Day & night competitive energetic fun year round! Play the only platform tennis court in Madison, Wisconsin.
This great sport is offered year round. Two to four people can play. It only costs $10 per person for 45 minutes of activity or there are memberships available as shown below.
What is Platform Tennis?
Platform Tennis is a racquet sport primarily played in the winter but we offer platform tennis YEAR ROUND! The court is elevated on a platform to allow heaters underneath to melt the snow and ice. It is roughly 1/3 the area of a conventional tennis court and is enclosed on all sides by mesh walls. The rules of Platform Tennis are very similar to traditional tennis with a few exceptions:
- Only one serve is allowed
- Serves that touch the net are played
- The ball can be played off the screened walls
- If a ball in play or on the service hits the deck in bounds and then touches any part of the back or side screens, it may be played, as long as it does not bounce on the deck a second time.
Because of its defense-oriented style of play, platform tennis causes less wear and tear on the body than regular tennis, while still maintaining the same fast-paced experience. So put on your hats and gloves, and come to Vitense Golfland to have a blast on our platform tennis court!
Platform tennis is a very social type sports. Gather with friends in a social setting by the fireplace in the dining room before or after play. Enjoy great food and beverages from Vitense Grill (including beer, wine and cocktails). Meet new players and get reacquainted with past players. With any questions regarding platform tennis please contact :
We look forward to seeing you on the court!
$10 per person for 45 minutes of court time
$3 Paddle Rental & Ball – $5 will be charged if ball is not returned
Reservations are available or the platform is available for open play.
PLATFORM TENNIS EQUIPMENT
Platform tennis equipment is available for purchase at Vitense Golfland. We carry a variety of Viking products included platform tennis paddles, balls and Warmitts.
Please contact Joel Weitz, Vitense President, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-271-1411 Ext. 302 with any questions or please contact Bob Winding, President of Madison Platform Tennis Association, at email@example.com.
For more information about the sport of Platform Tennis check out the American Platform Tennis Association
Platform Tennis is an American racquet sport enjoyed by thousands of people of all ages. It is the only racquet sport that players can enjoy outdoors in cold weather. This unique appeal attracts people who desire fresh air, competition, and social engagement – all on a chilly winter’s night.
The sport is played at private clubs, public facilities, and in backyards at both highly competitive and purely recreational levels. Because it is easy to learn, it is enjoyed by players as young as eight and as old as old bones allow.
The Court: The game is played on an elevated aluminum deck 1/3 the size of a court is surrounded by a 12′ high superstructure with taut, 16-gauge “chicken wire” fencing which allows play off the walls, as in racquetball and squash.
The base of a platform tennis court is usually enclosed, allowing for a heating system beneath the deck (propane, natural gas or kerosene.) The heating system melts ice off the aggregate deck surface, allowing athletes to play outdoors in all weather conditions. Most courts have lighting systems for Winter, the game can be enjoyed year-round.
The 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″ in diameter. A flocking material on its exterior keeps the ball from skidding.
The Name of the Game: Players often refer to platform tennis as “paddle,” as in “Are you playing paddle tonight?” With the re-emergence of paddle tennis on the West Coast (basically, a down-sized game of tennis,) this has many people confused. To further the problem, there is paddle ball (an urban sport played against a single wall) and paddle (much like paddle tennis).