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Our History

The Liguanea Club is situated on what was known as Knutsford Park which originally comprised some 35 acres. It is located in the heart of the New Kingston business area, with its high rise office blocks and opposite the hotels on Knutsford Boulevard.

It derives its name from the “Liguanea Plain” on which much of the City of Kingston is geographically located and which originally was host to large numbers of “Iguana” (a large lizard) a photograph of which hangs in the “Iguana Bar” in the Club House.

“Liguanea” is a corruption of the Spanish form of “Iguana” and reminds us that Jamaica was originally a territory of Spain for some 150 years before being captured by the English in 1655. It was thought for many years that the Iguana was extinct in Jamaica however some years ago several were sighted in the Hellshire Hills area and they have been listed as an endangered species.

The Club is a members’ sports and recreational club with eight tennis courts, six squash courts, a gym, swimming pool, badminton court, meeting rooms, restaurant, members rooms and bar facilities, jogging and walking trail.

Membership is open to both local residents and overseas visitors who wish to make use of the sports facilities and a limited number of members and guest rooms are available particularly serving country or overseas visiting members who require temporary accommodation.

The club’s Terrace Restaurant which offers alfresco dining in a garden setting is particularly pleasing; a true oasis in the heart of New Kingston. The grounds and trees are a haven for a variety of birds. One can often see the elegant Egret strutting across our lawns; the Chicken Hawk, nesting in the adjacent high rise buildings; Humming Birds and the unique Jamaican Doctor Bird, Ground Doves, Banana Quits, Green Parakeets; and at night the Patoo Owl among others.

The Liguanea Club boasts a substantial historical past. Formerly opened on November 22, 1910 by Sir Fielding Clarke, the first President of the Club and Chief Justice of Jamaica. The entrance fee then was three guineas (£3 3s) and the annual subscription four guineas (£4 4s) and whisky was 4/6 per bottle and the residential room rate £7 per month.

The Club boasts one of the oldest Georgian Style structures in Jamaica sharing a historical heritage with such places as Devon House, Vale Royal and Curphey Place. In its early years it was the hub of social activity for resident expatriates as was common in British Colonies. In more recent years and since Jamaica’s Independence in 1962; membership has been open to all Citizens of Jamaica and visitors who enjoy the sports facilities available and it has, in particular, been host to many International Tennis, Squash and Bridge Tournaments etc.

The main building was extensively refurbished in 1949 and was officially declared re-opened by Sir John Huggins, a former Governor General of Jamaica, on December 28, 1949. A plaque at the main entrance commemorates the event. On Friday, November 22, 1985 the Club celebrated its 75th Anniversary to the day. The then Governor General, The Hon. Sir Florizel Glasspole, was the chief guest of honour.

The Club has been used extensively in media promotions and feature films the most notable being the making of the “James Bond Movie – Dr. No” which featured the entrance to the Club in its opening shots and the lead actor, Sean Connery, was a guest at the Club. In more recent times TV News Crews from the UK, USA and New Zealand have included the Club in their work and a local film producer has extensively utilized the facilities for the series “Reggae Beach Rescue Patrol.”

The Club has and does facilitate such organizations as The Jamaica Squash Association, Tennis Jamaica Ltd., The Olympic Association of Jamaica, Rotary International, The Women’s Club, The Scottish Country Dance Society, The Caledonian Society, Kiwanis and Optimists Club to name but a few. It also provides facilities for the training of young persons in Tennis, Squash, Swimming and encourages sporting activities for persons of all ages thereby living up to the Clubs motto; “Fellowship, Discipline, Sportsmanship”

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“You can best teach character on the playing field, using sports to teach life lessons.” Jim Thompson

The Liguanea Club is grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Walkers Place of Safety to kick-start our Tennis Clinic. The children participated in a tennis training session with Coaches Llockett, Jeremy, Randie and Peter who taught them the basic principles of the game.

Training scholarships were awarded to two (2) children who displayed immense talent and a love for the sport. The Liguanea Club understands the value that sports plays in developing character, discipline and hard work in a child which will be translated into their life and we are grateful for the opportunity to nurture this need.
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“If four things are followed - having a great aim, acquiring knowledge, hard work, and perseverance - then anything can be achieved.” A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Whether in life or on the court, these four principles are what will turn talent into success, winners Barry Hazel and Stuart Allen proved this as they eliminated the competition and won The Liguanea Club Amateur Tennis Championship.
The Liguanea Club would like to thank all the players that participated in the Liguanea Club Amateur Tennis Championships you kept us at the edge of our seats.
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“If four things are followed - having a great aim, acquiring knowledge, hard work, and perseverance - then anything can be achieved.” A. P. J. Abdul Kalam Whether in life or on the court, these fo...

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Registration Deadline!
Our Lawn Tennis Tournament is just right around the corner!
Do not miss the DEADLINE, September 8th, 2017!
Remember, this year we play for a cause. Support the wards of Walkers Place of Safety!

Competition Dates:
Lawn Tennis Tournament: September 11 - 16, 2017
Squash Open Handicap Tournament: September 18 – 23, 2017

Registration Deadlines and Fees:
Table Tennis- Friday, September 18th
Tennis- Thursday, September 8th ($2500)
Squash- Monday, September 14th ($2500 Adult, $1500 Junior)
Register or donate today!

Email: memberservices@theliguaneaclub.com
Phone: 926-8144-6
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Winning Takes Work!

“One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than a hundred teaching it”

Whether on court or in life, the qualities of determination, hard work, fellowship and respect all contribute to man’s chances of success. The measure of a successful man is marked by his commitment to these values both off the field and his good sportsmanship on it. Donald Williams was such a man!

Who will exemplify these values and walk away with the Donald Williams Trophy for Sportsmanship at this year’s Squash Open Handicap Tournament?

Register Today!

Competition Dates:
Lawn Tennis Tournament: September 11 - 16, 2017
Squash Open Handicap Tournament: September 18 – 23, 2017

Registration Deadlines and Fees:
Tennis- Thursday, September 8th ($2500)
Squash- Monday, September 14th ($2500 Adult, $1500 Junior)
Table Tennis- Friday, September 18th

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