Old Bar Tennis Club Inc. had its beginning on 5th May 1970, when at a meeting of the Old Bar Progress Association held at the Old Bar Bowling Club, it was decided to establish a sub-committee to approach the then Manning Shire Council to investigate the provision of tennis courts at Old Bar.

At this time the old clay court on the Reserve had been unusable for some time.

Fund raising commenced following an Annual General Meeting of the Old Bar Progress Association held on 2nd September 1970, with a raffle that was drawn in December, to coincide with the “Surfside Princess Quest”. This was the major fund raising appeal for that year. Local entrants in the quest were Ms Gail Eastman, Lyn. Stanley, Judy Hicks and Anche Vlastian.


In February 1971, the Council despite objections proposed that the courts be located where the current Old Bar Surf Club now stands. In March a “Walkathon” was held as a further fundraiser for the courts, which raised $280. The sub committee at this time also wrote to the Minister of Lands and local members of parliament seeking the allocation of land off Old Bar Road near David Street for tennis courts (the current site).

Following a meeting of the Progress Association in April 1971 the Surfside Tennis Club was formed with the inaugural committee members being J Lindfield, R Lewis, A Silley, J Franklin and C Franklin. From this time on the committee’s efforts were focussed on having work commenced on the courts and on the 3 rd November 1971 the site was pegged out by the Council.


 The total of funds raised by the committee by September 1972 was $894.36. In November of that year a new committee was elected with a new name, being called “The Surfside Tennis Association”. Members were J Wilcox, G Shelton, C Franklin and J Franklin. The following month the club received the disappointing advise from the Lands Department that the Grant for $500 was unsuccessful.


In February 1973 it was reported that the levels for the courts had been taken, However it wasn’t until May 1974 that work commenced with the “setting out” of the courts, 4 net posts were erected together with gate frames and fencing. The court surface was of asphalt. 


 On 22nd February 1975 Old Bar Progress Association President Mr Tom Hill officially opened the courts.


Discussion was held in September 1976 regarding a proposed “weather shelter structure” Work on the new clubhouse commenced in August 1977 with the aid of members who provided the voluntary labour. The Clubhouse was opened in 1978 and was named the “Tom Hill Pavilion” after Mr Hill who was a major contributor to the establishment and construction of the clubhouse.

At this stage the Club became affiliated with the Manning River District Tennis Association.


Lighting of the courts was undertaken between 1978 and 1980, as was the resurfacing of 2 courts.


At a meeting on the 1st September 1979 the Old Bar Progress Association membership was raised from 20 cents to 50 cents.


In 1981 Old Bar Tennis Club severed its connections with the Old Bar Progress Association to become a stand alone Organisation.

The period 1981 to 1990 saw a consolidation period within the club with many social events as well as club championships and junior competitions conducted. Through good management by the respective executive committees and the support of club members the club continued to grow and prosper.


The courts were resurfaced with “plexi-pave” in 1990 and additions to the clubhouse were carried out in 1992, with new toilets being erected in 1993.


In 1995 a major decision was taken by the club to provide synthetic grass surfaces to the 3 courts. This has proved to be most successful.


The club celebrated its 21st birthday in February 1996 with a gala day, bar-b-que and social tennis.

From 1996 to 2002 saw a further period of consolidation, with the building up of financial reserves and planning for more courts.


The Greater Taree City Council approved a Development Application in 1999 for 3 new courts including lighting, to be constructed behind the existing courts.

An application was submitted to the NSW Department of Sports and Recreation for a grant under the Regional Sports Facility Program in 2000 / 2001, which unfortunately was unsuccessful.

The Club then decided to obtain quotes for the construction of 2 new synthetic grass courts including lighting and the successful tender was KCL Sports at a total cost (including GST) of $113,000. The club financed this construction through its own funds of $80,000 and by securing a loan of $33,000 over a 5-year period from the Greater Newcastle Building Society. The Greater Taree City Council agreed to act as Guarantor for the loan.


Work commenced in late 2002 and the courts were ready for play in February 2003.


An official opening of the 2 new courts took place in May 2004 by International Tennis Player, Sandon Stolle and the Mayor of Greater Taree City Council Councillor Eddie Lofus.


In 2005 the Club was nominated as the best Country Tennis Club in Country NSW, and at the end of the year was named the winner of that category by TennisNSW year. A number of members and committee attended the presentation at Sydney Olympic Park.


Following a number of break and enters, the clubhouse was totally destroyed by an arson attack in the early hours of 19th April, 2006. With a great deal of support by the Old Bar Community a new clubhouse was erected on the site within 12 months at a cost of $157,000.


The new Clubhouse was opened on 19th March, 2007 by the Mayor, Eddie Loftus and Mrs, Marjorie Hill, the widow of the original builder, Tom Hill. It retained it’s original name of the ‘Tom Hill Pavilion’.

The fencing around courts 1, 2 and 3 was replaced in June 2007 at a cost of $26,367. At the same time the immediate area between the clubhouse and the courts was fenced providing a safe enclosure for the children of mothers who were playing tennis on the courts.


A new more efficient lighting system was installed for courts I, 2 and 3 during March 2008 at a cost of over $26,000.


In February 2010 a concrete block storage shed and hitting wall was completed immediately behind court 3.





Mackies Win Solar Contract

Posted on Sunday, March 11, 2018

The club has recently decided to accept a quote from Mackie Electrical of Taree for the installation of additional solar power generating panels as well as  to extend the electricity storage capacity of the solar system..   Read More


Club Makes Special Presentation to Eli Worldon

Posted on Friday, November 11, 2016

At the conclusion of the recent finals of the Old Bar Seaside Classic a special presentation of money was made to Eli Worldon, of Rainbow Flat, by Club President Wayne Deer. Eli is on a quest to raise enough money to be part of a tennis tour of the United States next year with the Margaret Court Tennis Academy.  Read More


2015 Seaside Classic Results & Photos

Posted on Saturday, October 31, 2015

The Old Bar Tennis Club held its annual Club Championships over last weekend.   Read More




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