Red Clay in the U.S.?

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  1. johnny ballgame

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    Who can help with info on where to play on red clay in the US?

    Is the Westside Club in Houston available to visitors/non-members?

    Only other place I know of is a fancy resort in New Hampshire, played on a red clay court there one time as a kid.

    If not the US, how about easily accesible places in Mexico? Anything?

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  2. dubsplayer

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    We have outdoor red clay courts in of all places Albany NY. It's located in public park but you need to be a member or pay a guest fee. I've also played on red clay under a bubble at a club in Mamaroneck, NY.
     
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    Westside replaced their red clay with green clay.
     
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  4. heycal

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    I think there are several places with red clay. I don't think you'll need to go to Mexico just yet... There are some public red clay courts in New York City and several private red clay places that will charge you plenty to play on them, among other places.
     
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  5. J011yroger

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    Yea, there are several in the LI NYC area.

    At least 5 clubs that I can name.

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  6. SteveI

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    Hey Man,

    We have 6 nice Red Clay courts... yes.. in all places. Buffalo, NY..

    Steve
     
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  7. johnny ballgame

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    Strange, it seems that NY/NE is the last region in the U.S. to keep red clay courts. I live in the southeast, wish I could find some within driving distance (Florida, Carolinas).
     
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  8. heycal

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    We might be willing to trade some for your winter weather down there.
     
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  9. stormholloway

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    Lotta clay in NYC.
     
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  10. tursafinov

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    Arizona
    that's close to Mexico.
    Scottsdale
    Desert Mountain Racquet Club

    It has Clay and Grass!

    ~Tursa
     
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  12. goober

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    Last time I checked this club doesn't have Red Clay, they are Har Tru.
     
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    No red clay in Colorado, only some private green. At high altitude the ball flies faster, so you would think that there would be more clay courts to slow the game here down???
     
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  14. kingdaddy41788

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    Westside has had both for a long time. From what I understand (I used to be a member and live near there in Houston) Westside is changing to a fitness club. I think they are only going to keep one red clay court if any, but they don't keep their clay courts up as it is, so I wouldn't expect high quality. I don't think they are open to visitors.
     
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  15. vsbabolat

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    In New York City at Riverside Park at West 96th street is 10 Red Clay courts. It is $7.00 per person if you don't have a seasonal pass. Here is the website: http://www.rcta.info
     
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  16. Craig Sheppard

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    In New Jersey, there's racquet club in Mt. Laurel that has red clay courts... cool stuff.
     
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  17. BiGGieStuFF

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    The red clay at Westside last time I was there was poorly maintained. The green clay was kept up. There are spots on the red clay that were really dry and some that were really wet. It wasn't even so it felt dangerous drying to slide and all of a sudden hitting a spot and your foot would dig in. It was fun though. Dirty as heck.
     
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  18. Pr0DiGy

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    Sorry to sort-of hijack this thread, but does anyone know of any red clay courts in or around Monmouth county, central NJ, Baltimore, MD, and the northeastern part of Virginia?

    Better yet, anybody know of any grass courts in those areas?
     
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  19. squints

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    you gotta think of maintainance costs, would it be cost effective to have clay courts in colorado weather?
     
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  20. SB

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    Actually, there are some new red clay courts in Colorado, in the Denver area. They are American Red Clay (a mixture of brick dust and stone). FYI ...
     
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    apart from 96th street, any other places? I haven't seen any.
     
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  22. johnny ballgame

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    FYI, I didn't get a chance to play there, but I found some public red clay courts in Coral Springs, FL (suburb of Miami & Ft L). Has anyone played there? If they are quality, that might make a nice long weekend vacation...
     
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  23. dubsplayer

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    I think the ones in Coral Springs are probably pretty good - if I remember correctly there use to be a ATP tourney there.
     
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  24. hexykerr

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    Northeastern clay

    There are a few red clay courts in of all places Allentown, Pa. They both seem like public ( at least not country club) courts. I've never played on them but I work in that area and drive by frequently.
     
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  25. vsbabolat

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    You could try Sutton Tennis at 488 E. 60th Street in Manhattan right under the Queensborough Bridge (59th Street Bridge). They have 8 red clay courts under a bubble. Their season is late Sept. to end of April. The website is: http://www.suttoneasttennis.com

    The other red clay tennis club I know of in the city is Tennisport in Queens, Long Island City. Tennisport has 16 indoor red clay courts with 8 outdoor har-true courts. The website is: http://www.tennisport.com
     
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  26. nyc

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    wow, didn't realize both of these had red clay. Thanks for the tip.
    Pricey, but yeah, it's manhattan.
     
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  27. vsbabolat

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    There is also a club on Harbor Island in Mamaroneck, N.Y. (Westchester County). They have 8 red clay courts that are also put under a bubble in the winter.

    I forgot also in Westchester is the Armonk Tennis Club. They have 5 red clay courts.
     
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  28. ibringtheHEAT

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    Westside in houston sells one day passes.......or did the past month. Their courts are crap, you can find synthetic clay (Hartru) all over the place, and honestly its not that bad to play on. If you really need red clay though theres places to find it, just keep looking.

    Good Luck!
     
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  29. BiGGieStuFF

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    How much are those one day passes?
     
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  30. jakshemash

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    What type of surface if hartru?

    Don't mean to hijack the thread
     
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  31. J011yroger

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    It is a fake green synthetic clay.

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  32. dubsplayer

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    And it's awful to play on, imo.
     
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  33. J011yroger

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    It is green cuz it is like Kryptonite to me.

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  34. vsbabolat

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    Har-tru is rock that is mined and then pulverised. It is a billion year old Precambrian metabasalt that is mined in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. It is as natural as you can get. Here is a link explaining what Har-Tru is: http://www.leetennis.com/fast-dry_surfacing.shtml
     
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  35. nyc

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    still not as nice as red clay, IMO.
     
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  36. bigmanoncampus

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    Can someone tell me where the red clay courts are near allentown??
     
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  37. backcourt

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    I could have sworn the Broadmore Hotel in Co. Springs has red clay, or at least they used to back in the 80's.

    IMO Har-tru is great stuff, not quite as slow as red clay, but still easier on the joints.
     
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  38. jasoncho92

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    Theres a public one 2 miles next to me in WA
     
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  39. D Wilson

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    If you mean Washington State you have to tell me the address and name.

    PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



    Thanks
     
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  40. ne1410is

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    there is a red clay court in chicago. i saw it there when visiting last spring. unfortch i was there for business and didn't have my gear. i even had one of my hitting partners there too.
     
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  41. Blade0324

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    There is still red clay in Colorado. Columbine CC has 2 American red clay courts that are maintained extremely well are are great to play on. You have to be a member or guest to play there and I beleive they are the only red clay on Colorado. Bunch of places have har-tru.
     
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  42. hexykerr

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    Allentown Clay

    The ones I am definite about are on Allen Street between 20th and 24th(?). I can't remember the exact location but it is right near there. I will post the exact location after the next time I drive by, probably this week. The other courts are off of 7th street / MacArthur Rd. in what looks like a public park. I am not a sure about these because the courts are pretty far off the road. I will update when I get a better look and see if they are used this summer. I don't know anything about how they are maintained, etc. However the Allen street courts are maintained and played on frequently.
     
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  43. EuroMagnum

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    Any in Northern New Jersey? In fact, isn't there a site that you can go to and it'll say where the nearest red clay courts are?
     
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  44. jj300

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    euro,
    where in jersey are you located? if you'd wish, e-mail me at racketstringer@gmail.com and I can give you more info

    to the other posters. There are 7 clay courts where I live and I believe we are the only ones, or one of the super few, in jersey. Site is still being worked on but you can see the opening pic at arlingtonplayersclub.com . If you search that in google it wont come up because not a lot of views have taken place.
     
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    Red Clay in Allentown

    The courts off of 7th Street are part of Jordan Park, a City of Allentown park. According to the city's website, permits to play on these courts can be obtained at the courts (http://www.allentownpa.org/text/recreation_programs.htm). I heard a rumor that the courts will not be opening this year, but I can't confirm this.

    The courts along Allen Street (at 21st & Allen) belong to the private Oakmont Tennis Club (http://www.oakmonttennis.com/) of which I am a member. The club isn't yet open for the season but it should be open later this month. Memberships applications for the season are currently being accepted (the application and relevant info is on the website). Let me know if you want more info or if you want to hit.
     
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  46. Serve 'em hard

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    How about grass courts in the USA? I know they got some at Forest Hills, and Newport Hall of Fame, and maybe Longwood cricket club in Mass.

    Anyone know of any others, public or private?
     
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  47. J011yroger

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    there are two clubs I know of on LI that have them

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  48. jj300

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    there are 2 clubs in jersey that have grass courts. One is about 10 minutes from newark, nj, i believe they have 5 or 6 grass courts. Maintained perfectly, I'm talking about wimbledon like apperance. Club costs thousands to join and a few hundred a month in "food" fees
     
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  49. Serve 'em hard

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    You guys remember the names of these clubs? I'll google 'em, and if I'm ever in the area try and talk my way onto their courts.:p
     
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