Aerial view (2005)

Hawthorn Tennis Club has seven red porous (en-tous-cas) courts, four of which are under lights for night play.

Light tokens - $12 per hour - can be purchased from the club.

Aerial view of HTC and surrounds

There is a court booking sheet located on the noticeboard at the Club for pre-booking courts, otherwise you can try your luck and just jump on a free court. Please note that competition tennis has priority for courts, with particularly high usage for competition on Monday nights and Saturdays.

  Night play

Night play

Court Care

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Tennis shoes

  • Please ensure that you are wearing correct tennis shoes when playing on the courts (cross trainers and runners can damage the court). Shoes must be flat and have no raised heel.
  • Dunlop Volleys, for example, are an ideal inexpensive tennis shoe for red porous courts. They have a herringbone sole pattern and no raised heel.

Watering and bagging

Not watering courts enough can not only result in long term damage to the courts, but also present a hazard to players as dry courts tend to be slippery. Guidelines for court maintenance by players:

  • Before playing - if courts are dry, water from fence to fence (i.e., entire court surface, including behind the baseline) before commencing play.
  • During play - courts must be bagged and watered at the end of each set. If only hitting socially then every 30 minutes is recommended in the warmer months.

On completion of play - courts must be bagged and watered again (fence to fence).


The Clubhouse has recently undergone a significant renovation. Key aspects of the renovation have included:

  • completely refurbished wet areas - amenities, shower facilities, and kitchen.

  • new viewing deck with a northern aspect overlooking courts 4-7.

  • refurbishment of Club interior including new carpet, painting, new AC units.

  • roof repairs

  • improvements to the outdoor entertaining area/ Clubhouse courtyard.