Beach Club opens platform tennis courts in Portsmouth

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The Newport Beach Club, the newest residential development at The Carnegie Abbey Club, unveiled a state-of-the-art platform tennis facility at a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony recently.

Members and guests had the opportunity to get hands-on tennis tips from local professionals including The Carnegie Abbey Club’s pro Wayne Turner, and Joe O’Brien, an accomplished playing and teaching professional.

The paddle tennis facility is the latest addition to the 150-acre club development at what used to be the waterfront Weyerhaeuser lumber property. The club already has an equestrian center, and will include four tennis courts and, plans show, a marina where the Weyerhaeuser pier once stood. Residences will also be built — a model "tennis cottage" was recently completed near the shore.

Platform tennis is an outdoor sport that can be played year-round. The game is played on an elevated, heated platform and is surrounded by wire fencing which allows players to play off the walls, similar to squash or racquetball. In addition, a lights allow play during the evening hours. Players use large, perforated paddles instead of racquets and hit a tennis-sized ball that is much more dense and spongy than a traditional tennis ball.

“We’re so pleased to offer our guests this fantastic year-round sport,” said Maureen Fraser, Carnegie's director of sales and marketing. “With so many avid sports enthusiasts in our membership, it’s a wonderful alternative to golf in the cold winter months.”

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