The collection of courts on the Island, public courts, private courts, association courts, and private club courts is enormous. Teaching pros flock to the Island every summer. There are tournaments, and leagues, and instruction available for every level of play.
Worth special mention: Vineyard Youth Tennis (508.693.7762, www.vineyardyouthtennis.org) is a highly unusual island resource – philanthropically supported and free to island resident families (and available at affordable rates for summer visitors) – is dedicated to teaching youngsters tennis and encouraging it as a lifelong habit.
Here is a current list of public and town tennis courts. Call court phones or town halls to find out about court time sign-ups and town-sponsored clinics. Information on summer season charity tournaments can be found on tennismv.com.
Public: The Workout and Vineyard Tennis Center at the Airport, West Tisbury (two indoor hardcourts) 508-696-8000; workoutandvtc.com/tennis/
Chilmark Community Center: South Road, Chilmark (clay and hardcourt) chilmarkcommunitycenter.org; 508 645-3061
Chappaquiddick Community Center: (hardcourt) chappycommunitycenter.org
Edgartown Public Courts: Robinson Road (hardcourt)
Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School : Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road (hardcourt)
Oak Bluffs Elementary School: Tradewinds Rd., (hardcourt)
Oak Bluffs Town Courts : Niantic Park (hardcourt)
Lake Street public courts: Lake St. (hardcourt)
Church Street public courts: Church St. (clay)
Reed Tennis Courts: Boxberry Ave. (hardcourt) Public availability in the summer is limited
West Tisbury Elementary School: Public Courts, Old County Rd. (hardcourt-plastic)
East Chop Tennis Club: 508-693-9704; eastchop.vineyard.net/
Edgartown Yacht Club: 1 Dock St. 508-627-4361; edgartownyc.org/
The Field Club 2 Main St. : 508 939-1924; boathousemv.com/tennis_center.php
Vineyard Haven Yacht Club : 4 5 Owen Little Way 508-693-3080; vhyc.org
Westchop Tennis Club 162 Iroquois Ave. 508-696-7596; westchopclubmv.com
Mattakesett Tennis Club 270 Katama Rd. (clay) 508-627-9506; winnetu.com/marthas-vineyard-activities/resort-activities/mattakesett-tennis-club/
Golf on Martha’s Vineyard is challenging and scenic, and can be surprisingly accessible. Two clubs – Farm Neck and Mink Meadows – are private member clubs but happily accommodate reservations for public play.
Farm Neck Golf Club (508.693.3057, www.farmneck.net) is a very highly regarded and sought-after 18-hole layout in Oak Bluffs with several holes laid out in view of Sengekontacket Pond and State Beach and Nantucket Sound. The course opened in 1979, hosts presidents and power players when on-island, and continually earns 4.5 out of a 5 star rating in Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play”, and offers unusually good dining options as well.
Mink Meadows Golf Club (508.693.0600, www.minkmeadowsgc.com), located in Vineyard Haven, is a nine-hole (with front/back nine tee variations), semi-private course that boasts views of Vineyard Sound, Woods Hole, and the Elizabeth Islands. Mink Meadows. Mink Meadows membership includes many year-rounders and while the course and greens are beautifully tended its low-key attitude and an 18-hole bias keeps it a bit under the radar. That makes it your gain, since tee times are somewhat more available, and rates a bit lower, than Farm Neck.
There are two more fully-private courses on the island, and if you have friends in high places (with membership), you might give them a shot. Edgartown Golf Club (508.627.5343) is a traditional 9-hole island course. The Vineyard Golf Club (508.627.8930, www.vineyardgolf.com) is an unusual heathland-style course off the Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road which has embraced a completely organic, low-impact approach to course management.
Rounding out golf alternatives: Riverhead Disc Golf, better known as Frisbee Golf, started up on Martha’s Vineyard around 1997 (the first course, in Southern California, was formally organized in 1975). There are an estimated 1,000 + participants on the island. Try The Lazy Frog in Oak Bluffs (508.696.4679) for current information. And of course there’s miniature golf, where handicaps and age limits don’t apply. Island Cove in Vineyard Haven (508.693.2611) boasts 18 holes and a water theme, along with snacks.
There are several barns to ride at, whether you are looking for a lesson or a pony ride, or summer camp for the kids. Some even offer trail rides after it is established one is an experienced rider.
Red Pony Farm 85 Red Pony Rd., West Tisbury. 508-693-3788; redponyfarmmn.com
Arrowhead Farm 174 Indian Hill Rd., West Tisbury. 508-693-8831; arrowheadfarm.net
Pond View Farm 69 Pond View Farm Rd., West Tisbury. 508-693-2949; pondviewfarmmv.com
Netherfield Farm 137 Old Kings Highway, Chilmark. 508-645-2724; netherfield.smugmug.com
Martha’s Vineyard Community Horse Center at Misty Meadows, 55 Misty Meadows Lane, Chilmark. 508-338-7198, firstname.lastname@example.org