The Winners Are . . .
Tennis is no longer just a game, it's an experience.
Today's tennis consumers are not only players, but avid sports enthusiasts
who are keenly aware of their surrounding atmosphere. Court amenities and
beautiful aesthetics are now commonplace in tennis court and facility design,
as evidenced by this year's Court-of-the-Year winners.
Municipal Facility: The
Tennis Center of Coral Springs
Club: Sant' Agnese Tennis Club
Club: The Sonoran Clubhouse at Desert
Club: Lady Astor Tennis
Center, University of Virginia
Tennis Center of Coral Springs, the site of the Americas Red Clay Tennis
Championships, has twelve red fastdry HydroCourts, including a stadium
court with high mast lighting, along with four Pro Decoturf courts.
This facility is unusual in that it is a municipal facility designed
as a tournament facility While it lacks the people scale that many municipal
facilities have, that is due to its tournament requirements. The detailing
of fencing, lighting, shade shelters and other amenities is excellent,
but the overall site plan is average. There is little tie-in between the
central walkway and the rest of the site, parking or club house.
The time frame for construction and design of this facility was extraordinary
making use of the design build approach. While the center may not demonstrate
technical creativity, it does demonstrate outstanding technical administration
The Tennis Center of Coral Springs
Coral Springs, Florida
Facility Consultant: Global Consult Group, Inc., Manasquan, NJ., Ft.
Recreational Design & Construction, Inc., Ft. Lauderdale, FL.; Florida
Electric Service Co., Inc., Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
Red HydroCourts - Lee Tennis Products; Red Hard Courts - Pro Deco Turf
Posts and Nets: Lee Tennis Products
Lighting: Low Mast - Courtsider Sports Lighting; High Mast - S &
S Lighting Specialist
M. Putterman & Company
Agnese Tennis Club. What makes this club successful is its unique proximately
and relationship to its historic surroundings. The selection of material
such as the brown fencing, low mast lighting, stone walls, stuccoed buildings,
and paintings blend the facility into the historic neighborhood quite well.
Also, the arrangement of the courts and end to end along a central walkway
rather than in groups insures players of a sense of privacy on the courts
without feeling secluded or unsafe. Some drawbacks of the facility include
the predominant use of bark mulch in the walkways which will lead to future
maintenance headaches, and the need for more shade shelters on or near
the courts to provide relief from the intense Roman sun.
Sant' Agnese Tennis Club
Global Consult Group. Manasquan, NJ
Tennis Court Contractor: Mari. Rome, Italy
Turf Courts: Kramer Sport Surfaces Corp.
Lighting: Courtsider Sports Lighting
M. Putterman & Cornpany, Inc.