Buck Hill Falls established a tennis facility with six clay tennis courts in 1913 and had attracted names like Bill Tilden, Vinnie Richards, Alice Marble, Don Budge, and Vic Seixas. In 1929, eight courts and the tennis club building were dedicated at Buck Hill, which hosted everything from club championships and intra-camp matches to dances, buffet lunches, and quickly became the community hub for entertainment. Edwin J. Faulkner was appointed the club’s first tennis professional in 1940 and he influenced tennis at Buck Hill for the next 20 years.
Today, located within the Tennis Tea Complex the tennis club includes 10 tennis courts with high-quality Har-Tru surfaces, as well as an entire staff of tennis professionals available for private lessons and a pro shop offering everything from tennis clothing and balls to racket try-outs, restringing, and grip changes. The Buck Hill Tennis Club offers an accelerated summer schedule featuring: member matches, clinics, Pro Ams (professional exhibitions), youth tournaments, social events, and specialty club offerings such as the annual historic-inspired, Woods and Whites Wimbledon Tournament. The club hosts up-and-coming tennis stars as well.
Players finished with their own games can sun themselves on the stone terrace while watching the action on the courts and members may stop by the air-conditioned, Tennis Tea Club Room for snacks and drinks.
Introducing Tennis Director, Tomas Ollestad
Tomas Ollestad is originally from Stockholm, Sweden, was living in the United States for 27 years, and has recently moved back to Stockholm. In the summer months, Tomas lives in his Buck Hill Golf Cottage. He was All-America in singles and doubles while in college and ranked top 10 in Sweden in Juniors. He was number 1 in Florida in the 25-year-old division and won the State Championship for 50’s in Florida in 2010. He has a degree from Tyler College in Tennis Teaching and Tennis Management and has been an instructor for over 40 years. Of working as the Tennis Director at Buck Hill Tennis Club Tomas says, “I love to teach children, juniors, as well as adults.” Tomas also teaches Lawn Bowling and Pickleball in Buck Hill.
Tennis Pro Shop
The Buck Hill Tennis Club Pro Shop offers necessities for men, women, and children such as: clothes, socks, racquets, and helpful services such as restringing. Additional requests for items can be ordered and received next day.
Tennis Attire/Dress Code
Tennis shorts and a shirt with sleeves are required.
Tennis skirts or shorts are required.
Are expected to follow these guidelines.
White tennis attire is not required, but it is encouraged. To keep our courts in good shape, and for player safety, all players require proper tennis footwear.
Book Court Time
Private Tennis Instruction
Short-Term or Seasonal Memberships
Daily, weekly, and monthly rates as well as seasonal memberships are offered for renters and guests.