The new lights will be the next step in an overhaul of the club grounds that began in 2017 with new AstroTurf courts.
The Matakana Tennis Club has come up with a novel way to fundraise for new lights.
The club is offering 12 lifetime memberships for $6000 each.
Club president David O’Sullivan says it is an opportunity to be part of the club’s history.
In addition to lifetime access to the courts, donors will have their names inscribed on a plaque at the club.
The membership can also be bought in the name of a company or family.
O’Sullivan says the lights will extend the playing season by 30 per cent.
They will illuminate the courts until 10pm throughout the year, increasing playing time from autumn to spring.
It is hoped that the club will find its 12 lifetime members by February so that the lights can be installed by September. Five have already been sold.
The donors are being dubbed the ‘lighting the way legends.’
O’Sullivan says membership has grown since the courts were overhauled. It now has 50 juniors and 30 seniors.
He says donors will be contributing to a valuable asset for a rapidly growing community.
“A lifetime of tennis is a life well spent. You can play tennis well into your 80s so it really is a gift of a lifetime,” O’Sullivan says.
Contact David O’Sullivan at 027 773 3091 or email@example.com