Australia is a land of sports lovers and it's no surprise that so many people participate in one form of outdoor recreation or another, given the nature of the climate. You may be thinking of this as you work on a new housing development and plan to add some facilities for your new residents. For example, you may be planning to introduce a sporting area, complete with a new tennis court. However, there are several different options available when it comes to the actual surface of the court and you may not be sure which option to choose, so what do you need to consider?
While there are many people who play so much tennis that they tend to worry about the nature of the surface, most people will be okay with any option that you choose. With that in mind, you should probably choose the most common type of surface and one that is able to put up with high levels of traffic.
In this case, you should think about installing an acrylic surface, similar to the one that can be found in all the major tournaments. These work very well in indoor or outdoor locations and they are particularly versatile and consistent. They tend to be predictable and have good levels of spin, so the ball will bounce relatively high.
Alternatively, you could choose an artificial grass court, and these tend to be the most durable. They are relatively easy to manage, and they look and feel remarkably like the real thing, but in this case, you can expect less spin than the acrylic alternative.
Some developers will choose a tennis court that has a synthetic clay base. These have "grippy" characteristics and are generally considered to be the slowest type of court in terms of speed of play. They also require a fair amount of maintenance due to the relatively loose nature of the surface.
If you're fortunate, you may also have an indoor facility and can open this to players should the weather be inclement. In this case, you could choose a carpet surface, but you will need to provide special types of shoes for this solution.
Making Your Choice
If you're not sure what option to choose, have a word with some tennis court builders. They will be able to explain the different options to you so that you can get on with the development.