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How long has the Pound Ridge Tennis Club been around?
Members of the Pound Ridge Tennis Club will understandably raise a racket this summer in celebration of a half century of play among the honeysuckles. Fifty years ago, three tennis enthusiasts—Paul and Maisie Kohnstamm and Joan Silbersher—decided to start the PRTC. Small and non-profit, the club would offer a few top-quality clay and platform tennis courts for friendly competition. The founders gathered 25 charter members who financed the purchase of an eight-acre parcel and construction of the facility. As membership grew to 110 bond-holding families, new courts were added and a clubhouse was built. “We’re a fairly barebones club, but we’re not here for fluff,” explains club president CJ Mitchell of Bedford. “We’re here to play recreational and competitive tennis and good cold-weather platform tennis. “Fifty years is a long stretch of time,” she continues, but not so long that there aren’t people in town who grew up playing in the club and then saw their own children learn the game on the same courts.” Now boasting seven Har-Tru courts and three regulation platform courts in a tranquil setting, the PRTC employs a professional staff who run camps, clinics, and lessons.