Leamington Tennis Court Club is one of those remarkable entities which, taken in all, delivers more than the sum of its individual parts: more than just the World’s oldest tennis club – and more than the Midland’s best-appointed private members’ establishment. As anyone who’s ever set foot inside will confirm, The Club is a very special place:
• a tennis club;
• a fine dining club;
• a golf society;
• a thriving card room;
• an elegantly-appointed lounge bar;
• a sanctuary in the middle of town;
• a place to meet – and make – friends.
Looking down through the years, the club’s membership list offers a journey through Burke’s Peerage and Who’s Who: founding members included Dr Jephson – together with Lords Brooke, Leigh, Guernsey and Somerville. Leamington’s always been exclusive: the membership bid of an eminent physician was denied when one member – an Earl – asserted that he didn’t care to spend his evenings in the company of a man whose services he may call upon in the morning.
The 21st Century though, has wrought change upon the Club just as it has society.
In 2008, The Club opened its doors to ladies – and today’s membership profile reflects a much broader social base. Walk into the club today and you might meet an Earl or an orthodontist, – a banker, a barrister or a Baronet. Whether you’re an ex-state school pupil or the former Head of Pop, it’s not about who you are – or indeed, who your ancestors may have been – but how you carry and conduct yourself.
The club offers several membership categories, all of which allow you to play this glorious game, but are reflected in the charges you pay, from General Tennis Member, to Full Family Tennis Member. If you think you might like to try your hand at Tennis, just drop us a line – or call and arrange an introduction with the Club Professionals.
Applicants seeking nomination for membership must be proposed and seconded by members of at least 3 full years’ standing.
Where an applicant cannot fulfil the nomination criteria – for example, if you’ve recently moved into the region – the club will arrange an informal meeting with a couple of Committee members.
All membership enquiries should be addressed to the Honorary Secretary