View Full Version : Any Clay Court Specialists?

08-05-2004, 03:44 PM
Hi guys, I work at a New England Golf and Tennis resort and I maintain five clay courts (Har-Tru). We roll them frequently, sweep them after every match/hitting session. We water them mid-day. It seems like we do everything right and the people like the courts a lot..... buuuuttt when I play it seems like they are too soft for me, especially behind the baseline. I seem to chew up the court soo much. sometimes you just can't slide, instead, my foot just digs deep into the clay causing a nasty looking hole with clay all around it. It really is gross!!! What are some of the causes of this, and is there any way to fix it. I have a feeling the Clay may be a little old... How long until you should replace all the har-tru? Are there any other remidies for soft clay courts. We also put calcium on them regularly. Thanks for the help.

08-09-2004, 06:58 PM
Could there be too much clay?

08-10-2004, 06:00 PM
You need to add more clay. Especially towards the baseline to fence. That section wears quickly. I'm confident if you add lots of clay-this will help. I've worked with red clay courts and this helps.

08-10-2004, 07:19 PM
if frequent rollings (and i mean frequent rollings) dont compact the hartru it is possible there is a drainage problem. i would contact har tru corp about this..they might send a rep out there to take a look. at northen clubs typically they would start rolling the har tru in the spring everyday for 2-3 weeks before opening the courts for play and then frequently after that. the courts would get firmer further in the season they went. ed