The $450,000 overhaul, to be completed from August through October later this year, will be the first for the facility at the Ann Arbor, Mich. club in 35 years. “The complete renovation from top to bottom” will include installation of college tournament-style indirect lighting and infrared heat, reports General Manager Guy Guarino.
Travis Pointe Country Club, a member-owner private club in Ann Arbor, Mich., is planning a complete overhaul this summer to its indoor tennis facility after 35 years of play, reported The Ann Arbor News through MLive.com
The club plans to close its indoor tennis facility in August to undertake an estimated $450,000 renovation that should be completed in October, the News reported. The facility is used for private lessons, clinics and leagues, including United States Tennis Association play.
“It’s a complete renovation from top to bottom,” said Guy Guarino, Travis Pointe CC’s General Manager. “We wanted to really do it right and then come away at the end of the project with indoor tennis courts that are state-of-the-art.”
Planned improvements, the News reported, include college tournament-style indirect lighting, infrared heat, resurfacing the courts, a new roof, insulation, ventilation and painting.
Guarino said members will be able to use the club’s outdoor tennis courts while the indoor courts are closed.
Renovating the indoor tennis facility is one of several capital improvement projects Travis Pointe has undertaken in the past several years, the News reported. In 2012, the fitness center was relocated and improved and in 2013, the car paths on the golf course were redone.
Travis Pointe CC felt the impact of the economic recession, Guarino told the News, with some members resigned or moving when they lost their jobs. To adjust, the country club launched an aggressive membership campaign and lowered initiation fees, which resulted in a net increase in members. Today, the News reported, Travis Pointe has 615 members, and half of those are golf memberships.
“We actually weathered the recession quite well,” Guarino said. “The impact on the industry was pretty quick and severe here in the area.”
Year-round amenities for families—such as the indoor tennis courts and indoor pool—have proved to be a major asset to the club in helping it get through leaner times, he added.
Travis Pointe has a long-term capital improvement plan to maintain amenities and the facility, which Guarino said helps drive membership growth and usage, the News reported. The Improvements to the fitness center in 2012 helped increase usage by 500 percent, Guarino said.
“We are constantly doing things—updating the facility, replacing the equipment every year—and then we try to get a big project done every year,” he said.