Even golfers would appreciate the awesome grass tennis courts at Sand Valley

July 16, 2019
Grass tennis courts Sand Valley

For some golf fans, this past weekend was a reminder that golf isn’t the only sport contested on the short grass. Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic’s epic dual in the Wimbledon finals grabbed the attention of the sporting world on Sunday.

As it turns out, there’s at least one spot where you can both roll in putts and smack forehand winners in the same place. At Sand Valley Golf Resort in central Wisconsin, you can play 18 and then trade in your clubs for the racket at their on-site grass courts. In addition to their three golf courses, Sand Valley has 15 grass tennis courts open to the public. It is, according to its website, the largest public grass tennis facility in the country. And undoubtedly the only place that combines the two grass-based sports.

There are 15 grass tennis courts available to play at Sand Valley resort.
There are 15 grass tennis courts available to play at Sand Valley resort.
Sand Valley Resort

Just like Wimbledon, the courts have ball boys and girls who also serves as caddies on the course. Players are encouraged to wear Wimbledon whites.

Grass courts in general, no less between golf courses, have become exceedingly rare in the U.S. Due in part to their costly upkeep, the number continues to shrink in the states. The Sand Valley website estimates it is one of just 10 public grass tennis courts in the country. Much of that detraction is made easier by close proximity to golf staff who are on site to maintain the courses anyway. To them, the tennis courts are little extra burden.

“I would say cutting the tennis court is easier than the green,” Jimmy Humston, the golf course superintendent, told local WISN TV. “There’s no bunkers you can fall into.”

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