For nearly 29 years, Welch Tennis has had a steady reputation for quality. Todd recognized it in 1994, when he purchased the company, after he and his father sold their greenhouse water business. Todd then took his young HydroGrid company (with its three patents) and tucked it under the "Welch name. That's how HydroGrid became the subsurface irrigation method used today under so many tennis courts across the country.
Todd says that Welch Tennis's more than 12 per-cent annual growth is due to the whole team, including the original crew (David Welch, the vice president of construction, and Peggy and Burham Welch), with whom he went into business.
Currently, Welch is licensed to build courts in 30 states. As the company continues to expand across the country, it also has been forced to expand its offices, moving from a small facility in St. Petersburg, Fla., to its current 16,000 square feet of space in Sun City.
But Todd doesn't spend much time in the Sun City office himself, preferring to go out on maintenance checks of various projects that Welch has worked on. Recently, we caught up with him under the 18 subsurface irrigation courts at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. That is, he was in the parking garage, upon which Welch Tennis built the courts, having just finished checking over the courts and talking with-and listening to-the Boca Raton staff.
"We develop maintenance solutions and court tools for the people who have to maintain them every day," says Todd. "Some of the best ideas for court maintenance actually come from our customers." -Warren Florence
"Court Builder of the Year.” Tennis Industry Magazine. November/December 2001: 31