BLTC Club History
The Ballarat Lawn Tennis Club is perhaps the oldest tennis club in Ballarat. Before 1960 the BLTC was established in Tennis St, Ballarat located on its own freehold land that included four (4) grass courts, three (3) en-tout-cas courts, club house and other facilities.
Membership was expanding rapidly and a deal was made with the Ballarat Golf Club to relocate to a new site. The BLTC sold up the freehold land it owned to finance the move and paid for the building of thirteen (13) natural grass and six (6) en-tout-cas courts at the Ballarat Golf Club.
The money left over from this exercise was banked by the BGC on the proviso that money would be available on demand by the BLTC to pay for any tennis maintenance and facility improvements. At this stage the BLTC had three hundred and fifty (350) members and the club became the premier tennis facility in Ballarat, producing many champions.
Over the passage of time, the refusal of the BGC to provide money as required by the initial contract for upgrading of the courts saw the quality of the courts deteriorate dramatically and membership diminished to approximately 50 players. A major redevelopment of the BGC led to the development of a new home for the BLTC at the Prince of Wales Park.
The transition period saw us using the nearby courts at the Ballarat High School, for almost two years, before our new courts were available.
The new tennis facility is in the Prince of Wales Park. The club now features 8 artificial grass courts in their own enclosures with little shelters and seats between each pair of courts. We have a pavilion and viewing area and a shaded hitting wall. The Club shares a beautiful clubhouse with Hockey Ballarat.
The Prince of Wales Park reserve is approximately 19.7 hectares in size and has a mix of active uses including; aquatics and lifestyle centre, hockey, croquet, baseball, softball, and archery. The reserve is a highly valued open space area and is well utilised by the adjacent schools and the broader community.
The reserve has valuable street frontage on a main arterial road and supplements the larger open space environs of Lake Wendouree, the Botanical Gardens and Victoria Park.
Prince of Wales Park is strategically positioned to become a regionally significant sporting precinct for residents of the Ballarat West growth corridor and the wider Ballarat community.
The Ballarat West Growth Area will cater for primarily residential growth and provide services and infrastructure for new communities. The Growth Area comprises 1,717 hectares of Greenfield land located to the west of Alfredton, Delacombe and Sebastopol. The Growth Area will provide around 18,000 new houses at full development to accommodate a population of over 40,000 people.