HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – The good news for Shawn Dyer and Brian Inglis in renovating the Tennis Club of Hastings is that they could create it exactly as they wanted. The bad news was the damage Superstorm Sandy created last October was more substantial than thy original believed.
Dyer and Inglis took over in May as managing partners of the former Hudson Valley Health and Tennis Club at 100 River St.. After six weeks and about $250,000-300,000 worth of renovations, the club re-opened in late June.
“Besides the fact that it’s on the water, it's the most beautiful place to play tennis,’’ Dyer said. “It has indoor and outdoor courts, summer night time tennis and a significant client base. We just thought we could rebuild it.”
The rebuilding effort, however, was more extensive and costly than they anticipated. Electrical and plumbing fixtures need to be replaced, along with Sheetrock.
“We knew what we could see,’’ Dyer said. “But once you got into the nitty gritty, there was a lot more to it.”
The silver lining, however, was that Dyer and Inglis could make the renovations that they felt would improve the facility.
“We took our time and renovated properly,’’ Dyer said. “There was no rush to take shortcuts. It was comforting to know we had the time and people were going to be patient with us to get it rebuilt.”
The renovations cut into the summer season at the club. Over the past few months, however, more members have returned to play their matches there.
“A lot of positives came out of it,’’ Dyer said. “We ended up running quite a few clinics and private lessons and even a small camp.”
The club has six Har-Tru courts, which are covered for winter play. There is a waterfront lounge, renovated locker rooms, nursery and homework area for children, full pro shop, café and dining space for private parties or business meetings.
Dyer has more than 20 years of experience in the tennis industry and recently opened The Play Place, a children’s play and development center in Elmsford. Inglis has 15 years of experience in the tennis industry, and founded the Satellite Tennis Academy and has provided programs to over 1,000 junior players.
“We both have tennis backgrounds and connections, and we’ve had great relationships with a lot of pros over the years,’’ Dyer said. “I think the culture of the tennis program and the place that we’re going to create is a little different than most places.
David Slater has been hired as the club’s Director of Tennis, and the teaching staff at the club is continuing to be built. Dyer believes that the club will become a valuable and well-regarded facility in the Westchester tennis community.
“We’ve had an overwhelming positive response from the client base that was here,’’ Dyer said. “The support from the people in town has been fantastic.”