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Many of us dream of owning our own squash court. Very few of us get to live that dream. Here are three private squash courts I have found images of.

Beautiful Squash Courts - Part 1

This is the first in a short series of articles about beautiful squash courts. I first found these images while browsing the internet and then decided to actually look for more courts like them. There’s no “order” to the courts and I am just choosing each three courts per article randomly. Although I will say, these first three are probably my favourite. Originally, I posted them on my Instagram account1, as well as my other social media accounts, with the hashtag #BeautifulSquashCourts2 and they have generated plenty of interest and discussion. Anyway, I hope you like these ones. Dream on! Bearings in Maine, USA Don’t you just love the box of rackets near the door? What about the line of shoes on the other side? This feels like a family court. The comfort of the sofas contrasts nicely with the harsh reality of a tough squash match. Anyway, this is absolutely gorgeous. Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, USA This beautiful private squash court is a little less “soft” than the previous one. The bare walls, darker brown furnishings and simpler lighting all give the impression of more rustic approach. I have the impression that it would be colder. Without doubt, it’s still beautiful. No Information – ? Unfortunately, I have no information about this squash court. It’s reminiscent of the first court in this article, but seems to have more natural light. If you know anything about it, please let me know. Resource Links BetterSquash – Instagram#BeautifulSquashCourts – Instagram https://youtu.be/0OMYcVkXLQk

I have a fascination with private courts. Perhaps because I dream of owning one or perhaps because I am an urban explorer at heart. Who knows?

Fifth Avenue Private Squash Court

All squash courts are beautiful, but some are more beautiful than others. The ones with limited access hold the most interest for me. This short article is the first in a regular series on private and beautiful squash courts. I recently received an email from a New York resident asking for advice about their squash. They mentioned having a squash court in their building. They use it most weekdays and are thinking of purchasing a ball machine to use. We talked about their options and I asked if they could send some photos. I won’t reveal the exact location, but as you can see from the title, it’s in Manhattan. If you live in New York, you might, just might, recognise the lobby. Apparently the building was built in the 1920s and as you can see from one of the photographs below in the gallery, it’s a hardball court rather than a squash court, although I haven’t differentiated that in the title. The area is very exclusive, with a duplex apartment recently selling for tens of millions of Dollars. Let me quote the sender to give you some more details. “As you exit the back door, you are on the lobby area. You proceed to the back and get into a private elevator to the basement. You flick onthe lights and descend a rather concerning set of stairs and flick on more lights. The court is accessed by stepping up, something I recallnever having to do. Unfortunately, the court is 18′ x 31′ and the service line is at 20′. There is a basketball hoop and a white three point line painted on the floor. I checked with a squash court builder about bouncing a basketball on the court as to whether it is damaging and he assured me not to worry!” If I ever get back to Manhattan, I’ll do my best to have a hit on it and…

Originally, all squash courts were white and all kit (the clothes) had to be white too, including the shoes.
Around the 1990s courts were allowed to be painted pastel and the rules were loosened to include pastel clothes too.

Let's Make Squash Courts Colourful!

So why not take things to the next level? Why not make squash courts more inviting, more interesting? Traditionalists will argue that it will make it harder to see the ball, and that could be true for some situations, but they said the exact same thing about coloured walls and clothes. “If the ball passes across the body of a player wearing dark clothes, then they will lose sight of the ball!”. And yet, plenty of people wear dark clothes to play squash and nobody complains of losing sight of the ball. I suspect the same will happen with patterned walls. So what exactly am I suggesting? Firstly, I am suggesting removing the rule that both the sidewalls need to be the same colour and also a consistent colour. Pastel colours should still be used, because I do believe that dark colours will make it difficult for the ball to be seen. But why can’t we have patterns or interesting designs? A glass wall, be it the back wall or side wall, has a multitude of colours and shapes behind it, yet the human eye is able to concentrate on the ball pretty well. The Pigalle Duperré is a basketball court in Paris, France. At first glance you might hate it. It’s bright, it’s colourful and it stands out. “But Phillip, the walls of a basketball court are not used like they are on a squash court!”. That’s true, but so what? “The colours are too bright and contrasting!” I agree, so let’s use less bright colours and less contrasting colours then. What I also really like is the gradient floor, that looks pretty cool. Not an exact representation because the darker areas are still there, but you get the idea. Two years ago, I posted an image I found an image of a court with dark silhouettes on the side walls. The general consensus in the comments was that it…