Elm Park Golf and Sports Club procured the contract for their tennis courts in 2018. Hawthorn Heights were successfully appointed the contract and carried out all works as main contractor. The project was the first of its kind in Ireland and involved upgrading the existing tennis courts to professional standards. This included the supply and installation of Matchclay Tennis Court surfacing and markings of an area covering 1,296m2. The club now boasts seven excellent grass courts, five outdoor courts, including two hybrid clay courts installed by Hawthorn Heights, and two indoor courts.
The project included:
- The area of existing synthetic surfacing was removed and disposed of 1,296m2
- The cleaning down of existing subbase at both existing courts
- Supply and installation of Playrite Matchclay tennis surfacing. This included all associated line marking and clay infills of 1,296m2
- Refurbishments to perimeter fencing
The Matchclay surface used is a unique structured needlepunch chevron pattern construction filled with natural clay, this durable tennis court surface has an additional comfort underfoot consolidating the clay into the carpet to provide a consistent ball bounce and speed, which also reduces fatigue. Matchclay simulates natural clay courts without the high maintenance requirements and is relatively quick and low cost to install, so provides an ideal solution for clubs wanting to continue with clay courts without the extensive all year round maintenance costs. When filled with clay, the surface is classified to ITF category 1 Slow pace. Fully adhered or loose laid, Matchclay is a cost effective solution to natural clay.
The project was carried out to the highest standards of quality & health & safety & has become a huge asset to the local tennis club.