The Baie d’Urfe Tennis Club had its origins in a group of people who played tennis on courts located on the grounds of the Anglican Church in Ste.Anne de Bellevue. The church had a fire and the plan for the new church meant there was no longer room for tennis courts.
At that time, as the majority of players lived in Baie d’Urfe, Roger Otley and Sam Weller approached the Town about the possibility of constructing some tennis courts. The Town agreed and four red clay courts were constructed in 1966.
By 1970, plans were afoot for a clubhouse. This was built in 1971. The interior of the clubhouse was finished by a group of volunteers who spent hours putting up wall panels, cupboards and painting the inside.
In 1971 we started the Wednesday evening Round Robin, which is still very popular with our members.
The Constitution of the Club was created in 1975. The Club is managed by an Executive Committee, consisting of 8 members and a President. All committee members participate on a volunteer basis, without compensation or other benefits. The Club is a non-profit organization and is registered accordingly with the Quebec Government.
In 1976, due to a shortage of red clay, we re-surfaced the courts with the grey clay, Har-Tru.
By 2000, the clubhouse was looking very shabby. The President, John Ahrens, and the Treasurer, Jim Ioanidis approached the Town for help in building a new Clubhouse. The Town was very generous and built a beautiful new clubhouse for us. This is much appreciated by all our members.
In 2008, at great expense we had two new courts constructed.
We have always participated in the Montreal Interclub Leagues and we have had a junior coaching program for almost 50 years.
We are a very successful club as from the beginning we had wonderful members who volunteered to work on the committee. They were dedicated to making our club the very best.