The Players Club & Spa New tennis courts initial phase of expansion project

The Players Club & Spa

A workman levels and smooths an area for two of the 13 new clay courts at the The Players Club & Spa in Lely Resort on Friday. It is expected that 12 of the courts will be ready by the end of the month.

Photo by ROGER LALONDE

A workman levels and smooths an area for two of the 13 new clay courts at the The Players Club & Spa in Lely Resort on Friday. It is expected that 12 of the courts will be ready by the end of the month.

A worker gives thumbs up for a bag of Har-Tru clay court material to be moved off the truck as the new clay courts are under construction at The Players Club & Spa in Lely Resort.

Photo by ROGER LALONDE

A worker gives thumbs up for a bag of Har-Tru clay court material to be moved off the truck as the new clay courts are under construction at The Players Club & Spa in Lely Resort.

Roger LaLonde Staff (3)
One tennis court is ready for its final touches, while 12 more are planned at The Players Club & Spa in Lely Resort. It is expected that  12 Har-Tru clay courts will be ready by the end of November. A stadium court will be the be added later.

Photo by ROGER LALONDE

Roger LaLonde Staff (3) One tennis court is ready for its final touches, while 12 more are planned at The Players Club & Spa in Lely Resort. It is expected that 12 Har-Tru clay courts will be ready by the end of November. A stadium court will be the be added later.

Roger LaLonde Staff 
 Bags of Har-Tru clay court material waits to be moved at The Players Club & Spa in Lely Resort on Friday. When complete the club will have 13 new clay courts, including a stadium court and a new tennis building. It is expected that 12 courts will be ready by the end of this month.

Photo by ROGER LALONDE

Roger LaLonde Staff Bags of Har-Tru clay court material waits to be moved at The Players Club & Spa in Lely Resort on Friday. When complete the club will have 13 new clay courts, including a stadium court and a new tennis building. It is expected that 12 courts will be ready by the end of this month.

Roger LaLonde Staff 
 Workmen prepare the base for Har-Tru tennis courts at The Players Club & Spa in Lely Resort on Friday. The club is expanding from seven to 13 courts, with 12 to be operational by the end of the month.

Photo by ROGER LALONDE

Roger LaLonde Staff Workmen prepare the base for Har-Tru tennis courts at The Players Club & Spa in Lely Resort on Friday. The club is expanding from seven to 13 courts, with 12 to be operational by the end of the month.

The initial phase of a huge expansion project at The Players Club & Spa in Lely Resort is nearly complete.

By the end of the month 12 new Har-Tru clay courts will be ready for play. A stadium court is next in line, along with a new tennis club building.

The existing seven courts will be demolished to make way for more membership parking as the club has grown to 1,800 members in seven years. Parking is expected to be completed by Christmas. The existing tennis office will become a multi-purpose area.

The present tennis office has space for staff and a small pro shop. The new facility will have staff offices, expanded pro shop, sports lounge and men and women's lockers with showers. There also will be a covered lanai with televisions and a snack bar.

George Hunt, general manager, said light lunches will be added as a new food and beverage area is developed.

Once the tennis center is complete the pool bathrooms will be expanded to include lockers and showers. Hunt expects that work to be completed in mid January.

A major project will be the renovation and expansion of the clubhouse, fitness center,spa and kitchen, which will begin between April 15 and May 1.

"We will make every effort to not disrupt our members," Hunt said.

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