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.
2018-2019 Season: October - April
Trial $130/Individual; $200/Family
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.
Platform Tennis Membership Application
Waterford Oaks County Park
1702 Scott Lake Road
Waterford, MI 48382
Tennis is an American racquet sport that four players can enjoy
outdoors in the cold weather. Come learn more at the free clinic. 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.
Paddle Club Coordinators
Betsy Hodges: 248-892-0580
Jay Reynolds: 248-645-9671
General Info: 248-858-0916
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
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.
Learn more about platform tennis
2019 Winter Games — Feb. 6-11