Your Weekly Peninsula Clubs Update: May 29, 2023

Dear Member,

Happy Memorial Day to all!

Wishing you a beautiful and memorable Memorial Day! And a heartfelt thank you to all of our Members that have served.

This week, I decided to partner up with my pal, TK, our Head of Athletics, and talk about the sport of the summer, Pickleball! If you haven’t joined in the fun yet, now is the time.

A Little History – Flashback to 1965, when a group of friends in Washington State returned home from a round of golf to, you guessed it, their children bored at home. Lucky for us, those bored kids helped spark the creation of Pickleball–first through a combination of misfit equipment (a lowered badminton net, a perforated plastic ball, table tennis paddles) and a driveway. By the early 1970’s, pickleball was becoming a fully formed sport, with a corporation created to protect its integrity. Soon to follow would be organized tournaments, and with competitive play came the first official rulebook in 1984, created by the US Amateur Pickleball Association. In 2005, the USA Pickleball Association was established, and the rest is history. You’ll hear various opinions on whether the sport was named after the creator’s dog, Pickles, or the dog after the sport, but however it came to be, we’re thankful to have it as part of our racquet sports culture.

Is Pickleball for Me? – The best part, no previous racquet sports experience is needed, just a willingness to have fun! If you’ve ever played ping pong, you’ll find pickleball to have a very similar feel, using a paddle that’s slightly larger than ping pong but far smaller than tennis. This smaller paddle makes it easier to control, which leads to consistent contact with the ball much more quickly as you learn. Rallying (successfully hitting the ball back and forth over the net) comes naturally, and within minutes, you’re chasing the ball around the court, having a blast!

What do I need to play? – You don’t need much. Wear comfortable clothing and non-marking athletic shoes. We have all the rest of the gear you’ll need at the Club. If you would like your own paddles, check out this month’s Perk with Recess. Style, quality, and member savings! LINK to PERK.

Courts Galore – Did you know we have over 100 courts across the Clubs, and growing!? We are working hard to keep up with the growing demand.


A Little T.L.C.

Are pickles good for you? You know I had to tie them into the subject somehow. Pickles are actually great for you! They’re great sources of both vitamin K and vitamin A, two essential antioxidants that are found in many fruits and veggies. These natural antioxidants fight free radicals, which are chemicals in the body that can cause cancer and heart disease. Now, not all pickles are fermented, but the fermented kind have the most health benefits. Fermentation creates good bacteria (you may have heard of probiotics) that support a healthy digestive system and boosts the immune system. Look for fermented pickles in the refrigerator section of the store. Another hint, look for “live cultures” on the label. Now, go grab a spear (and a paddle)!


Ponder This

“Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness”.
~ Chuang-Tzu


In health,

Tracy Cioffi
Chief Marketing Officer
The Bay Club Company

In health,

Todd Kramer
Executive Vice President Sport
The Bay Club Company


Bird’s Eye View

Bay Club Redwood Shores:

Introducing Blendid
Welcome to Smoothie Heaven! We’ve rolled out our Blendid Smoothie Robot–the perfect healthy treat pre- and post-workout! We’re so excited for you to try all the delicious flavors with your best friends and family. Simple to order via the Blendid App. Download the app and stop by today!

Wellness Assessment
Offered through Wednesday, May 31
Get ready for summer with a personalized health and wellness assessment! The InBody Test, a non-invasive, quick, and accurate body composition analysis, provides a detailed breakdown of your weight in terms of muscle, fat, and water. For more info or to schedule your free assessment, email

Advanced Basketball Clinics
At the advanced level, players begin to refine and master skills learned and progress toward a high level of ball-handling drills. Register on Connect. For more infor or to try your first class free, email

Fundamentals of the Pilates Reformer
These reformer-based classes introduce newer clients into the Pilates method but is still great for intermediate clients to take their Pilates knowledge deeper. Classes are $55 in groups of no more than 5.
Classes offered:
Mondays | 4:15 pm, Tuesdays | 1:30 pm, Fridays | 9:00 am. For more info:
Wednesdays | 3:30 pm. For more info:

Space Rental
Need a private meeting space? We’ve got you covered. Reserve the Conference room for your small group and business meetings. For questions and to make a reservation, email

Cardio Tennis
Wednesdays | 6:00-7:00 pm & Saturdays | 11:00 am-12:00 pm
Get your heart rate pumping and have a lot of fun playing tennis! $130 for 5 classes or $34 per drop-in class (based on availability). If you would like to join, email Coach Joe at

Begins Monday, June 5
A fun 4-week, community-driven, small group training program where Coaches Kyle and Gary will hold you accountable while getting results through strength and cardiovascular conditioning, increasing flexibility and mobility, and creating nutritional ownership.
Classes offered:
Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Saturdays | 1:00 pm. Email for more info or enroll on Connect.
Monday, Wednesdays, & Fridays | 6:00 pm. A few spaces left! To schedule or try a class out on us, email


In health,

Cori Fanucchi
SVP General Manager
Peninsula Campus