Although it is referred to as clay, Har-Tru is actually composed of crushed stone. This is what makes it such an effective tennis court surface. It is more durable and more consistent than its European clay court counterparts.Read More...Read Less...
Har-Tru is made from billion-year-old Pre-Cambrian metabasalt found in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. It is a natural green stone that is extremely hard and angular, two very important qualities when it comes to tennis court construction. The angularity helps the stone particles lock together to form a stable playing surface.
The hardness provides exceptional durability. The natural green color is classically clay and instantly recognizable. The stone is crushed, screened, and mixed in the precise proportions necessary to produce a stable playing surface. It is then installed over a porous base of crushed stone aggregate to produce the final product.
Generically referred to as “fast-dry,” Har-Tru dries quickly after a rain. It also allows you to continue play through light rain.
Har-Tru is 10–15 degrees cooler to play on than a hard court.
Har-Tru is easier on the body and reduces the incidence of common tennis injuries to the lower extremities.
Har-Tru is quickly and easily installed and can be constructed directly on top of hard courts.
Har-Tru is a porous surface that reduces runoff and soil erosion. Consequently Har-Tru can be installed in locations where many tennis court surfaces cannot due to zoning restrictions.
Har-Tru never cracks and repairs are simple and inexpensive.
With simple, consistent care your Har-Tru court will last forever.
“Har-Tru is simply the best surface for the development of juniors. The consistent footing and ball speed allow for point construction not possible on other surfaces.” - Tom Whitten, Director of Tennis, The Oaks Club
“In my experience, Har-Tru courts deliver the most consistent and forgiving playing surface available.” - Joni Hannah, Director of Tennis, Westwood Country Club
“I've used Har-Tru material on our courts at both my former and current clubs. It is a consistently good product that offers my members a smooth and comfortable playing experience.” - Jeff Hawes, Director of Tennis, New Orleans Country Club
"Just in case you are asked how long do soft court/ rubico courts last, This picture was taken Mothers Day 1965 the baby is Lisa (four weeks old my wife). Using the court this summer to teach our kids. The court has held up better than the house." - Randall Echols, Independent Dispatch
The best thing for a Har-Tru court is to play on it as frequently as possible.
Brush the court right to the very edges after each use. Make sure the court gets brushed at least once a week.
Water adds stability to a court. Use an automatic sprinkler system or HydroCourt to keep optimal moisture present.
HydroCourt is a self-regulating irrigation system that waters the court from below. Constructed with six fully lined cells, each cell is monitored by a water control box allowing adjustments to be fine-tuned to player preferences.