Originally Posted by Power Player
Just remember the social mixer is rarely if ever going to have a player that is high level. I have never seen one. So I would not judge the club by that experience.
A lot of UK clubs will have two or three evenings/weekend mornings set aside as adult social play, where all the courts are booked up. Because of the frequency and booked up courts, they usually bring out a large enough number of players to give you a good feel for the club.
Of course, the very top players never go to these social nights. But, if a club has a good number of solid players, you'll see at least a few of them at the social nights/days. If the club has a large number of social nights every week and you don't see any good players there, it's a bad sign.