HAWORTH PLATFORM TENNIS ASSOCIATION
360 Lake Shore Drive, Haworth, NJ 07641
The Haworth Platform Tennis Association is a private, family-friendly club of paddle enthusiasts. Consisting of two courts, a hut, and a passionately devoted membership, The Haworth Platform Tennis Association is a small place with a big heart. New members are always welcome. For more information, please contact us.
Back in 1974, tennis was all the rage. It was then that a few families in town, led by Ann and Tracy Steglich, Lynn and Jerry Babicka, and Jan and Dick Jamroz, decided to replace their indoor winter tennis times with a healthy outdoor racquet sport. The game of platform tennis was almost unknown in Haworth at that time. In fact, only three members had ever played the game before, but over the ensuing year the founding group persuaded 42 other families to organize the HPTA. The town provided the land, and with a $400 bond per family and $50 per year dues, one court was built and opened on Labor Day, 1975. The sport proved to be so popular that within one year 35 more families joined and a second court was added. Enthusiasm was fantastic, as the members pitched in to clear the land in preparation for building Court 2.
With the installation of our second court, both men and women were able to enter teams in state leagues. This was a fairly bold action, since hardly anyone actually knew the fine points of the game. Some top professionals were brought in to give lessons (like World #1 Doug Russell), and gradually a number of members developed the skills necessary to move up in the standings. Although this was nice for individuals who chose to compete, there was always just as much pleasure for those who simply wanted some relaxed fun on a Sunday afternoon.
Over the years, we have maintained an emphasis on inclusivity, regardless of abilities, with parties, open play, scrambles, and more. The game has also proven to be a terrific activity for our children, some of whom have grown up on these courts.
Our competitive players have had a great deal of success in league play through the years. Just swing by the hut to check out all of our championship banners.
Today we have two courts that have been updated to the top standards of the sport, a clubhouse for viewing and keeping warm, and a membership that encompasses people from towns all over the surrounding area.
With a beautiful setting in a densely wooded area, the Haworth Platform Tennis Association is a unique and wonderful place; an almost-magical oasis for members to socialize, compete, and above all else, have fun.
Every year, Haworth Platform Tennis Association offers a variety of events and activities. Click the below links for details...
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