LOTS OF ACTIVITY AND NEW FACILITIES
There is lots of activity on the tennis courts and in the pool and picnic areas. Green Tree is celebrating 30 years of operation under director Courtney P. Mayer, USPTA. It has grown from a small club into a large one with thousands of people coming out each year for one or more of the many programs that are offered
The club has grown with lots of new facilities. In 2010, two new lighted courts were built to give the club a total of seven. Additionally three beautiful decks were built. In 2017, the pool tile was replaced and the exterior of the club buildings were repainted. The corporate party pavilion was built spring of 2011. It is a covered 1500 sq. ft. stained concrete cedar pavilion. The party house was redone in 2015 and both are enjoyed by our many large groups that come out to Green Tree.
USTA Team Tennis
The club prides itself on offering tennis programs for kids and adults, all ages and all levels. Players enjoy recreational as well as competitive play. Green Tree USTA teams have won over 50 city championships in the last 20 years with the first title being won in 1998 by the 3.5 women (Captain Sheri Anderson). More recently, the 4.0 & 5.0 women won city titles in 2016. The adult tennis is a fiercely competitive group of players and at the same time the nicest, most welcoming, warm and genuine group of people you will know.
The “TURKEY” Tournament
The “Turkey” Tournament is hosted by the club each year and celebrated 25 years in 2015. It is run the weekend before Thanksgiving where adults and junior players alike are quite competitive in vying for for the turkey!” The tourney is engagingly unique and one of the cities most enjoyable and popular tournaments. Approximately 350 players join in on the fun each year!
Summer Camps for the kids
For the kids, our summer camps are their perfect summer of tennis, swimming and fun. The club has over 800 kids in these programs each summer. Of course, the pool is quite popular for swim lessons, combo and summer pool memberships for families.
Parties have grown tremendously these many years with over 8000 people now enjoying the pool and picnic areas. A number of improvements have been made with sand volleyball, basketball court plus horseshoe and tetherball areas. Company gatherings, birthday and graduation parties plus end of year school celebrations enjoy use of the beautiful pool and picnic areas.
Green Tree has a long and rich history. It was built in the 1950s and was a private Jewish club called Shadywood. It included the pool, a metal framed party house, two courts and a very small pro-shop with no AC and indoor outdoor carpeting. It was mostly a swim club. To put that time frame in context, Thomas Jefferson High School was brand new and many of the homes were new and custom built. It was a very affluent area of town.
In 1978, eleven couples, who enjoyed playing tennis, bought Shadywood and renamed it Green Tree Tennis Club. Three courts were added to make a total of five courts. Sam and Adele Lyons ran the club until 1987. Tennis programs, team tennis and competitive tennis play began and continued for many years.
In 1987, Jim and Courtney Mayer bought the club and quickly incorporated to CPM Tennis Inc. At the time of purchase, money was borrowed to make many improvements to include resurfacing all the courts plus new nets and windscreens. Curbing was installed; a new pro-shop was built and the party house building redone plus sprinkler system and all new automated pool equipment. Many other improvements have been made over the years . The club is a sprawling, beautiful and thriving 8 acre facility with tennis for kids and adults throughout the year plus very popular summer camps, a beautiful Junior Olympic Size pool and many party groups enjoying the pool and picnic areas.