Frequently Asked Questions
What is High Wycombe Lawn Tennis Club?
We are the largest tennis club in the Wycombe area, with six excellent tennis courts (three artificial clay and three astro-turf, all floodlit), a modern clubhouse including members' bar and a current membership of over 120 adult players. We offer a mixture of competitive league tennis for experienced players, top quality coaching and junior sections, plus hugely popular club social sessions on weekend afternoons and Monday & Thursday evenings.
Where is the club located?
We are located about a mile east of High Wycombe town centre, just off the A40 London Road, in a secluded, sheltered location by the River Wye. Click here for detailed directions.
What standards of play do you cater for?
As you would expect from a large, well established club, we cater for pretty much the whole range from beginner to high level team play, including a wide range of coaching options. For experienced players, there is the opportunity to play in one of our many league teams.
Do you have a junior section?
Yes, we have a very popular juniors section.
Can I play tennis singles as well as doubles at the Club?
Yes, as well as ad-hoc court bookings you can make to play singles, we run singles competitions in the annual club tournament and for stronger players we enter a team in the winter singles league. From time to time we also run an informal singles ladder that any adult club member (male or female) can sign up to.
What are your playing times?
Even though we have six courts, we find that demand for court-time is sometimes high, so rules are applied specifying the times at which each membership category may play. Click here for a full list of playing times.
Can I bring guests to play?
Yes, guests are welcome to play in an arranged pair or 4 as well as social sessions. There is a guest book in the entrance hall to record the visit and a fee of £5 per guest should be paid. This is the member’s responsibility. Non club members are limited to 3 visits after which they will be asked to join if they wish to continue to play regularly at HWLTC.
HWLTC sounds wonderful, how do I join?
The first thing to do is contact our Membership Secretary, Nikki Formby. She will answer any questions you have, explain all of the membership options and invite you down to see the Club for yourself and have a few games with existing members. Click here for details of how to contact Nikki or view our club information leaflet.
I have a question about the Club, who should I contact?
The easiest way to contact the Club is to drop an e-mail to our generic Club address, firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make sure it is dealt with promptly by the appropriate person.
Can I get access to the clubhouse outside of social sessions?
Yes, contact Membership Secretary Nikki Formby at the club who will supply a swipe card for £3.
What is the “waiting to play” board?
To ensure that everybody gets a fair share of play at social sessions we use a “waiting to play” system. On club sessions, the “waiting to play” board and tag board will be hung on the walls adjacent to the main entrance. You will be allocated a tag when you join. At each club session you should add your tag to the first available hook on the “waiting to play” board. When a court becomes available, the person whose tag is first in the queue should pick a “balanced 4” from the next 7 tags. A “balanced 4” is any combination of men, ladies or mixed that will give competitive play as far as possible based on ability. You should try and mix up the 4′s so that you play with different people each time. You should put the tags of your 4 on the hooks for the court you are about to play on. When you have finished your set remove your tags and return them to the queue with the winning pair placed ahead of the other two.
What are the court drags for?
On the three artifical clay courts, we have three court drags (broad pullable brushes). To preserve the even distribution of sand on these courts and reduce compaction, members are expected to drag these over the courts after play on courts one to three to smooth out the sand.
For membership queries, contact Nikki Formby, our Membership Secretary.