| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

For more than 50 years, Piquet Lane Swim & Tennis Club has been Long Island’s best kept secret for summer family fun and relaxation. Started in 1959, this thriving tennis and pool club has provided its members with a variety-packed schedule of events, tournaments and league play, not just for tennis, but for basketball, card and Mah-Jong games, plus an arts and crafts center with counselors for children.

The club is limited to 200 member families. In addition, the club invites renters who, with their families, may enjoy the club for a season and then decide if they want to become a member by way of purchasing a bond from a selling member. The club is officially open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, but tennis may be played from early May through November.

Besides Piquet’s seven Har-Tru tennis courts, the club offers a newly rebuilt large heated pool and deck plus a kiddie wading pool. Surrounded by the enclave of beautiful trees and landscaping, and people engaged in various activities, one gets the perception they are at a glitzy Caribbean resort, not sandwiched between Jericho Turnpike and Woodbury Road. That’s the essence of Piquet Lane’s claim to “Best-Kept Secret” status.

League play at Piquet Lane is bustling with seven women’s teams and five men’s teams for qualified players at all levels. The recently-added QuickStart program is grooming youngsters to become active players to hopefully one day take part in many of the tournaments Piquet Lane runs during the summer.

As active as the club is, it has serene spots for pleasant conversation, reading or snoozing. Those are found on the outer areas of its magnificent pool deck and grassy shady areas of the “Great Lawn,” perfect spots for infants to sleep.

La Bottega, a popular restaurant well-known for its delicious paninis and salads, runs the club’s snack bar facility, offering a variety of selections for breakfast and lunch.

Two popular events put the club’s friendliness and family fun on full display. At mid-season, he club hosts a lavish party with live music for its members and renters. On Labor Day weekend, the club conducts Carnival Day where it offers a vast array of games and rides for children.

Piquet Lane is not just all about tennis. It is about family fun and friendliness, a tradition it has offered to Long Island residents since 1959.

Super special deal for 2012: The club is having a special on summer family rentals. Interested parties should call Lawrence Shulman at (516) 610-5119 for further information. You may visit the club’s Web site at PiquetLane.net and a tour can be arranged at any time.