Welch Tennis Courts
America's Largest Tennis Court Builder is Locally Based
Located in Sun City, Fla., between Tampa and Sarasota,
are the headquarters of Welch Tennis Courts, the
largest clay court builder in the world. Since 1973, the
company has built thousands of courts, from Florida
to California to New York and everywhere in between,
even the Caribbean. Their projects include courts for
basketball, pickle ball, volleyball and more, but tennis
courts make up the majority of their work. If you play
tennis locally, then it’s likely you are playing on a Welchbuilt
Whether building a single residential court or multiple
courts for a community development, each job
has its own identity and importance. Some projects,
however, are complex and require significant innovation
and creativity. The Boca Raton Resort & Club in
Boca Raton, Fla., is remembered for its unique features.
Welch’s President, George Todd, Jr., explained
that the project called for 18 HydroGrid clay tennis
courts, a subsurface irrigation system they developed.
The courts, built on an elevated deck over a parking garage,
was highly involved, one of the more challenging
waterproofing assignments in the industry.
Closer to home, Welch was responsible for the four
HydroGrid tennis courts built atop the parking garage
at the Renaissance Vinoy Hotel and Tennis Club in St.
Petersburg. They installed every detail, including court
equipment, fencing, windscreen and lighting.
The subsurface irrigation system used in these projects
eliminated the need for above ground watering,
which reduces water use, material and maintenance.
The cost savings is a direct benefit to the club, developer
or municipality, but it also benefits the end user – the
tennis player –as they enjoy the look, feel and playability
of the courts.
Over the past 25 years, Welch-built projects have
received more than 70 awards from the American
Sports Builders of America, the Boca Raton and St.
Petersburg jobs being two of them.
Through innovation, experience and reputation,
Welch is the go-to company for anything court related.
Whether the project calls for new construction, renovation,
court equipment or accessories, Welch impacts the
tennis community one court at a time. Their contribution
to the sport, as well as the greater Tampa Bay area,
is reason to celebrate Welch Tennis Courts.
- Teresa Thompson
"Welch Tennis Courts" Tampa Bay Tennis. 2015: 46