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Three Private Facilities Win USTA Awards

June 18, 2015 02:25 PM
Cherokee Town and Country Club
Horseshoe Bend Country Club
Moss Creek Tennis Center

Three facilities in USTA Southern  are among 13 winners in its 34th annual USTA Facility Awards Program, which recognizes excellence in the construction and/or renovation of tennis facilities throughout the country.

Winners in the Private Facilities category are

  • Cherokee Town and Country Club, Atlanta
  • Horseshoe Bend Country Club, Roswell, Ga.
  • Moss Creek Tennis Center, Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Representatives from the clubs will be honored at the USTA Semi-annual Meeting at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City on Sept. 6.

Cherokee Town and Country Club recently completed a $5 million renovation, adding a Hillside Pavilion viewing area and new tennis pro shop to complement the expansive tennis property. The project was designed by renowned architect Jim Choate, whose focus was to blend the needed functions of the tennis area with the traditions of the Grant Estate’s Scottish heritage. The facility boasts 12 sub-irrigated clay courts, four hard tennis courts, two paddle courts and a courtside event pavilion. The club hosts the Atlanta Senior Invitational Men’s National Prize Money Tournament, which showcases the nation’s top senior players from ages 30-80 in singles, doubles and a father-son event.

Horseshoe Bend Country Club is dedicated to the development of junior tennis through both programming and facilities with four stand-alone 36-foot courts and four blended-line 60-foot courts in addition to perfectly- maintained green clay, European red clay and hard courts. The club hosts programs for players from ages three to 90. The facility has a very active membership, both in social and league play, and the added amenities of three pools, locker rooms, a restaurant, bar and shaded viewing areas provide a great atmosphere that is welcoming to the entire family.

Moss Creek Tennis Center (MCTC) was built in the early 1980s. Since, it has undergone continuous upgrades and will be expanded further in 2015 with approximately $120,000 in improvements. The Center, which is wheelchair accessible and “Green” focused, includes umbrellas and water fountains at each court, and all the amenities for competitive and casual playing. During 2014, 36 USTA teams used the MCTC as their “home” court. The Tennis Association of Hilton Head Island regularly hosts at least one District tournament each year at the MCTC. The Center also is a satellite site for USTA National L4 Open Regional tournaments. The MCTC and its members support several charities each year, and 2015 will be the third year that it hosts the Special Olympics Pro-Am. This annual event has raised over $20,000 for the Special Olympics Area 8 and provides local Special Olympic athletes, especially tennis players, with the needed funds to participate in area competitions. The Club has also provided over 80 pairs of shoes for the athletes. The MCTC Marines Tennis and Golf event raises approximately $30,000 each year, providing support to “Marines In Harm’s Way.” Last year money was raised to provide service dogs to Marines needing assistance.

To be considered for an award, facilities must be under the jurisdiction of a parks and recreation department, an educational institution, a non-profit corporation, or be a private or commercially owned and operated facility that offer both USTA and public programming designed to help grow tennis.

Facilities were judged upon the following criteria: overall layout and adaptation to site; excellence of court surface and lights; ease of maintenance; accommodations for players, spectators and press/officials; aesthetics; graphics (including the use of signs and landscaping); amenities such as casual seating for spectators, food services and social areas; and the facilities’ participation in USTA programs.

Nominated facilities were voted upon in the following categories: Public Courts that are either small tennis centers with 2-10 courts or large tennis centers with 11 or more courts; Educational Institutions; and Private Facilities that support the USTA and other “growth of the game” programs open to the public.

All 2015 award winners will receive a wall plaque and an all-weather sign, which can be mounted at the facility. Certificates of award will be made available to park and recreation departments, schools, and those professionals responsible for the design, construction, and maintenance of the facility. In addition, a one-year complimentary membership to the USTA will be awarded to each winning facility.

Other 2015 USTA Facility Awards Program winners are: Public Courts: Small Tennis Centers (2 to 10 courts) Deer Creek Courts – Highland Park, Ill. Public Courts: Large Tennis Centers (11 or more courts) Reed Sweatt Family Tennis Center – Minneapolis Princeton Racquet Club – Princeton, N.J. Chandler Tennis Center – Chandler, Ariz. (Featured Facility) The Phoenix Tennis Center – Phoenix Southside Tennis Complex – Jacksonville, Fla. Educational Institution McKinnon Family Tennis Stadium – Albuquerque, N.M. Private Facilities: The Phoenician Resort – Scottsdale, Ariz. West Winds Tennis Center – New Market, Md. Trump National Golf Club – Potomac Falls, Va. 

 

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