anyone else building (or has built) a clay court?

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by Bill K., Jun 17, 2004.

  1. Bill K.

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    I'm in North Houston area and have been clearing and excavating a 60' by 120' area to put in a clay court. I've researched it quite a bit, am looking to keep costs down, and have ruled out a hardcourt. I don't think I'll mind doing maintenance on the court, particularly since I have a tractor and various implements. Besides, I figure the clay will be more fun (& more unique) than a hardcourt which are almost everywhere.

    There is a product called "Aglime" (i.e. dry screening agricultural limestone) which I can get for much less than trucking in Har-Tru all the way from Virginia. Its been used successfully for a long time at a major club or two around here. It's a beige color which sets up very hard and can play faster than most clay courts. Top it off with some iron sulfate and you get reddish color. Also thinking about using a continuous curb of concrete for the perimeter in stead of bricks or whatever. A guy who has done alot of concrete work thinks this would be much better particularly in terms of using it to screed with. Anyway, sounds like the key to a quality court is level and compact many times over (leaving about a 1" in 30' slope).

    Any comments or experience with the above?
     
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  2. Brent Pederson

    Brent Pederson Semi-Pro

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    Yeah. Can I come over to play at your house?
     
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  3. Bill K.

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    clay court

    Yes definitely you can come over to hit at the court, but 1st you have to help me figure out what I should use for my 3 to 4" layer of rock below the playing surface. It should be up to 3/4" rock aggregate (w/ "fines") that compacts well but still holds some water, e.g. could be crushed granite (pricey/not too available) or crushed concrete. Also, you got to have some game if you want to come over on a regular basis...4.0 you bring the refreshments, 4.5 or better, I'll provide refreshments.
     
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  4. Brent Pederson

    Brent Pederson Semi-Pro

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    Well, right now, I'm about a 4.3, so I guess we'll have to split them. Wish I could help on the court building end of things, but sounds like you're way ahead of me there anyway. Best of luck!
     
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  5. second set

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    Bill, I've used crushed limestone for ball field diamonds, can tend to get dusty, not sure if your "aglime" is any better of worse in this regard. Also seems more slippery than "clay", although what I used was probably coarser than aglime. I'd suggest setting up a 3x4 area to test before committing to the whole thing.

    I'm in Austin, I'd bring a shovel...

    Mike
    (second set)
     
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  6. mgm

    mgm New User

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    Hey Bill i live in East Houston and plan on building a clay court next year.If you need any help i can give you a hand.I have no knowledge of how to build a clay court and would like to learn.
     
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  7. andtapes

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    I build by myself a red clay court in Brazil.
    I don't know which materials can you get in USA but I can show you some views off dreanage systems and other things.

    Take a look here:

    http://www.accuratetennis.com/
     
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