Client: Vestavia Country Club
400 Beaumont Drive, Birmingham, AL 35216
Another very happy NGI Sports customer...
Jeff Baker, General Manager
Vestavia Country Club
Nestled atop the mountains of Vestavia Hills and spanning over 176 acres, Vestavia Country club offers a rich tradition of hospitality, recreation and family focus for all ages in a luxurious and welcoming atmosphere.
VCC began as a successful riding club in the late 1940s. It opened to membership in 1948 and is regarded as one of the finest clubs in the Southeast. It is a treasure for its finely-manicured grounds, breathtaking views, extraordinary golf courses, and upscale facilities. VCC offers members a resort-like experience just minutes from home.
Member amenities include an 18-hole golf course, 9-hole Par 3 course, 15 tennis courts, a full-service fitness center, resort-style pool, intermediate pool, adult infinity-edge pool, and a premiere child care center.
General Manager Jeff Baker, the former Director of Tennis at Vestavia Country Club, has nothing but good things to say about NGI Pro-Clay. He states that the 740 members play approximately 40,000 rounds of tennis per year.
Originally, the club had 12 regular, fast-dry clay courts. "Our biggest problems had traditionally been freezing of surfaces in the winter where courts could be out for a week."
Jeff met NGI owner Rick Burke during a conference trade show at the Miami Open in 2015 and learned about Pro-Clay. He subsequently traveled to Connecticut and toured four facilities that had Pro-Clay courts. "I liked it. Because of an extra membrane between the rocks and the top layers, Pro-Clay doesn't freeze." He decided to take four of his 12 clay courts and get them resurfaced by NGI. (In the aerial photo above, it's the 4 top courts on the right-hand side.)
The courts were installed by a local contractor in 2016. Rick Burke's son Mike, NGI's Director of Marketing, supervised it personally. Jeff says, "Working with NGI was excellent."
Jeff Baker is a happy client. "The Pro-Clay surface drys very fast during our summer rains. It is very competitively priced and it saves us a lot on the maintenance. Pro-Clay practically pays for itself because of lower maintenance costs. We used to have to buy 4 tons of Fast-Dry every two years. That's down to 500 lbs now."
Jeff Baker added that in his opinion, Pro-Clay is also perfect for home applications. "Private court owners will appreciate the low maintenance cost and less hassle regarding the replenishing of Fast-Dry."