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Private Facility of the Year: Army Navy Country Club

By Kent Oswald

One of the lessons to be learned from the Army Navy Country Club of Arlington, Va. — TI’s 2014 Private Facility of the Year — is that a historic and military past does not preclude a cutting-edge vision of tennis’s future.

Situated on what was once Fort Richardson, a key outpost for the Union Army’s defense of Washington, D.C., the club began serving as a recreation facility for military families in the 1920s. Current membership, including non-military families, is about 2,400 local households, with thousands more “absent” members worldwide. Tennis’s importance is demonstrated by the more than 1,100 adults who opt-in for regular updates, 500 or so frequent adult players and, on average, 150 junior program participants.

Recognized as the USTA’s 2014 Green Facility, the newly renovated $57 million facility boasts energy-saving LED lighting. Playing surfaces include 14 clay courts (10 of which are lighted), two outdoor and six indoor hard courts, and eight 36-foot courts.

Director of Tennis Joseph Wang oversees directors of adult and junior programs, four teaching pros, and full-time heads of both the maintenance and pro shop operations. Staff development is a constant, and programs cover all ages and ability levels. The club also hosts charity pro-ams, USTA league play and junior tournaments. According to Wang, the two main challenges going forward are “managing growth” and “keeping things fresh and innovative.”

— Kent Oswald

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Kent Oswald  is a contributor to, producer at the and a former editor of Tennis Week magazine.



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