The Platform Tennis Program at Northmoor CC, led by Director of Platform Tennis, Denise Murphy with the assistance of Platform Tennis Professional & Pickleball Professional, Mark Johnson and Master Teaching Professional, Dave Ohlmuller, started seven years ago. The “grand opening” sported two courts, a renovated skeet shooting shack as a platform tennis hut, and an exhibition match in front of a modest group of members featuring four pros. The hope at the time was to spark interest in the sport that encourages such fun to be had outdoors on the beautiful Northmoor grounds during our long cold Chicago winters. Oh my, how things have changed!
Northmoor’s platform tennis program has become one of the best on the North Shore, with opportunities for players of all ages and skill levels to play, learn and compete. In 2011, to accommodate member interest, Northmoor added two more courts and expanded parking. We have four ladies’ teams and seven men’s teams, drilling and playing from September through March. More than one hundred thirty members participate in a wide range of leagues, social events, private and group lessons and open court play. Northmoor also participates as a tournament site for local and national competitions.
In March, 2014, Northmoor’s program continued its expansion, with construction of a new state-of-the-art platform tennis hut -- double in size -- complete with a fieldstone fireplace, wet bar, big screen TVs, storage cubbies, and big comfy couches for lounging and socializing after a competitive or social match.