Discussion in 'Adult League & Tournament Talk' started by West Coast Ace, Jun 13, 2010.
For those in the US, is your primary place to play tennis a public or private facility?
I usually go over to a university complex with 20 courts.
indoor courts are about $8, outdoor $2.
Anybody can get in, but you still have to pay...
What would that be classified in?
I'd call that public. No membership required.
HOA courts. Nicely kept up, but no lights. I play all my home league matches on them plus weekly matches with a neighbor.
Public for social tennis, practice and lessons. Private for USTA matches because the league secures the court time.
where in the world do you find indoor courts for $8!?!?!? that's insanely cheap.
Any of the indoor places in Iowa City go by that rate, but we do have like 12 indoor courts.
Our local USTA league is run out of several public courts maintained by the City and County rec department. That means no court fees or match fees unless you join a private country club team.
Of course I couldn't find an indoor court within a 100 miles of us, but I'll take the trade off and just reschedule matches because of the rain.
I absolutely hate showing up to a facility and not knowing whether I will be able to find an available court to play on. I avoid showing up on first-come first-served courts at all costs.
I primarily work out at some subdivision courts (semi-private). Yet, I also play a few times a month at a private Tennis club, where I go for lessons/workouts primarily.
Mostly public. I am a member at a private club but there's more hassle involved with securing a court than at a public facility. Atlanta has a number of public parks with courts and tennis centers so it's easy to take advantage of those.
Public- for social, USTA and drop in.
There are 6-7 public tennis facilities ranging in size from 13-25 courts that you can make reservations at, play USTA matches, or have decent drop in tennis. Cost is about $2-4. Some of the courts are actually better than those found at the private clubs.
Private clubs offer a social scene and spa/gym facilities which I have no interest.
Public. Our area has a couple of public parks (that are starting to get pretty rough) and a new tennis center. No fees at the parks. 6$/hr at the tennis center. If playing on one of their teams, the court fees are $20 per person per season or $150 annually with all seasonal fees waived. Courts have to be reserved at the tennis center.
Thanks for the responses. Reason I asked: went to the Rome Masters 1000 and wanted to hit on red clay in the AM before the matches. Hotel said they could arrange it (there were 3 or 4 tennis facilities within half a mile of the hotel - figured they would know someone at one of them). When I arrived the concierge asked me for my 'club affiliation'. Was shocked when I told them we have plenty of public courts in the US and not that many people belong to clubs. Just wanted to get a barometer from this board.
Practice and social matches on private HOA courts. USTA and Compass matches are a mix of HOA, Club and public.
The closest courts that require payment are over an hour away, so public for me.
Public - although there is membership (which I don't have, which allows reservation of courts etc.) - I have almost never had an issue getting courts.
It really depends what part of the country you live in. In Socal there are plenty of public courts and there is good weather so there is not a high need to belong to a private club. In the m-idwest and Northeast, many people belong to clubs because you need indoor facilties and courts are more scarce. Socal is actually not a good barometer for the rest of the country.
I am not sure what you expected going to Rome. Do you think that there are public courts with redclay all over the city?
You apparently didn't read what I said. I have played tennis in 5 other countries (without being asked if I belonged to a club) - I know the US is unique in the # of public courts.
I saw a couple in Florence when I was there four years ago. If I weren't there for my marriage/honeymoon, I would have played.
We have this tennis oasis in the middle of the ghetto here. The city put in big money to add stone walls, new fencing, refinished courts and nets. There are eight new hard courts but unfortunately when you play you get to listen to ambulances, gunfire and the occasional fight from the basketball courts nearby.
Those things do not happen every day, but often enough. Strange thing is that there is a strong contingent of 50 or more 4.0-4.5 players that show up every night looking for pick up matches. Rarely do I ever have to arrange a match in advance because I know I will be able to pick up a game at moments notice in the hood.
I guess my indoor club would be considered semi-private. The yearly membership is $79, and the summer court rates are $28/hr. for members; more for non-members.
Open court time is very limited, though, due to contract groups, private and group lessons.
I play a balance of both... in the winters I go indoors... in the spring and summer I prefer to be outside on public courts. Though this year there seems to be significantly more players and court time is becoming a premium, club tennis is starting to look more attractive.
Would love to play at private courts to avoid the crowds, but membership to the clubs has gotten to expensive. Public for me.
We joined a club that is primarily used for golf, but they have 7 beautiful outdoor Har Tru clay courts that each have their own fencing with windscreens and are separated by about 10 foot strips of grass, which is nice because you never have to worry about the next match over interfering with yours. They are in excellent shape, are perfectly level, and are just a pleasure to play on. They water and groom them several times a day, and you can always get a court. Indoors, they have three courts but they are not cement. They are like a hard green lightly pebbled rubber-type material over a layer of really dense cork on top of dirt. Anyone know what that material is called?
The great thing is that both types of courts are really easy on your knees.
On top of this, one of my friends who owns a roofing company is a state champ USTA 4.5 player. He owns a big unused metal warehouse-type building that is sort out out in the country. He is in the process of turning into a tennis-only club. They are installing 5 indoor clay courts with red clay just like at Roland Garros. It's going to be unlimited tennis for 100 bucks a month or something like that. I'd like to go there but its half an hour away from my house and 40 minutes from where my office is while the club is 7 minutes from the office and 10 from the house. I may still go for the winter though because I like the clay a lot.
The good news is that this is tennis nirvana for me. I started tennis 13 months ago after playing golf for 30 years (since I was 13) because I just have no time for golf anymore (wife, three kids ages 11, 10 and 6). Turns out I LOVE tennis. Imagine that...
Hey Overheadsmach what city or state do you live in.
I'll stick to my private club, they serve "mint julips" between sets and the ball boys are run ragged! eye say jeeves...where did they park my yacht this time??
public park for me
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