Paddy Speyer’s Perpetual League Champion Trophy

The Nellie Gail Ranch Tennis Club was awarded the 2020 Paddy Speyer’s Perpetual League Champion Trophy. This award goes to the tennis club that has the most teams either at the top or close to the top in their respective divisions. We participate in the Pacific Sun League and there are approximately 2000 women that play in the league throughout Orange County. It is the league’s biggest honor that can go to a club to win this award. All 6 of our teams finished in the top 5 in their divisions! Two placing first and two placing second!

Congratulations and thank you to all of our players and teams for participating and representing Nellie Gail Ranch Tennis Club in the 2019-20 season!

Tennis and Swim Center Re-Opening

We began welcoming our homeowners and club members back to the Tennis and Swim Center beginning Tuesday morning. It has been a wonderful week back with our enthusiastic lap swimmers, tennis and pickleball players. We are in partnership with each of you to avoid complacency as we return to normal activities with a focus on safe practices while having a renewed appreciation for the joy of friendships and physical activity. The below link is to our Temporary Recreation Center Use Rules. Please complete the online waiver prior to your first visit to the Recreation Center



Announcing the Tuesday, May 12th First Phase Re-Opening of the Nellie Gail Ranch Tennis and Swim Center

We are excited to announce the first phase of our re-opening of the Nellie Gail Ranch Tennis and Swim Centers with revised hours and temporary use rules.  Please review this entire message and all of the attachments prior to visiting for the first time.  The Temporary Recreation Center Use Rules are intended to make the Nellie Gail Ranch Recreation Center accessible to the membership while promoting good hygiene and proper physical distancing. 
Hours of Operation:

  • Swim Center – Open to homeowners only from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. for lap swimming only.  
  • Tennis Center – 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Pickleball – 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

The following link is to our Temporary Recreation Center Use Rules providing guidance on how the tennis, pickleball, and swim facilities may be used starting Tuesday, May 12th.


Due to construction in our parking lot and building exterior, access to the parking lot will be via one entry lane as noted by the red arrow and one exit lane also noted by a red arrow.  Access to enter the Swim and Tennis Centers are noted by the yellow arrow.

All homeowners and club members must check-in at the reception desk prior to the use of the facilities. The following waiver is required to be completed prior to the use of the recreation center. Please complete prior to arriving to streamline your check-in.


Reservations are required for use of the Tennis and Pickleball courts. You may reserve a court via the following link:

Kourts App

Swim lanes are first come first serve. Access to the swimming pool is restricted to lap swimming for homeowners only. With this first phase of re-opening no non-homeowner club members or swim team members may use the pool pending a revision to the state guidelines prohibiting public pool use. We are hopeful of welcoming the rest of you back soon!
Please be aware of the following:

  • No person may access the recreation center that is sick, that has a fever or a confirmed case of Covid-19. Any person visiting a facility should wash their hands regularly and/or use sanitizer.
  • Access to the Tennis and Pickleball courts is restricted to residents and Club members only. No guest use is permitted at this time.
  • All residents and Club members accessing the recreation center are required to bring either disposable sanitary wipes or similar cleaning materials for personal sanitary purposes. 

Restroom / Shower Facilities:

  • Restrooms access will be limited to one person at a time (or a parent and child as may be necessary).
  • Showers inside restrooms will be closed.
  • Additional janitorial hours have been approved to implement heightened sanitation of contact surfaces. Janitorial will be in place for all hours of operation.

Sunbathing Use

  • Not permitted at this time.

Spa Use

  • Not permitted at this time. 

Membership Fees:
We will begin invoicing our Tennis and Pickleball Club Members for membership fees again with a pro-rated May invoice. If you paid your March fees prior to our March 17th closing, you will receive a credit for that portion of the month we were closed. For our Club Members who may not be ready to integrate back into activity, you may request we suspend your dues through June 30th, or earlier depending upon your comfort level to return to activity.
For those who are anxious to start activities that remain restricted, we will continue to model the local authorities’ guidelines and phase in further openings.

Meanwhile, WELCOME BACK!! We have been looking forward to this first phase of re-opening for a long time and look forward to seeing you soon!

Special Open Session Board Meeting – May 11, 2020 – 6:00 pm

A special open session board meeting will be held via Zoom conference call for the purpose of considering the adoption of Temporary Recreation Center Use Rules.  Rules will be considered for adoption on a temporary basis to allow for the timely re-opening of recreation center facilities. At this meeting, we will present and provide an opportunity for member comments. Nellie Gail Ranch homeowners are invited to participate as well as our Tennis, Pickleball, and Swim Center Club members. 

Draft Rules

Zoom Meeting Link:
Dial-in by phone:  669 900 6833
Meeting ID: 850 8205 1349
Password: 514736
If you wish to submit a comment in lieu of calling in you may do so via the following link:

Submit a Comment

Special Meeting to Review Plan to Reopen Recreation Facilities

We have been monitoring the state and county press conferences regarding ongoing business closures and reopening discussions. We have also reviewed reports of local recreation facilities who are making moves to reopen their clubs. We are currently preparing our own plan for a phased reopening and are scheduling a Zoom video/conference call on Monday, May 11, 2020, at 6:00 pm to review a draft plan and schedule for reopening the recreation facilities. We want our homeowners, Tennis Members, Pickleball Members, and Swim Center Members to review our proposed plan for reopening and provide an opportunity for you to provide input. We know many people are ready to start participating in their sports of choice again, while others remain concerned about potential public exposure. We want to create a plan that addresses both perspectives and provides you with an opportunity to give input.

Please put the date of May 11, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. on your calendar. We will send a link to the meeting next week. Meanwhile, please safely enjoy our trails and open space and what looks to be a beautiful weekend.

Nellie Gail Ranch Facilities

While NGROA Parks remain open, the children’s playgrounds and equipment are closed. Please adhere to social distancing requirements when using the parks. No gatherings.

The status of NGROA Recreation Facilities are as follows:

  • NGROA Administrative Offices  – Closed
  • Tennis & Swim Club – Closed
  • Pickleball Courts – Closed
  • Park Grass Areas and Sidewalks – Open. Group gathering is prohibited. Comply with social distancing requirements
  • Trails – Open
  • Equestrian Center – Open
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to impact our world and all facets of life. The Nellie Gail Ranch Owners Association (NGROA) Board of Directors are committed to protecting public health and slowing the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Nellie Gail Ranch community. NGROA Management is closely monitoring the latest information from public health officials to assist the Board of Directors in determining appropriate actions for the community’s activities, administrative operations, and facilities. The above provides a summarized list of actions taken by the Board of Directors due to the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The actions taken are consistent with the recommendations and requirements from the California Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control, County of Orange, and the California Governor’s Office. These measures will be evaluated as needed, as the Coronavirus situation evolves and subsides.

Nellie Gail Ranch Operations In Response to State Executive Order

Consistent with the stay at home Executive Order we are prioritizing essential services.  The Nellie Gail Ranch Tennis and Swim Center and Association office have been closed and will re-open upon approval of the state.

The Executive Order may be viewed on the following link:

We request you defer submittal of architectural improvement applications and Notices of Completion until we resume full operations.

Nellie Gail Ranch Equestrian Center staff are providing essential services in the care of our boarder’s horses and will continue to work. We will work with our Association vendors to provide service for urgent needs.  Anything that is not deadline sensitive, health and safety or property damage related will be deferred until normal operations resume.  The Executive Order did not provide an end date so we will be monitoring.

Many of our staff are performing critical time-sensitive functions from home and we are monitoring vendors to be sure that critical maintenance continues to be performed as needed. If you have any questions or concerns during our office closure you may reach me at If you have an urgent or emergency need you may reach General Manager Brian Mitchell by cell phone at 949-395-0742.

Play Pickleball in March

Lessons with Vinnie Brascia

Beginner & advanced beginner pickleball lessons with Vinnie Brascia. Free for Members, otherwise $5 guest fee. Every Saturday during March at 1 pm. Call Tennis Club to reserve space at 949-831-6660. Space is limited. No walk-ups. For Pickleball membership information, please visit HERE.

Open Drop-in Play for beginners/advanced beginners in March

Beginning in March, we will be offering drop-in play for beginners and advanced beginners. These are players who typically are beginning to play the game and or have limited experience playing it. Your skill level could be described as just starting to play, limited experience, rely on others to keep score, and can sustain a short rally. It will allow you to play with others to develop your skills together. You should have completed the open free clinic or played somewhere else at least once. Free for Members, otherwise a $5 guest fee. It will be on Monday and Wednesday from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturday 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm beginning in March.

Learn How to Play Pickleball!

Beginner & advanced beginner pickleball lessons with Vinnie Brascia. No membership required, guest fee $5. Monday & Wednesday at 6:00 pm and Saturday at 1 pm. Every week ending on Saturday, February 29th. Call Tennis Club to reserve space at 949-831-6660. Space is limited. No walk-ups. For Pickleball membership information, please visit HERE.

Remember our first 100 members receive an inaugural pin!