A great atmosphere for our monthly tennis party. We love the open island overlooking all the courts.
HAR-TRU is made from billion year old, Pre-Cambrian metabasalt found in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. It is a natural green stone which is extremely hard and angular, two very important qualities when it comes to tennis court construction. The angularity helps the stone particles lock together to form a stable playing surface. The hardness means exceptional durability. The natural green color is classic clay and instantly recognizable. The stone is crushed, screened and mixed in the precise proportions necessary to produce a stable playing surface. It is then installed over a porous base of crushed stone aggregate to produce the final product.
Har-Tru's granular surface acts as a shock-absorbing cushion, allowing players to slide into their returns. This prevents the joint jarring stops all too common on hard surfaces. A recent study revealed that one out of every two tennis players is likely to suffer an injury during a six month period. The study attributes injuries of the lower extremities, the back and the groin to two factors: court surface and shoes. Unique tennis surfaces that permit sliding, as a Har-Tru tennis court does, result in 85% fewer injuries than hard surfaces. Har-Tru courts promote the game for life, from early childhood into retirement. Avid players find that Har-Tru courts allow them to play the game every day without soreness or pain.
HAR-TRU courts, also known as clay courts, have several advantageous playing characteristics. A Har-Tru court provides a consistently slower ball bounce than other surfaces. This results in longer rallies, a greater variety of strokes and a more controlled game. Playing tennis on a Har-Tru court requires the development of strategy and skill and promotes endurance and patience. The rise of the European and South American players on the men's and women's professional tours has been largely attributed to learning the game on clay courts. The United States Tennis Association is now encouraging its most promising players to train primarily on clay tennis courts by installing Har-Tru courts at all of its national training centers.