Tennis Court Cost?

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  1. woody6.1

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    how much do you think building an outdoor tennis court would cost. i'd like to make one on my property when i have my own family and if i'm making enough money to afford one. thanks
     
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  2. BabolatFan

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    I know that you can call up contracters in your local yellowpages. I'm guessing maybe in the upwards of $25k depending on the quality...
     
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  3. woody6.1

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    yikes, thanks.
     
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  4. jamauss

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    Anywhere between 10 and 30K. Search the forums - there was already a topic on this months ago.
     
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  5. LttlElvis

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    I have been quoted minimum $38 to $40k. Including fence and lights. This was quoted from a high quality local company. I am sure much cheaper if you were to contract everything yourself and use lower quality materials.

    From what I understand, lighting really varies from minimal quality to high quality and can be a difference of $10k.
     
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  6. Kabob190

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    wow, im only 16 now but when i grow up my backyard must have a tennis court. If there isnt one there must be enough room for me to build one. It will be one of the first things i look for when looking for my house. I guess i gotta start saving up, lol
     
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  7. theace21

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    The way home prices in California have jumped, you better start NOW!!!
     
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  8. brandonht

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    i have a couple tennis courts

    others are right its 38k-40k

    they have to clean the court, get rid of everything
    then they paint the first 2 coats
    and the last 2 layers are the paint
    the final day when its all dry, they paint the lines

    between each coat they have to wait a day or so to make sure the rest is dry

    it's worth it tho
     
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  9. Skppr05

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    Yea I Hope Its Worth It! :d
     
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  10. tcjackson

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    About 5 years ago I built my own court after a hiatus from the game of 18 years. I always had a dream of building my own court and when I built this house I got a lot large enough for a court.
    I kept very detailed records on the construction costs and it came in at just under $50,000. When I say just under I mean within a couple of hundred dollars. I've since built a hitting wall at one end that has pushed it over 50K.

    This includes VERY good lights. The total light package including installation was $10,000 alone. (If you are going to get lights make sure to get good ones.)

    The court is probably going to need resurfacing next spring ($3,000-$4,000). This will need to be done every 5 years or so. I have electricity at the court and a covered deck that is inset along the fence on one side. Black vinyl coated chain link fencing 10' tall on the ends and 4' along the sides. California (or 45 deg. cut) corners.

    Court colors are US Open colors. I'm very happy with the court and have not regretted it a bit. It's nice to walk 100 feet from your back door to play any time I want. (If my wife isn't playing already!!!)

    I guess I'm going to implement some sort up sign up system for my own court!
     
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  11. Janne

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    Could you please take some pictures of your tennis courts, would be interesting to see them :D
     
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  12. Wtitanium

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    If I ever got a tennis court, to save money, I would not get lights. Also, indoors, I would want a badminton court, that would double as a pickleball court.
     
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  13. BabolatFan

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    Yes, pics would be nice if you got them.
     
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  14. woody6.1

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    i'm assuming the level is pretty balanced and even, if not perfectly ? that'd be one of my worst fears i guess
     
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  15. brandonht

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    my outdoor court is about 7 years old,
    the grounds bumpy and there are some cracks in the ground now -
    the net tightening crank is broken as well


    my indoor court is only a couple of monthes old - there's a 6 inch height diff between one side and the other because of the ground it was built on but that's not too much of a problem - cant be perfect =/
     
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  16. woody6.1

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    hoooo crap. . 6 inches ? i'm sur eyou feel the difference right ?
     
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  17. chex

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    well.. I would assume the land would cost a lot..
     
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  18. woody6.1

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    oh.. true true
     
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  19. Roffey

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    I have a totally flat back yard and I got priced at 30 large for a new court.
     
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  20. topspin kid

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    i would dream of building one right now but maybe when i get older i will invest in about 6 of them. lol
     
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  21. La Bomba

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    Ok, why dont you just make a grass court, all you have to do is mow the lawn, paint some lines, whack a couple of poles in, put a net up. Then you'll only be paying about 200 dollars. And there you have it your own personal grass court.
     
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  22. chex

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    hehe.. that would be quite nice.. but grass isn't that cheap either. You can't just play tennis on any ol grass. You need golf course quality grass. You'll have to plow out the weeds, make sure the land is completely flat, without any bumps or ditches or uneven spots. then plant grass, and wait for it to grow a bit.. and then you can cut it. And it'll require more maintanace. cut grass, repaint lines.
     
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  23. Roffey

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    Once I graduate / get a full time job I plan to by a house that can fit at least four.

    It'd be sick to open the Marshfield Tennis Club in my back yard :) :p
     
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  24. roddickislame

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    lol quite often the town will not let you install lights.... my sister's friend has a court and they can't put up lights because the neighbors complained about it.
     
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  25. rob61

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    Rethink that...

    I once thought having my own court would be superlative. However, once I'd read of a local who did just that, and spent $50,000 doing it, I did the math.

    Simply, if you take $50,000 and invest for 10%, you'd have $5,000 a year. (historical rate of return for stocks).

    Now, I can join a local tennis club, with INDOOR, year-round courts for $75/month or $900 per year. This particular club offers free court time if you are a member of the club.

    Now, that extra $4100 per year would allow me to take a couple "tennis vacations" to a lavish tennis resort for a full week of tennis instruction plus excellent accomodations.

    So, do you still want your own backyard court? Think about it. Also, don't forget that you have court maintainance requiring resurfacing every few years or it would get really bad. That ought to add a few thousand dollars every few years as well... not to mention the extra property taxes you'll pay the government every year adding another $50,000 of property taxes each year.

    So, think carefully before you build.
     
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  26. woody6.1

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    then there's also gas to include.. and 900 dollars annually i still believe is more costly, being that in about 5 or 6 years, you've paid off that 50 grand investment .. if you wanted to go further i guess you can even go into getting an indoor court.. i have no idea how much that would cost though..
     
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  27. tnig469

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    Around where i live...which is in Kentucky...we are redoing the public courts...all they do is use the old courts...put somethings on top of it...paint it...put lines on it....and its about $25K....that is for 4 courts.....
     
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  28. tonysk83

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    How much is the intial cost of building a har-tru court?
     
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  29. supremebeing

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    Build it yourself.

    You can build one yourself. Its not the empire sate building. Its a flat hunk of ground with a bit of paving or epoxy, or some dirt if you are the type. In Oz you can use synth grass or ant hill if you live in the right place.
     
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  30. tonysk83

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    You need to do more then just put some concrete down and paint it, a little more work then that.
     
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  31. th41291

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    wow i want a court in my backyard. I have the land, the only problem is that it runs uphill, so i would have to level the whole thing off
     
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  32. snoflewis

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    dang...$50k?

    when i was getting lessons, the courts were full, so my coach got one of his students to let us use his private court that they built. i must say...it was awesome. the pool was right next to the court and it was on a hill.
     
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  33. mowcopian

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    i want a tennis court when i am older and 25k seems a reaonable price for 1. i enjoy tennis and it would not be a waste of money.
     
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  34. KBalla08

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    id get a red clay court lol that would be fun... andy roddick got one at his house... nah id get a hard court, but if i could, grass would be my first choice
     
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  35. whodey

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    A Hard Court court shouldn't be flat; It would take ages to dry. Instead it should be graded slightly to allow water to run off it. A properly built tennis court has one side approximately six inches higher than the other. (i think this is correct, it could be 10 inches) This grade is not noticeable when playing, but makes a huge difference in drying the courts out.

    This makes building a tennis court much more complicated than simply laying asphalt and painting it. it needs to be properly graded with a surveyor's transit, and this significantly increases the cost. This is one of the primary reasons many people do not build their own tennis courts; It requires exact and precise work to properly grade it.
     
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  36. mctennis

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    Not so much the initial cost. It's the upkeep and keeping it playable. Just about everyone I know that has had one built has let them go topieces. then they don't want to repair or rebuild them. Think long and hard about it and ask others in your area , that are older ones, if they would do it again. IMHO.
     
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  37. varuscelli

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    Hmmm....

    Doesn't seem like the initial cost and maintenance for a tennis court are really much different than owning a swimming pool. And lots of folks own pools (relative to the number of people who own tennis courts) and deal with initial pool installation costs, yearly maintenance, equipment, occasional resurfacing. Sounds like a very similar overall exercise.

    Of course, ideally I'd like to have both so I could hop from one to ther other in the warmer months. :cool:
     
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  38. jonolau

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    Then move into a condominium like mine. We have 2 tennis courts, an Olympic sized pool and 2 outdoor jacuzzis right next to the courts. After a hot game, it's off to the clubhouse shower, a dip in the pool and finally relax in the bubbles of the jacuzzi ... ahhhhhhh

    The maintenance costs are paid equally by all the units in the development regardless of usage.
     
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  39. varuscelli

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    :mad: (I think the smilie -- or lack thereof -- says it all).

    No, actually I do get a bit envious every time I drive by a place like yours. But for me, I'm married with a four-year-old, and own a home with a pool in the yard -- and I run my business out of the home, which takes LOTS of room to do. I do all my own yard and pool maintenance, and sometimes I WISH for a tennis court instead of a pool (pools can be a real pain in the backside much of the year).

    In the old days, I had a friend who had a pool table. When we wanted to play ping pong, they had a flat ping-pong surface/table that we laid right over the pool table to play. If I take that as a microcosm of the swimming pool/tennis court, maybe I could rig a retractable court that would deploy over the pool at the touch of a button. (I suppose I could get in touch with Dr. Evil to help me with the logistics.) But I may be grasping at straws, there. :neutral:
     
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  40. jonolau

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    My dear friend, life has not been a bed of roses for me and neither was I born with a silver spoon in my mouth. I had to work since young to send myself through school. Did not get great jobs at the start, but endured hardship and worked my way up to get myself where I am.

    So, though I do emphatize with your situation, I'm not going to feel guilty for enjoying the fruits of my hard labour.
     
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  41. varuscelli

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    Just joking, jonolau -- the scowl was only mean to convey my envy... :)

    No dig at your situation intended!

    If I didn't have all my current financial obligations (my choices, of course), I'd seriously consider a living arrangement very much like you have. Even though I'm pretty close to available courts, I'd love to be able to have them in walking distance (ha! ideally, my own back yard, but unless I get a huge amount of extra income, it's not likely going to happen that way). If we ever move from the place where we are now, I'm certainly going to take my tennis life more into consideration than when I make decisions on where we live. For instance, in the very least neighborhood courts.
     
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  42. jonolau

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    No worries, varuscelli, no insult taken. See you around! :)
     
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    How much is Hawkeye?
     
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