Tennis Industry magazine


Distinguished Facility-of-the-Year Awards: Private Enterprise

These residential courts provide an award-winning setting in the sanctuary of home.

By Peter Francesconi

In the world of tennis, there are few sights more appealing than a well-constructed, beautifully landscaped private tennis court. And the most recent residential court winners of the Tennis Industry/American Sports Builders Association’s Distinguished Facility-of-the-Year Awards are no exceptions.

In our February issue, we highlighted the “Outstanding” residential winner — a private court in Gladwyne, Pa. This time, we’re recognizing the two “Distinguished” award winners, a new private court in Pinecrest, Fla., and the new court at the Hsu residence in Birmingham, Ala., both of which are clay courts with subsurface irrigation.

The Pinecrest project encountered no difficulties or challenges in construction, which may have been due to the fact that the homeowner had the site cleared and rough graded prior to the court contractor coming in to build. While the court uses subsurface irrigation, there are also four conventional above-ground sprinkler heads for supplemental watering. Drainage of storm water is achieved through natural swales in the landscape.

The court at the Hsu residence was designed by the owner, who is an architect and highly ranked tennis player. The surface is a green clay topped with natural European red clay. Due to frequent night play, the owner chose to upgrade the lighting system from the recommended standard by adding additional fixtures. Like the Pinecrest court, the contractor who prepared the home site also did the initial grading for the court. A poured concrete retaining wall was installed on the upper end to divert surface water around the court, which also allowed the owner to position the court closer to the house.

Playing on these award-winning private courts will raise the level of anyone’s game.

The deadline for the 2017 Outstanding Facility-of-the-Year Awards is June 1, and awards will be presented at the 2017 ASBA Technical Meeting, to be held in New Orleans, La., Dec. 1-5. For details and additional information, contact the ASBA at 866-501-ASBA or, or visit

Pinecrest Residence

Pinecrest, Fla.

Nominated By: Fast-Dry Courts Inc.


Fast-Dry Courts Inc.

Surface: Har-Tru Sports HydroBlend

Fencing: Fast-Dry Courts Inc.

Windscreens: Aer-Flo

Court Accessories: Fast-Dry Courts Inc.,

10-S Tennis Supply

Certified Tennis Court Builder: John Sonner

Hsu Residence

Birmingham, Ala.

Nominated By: Lower Bros. Co. Inc.

General Contractor: Lower Bros. Co. Inc.

Surface: Har-Tru Sports

Subsurface Irrigation: Har-Tru Sports

Lighting: LSI Industries

Windscreens: Putterman Athletics

Nets, Posts: Har-Tru Sports

Certified Tennis Court Builder: Linn Lower

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About the Author

Peter Francesconi is editorial director of Tennis Industry magazine.



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