Carterton Tennis Club
The Carterton Tennis Club came into existence in 1902. It was originally part of the bowling and croquet club next door. A legal right of way still exists through the Carrington Bowling and Croquet Club although the usual access today is through the Carterton School grounds.
The courts were well maintained grass courts, meticulously mowed and marked with white paint every week. The club was a vibrant centre of the Carterton Community. There were many parties at the club house after tennis was over for the day. The club had a large membership, sporting teams in the Wairarapa tennis competitions with representatives playing in other regions.
Because of the onerous maintenance of grass courts and changing surface preferences, the courts were replaced with asphalt and ultimately plexipave in 1995. Four courts were plexipaved. The fourth court was erected on Carterton District Council land and remains open for public use today. The courts were funded by grants, cake stalls and surcharges on membership subscriptions. It was a huge task, but its dedicated members rose to the challenge.
To create a friendly, family environment and have the courts in constant use.
We own and maintain four tennis courts, one of which is outside the club enclosure.
Modern-day work and family commitments preclude many potential members from participating in our club activities. For this reason, we offer families a $25 ‘play anytime’ annual subscription. This entitles the family to play anytime outside of club fixtures, on our enclosed courts. This is a popular option.
To increase our tennis community.
In the past year, professional coach Jono Hurley ran coaching sessions for juniors and for some adults wanting to improve their game. Those in the programme received complimentary use of the club courts for a year, outside club activities. We hope to continue this important role of engaging young people in tennis.
For adults, we have a popular midweek session every Tuesday morning. For the more serious, we have a range of teams in the Wairarapa Interclub competition. Our Club Captain, Chris Prenter, is always looking for new players. Please contact him on 021 253 4158.