Tiger or Clay? Resurfacing our courts: play, see, give us your views

Our St Andrews Tennis Club is moving ahead into exciting times. We are looking at resurfacing three of our courts (the artificial grass courts) in early 2020. The main options are: Tiger Turf (artificial grass, similar to University outdoor courts) OR artificial clay. The latter is a more recent development with more and more clubs moving towards clay due to playability all-year round, tennis development generally. See here for more information.

Broughty Ferry Tennis Club will open their three new artificial clay courts 19-20 October, 12-4pm. This is open to non-members. In order to get more feedback on our options, it would be great to see a few of us going out and try clay as an option and feedback to the club.

There will be a members meeting on Thursday 24 October in the clubhouse at 7pm. We will go through the costs of the different options, outline the main arguments for and against both surfaces and answer any questions you may have. Luke McGeegan from Ecosse Sports has very kindly agreed to come along to help answer questions.

We will also try to arrange another opportunity for members to play on artificial clay after the meeting. There will be an Extraordinary General Meeting on 5 December when the various options will be put to a members vote. By then we would hope to have a better idea of the level of grant support we are likely to get. We will send out a formal notice for that meeting with more details in November.

We hope as many people will both try out the new surface and also come to the meetings to enable the club to make a broad-based and informed decision. The new courts should last for at least 10 years, this is a huge decision we have to make.

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