Tennis people are always looking for tennis courts and for strong hitting partners. If you’ve played tennis, you know it’s fun, athletic, good stress-reliever and… it’s somewhat addictive, in a good way. Tennis is certainly never boring as there are always new levels to which one can aspire and seemingly never-ending room for improvement. To achieve better results, even amateur, club level tennis players wind up working out more, for example doing weights, yoga, stretching, eating healthier and so on, just to get better at the game they love.
So where are at the tennis courts in CT?
Speaking for tennis courts in western Connecticut, we are fortunate in that we are only a stone throw away from New York State and easily traverse state and county borders to find good tennis courts and good tennis people. The Candlewood Lake area of Connecticut is practically part of New York’s Hudson Valley; many towns are within a short drive along beautiful country roads.
Tennis is a year-round sport, although courts are more available in the summer months. During the indoor season, we rely on indoor clubs that are either permanent structures or “bubbles” that go up on top of courts on a seasonal basis. Often clubs sponsor evening or week-end socials or “mixers” for all levels of play, open to both members and non-members. It’s a good way to experience a club and find compatible tennis partners.
There are many country clubs in the area that offer tennis facilities on a seasonal basis, usually from May through October. Most of those courts are Har-Tru, or a combination of some clay and some hard courts. Recently, paddle tennis has been gaining in popularity and that tends to be played year-round. Also pickle ball seems to be thriving and clubs are adding those special courts as well. Only one club in the Candlewood Lake area has indoor pickle ball and it’s on the New York side.
Most high schools have tennis courts and welcome townspeople and guests to use them when school is not in session or when the school tennis teams are not using the courts. It’s a great, free option during the summer months when school campuses are open to visitors.
Some Connecticut and New York towns also have tennis courts in their public parks. Some of those are free and open to all, others are for residents only or require a seasonal membership via a local Parks and Recreation department, for example.
Another great place to find tennis courts in Connecticut is at condominium complexes. Many have nice courts that are well maintained and well-used. Condo’s in our area are an affordable summer/vacation home option for those that like to get away to enjoy the great outdoors without going too far away.
There are also some special homes that have gorgeous tennis courts right in their back-yards. Wouldn’t that be nice? The prices might surprise you.