Paddle Tennis or ‘Platform’ Tennis as it is officially called, is possibly the fastest growing country club activity in the country. It is a winter sport, played outdoors on a heated deck. The game is played on a shrunken miniature tennis court, with tennis rules, using a paddle.
The unique part of this game is the fence. The court is fenced in, with a mesh screen running around the perimeter. Shots that get past will often rebound off of the fence behind you, and remain playable until it hits the ground. This brings components of squash, racquetball, and even billiards into play, as you judge the ricochet of the ball and set yourself up accordingly. The thrilling aspect to the fenced in court, is that once you get the feel of the bounces, points become long, amusing and even amazing rounds of dodging, lobbing and continually retrieving a ball that in tennis would have been long past you.
The winter paddle program will be similar in many ways to the tennis season. There will be many opportunities to come and try the courts, and the sport, to see what it’s like. There are also competitive teams, lessons and drills, for kids and for adults. There will be a Men’s Night, for dedicated social play, and there will be an ever improving place to warm yourself up before and after play. The heated deck makes playing in the snow possible; the optimum temperature for paddle is a cozy 25 degrees. Lastly, the platform you play on has a grit surface that keeps you from slipping at all times.