamin, Hank Pfister, and numerous talented junior players, like our own U.S. Girls Super National 16's Champion Danon Beatty.

    Dennis Ralston was ranked #1 by the US Lawn Tennis Association for 1964, 1965 and 1966. He played on the Davis Cup team in the middle 60 and later became Captain of the US Davis Cup team for a number of years.

. Dennis was instrumental in bringing to the Bakersfield Racquet Club the Davis Cup tie between the U.S. and Canada in June of 1965, making Bakersfield one of the few cities in California ever to host a Davis Cup event.