Vancouver, B.C. courts?

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  1. Midlife crisis

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    Next February, I'll be heading up to the Vancouver B.C. area and would like to find some courts to play on. Any recommendations, maybe even some clay courts or something unusual like that?
     
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    Where are you staying?

    Stanley Park might be good if you are wanting to be downtown. Queen Elizabeth Park maybe (haven't played there before but lots of courts). Might not be that great of weather to play outside though.

    Good luck on the clay courts. The only ones I know of are at a private club (Vancouver Lawn and Tennis).
     
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  4. Midlife crisis

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    TenS_Ace, thanks for the links. I'll see if the club we're members at are affiliated with any of these. The outdoor courts might be a problem in early February, though!

    Takeuchi, we'll be staying in the Richmond area. We're hitting a couple of the water parks (Newton wave pool and another one that I can't remember the name of at the moment) and just doing some general romping around with a few other families, but a lot of us play tennis so it seemed like a good opportunity to try something new.
     
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    The courts at Queen Elizabeth Park are hideious. Stay away from there.
    If you want to play hack type players and hone your skill then it is recommended.

    When I go there there are all type of players. I guy with a forehand but only slice backhand. He almost never drives it.
    A person who hits all their forehand with a buggy whip style.
    A old man who taps the ball over the net and hits it dead center every time. (The technique is hold a eastern backhand grip and then perform a underhand scoop to hit it over the net.) <--Forehand technique he uses.
     
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    Thanks, skuludo. We're just wanting to hit around at some other clubs just for the experience, not so much to compete or to practice. My son's been playing less than two years and really only has experience on medium speed hardcourts. It would be fun to get on a clay or grass court if that were possible, but also to try some other places if that can't happen. We really haven't looked that seriously yet but I'm hoping that because it is midweek when we're there that we won't have too much of a problem getting court time no matter where we choose to go and try.
     
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  7. skuludo

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    The only place that has a clay court is at http://www.vanlawn.com/ <-- Court use is private and not open to the public. You need to become a member or get a member to invite you and play as a guest.
    The only place that has a grass court is in Victoria. http://www.scltc.bc.ca/ <--The place doesn't open till May I think.
     
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    this could show my age, but UBC had a grass court for awhile... no more????

    has anyone been in stanley park recently? the west side of lion's gate bridge looks like a war zone
     
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    Thanks. I'll check those two links out, though if we can't get on the grass court until May, it won't do any good. . . :(

    I just heard this evening on the news that Stanley Park is closed, with over 2000 down trees from the previous wind storms. And now, it's snowing!
     
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    Yes it snowed.
    My mind is going nuts. I don't know if I still have my forehand. I feel uneasy. That is why I am stuck in this forum. I can't seem to log off (mental issues).
     
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    does vancouver lawn still have its grass courts? i mentioned earlier UBC having grass courts, and my dad thought that VL donated their grass court to UBC which was consistent with my memory.
     
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  12. skuludo

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    Vancouver lawn says:
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    The Club has 16 championship tennis courts in two types of surfaces. These courts have played host to many championship games. With four clay courts, eight hard courts (half of these are under cover in the winter months) and four hard court indoor courts, we're open for tennis year-round. Club members choose the level and intensity of their play, from competitive tournaments to light-hearted weekend mixers, the Junior Tennis Academy, tennis camps, to a variety of lesson types coached by professional instructors. The Club offers an extensive tennis program!


    This means they haven't had grass courts in ages. Also UBC only has hard courts. The only grass court is the Cowichan place in Victoria.

    UBC and VL are quite far apart. VL is in downtown and UBC requires you to go on the highway to get there.
     
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  13. Osteo UK

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    Hi guys,

    I'm in Vancouver in March on Saturday 23rd, Monday, 25th and Tuesday 26th. If someone out there fancies a hit at Stanley Park for either a singles or doubles I'd like to know.

    I'm about a 3.5-4.0. (Don't double fault that often, good forehand, OK 2HBH, can volley and smash well enough, counter puncher, age 40 and in decent condition)

    Email me on marc@osteopathyvancouver.com if something is possible?

    Marc
     
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