Christopher Hagman is founder and President of Atlantic Recreation. “I bring an other-centered approach and truly care about all parties. My background in fitness and tennis operations plus amenity courts can benefit facilities in several ways”
Chris has rare qualities as a dual certified Fitness and Tennis Professional and has worked as Activities, Fitness and Tennis Director. He has 40 years of experience in amenity operations and has personally recruited, hired, and trained over 200 Professionals for leisure services.
Many of these Professionals he brought into the industry or nurtured and now are Directors. Since 1991 his team has served numerous country clubs and residential communities in various roles. Mr. Hagman is a graduate of the University of Florida, Dale Carnegie Training, and The Living Foods Institute. His personal interests include playing tennis, community service, and wellness programs. For more information go: www.linkedin.com/in/christopherhagman
By Chris Hagman
In working with many clubs and communities, here are some valuable tips for Directors and Managers of medium to large facilities to improve amenity courts.
Develop a site plan
A key part of this is a fence diagram that shows height and length layout, distance between tension bars for each section, and dimensions of gate openings.
The distance between tension bars allows you to order precise materials for windscreens. Also, the site plan should include dimensions of courts, location and height of light poles, and the number of fixtures. You can do a good site plan yourself – which will take some time to develop and be invaluable when you want to repair courts, install fencing or windscreens or convert lights to LED. Also, an engineer or architect can develop a professional site plan when a permit is required for adding courts or lighting.
Budget to resurface or replace courts
A key question is how often should courts be resurfaced? This depends on the materials and workmanship of the last resurfacing, the amount of continual maintenance, and playing time. Most courts should be resurfaced about every five years. Both hard and soft courts have a lifespan, and for some courts that are decades old the right scope of work is replacement. The condition of courts evokes feelings, and these should make people want to play. For large facilities, instead of repairing all courts at the same time which is expensive, stagger work with two or four courts at a time.
Avoid a huge loss with LED bulbs
LED lights provide advantages of energy savings and longevity over metal halide. Unfortunately, some electricians merely put LED replacement bulbs in metal halide fixtures. The only thing this accomplishes is reducing energy load at the expense of quality lighting. The geometry of metal halide fixture reflectors are designed to work with the distribution patterns of the metal halide lamps (bulbs). The distribution pattern of the replacement LED lamps is completely different. Putting LED bulbs in metal halide fixtures results in the light not distributed properly on the courts. When this installation is complete the facility finds out they spent much money on lights that are ineffective. Then, the owner is reluctant to spend additional money on the solution which should have been implemented from the beginning. Before buying LED lights, get equipment specifications and photometric levels for your specific courts.
Realize construction value
A key here is hiring a Certified Tennis Court Builder who can provide industry-standard knowledge. It is best to have one company doing work from start to finish rather than subcontracting pieces that can result in timeliness and accountability concerns. While low price can be appealing, often this is related to less-skilled workers, inferior materials, and/or scope of work. Usually, construction problems are not readily seen and show up after the typical one-year warranty has expired then result in costing the facility more in the long-term.
Get a site plan, budget for repairs and hire reliable Professionals to improve your amenity courts with major gains.
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