to The GARNEAU Tennis Club, Edmonton's
finest tennis club, featuring 8 fenced courts, 6 of which are clay surfaced
with clay/shale. We are located at the corner of 109 St and 83 Ave: close
to downtown Edmonton, the University of Alberta Campus, major malls, park
areas and "Whyte Avenue". Members enjoy continuous play from
8:00am to 11:00pm for unlimited tennis. All courts are lighted for night
play. For more information,
please contact our office at (780)
if anybody is interested in lessons, tournament draw times.
anybody wants info regarding memberships, tournamrnt registration, mercandhise
At Garneau Tennis & Beach
Volleyball Club, we offer the best in service and instruction.
BECOMING A MEMBER
To become a member of the Garneau Tennis Club, a person must apply and
pay the membership fee. All memberships are subject to approval by the
Garneau Tennis Club Executive.
Our members can use the courts starting at 8 a.m. until 11 p.m. after
they arrive at the club and reserve their court time on the club's Reservation
The Garneau Tennis
and Beach Volleyball Club offers a few options for those interested in
tennis lessons. Free lessons are available if you purchase a membership.
We offer beginner lessons every Tuesday and Thursday night from 6:00 –
7:00 PM, and intermediate lessons every Wednesday from 6:00-7:00 PM. These
lessons have an eight person maximum and members must sign-up at the office
one week in advance. These lessons are only offered to Garneau Club Members.
Our Pro also
offers private and semi-private lessons. For members, private lesson cost
$25.00 per hour, and for non-members - $35.00 per hour. Semi-private lessons
(2 + people) are $20.00/hour per member, and $30.00/hour per non-member.
If you have
any more questions or concerns please call us at 431-2085.
2006 Membership Fees
- Season-long (May to October).
- Free clinics twice weekly.
- Social activities.
Senior (60+;ID req’d)
Student (ID req’d)
Youth (17 and under)
||30 consecutive days
- Must be guest of a member.
- Subject to court availability.
- Does not include social events
|*We do not charge
court fees, so our memberships are a real bargain!
2006 Membership Form
Membership Form was added as Microsoft Word file.
If you are interesting being Member of GARNEAU Tennis Club, please print
(two-side) and fill out this
A BRIEF HISTORY
the Garneau Tennis and Beach Volleyball Club In 1926 Harry Ainley, principal
of the Garneau Public School, convinced the city to allocate a block of
land for recreation use, between 83rd and 84th Avenues and 109th and 110th
Four shale tennis courts were built on the land, using volunteer labour.
The following year a small clubhouse was built, to be used by skaters
in the winter and tennis players in the summer. The skating rink was located
where the Turtle Creek Café now stands. In 1929 the Garneau Community
League Tennis Club was founded. Two additional shale tennis courts were
built some time before 1950, and two asphalt courts were added in the
The Garneau Community League built a multi-use facility adjacent to the
tennis courts in 1989. The building included squash and racquetball courts.
Unfortunately the league entered a period of financial instability and
could not sustain operation of the new building. In 1990, tennis players
incorporated the Garneau Tennis Club as a not-for-profit organization,
and the operation of the club was made separate from that of the community
league. The community league agreed to lease the tennis courts to the
In 1995 the
league turned over the multi-use building to the City of Edmonton. The
building was occupied for a time by a theatre group, which in 1996 converted
the lawn bowling courts to the west of the building into beach volleyball
courts. The club became known as the Garneau Tennis and Beach Volleyball
Club, although its legal name is still the Garneau Tennis Club.
In 1999 the City of Edmonton proposed moving the City Arts Centre into
the now abandoned building. As part of this move, the city proposed to
convert the two asphalt tennis courts into additional parking spaces.
Only a concerted lobbying effort by the tennis club saved the courts from
destruction. The parking lot was instead expanded onto an unused bus loop
adjacent to 109th Street. The building was renovated and the new City
Arts Centre opened in 2000. The club leases a small office and storage
shed in the building, and has use of washroom and shower areas.
has raised a considerable amount of money through biannual casino fundraising
activities, and is planning a major renovation of the tennis courts. We
hope that the improved courts will lead to many more years of tennis at
Garneau, continuing a fine tradition in Edmonton!
social side at GARNEAU is a very important feature of the Club's operation
giving all members the chance to meet in a social environment and also
raise funds to support the Club.
a number of regular events: "Drop-in clinic", "Pizza Night", "The Breakfast
Club", "Midnight Madness", "Davis Cup" and more. These sessions are normally
run by the club manager and comprise of mixed ability from fairly novice
players to experts. . Ideal for members who want to practice their tennis,
meet other members or just have an enjoyable game. Social tennis should
be enjoyable and we try to maximize the mixing in aspect. This means you
should try and choose balanced fours and everyone gets a shot at mixed
and men's or women's doubles - no favoritism, no elitism.
ABOUT TENNIS RATINGS
For those of
you not familiar with ratings, don't be intimidated by that line on the
Application Form asking for your NTRP rating. It's very simple--you can
rate yourself. Please read on for details. Garneau Members are either
self-rated, visually rated, or computer rated, based on the National Tennis
Rating Program (NTRP) system. If you do not have an official rating, click
to view the NTRP Rating Guide. Use this guide to estimate your rating
based on the various descriptions. Remember, you do not have to have an
official NTRP rating to be a member of the Garneau Tennis Club. A visual
rating is nothing more than an on-court verification session. Click here
for more information about Visual ratings and how to obtain one. A computer
rating is earned based on results from your previous year's NTRP tournament
play. Computer ratings happen automatically by virtue of your playing
in a sanctioned NTRP tournament.
"TEN BASIC FACTS
Here are ten basic facts about racquets from USRSA technical advisor Steve
Davis. This information provided by the United States Racquet Stringers
Association. USRSA Copyright c 1997. These facts are presented as generalities.
While a stiffer frame generates more power, a stiff frame badly strung
may generate less power than a more flexible frame properly strung for
power players. While a heavier frame generates more power, it can also
1. A heavier frame generates
2. A heavier frame vibrates less.
3. A heavier frame has a larger sweetspot.
4. A stiffer frame generates more power.
5. A stiffer frame has a larger sweetspot.
6. A stiffer frame transmits more of the shock load to the arm than a
more flexible frame.
7. A stiffer frame provides a more uniform ball response across the entire
8. A larger frame generates more power.
9. A larger frame is more resistant to twisting.
10. A larger frame has a larger sweetspot