Fairfield Glade was established in 1970 as a golf-centered, residential community. Tennis came shortly thereafter. In 1972, two outdoor tennis courts were built at Druid Hills, with four additional outdoor courts and two indoor courts completed by 1976. At that time, the current pro shop and locker room facilities were constructed and a Director of Tennis was hired.
The Tennis Committee was established in 1993, headed by Bucky Cantrell, and the annual spring Tennis/Pickleball Tournament was named after him. That first committee proposed the club purchase the Tennis Center. It also recommended upgrading of the courts, the roof, the lighting system and converting the outdoor courts to clay.
The board agreed, and in April 1994, the Tennis Center was purchased from Fairfield Communities, Inc. by the Fairfield Glade Community Club. The "Har-Tru" clay courts were installed later that year.
In 1999, two additional indoor courts were constructed. The Pro Shop was expanded and remodeled in 2002-’03. Tennis at the four indoor, four outdoor clay and two outdoor hard courts continues to be a popular recreational activity for residents and visitors alike.
Pickleball was invented in the state of Washington in 1965 as a children's pastime. It has since spread across the country and has become a competitive, fun activity for young and old alike. Pickleball at Fairfield Glade began 15-20 years ago in the old Recreation Center on an informal, pickup game basis. By 2007, tournaments were being held. After the Recreation Center was replaced by the Community Center, pickleball was played in the gym. As interest in pickleball continued to grow, more traditional outdoor courts were proposed. The eight new, state-of-the-art outdoor courts were completed in 2017. Pickleball continues to grow as a sport and participants can now play at the Community Center, on the outdoor courts and on the indoor tennis courts.
Due to the growth of pickleball and the associated issues of leagues, booking courts and scheduling of events, it became a regular item on the Tennis Committee's agenda. In early 2013, the committee became the Racquet Sports Committee, covering both tennis and pickleball activities at the Racquet Center.
The Racquet Sports Committee is made up of Fairfield Glade residents and serves in an advisory capacity to the Board of Directors with respect to tennis and pickleball. The committee represents hundreds of tennis and/or pickleball players in our community. Committee members help generate and assist in activities and encourage resident and visitor participation. The committee plans and assists in tournaments, socials and other events. It also advises the board on new ideas, concerns and new-and-improved facilities and services.
The Fairfield Glade Racquet Sports Committee consists of up to nine members, recommended by the committee and approved by the Board of Directors. Meetings are held in the Community Center on the second Tuesday of the month at 2 p.m., and are open to all. Minutes are published on the Fairfield Glade Community Club website.