Tennis is one of those brilliantly versatile sports that you can really enjoy whether you’re a Murray-style master or just like a knockabout with some friends and the kids. You may be lucky enough to be staying somewhere with tennis courts – Tregenna Castle Hotel for example. If you’re not, and you fancy a game of tennis in St Ives while you’re on holiday here, there are a couple of local clubs that welcome visitors.
St Ives Tennis Club
St Ives Tennis Club welcomes visitors on a “pay and play” basis. Their two all-weather tennis courts are just above beautiful Porthminster Beach – it can be tough concentrating on your game with that in the background! Whatever your level, it’s a friendly and welcoming place to play tennis in St Ives; and a recently-built clubhouse has improved facilities for players with disabilities. You can book online here.
Penzance Tennis Club
A few miles away from St Ives, Penzance also has a tennis club, which offers bookable sessions for non-members. Spaces are limited, so it’s worth planning in advance. Penzance Tennis Club has four artificial grass courts and three macadam courts, as well as a smaller court for young champions. There is also the First Service Café Bar, which is especially inviting on a warm day when you can sit outside and watch the matches. The club is in pretty Penlee Park, where there is a pay-and-display car park.
Tennis on the beach
Of course, one of the nicest ways to play tennis while you’re in St Ives is simply to have a knockabout on the beach. There are beach shops on Porthminster and Porthmeor beaches as well as plenty of places in town where you can buy a value softball set. Grab your rackets, draw a line in the sand to mark out your court, and just go for it. Watch out for other beach users, and for enthusiastic ball-dogs during the out-of-season months!