Edgcomb Tennis Club (“the Club”) is a member-owned tennis club that endeavors to provide its members and their guests with an enjoyable tennis experience in a friendly environment. We strive to maintain a financially sound Club operation that recognizes and honors the best traditions and shared values of our long-standing history as well as the requirements of the years ahead. We endeavor to maintain the courts, clubhouse and grounds in superior condition. We retain a tennis professional and staff who support and enhance the Club’s mission through proactive and quality services.
In the summer of 1970, Edgcomb Tennis Club was established by a small group of charter members from the Kennebunk Beach community. It consisted of two courts and a small clubhouse. Gordon Smith, the first president, had campaigned vigorously to establish such a club that would serve not only its members but the rapidly growing Kennebunk Improvement Association (KBIA), which wished to improve its junior- tennis program.
Encouraged by Gordon, Leslie Edgcomb Jr. and Ruth Edgcomb generously donated land at the northwest corner of Woodland Avenue and Boothby Road that became the site of the Club. Thus they became key benefactors of the community just as the senior Edgcombs had during the development of Webhannet Golf Club decades earlier.
Other Kennebunk Beach residents—-year round and summer— volunteered their time and expertise. Homer Waterhouse provided legal counsel that was invaluable in organizing the Club. Henry (Hank) Harper, and Barbara (Babs) and Henry (Bud) Griswold were mainstays of the Club from the start, as were Suzanne (Sue) Hall, Bob Bauman and Brian Phillips.
Babs was an outstanding athlete and devoted Club member who voluntarily assumed responsibility for day-to-day operations. After she died in 1993, the Club’s flagpole and the Babs Griswold Mixed Doubles Tournament were dedicated in memory of her generous spirit.
Edgcomb Tennis Club maintains its unique, friendly atmosphere even though it has grown to include 245 members, seven courts, and a paid, professional staff. The Club continues to serve its members and the community in keeping with the commitment of its founders.