Discussion in 'College Tennis Talk' started by Wilsonbro11, Dec 11, 2012.
Which team has the nicest court?
I would assume Pepperdine has some although I havent been there.
TCU hornfrogs. and of course, best in the country, Stanford tennis.
NOT ContraCostaCollege in SanPablo. Unused surface with weeds 3' long growing from the cracks along most of the painted lines. 8 courts which would be beautiful if they were ever used.
University Of Washington has some sweet facilities.
Agree, UVA has to be up there also. Hey nethawk, a friend of mine is considering retiring in Wenatchee, how is the tennis there ?
Indiana University, their tennis center is fantastic and they have some beautiful outdoor public courts in the center of campus
IU has nothing on purdue
UGA is really nice. Stanford is the Mecca. TAMU, I've heard, is pretty nice. Ohio State has everything too. Haven't been to UVA, but it has to be sweet since all the studs have flocked there recently.
My Gators have it pretty good, and new indoor courts are near complete. Still lack the 12 total competition courts needed to host a regional though.
Looks like Wisconsin's
I love playing at Nordstrom. It just feels so nice.
For DIII, I would say Claremont McKenna and Gustavus Adolphus are up there.
Never been to UVA's outdoor courts, but my high school girl's team played their Regional match last spring at their indoor facility @ Boar's Head. That place is sweet. I suppose having a supporter such as Boyd Tinsley doesn't hurt the cause...
OU, Tulsa, Tennessee, Tyler JC, Auburn. Might be hard to say who has the best.
I don't like the IU indoor facility, bad lighting to play on and really tough to watch everything but 2 courts.
The University of Michigan has a great set up, both indoors and outdoors.
I haven't seen them but I heard that Texas A&M's facilities are incredible, too.
Pepperdine's facilities are pretty nice. The court viewing is not the best but it is hard to beat the ocean views. I'm not a big fan of having to look across two courts to see the third. They also have 10 more courts right next to the PCH that overlook the ocean that they use occasionally.
Wow. Nice work Purdue.
Is that George Costanza on the banner in pic #4?
UGA IS awesome!!!!!
The tennis here is pretty good! If you want to get a lot of solid pickup matches go to lower woodland on the weekends, can get some fun doubles action! UW outdoor courts are good but sometimes hard to find somebody who doesn't already have a hitting partner
They're amazing, i hit there whenever i can when im home, although paying for parking kinda sucks . I usually end up at lower woodland because of that, but those are some amazing courts too!
i think duke is in the discussion (certainly if we're including volume of the facilities - UGA and stanford have big leads - but i'm just talking about dual match facilities, not ability to host NCAAs or something)
ambler stadium (outdoors) at 2:05
sheffield (indoors) at 2:30
duke does have a nisce facility.
Oklahoma has been building a lot of new courts recently, indoors and outdoors. As a Virginia fan, I also have to agree that we have it pretty nice here.
That is amazingly nice. It's quite clear they get hooked up. Video cameras on every court, with a professional quality viewing center to go over every match? Incredible.
Rice is building some new courts that are supposed to be really nice.
Are the women going to start competing at NTI's again once the indoor facility is complete?
Minnesota has first rate facillities. 10 indoor with close viewing for 8 of the 10 and 6 with video cameras for live streaming. Indoor facility also has meeting room, locker rooms, concessions, etc. Also, 14 outdoor connected with the indoor; bleacher seating, all right in the middle of campus. They used to have maroon courts with gold lines which was very cool.
What color are the courts now?
I'm trying to remember as I was just there a month or so ago. I believe the standard blue / green combo with some grey trim. They resurface them every year and change it up. Great facility.
Do you think they'll go back to maroon and gold next year?
No idea but I hope so.
one question .. why do all these D1 schools keep building 6 courts without any side fence to divide them,to keep balls from going onto other courts ?? they are also set so close to each other ... is that NCAA specs or something?
I wonder the same. For a wedding gift, my wife and I were gifted a home in the ski resort community above Wenatchee and when we visit a couple times a year we go down into town and hit...it's so different from Texas. There never seems to be anyone playing. Never have seen others hitting...just been at local schools...but we'd love to find a "hidden gem" for when I get up there long term!!!
I don't think it's the NCAA spec's, but it's terribly annoying.
Duke indoor are nice. Played there a few times. They have tournaments during winter break for non Duke people. next one is doubles Jan 4-6.
I'd have to go with Yale's, eight-court indoor.
Speaking of which, how many of these facilities are actually open to the public during non tennis season? The name of this thread should be "Nicest college courts that are open to the public".
Doubt it. Don't need to. Won a 2nd title without it, why add another grueling event to the pre season when Stanford will do home and homes?
As for that Penn State court, are those flag poles the far end? Sure would be an annoying distraction if flags were waving up there during a match.
But parking is a hassle.
Tulsa. They had McEnroe christen the new facility.
Duke. Georgia. Stanford's Taube family stadium.
Emory has some courts on the roof. Good unless it's windy.
Columbia's got some bubbles. I love the sound in there.
University of the South has a nice setting in the hills of Tennessee.
Virginia's courts are great. Wahoo.
Hellman at UCB - worth a mention, just for the surroundings. Same with UCLA and Pepperdine.
TCU (never seen a dual match, but I went to a futures there). Huge, spread out. Just beautiful.
Baylor sucks, it's always windy there, the players hate it there. One player transferred for that reason alone.
Best outdoor facilities in the ACC in my opinion:
1. FSU: fans can get very close and have a great angle on each of the 6 courts. there are two sets of 6 which allows for a simultaneous men and women's tennis event. Also has point by point scoring on the scoreboards.
2. NC State: Similar to FSU except only 6 not 12 courts. Fans can get right behind the courts from a high angle and watch. Point by point scoring. Also the courts have a red tint for the school colors giving it some personality.
Both NC State and FSU get points for being in the middle of campus
3. Duke: Right in the center of campus which is cool. Good viewing from behind the courts. Not as good as the other two because the stands end at court 5 and you cannot sit right behind 5.
4. Clemson: Good scoreboard and viewing. The stands are little too far away from the courts and there is a fence in the way if you sit too low. Also there are too many seats making it seem like the place is more empty than it is. There is the cool option to stand on the balcony on the other end, where fans are uninhibited by the fence. In the middle of campus. Right on the road and close to downtown excellent location.
5. Georgia Tech. The stands are a bit too low but the courts are right in the city which gives a cool background skyline. They set the players up 1-6 down a line rather the outward fan approach that most use
6. North Carolina. Too secluded. In the middle of the woods no atmosphere around the venue. The courts are spread out too wide and grouped into two groups of 3 courts. Impossible to see action from the other 3 courts from where you are sitting.
7. Wake Forest. No stands. Fans have to stand next to courts like a junior event. In the middle of a grassy field and nowhere near campus.
I have not been to the other ACC facilities. Going to UVA and VT this coming weekend for the first time.
Look up Lambeth Parking Garage on your UVa map. They allow free parking on days of home tennis matches, about 100 yards from the courts.
I can go ahead and tell you about VT. Burrows is a nice facility, but the outdoor courts are grouped into three groups of two. The bleachers are set across courts 1, 3 and 5, making it difficult to see the even courts. Parking is right across the street.
Was it Mr. Horny?
Does the Boar's Head belong to UVA though?
I know, I know "nicest college courts" can obviously include any college courts where a team plays. But, I also like to think "if I went to college at X or Y university, I'd have access to these courts," and, in that context, private clubs wouldn't do me any good. So, what are some of the nicest college-owned courts is a good secondary question.
Yes. UVa owns the entire Boar's Head resort, including the sports club. UVa tennis gets priority on courts. Members are warned of the UVa match schedule, and if weather creates a need to move indoors, then UVa teams get the courts.
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