The club is estimating that repairs to its 12-court tennis complex will cost $10,000 after heavy rains last week caused knee-level flooding. After pressure-washing the asphalt courts and bringing in 24 tons of synthetic clay to recover the others, the complex should reopen next week.
The Hoover (Ala.) Country Club is still recovering from last week’s heavy rains that flooded the club’s 12-court tennis complex up to about knee level, the Birmingham-based Alabama Media Group reported.
Jeff Peters, the assistant tennis professional who is in charge of the tennis complex, said repairs to the tennis courts are costing about $10,000, the Media Group reported.
“The courts were totally flooded,” Peters said. When the water receded, “all the courts were covered in mud with varying degrees of thickness.”
The two asphalt courts had about 1-2 inches of mud left on them, he said. The asphalt courts were pressure-washed, Peters said, but the clay courts had to have the mud scraped off by hand before new clay material could be put down, the Media Group reported.
Peters ordered about 24 tons of a synthetic clay material to recover the courts, he said. He has resurfaced six of the courts and hopes to reopen those courts today, the Media Group reported.
The other four clay courts should reopen by the middle of next week at the latest, but it depends on the weather, Peters said. He has to have a couple of days of dry weather before he can put the new clay material down, he said, but more rain this week has caused some delays, the Media Group reported.
Some tennis lessons at the club have already restarted on the asphalt courts, but some of them were moved to the tennis courts at a nearby park, Peters said. The tennis teams from the club have had to play all their matches elsewhere in the meantime, the Media Group reported.
This isn’t the first time the tennis complex at the Hoover Country Club has flooded, Peters said. The courts also flooded about 10 years ago, and the damage was much worse then because it was a faster-moving current that carried off much more of the clay material, he said. Repairs then cost about $60,000, the Media Group reported.
The golf course also was affected by the flooding, but to a lesser degree, said Mike Posey, the golf superintendent. There was silt in some of the sand traps and trash and debris that had to be removed from the course, and a culvert washed out on the back nine holes, the Media Group reported.
Club officials closed the golf course for two days to handle the cleanup, Posey said.