Platform Tennis

​Platform Tennis is the only racquet sport played outdoors in cold weather. After snow is removed, the courts’ special floor heating units provide a dry playing surface. Individual or family membership in the Waterford Oaks Platform Tennis group is required to play.

The Waterford Oaks Courts are located at 1702 Scott Lake Road in Waterford.


2022-2023 Season: October - April

Individual       $260

Family             $400

Trial                 $130/Individual;  $200/Family

Membership Application

Fees include the cost of the lights, heaters and access to the warming building. There is no additional charge for court time. Trial memberships are for half season. First season: October-mid-January; second season: Mid-January-April.

Waterford Oaks County Park
1702 Scott Lake Road
Waterford, MI 48382

Platform Tennis Open House: 
Platform Tennis is an American racquet sport that four players can enjoy outdoors in the cold weather. Come learn more at two free clinics from noon-2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022 and 1:30-3:30 p.m. Jan. 15, 2023. No previous experience needed. No pre-registration. Instruction from Waterford Oaks Paddle Club. Dress for the weather. Tennis shoes required. Extra equipment on site available for first time players or those that do not have their own paddles or paddle balls.

Platform Tennis Open House Flyer 

Paddle Club Coordinators

Jay Reynolds:  248-645-9671

General Info:   248-858-0916

Game information

Rules – Rules differ from tennis with one serve and use of screening to keep the ball in play.

The court – The game is played on an elevate aluminum deck, one-quarter the size of a tennis court. Surrounded by a 12-foot high superstructure, taut 16-gauge "chicken wire" fencing allows play off the walls, similar to racquetball and squash. The base of a platform tennis court is usually enclosed, where a heating system beneath the deck melts snow and ice on the aggregate deck surface, allowing athletes to play outdoors in all weather conditions.

Equipment – Platform tennis paddles are made of a composite material with aerodynamic holes drilled in the head. Paddles are approximately 18" long. The spongy rubber ball measures 2.5 inches in diameter. A flocking material on its exterior keeps the ball from skidding.

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