Bective Lawn Tennis Club is one of the longest established clubs in Dublin and has been synonymous with Donnybrook for over 90 years. It was originally part of Bective Rangers Rugby Club and in 1921 became a separate club in its own right, with seven grass tennis courts situated on the banks of the River Dodder in Donnybrook.
The club is located on the site of the historical Donnybrook Fair which was chartered in 1204. This two week fair, which attracted up to 70,000 people, took place in August and gave the term 'donnybrook', meaning a large brawl, to the language. It was ended in 1855 when it was deemed to be too unruly for the area.
The courts have been resurfaced in recent times due to flooding (most notably Hurricane Charlie in 1986). The new hard court surface and floodlighting enable the club to play all year round, in contrast to the limited use of grass courts during the Summer months only.
In the many years of its existence, Bective has produced numerous famous tennis players, including Joe Hackett and Jim Buckley who represented Ireland in the Davis Cup and other international competitions.
Bective hosted the 1986 GOAL annual charity tennis match, featuring tennis legends Mats Wilander and Stefan Edberg amongst others.
We regularly run charity events for a variety of causes and concerns close to our hearts, most notably Outreach Moldova.
Membership numbers have been on the increase in recent years and new members are always welcome. As a special concession, new members are entitled to three free lessons from the professional coaching staff in the club.
Bective LTC is a young, energetic club, placing great emphasis on enjoying the game of tennis, but also encouraging a very sociable atmosphere amongst its members and friends.
We have a very full tennis calendar with American tournaments being run throughout the summer, and team tennis events taking place yearround. Club handicap and championship competitions are also run during the Summer months with the Finals night at the end of the Summer season.
Both Mens and Ladies Teams are entered in all the DLTC leagues; Summer and Mixed leagues are played during the Summer, Senior and Floodlit are run from September to December and Winter League takes place in January/February. Over the years the Club has enjoyed success in these leagues at all levels. It is always an honour to represent your club and collect a pennant on Finals days.
The club hosts one of the most prestigious Open tournaments in Dublin with usually up to 500 entrants in 15 different events. It is a week of great activity, full of good competitive tennis, social events each night and a reception and prize-giving on Finals night.
The club house has an excellent bar and the facilities cater for many social events, birthday parties, discos, wedding receptions and corporate events.
So why not come down to the club to experience Bective for yourself?