Naples, Fla. (October 30, 2021) – Vineyards Country Club officials recently announced the completion of three new championship pickleball courts within its racquet facility. The award-winning country club now offers a total of six pickleball courts.
The new courts, added in response to increased member use and demand, were produced in partnership with U.S. Tennis Association and include gel cushioning and LED lighting for night play.
“Though racquet sports are already a very popular part of club life here, the dramatic uptick in outdoor sports facilities during the pandemic led us to double the number of courts,” said Paul Malonson, Vineyards Country Club Chief Operating Officer.
Vineyards Country Club’s racquet center offers year-round pickleball programming including camps conducted by Engage Sports, competitive round robin-style tournaments by play level, as well as league play by level. The club regularly holds themed social events such as its Super Bowl mixer, mimosa opens, club championships, and its yearly toy drive benefiting Toys for Tots throughout the month of December.
Earlier this year, Vineyards Country Club officials also announced the addition of a 1,200 square foot outdoor circuit training facility to be located adjacent to the community’s award-winning, 15,000-square-foot Wellness Center and Spa. The new training area will offer numerous additional fitness and training options in a safe, hygienic setting suitable for member athletes of all ages.
Initial site preparation, including ground and landscaping work, for the project is scheduled to begin early this summer with full completion slated for August. According to club officials, the project will make Vineyards one of the only country clubs in Naples to feature an outdoor fitness training facility.
Vineyards Country Club fitness instructors will utilize the facility to specialize in small group training, one-on-one training, outdoor yoga, and balance and circuit classes. These types of programs will be offered throughout the year, but especially focused on high season usage throughout December through May, when southwest Florida’s weather is most conducive to outdoor training. The facility will be constructed from galvanized steel anchored into the ground. The structural elements will include TRX™, or total body resistance, training equipment made with Kevlar, as well as urethane coated kettlebells and dumbbells, and vinyl-covered resistance bands, all designed to provide maximum weather proofing and outdoor usage. The floor surface of the training facility will consist of eco-friendly, recycled permanent poured-in-place elastic surfacing made from ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM). EPDM granular rubber surfaces are high-quality, weather-resistant, low maintenance and durable surfaces used in other outdoor fitness facilities and playgrounds in more than 60 countries across all continents.