When it comes to tennis court construction, there are a few tips that are fundamental to creating a court that not only looks nice, but also performs well and will not continually surprize the owners with repair bills. It is also possible to shave $1,000s off the final price with small design alterations.
Many people who build a tennis court are surprised at how expensive court maintenance can be, but there is a huge difference in the maintenance required from one surface type to the next. Being aware of the pros and cons of each type of surface can greatly reduced the on-going cost of ownership, as can knowing how to do your own simple maintenance. For example, asphalt is a very common surface type due to it’s relatively low cost, but it requires simple yet constant maintenance to reach the kind of life span offered by a post tension concrete surface.
Asphalt is prone to wearing because any debris that breaks of the court contributes to the wear of the court. It is very common to find loose pieces of asphalt gravel scattered across the surface of courts. As time goes on these small pieces break off other small pieces when they are trodden on. Private owners who are aware of this can reduce the effect by routinely removing all debris from the court. However, if the court is for club use or public use, then this will require a dedicated grounds man as the players are unlikely to be interested in maintaining the court in this way. Therefore, good surface selection should take into account the amount of regular maintenance and a realistic budget for repair work in years to come.
Another great cost cutting tip is to reduce the size of the side runs and back runs to shave a few thousand off the cost. Allthough the stipulated size of a tennis court is 120 feet by 60 feet, it turns out that 110 by 55 is perfectly fine for most people and can significantly reduce the amount of materials required. An added bonus is that it takes up slightly less space which is good news for those with limited space.
Before any tennis court construction work can start, planning permission has to be obtained from the local authorities. In many cases, its specifically the resurfacing of the land that needs permission, but there’s a little known way around this restriction. By creating a grass court, oftentimes this does not mean you are changing the land use, and therefore won’t need planning permission.
One of my favourite tips is this last one; to make the court less visually intrusive, the fencing on the sides of the court can just 3 feet high, or even removed. The fences around the back of the court are responsible for keeping most of the balls in the court, but near the fence near the net posts hardly ever is needed. It’s quite surprising how much difference this makes to the visual appeal of a court.