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 (any committee member can help) or from 7-11 on Glenferrie Rd.
There is a court booking spreadsheet available for making court reservations (go to the Tennis tab -> Court Bookings). Please note that competition tennis has priority over casual court bookings, with particularly high usage for competition play on Saturdays as well as on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights (competition court usage, as with coaching court usage, is reflected in the court booking spreadsheet).
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 underwent a significant renovation a few years ago. 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.
improvements to the outdoor entertaining area/ Clubhouse courtyard.