The club boasts a range of outdoor court surfaces to suit all types of playing styles and abilities. From May to September, we are privileged to have four grass courts overlooking Birmingham Botanical Gardens (an extra two courts are currently resting). Our two all-weather synthetic grass courts (right) were resurfaced in August 2020 with a two-tone green Playrite Matchplay, which are floodlit for year-round play.
Our two Italian Clay courts were resurfaced in March 2022 and are playing beautifully. They are fitted with temporary practice lights to enable social play in the evenings. We are one of the very few clubs in the region to offer a proper clay court experience, bringing continental style right into the heart of Birmingham. The surface is softer on your knees and joints than hard courts and offers a great playing experience for developing players.
Our two shale courts include a hitting wall for those who would like to practice independently.
In line with our Development Plan, we are moving forward with plans to upgrade Courts 11 & 12 to a hard court surface to increase the number of all-weather courts at the club. This is an exciting and ambitious plan to ensure greater playing time for our members over the winter months. Work is anticipated to start in June 2022.
To keep our clay and shale courts in the best condition possible, we ask members to please sweep the courts after each use. Brushes are available courtside. Ideally the courts should be swept in a spiral manner, rather than from side to side. This technique starts from the outside edges of the court (i.e. into the fence) working your way into the centre. This ensures that the clay is spread back on to the court rather than out to the side.
Header photo by Dave Busst ([email protected])