Rushbrooke Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club
Situated on the south coast of Ireland, Rushbrooke is home to one of Ireland’s most impressive tennis and croquet facilities. Founded in 1870, the club holds the distinction of being the country’s oldest tennis club as well as its oldest existing croquet club.
Catering for players of all standards, our membership is predominantly drawn from the greater east Cork area.
Throughout our distinguished history our club had hosted both Davis and Federation Cup matches and has provided an impressive twenty three players to national tennis teams across all age groups.
Junior tennis and croquet are the foundations of our club and are afforded the highest priority in our strategic plan for the future.
Rushbrooke Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club is steeped in the best traditions of not only Cork and Munster tennis but also of tennis on a national level. The club was initially formed as a croquet venue, and its purpose was to provide a social outlet where stationed British military officers and the Anglo-Irish professional classes could relax and enjoy the leafy suburb of Rushbrooke. Club records indicate that the club was operating as a croquet venue with two lawns from 1870 although the exact date of inception is not known. The first official record of competitive tennis been played at Rushbrooke is 21st July 1880, but we believe that social tennis was an integral part of the club prior to this date.