Waterford Oaks Platform Tennis – Platform Tennis is offered at Waterford Oaks County Park in Waterford, Michigan near Paradise Peninsula by Oakland County Parks and Rec.
My family loves tennis and always look forward to when the weather gets warmer so we can play. Little did I know there is a sport called Platform Tennis that can be played in any weather in Oakland County at Waterford Oaks County Park.
Platform Tennis is played on a smaller court than tennis, about 3/4 the size. The rules are slightly different (one main rule difference is that you can play off the back fence “wall” like in racquetball), the “paddle” and ball are different, and most interesting of all, Platform Tennis can be played with snow on the ground.
A free platform tennis open house has been scheduled for 1:30p on Sunday, January 14, 2018 and from 1p-2:30p on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at Waterford Oaks County Park. The clinic will be hosted by an APTA professional. People of all ages are welcome to attend and no previous experience is required. Call 248-858-0906 for more info. RSVP at 248-608-0252.
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The aluminum flooring for platform tennis is raised with heating underneath. And, all around the outer bottom edge of the platform, the boards can be raised to shovel snow off to the ground outside. Players typically dress in layers and play Platform Tennis in temps as low as 10 below. Platform Tennis, because of the court size, reminds me of a combination of tennis and outdoor racquetball.
There are two local platform tennis courts at Waterford Oaks County Park next to Paradise Peninsula. It is open to members and membership includes access to the courts, the facilities, leagues, etc.
Here’s more information on how to get involved with Waterford Oaks Platform Tennis –
Where Can I Play Platform Tennis?
2800 Watkins Lake Rd.
Waterford, Michigan 48328
Late-October to mid-April
I met with Jay Reynolds, one of the Platform Tennis coordinators, and he could not express enough that the main benefit that keeps him loving the sport is the ability to get fresh outdoor air in the winter.
To find out more, visit Waterford Oaks Platform Tennis page here.