Existing asphalt courts were converted to eight new subsurface-irrigated
courts at the Mission Bay Tennis Club in Boca Raton, Fla. The
original courts were installed below the surrounding ground, so a curb
was installed to raise the new court surface above the ground. Challenged
by steady rain, each court had to be built separately.
The new courts at the Parkland Golf & Country Club in Parkland,
Fla., consist of two new subsurface-irrigated Har-Tru courts and a new
asphalt court, plus a basketball court. The project included fencing,
lighting, shade cabanas and court amenities.
The tennis facility at the Portage Country Club in Akron, Ohio, had
six overhead-irrigated clay courts, which were converted to subsurface irrigated
courts. The look of the facility was updated with new vinyl coated
fencing that included “cut” corners and “v’s”, and new shade
canopies. Drainage was improved with new polymer concrete drains on
the low-end of the court batteries.
Richland Country Club in Nashville, Tenn., also converted its two
courts from overhead irrigation to subsurface irrigation. Since the facility
wasn’t all on one elevation, getting material to and from the court
posed a slight challenge, as did the frequent rain, which stopped the job
The new construction at the Treviso Bay Fitness Center in Fort
Myers, Fla., included eight subsurface-irrigated courts (in four two court
batteries), one asphalt court, a concrete Playmate practice court,
two bocce ball courts and a half basketball court. The court contractor
installed a red brick curb, vinyl-coated fencing, bleachers, cabanas and
lighting. Because of scheduling challenges and rain that caused access
problems due to mud, multiple tennis crews needed to be working
seven days a week to help the general contractor meet his deadline.
The nine new courts (and one basketball court) at Valencia Reserve
in Boynton Beach, Fla., were put in in two phases, which required the
contractor to match the installation down to every subtle detail during
the second phase of construction. The court contractor also added fencing,
curbing, lights, cabanas and court supplies. —Peter Francesconi
"Soft Goods” Tennis Industry Magazine. April 2015: 26-29