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The Best Tennis Clubs in Toronto

Posted by Guest Contributor / April 4, 2012

Tennis Club TorontoLooking for a tennis club in Toronto? Are you ready to dust off that tennis racquet and get in the groove of playing some tennis during the summer? For most players, the atmosphere in which they play tennis in is just as important as how many aces or trophies they can rack up. The social actitives and junior camps which a tennis club provides can often make or break a prespective memebers decision in joining.

Are you able to sit back and cool off after three thrilling sets, or are you keen on having enough people of your level to compete against? If this sounds like the requirements that you're looking for in a club, and you're not ready to spend an arm and a leg to enjoy the action this summer, check out my list of the best tennis clubs in Toronto that will keep you from double faulting the fun away.

Sir Winston Churchill Park Tennis Club
Located on the south-east corner of Spadina Road and St. Clair Avenue West, the posh surroundings provide a spacious lounge and restroom area. If hard-court tennis is your thing, this is the place to be. Membership fees: Adults (18+): $130.00; Seniors (65+): $80.00; Students (18 - 25, attending college or university):$80; Juniors (17 and under): $40.00. (summer club only).

Kew Gardens Tennis Club
Located at 77 Kewbeach Ave. The balance between clay and hard-court tennis is often tough to find in the city, but thanks to the good people at the Kew Gardens Tennis Club, that won't be a problem. Featuring 10 courts in total, Kew Gardens is seconds from the beach and local dining. This club holds many strong 3.5 to 4.0 players. Fees: Adults: $150; Seniors: $90; Juniors: $110. (summer club only).

Rosedale Tennis Club
The Rosedale Tennis Club is located in Rosedale Park, on the corner of Maclennan and Schofield in Toronto. Yet another breath-taking place to spend a summer day, the RTC offers high trees overlooking the courts, and great social activities after dust. It's a bit pricey, but well worth it. Fees: Adults: $175.15; Seniors: $129.95; Juniors: $84.75. (summer club only).

Forest Hill Tennis Club
Located at Mayfair Ave. and Eglinton Ave. (just east of Bathurst St.). Only four courts, but the abundance of social activities will make you wait in line for your turn to play. Fees: Adult membership is $95 before May 1st 2012, $100 after, including HST. Junior membership is $30. (summer club only).

Howard Park
Located at 430 Parkside Drive, near the intersection of Keele and Bloor. A little out of the way, but this club has been bringing smiles to its members since 1909. Topping out at $160 for adult membership, HP often features ex touring pros hitting on its courts. (summer club only).

Mayfair Lakeshore Racquet Club
Located at 801 Lakeshore Blvd. E. Nothing outdoors about MLRC, but if sun isn't your thing, and you like a gym and pool nearby, this is your place. Featuring a fully stocked pro shop, MLRC provides yearly memberships to adults and juniors. To set up the best package for your needs, contact their membership coordinator.

Lawrence Park Tennis Club
Located at 51 Alexander Muir Road. Beginning their 100th year in operation, the LPTC offers three total courts for summer play. As a perk, tennis balls are included in all fees, and juniors receive a free spring and fall lesson with their membership. Fees: Adult: $214.70; Juniors: $197.75. (summer club only).

Moore Park Tennis Club
Located at 175 Moore Ave. Featuring five courts for their members, a $60 initiation fee is included in your initial $190 charge, but the friendly environment is well worth the price. Juniors can enjoy a great summer program as well. Junior fee is $65. (summer club only).

Thorncliffe Park Tennis Club
Located at 15 Leaside Park Dr. With six courts at your disposal, the TPTC only offers daytime play on weekends but offers night time play 7 days a week. The low membership fees will allow you to beef up on your summer wardrobe. Adult fees: $90; Juniors: $50. (summer club only).

Davisville Tennis Club
Located at 2300 Yonge St. Catering to every level of play, the DTC already has its nets up because of the warm weather. Providing six lighted courts, the DTC has plenty of social activites throughout the summer and lots of league play. Adult fees: $200; Juniors: $100. (summer club only).

Writing by Nima Naderi. Photo by DdotG in the blogTO Flickr pool.

Discussion

36 Comments

Freddie / April 4, 2012 at 12:39 pm
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Where did you get the information that Thorncliffe Park Tennis Club offers no night time play? When else would all the members play when they all work during the day? Hours are usually from 5:30 'til 11.
Alex / April 4, 2012 at 12:47 pm
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You might want to include which clubs are still available to join as well. You've listed Davisville Tennis Club here, but I'm almost positive that the cutoff date for the summer season already happened (I think it was around March 14). Not sure about the other tennis clubs.
Jessie / April 4, 2012 at 01:37 pm
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Any courts available to play for free?
parkway valley / April 4, 2012 at 01:43 pm
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For those in North York, Parkway Valley Tennis Club is a good choice. $65 for summer club membership, 6 courts, night time play until 11pm and a new club pro for those who want lessons (Bobby Mahal)
james / April 4, 2012 at 01:51 pm
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why was this posted?

to the newbs playing howard park, it's a competitive club. i used to play here some time ago before i moved to montreal. the newb players get a feeling of discomfort when all the good players are hitting 120mph serves around them, and painting lines for winners.

good players will have to wait for longer court times due to the noobs who hit the ball 30 feet above the net, and/or hit the ball like a home run while it launches high and above the 30-40 ft. fencing.

love it.


exit here / April 4, 2012 at 01:55 pm
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Tennis is a Racist sport.
Rob / April 4, 2012 at 03:36 pm
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To those asking where to play for free, the answer is pretty much every single club listed, with the exception of Mayfair.

I'm a pretty avid tennis player and have been around these clubs my entire life. Something the public doesn't realize (and clubs and members don't promote as its not in their interests) is that except for private member clubs (like Mayfair, Toronto Lawn Tennis Club, Boulevard Club..ie the fancy ones), the rest are, to some degree, publicly funded.

This means they are OBLIGATED to provide a certain window of time during the week for the public to play.
JamesT / April 4, 2012 at 06:17 pm
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Hello,

I have been a member of Davisville for about 5 years now and it's a wonderful club. And yes, registration is closed for the year.

The courts at Davisville are free every weekday before 5:00pm and on Sundays after 6:00pm.

River / April 4, 2012 at 11:52 pm
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I think Davisville should be higher in rank just because of their court booking system, the area, and the participation of the members. Very active compare to other clubs I've seen around.
Cameron / April 5, 2012 at 05:39 am
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Thorncliffe absolutely has night tennis! Here are the lesson plans for the upcoming season
http://www.tptc.ca/index-2.html
Cameron / April 5, 2012 at 05:45 am
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Check us out on Facebook
http://www.facebook.com/ThorncliffeParkTennisClub
P Air / April 5, 2012 at 12:38 pm
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The best surface to play on is grass so the best club in the city by far is this...

http://www.highparkclub.com/tennis
Rob replying to a comment from Cameron / April 5, 2012 at 02:16 pm
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Stop trying to use this as a way to promote your business
Foghorn O'Kalashnikov / April 5, 2012 at 05:28 pm
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Anyone know anything about Dentonia Park Tennis Club in the east end? I haven't played in years, this would be my local club I guess.
Franco / April 5, 2012 at 06:12 pm
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This is great information. Thanks!
Christine / April 6, 2012 at 10:17 am
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Thorncliffe Park tennis is great and the court supervisor Jimmy is the best.
Karen / April 13, 2012 at 10:32 am
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Kew Gardens has public hours on Sunday nights from 6-10 - Hard Courts only.

Membership is open and we welcome anyone who is interested in joining regardless of level. We do have some great higher end players - and host some of the top teams in the city - but our social players feel very welcome at the club. It is a great place to meet friends and play a wonderful sport.
Maria / April 13, 2012 at 06:50 pm
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Valley is now $105
Best Online Deals / April 22, 2012 at 03:32 am
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This is great information. Thanks! i love to play as a part
eeeee / April 26, 2012 at 11:20 pm
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how is howard park out of the way?
Norm replying to a comment from exit here / June 3, 2012 at 12:41 pm
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You mean racquet sport, maybe?
Norm replying to a comment from exit here / June 3, 2012 at 12:42 pm
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That was a reply to exit here.
john / July 28, 2012 at 01:36 am
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any good clubs in the west end? here in toronto for the summer and am around a 4.5 or 5 ranking. thanks all john
dot fakename replying to a comment from exit here / August 12, 2012 at 04:53 pm
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ya sure and your a guy... shithead
dot fakename replying to a comment from exit here / August 12, 2012 at 04:54 pm
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that was a reply to exit here
COSPLAY / September 26, 2012 at 11:51 pm
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I think Davisville should be higher in rank just because of their court booking system, the area, and the participation of the members. Very active compare to other clubs I've seen around.
Angele Parker / January 2, 2013 at 06:33 pm
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Definitely the Boulevard Club -- I joined in the 90s, but you can't beat the clay and lakefront views. Its equivalent is Jericho Tennis Club in Vancouver, which has more members and just as much heart.
Arthur / January 17, 2013 at 11:09 pm
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Wanless Park Tennis Club located just west of Yonge St. and north of Lawrence Ave. East has a large active junior program. The club is family friendly with online payment and court booking. Five newly resurfaced hard courts with lighting. there is also an active daytime lesson program and house league.
raymond / May 8, 2013 at 04:07 pm
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Help keep public courts lit and open in toronto: http://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/ramsden-park-tennis-courts-restore-the-four-lit-courts-instead-of-two
Varsha / June 10, 2013 at 10:19 pm
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I play at the westin hotel near union. They have a good instructor
JohnnyCash / July 9, 2013 at 10:37 pm
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Fun & fabulous tennis club is The Toronto Lesbian & Gay Tennis Association.
tlgta.ca
JohnnyCash / July 9, 2013 at 10:37 pm
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Most Fun & Fabulous club:
The Toronto Lesbian & Gay Tennis Association
tlgta.ca
Jim Beam replying to a comment from Angele Parker / July 15, 2013 at 11:41 pm
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Dude, Boulevard club is about 20 grand a year. More than most BlogTo readers make in a year!
sarah / September 15, 2013 at 08:38 am
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Dentonia Park is not a very good club to join. The tennis pro is great but they are not very welcoming to new players. So if you are a new player and want to sworn at by the "real tennis players" then this is the club to join.
Ted / December 28, 2013 at 09:09 am
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Meet tennis partners and browse the city's courts and clubs at I Love Tennis (www.ilovetennis.ca)

Join the community, connect with fellow club players and play more tennis.
Leah / July 24, 2014 at 04:38 pm
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Hi all,

This is mostly for public court players, but check out:

http://www.tennisorbit.com/Toronto+Ontario+CA

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