Facility Spotlight: La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club

You name a famous professional tennis player who has any association at all with tennis in Southern California over the past 80 years, and it’s a safe bet they’ve made a stopover for a visit at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.

The current President of the Southern California Tennis Association, William (Bill) J. Kellogg, happens to hold that same title at the famous La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, which has been in his family longer than he’s been alive and for four generations.

In 1926, Kellogg’s great grandfather, newspaper publisher F.W. Kellogg, was part a group of investors that started the La Jolla Beach and Yacht Club. He bought a lifetime membership with that group in 1931 and purchased the facility in 1935. F.W. passed away in 1940, and his son W.S. Kellogg was the one responsible for encouraging his dad to install four tennis courts, and changing the name to drop “yacht” and replace it with “tennis.”

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“My grandfather wanted to bring top-class tennis events to this remote area and in 1941 brought the Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Championship event to La Jolla,” Bill Kellogg said. “And that brought all the top players here. We had a Davis Cup exhibition match and several professional tournaments here, and soon the word began to spread about what a great club it was.”

The National 45s took place early on at La Jolla, as did the Father-Son Nationals, debuting in 1961. Today, the Club still hosts the Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Championships, USTA National Hard Court Championships for the Women’s 50-90, USTA National Men’s & Women’s 40 & Over Hard Courts, and the USTA National Father & Son Hard Court Championships. The Club also hosted the 2008 Fed Cup, and was also the host of the 2006 Davis Cup First Round Tie between the United States and Romania.

“He was a guy who became very involved in the tennis community,” Bill said of his grandfather, who played tennis at Stanford. “He was on the ITF Board. And was given an Honorary Lifetime membership to the All-England Club.”

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Bill Kellogg said that in 1973, with his grandfather’s health failing, his father, William Crowe Kellogg, interrupted his career as a geologist and geophysicist to take over the daily management of the club. He applied a real business focus to the Club and started the Club membership waiting list,” said Bill, who in 1979 moved to La Jolla to work for his dad and took over as General Manager at the Club once H. W. Bond retired. “He started to put money back into the Club and renovating it.”

Kellogg, who attended Thacher School in Ojai during his prep years, went on to play for Dartmouth College and was the co-No. 1 player his senior year and was named to the All-Ivy League team in doubles.

Once back in La Jolla, Kellogg began getting involved with the San Diego District Tennis Association. Besides spending his second term as President of the SCTA, Kellogg is currently the chairman of the Senior International Team selection committee.

A competitive senior player on the Men’s 60s circuit, Kellogg was instrumental in getting the Davis Cup tie between the U.S. and Great Britain that was played at Petco Park in downtown San Diego.

Kellogg said one his most memorable days at the La Jolla Club came when Dodo Cheney won her 300th gold ball title. “It happened right on Court 2, and that’s when she announced that she was giving them all to the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club to display. It came as a total surprise.”

Kellogg said a new event for 2016 to be hosted by the Club is the Presidents’ Cup event in November. An International Club event, the Presidents’ Cup is a bi-annual tennis match between the United States and France for men and women who have played for their country in the past or who have won national titles.

La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club’s Academy tennis program is directed by Director of Tennis Conan Lorenzo, the 2009 USPTA San Diego “Coach of the Year.” Other pros at the Club include: Nelson Alapi, Brook Deming, Amelia Larkin, Chase Huebner, Lacey Mcgill, Sean Ellerbrock, Bryce Bettwy, Doug Fitzgerald, and Ruya Eichelberger.

For more information on the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, please contact the tennis department at 858.551.4680 or Tennis@LJBTC.com.

The Rundown:

  • No. of Courts: 14 hard courts (12 lighted).
  • Website: ljbtc.com
  • Phone: (888) 828-0948
  • Address: 2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla, California 92037.
  • Number of members: 1,400 membership to the Club and a three-year waiting list to join the Club.
  • Email: info@LJBTC.com
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