The Club began in 1911 at Windsor Park as a place for B.C. Electric Railway employees to exercise and socialize. That beginning was followed by a move in 1923 to a permanent facility between Cavendish and Bowker Avenues. A members' takeover in 1964 helped the Oak Bay Tennis Club become a fixture in the municipality.
Having built a reputation for developing players as well as social circles, the Club has groomed provincial and national titleholders from Theo Booker, Wendy Barlow and Val Brice to Roger Skillings, Neil Coutts and Patrick Flint.
It seems fitting, as it celebrates 100 years in Oak Bay, that the Club is enshrined in the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame.
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Victoria had a strong connection to a squad that produced this country's best ever finish in the world of international team tennis. Three of the four team members lived in the city, while the fourth, a globetrotting soldier and Winnipeg resident named Col. Henry Mayes, played his tennis in the B.C. capital. The others were J.F. Foulkes, a three-time Canadian champion and nine-time B.C. champ; team captain Robert Powell, who honed his game in Britain and played at Wimbledon in 1909; and Bernie Schwengers, the Dominion singles champion in 1911 and 1912 and a great all-around athlete. The squad beat Belgium and South Africa in preliminary matches before the pairing of Powell and Schwengers lost their singles and doubles matches 3-0 in the Davis Cup final at Wimbledon.