how to build a grass or clay court

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  1. dthomas

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    Where does a person go to find information about how to build a grass or clay court on your own property?
    Thanks!
    David
     
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  2. Andres

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    You cannot build a claycourt yourself, because it has 7 different layers of different materials. It has to be done by specialists.
     
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  3. dr_punk

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    crush some of your tiles in a blender for clay, or paint some lines on your lawn - presto!
     
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  4. PROTENNIS63

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    red clay is made from brick so you will have a hard time making that. Grass courts are tough to maintain (so is red clay).
     
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  5. Oui c'est moi.

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    How big is your garden? :shock:
    I wish i could build a tennis court on my property.
     
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  6. beedlejuice22

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    Hard court would be your best bet because it has little to no maintenance. Grass you would have to mow everyday and water it and take care of it for hours every day. Clay is incredibly hard to build.
     
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  7. peter

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    *Some* red clay courts are made from crushed brick. Not all.

    And I wouldn't say that red clay courts are tough to maintain. A fair amount of work, yes - but not very complicated. Lots of watering, and adding new clay every season, and brushing the courts, and getting rid of things that decided that your perfect tennis court is a good place to grow, and stuff like that.

    Oh. Found a manual on how to build a clay court: http://turf.lib.msu.edu/1920s/1929/2910170.pdf
    Not exactly of todays date, but what the heck... :)
     
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  8. beedlejuice22

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    ^^You also have to roll clay courts about once a week so the stay flat.
     
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  9. stormholloway

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    I think people these days overestimate the difficulty of making a grass court. If you have level ground and some good grass seed then you're set.

    It used to be that most tennis courts were grass. Were all of these people wealthy? I doubt it. It's likely the courts weren't all Wimbledon-quality but that comes with the territory.
     
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  10. hollywood9826

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    I would say grass would be the easiest to build yourself. It would probably require the most overhead though. Gotta kill weeds, chalk lines, mow, water, mowsome more, water some more, pick some weeds, apply more fertilzer, water, and mow.

    Also dont mow too low or else the grass will die. I would say if you got level ground or can make level ground give it shot, I would if I had the space.

    http://www.ehow.com/how_2051395_make-backyard-grass-tennis-court.html

    this guy did it :)

    http://www.mrci.com/golf/green.htm
     
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  11. dr_punk

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    You're the man
     
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  12. Rabbit

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    Yeah, I looked into building a grass court before we moved. We had the perfect backyard then. The hardest part from what I saw, other than the maintenance was building adequate drainage and leveling the surface. The drainage pretty much amounts to a French drain system under the court to remove water.

    It couldn't be that tough to build as grass court as they were very popular back in the olden days... (It may be hard to build a good grass court...)
     
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