Pinecourt Tennis Club is preparing to celebrate 70 years of serving the Northern Illawarra community with a massive facelift.
Work began to build the courts in 1946, with the club officially opening in 1947.
70 years later, and now with around 140 members, the current committee is still operating the club on a shoestring, but all that’s about to change.
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The courts were re-surfaced two years ago, now, thanks to the Wollongong Tennis Association, the local committee and an injection from the operators of the new Headies development, the courts are to have new lights and fences, so the area looks fantastic, and people staying at the new resort can make use of the facility.
Tennis Club Professional Pete Theodore says state-of-the-art LED lights will be installed on new poles, so the club is one of the best lit on the Eastern seaboard. “The fence will be replaced before Christmas,” he says.
And the club itself is moving ahead. For the first time in years, members will this season link up with Bulli and Districts Tennis Association and the Thirroul club to play in a competition. “It’s great to see the club going from strength to strength,” says Pete. “Anyone who has played a set or two on a peaceful moonlit night with only the sound of a bouncing ball and a crashing surf will know how unique these courts are.
“This is a great little club,” says Pete. “Our Friday ‘Granny Tennis’ has been running for 30 years .
This Friday, November 11 is their Pink Pimms Day to raise money for the McGrath Foundation. Everyone is welcome at the courts from 9am. Just bring $5 and a tennis racquet.
Bookings will soon be taken on line but in the meantime, if you’d like to become a member or have a hit at the Pinecourt Tennis courts you can book by calling Pete on 0405 043 198