San Francisco's Goldman Tennis Center receives USTA’s highest facility honor
The Lisa and Douglas Goldman Tennis Center in San Francisco has been named the USTA's 2023 Featured Facility of the Year, the highest honor bestowed by the USTA on a tennis facility. The Bay Area hub was one of 29 winners of the USTA’s annual Outstanding Facility Awards program, which recognizes excellence in the construction and/or renovation of tennis facilities throughout the country.
All 29 recipients were honored Monday at an awards reception held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York as the 2023 US Open got underway.
The Lisa and Douglas Goldman Tennis Center, located within San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, underwent a $27 million renovation and reopened in 2021. The facility has served the residents of Northern California since 1894 and now boasts 16 lighted 78-foot courts, four multi-use mini courts and one dedicated pickleball court.
More than 2,000 players attend youth programming on a weekly basis and the facility has dedicated space for San Francisco Recreation & Parks’ Tennis Learning Center, which provides academic support and tennis instruction for students from underserved neighborhoods. The facility hosts a number of USTA events, and serves as the home facility for a number of local high schools and colleges.
“The Lisa and Douglas Goldman Tennis Center is an outstanding example of the ways in which a well-run and innovative community hub can touch and enhance lives through our lifetime sport,” said Craig Morris, Chief Executive, Community Tennis, USTA.
“Facilities like this one are integral in the USTA’s efforts to grow the game at the grass-roots level and share the sport of tennis with as many people as possible," Morris continued. "We are proud to recognize their remarkable efforts and we salute all 29 of these facilities for the impact each has made on their respective communities.”
“This facility sits in Golden Gate Park, which makes it so special,” added San Francisco Recreation & Parks General Manager Phil Ginsburg. “As a matter of values, we want tennis to be available to all. This is not a private facility. It is not a country club. This is a very gritty facility that you guys have now recognized as world class.”
Lois Salisbury, former co-chair of the Tennis Coalition San Francisco, commented, “We were the city voice. We gathered all the input from the community. We had the vision along with the city to partner to create this magnificent facility. From day one, we all had the same dream: We wanted this to be the hub, the engine of public tennis throughout San Francisco.”
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Life Time facilities received four awards across two categories. Life Time Des Moines (Urbandale, Iowa) and Life Time Galleria Tennis and Athletic (Houston) was honored in Small Private Facilities (2-11 courts). Large Private Facilities (12 or more courts) awards went to Life Time Athletic and Tennis Peachtree Corners (Peachtree Corners, Ga.) and Life Time Tennis Plano (Plano, Texas).
Andrew Felsenthal, tennis director at the Peachtree Corners facility, said, “This is a tremendous recognition for Life Time. Everything we do is to grow the sport for every age, every level and to create a healthy environment to welcome people into the sport.”
Gary Armstrong of Life Time in Houston added, “We all work together as a company with more than 30 clubs. We really work hard to provide the best experience for our members.”
Facilities were judged on the following criteria: overall layout and adaptation to site; excellence of court surface and lights; ease of maintenance; accommodations for players, spectators and press/officials; aesthetics; graphics (including the use of signs and landscaping); amenities such as casual seating for spectators, food services and social areas; and the facilities’ participation in grassroots tennis programs.
Nominated facilities were voted on in the following categories: Public Courts that are either small tennis centers with 2-11 courts or large tennis centers with 12 or more courts; Private Facilities that offer both USTA and public programming designed to help grow tennis (small: 2-11 courts; large: 12 or more courts); and Educational Institutions such as colleges, universities, public and private grade schools, middle schools, or high schools. All 2023 award winners will receive a wall plaque and an all-weather sign, which can be mounted at the facility.
The 2023 USTA Outstanding Facility Award winners are:
Public Courts: Small Tennis Centers (2 to 11 courts)
Doc Hosbach Tennis Complex (Henderson, Ky.)
Garber Courts (Saginaw, Mich.)
Lorenzi Park (Las Vegas)
Public Courts: Large Tennis Centers (12 or more courts)
Calhoun Tennis Center (Calhoun, Ga.)
El Conquistador Tennis (Oro Valley, Ariz.)
GreatLIFE Cares Foundation Tennis Complex (Sioux Falls, S.D.)
*Lisa and Douglas Goldman Tennis Center (San Francisco)
Phoenix Tennis Center (Phoenix)
Spencer Love Tennis Center (Greensboro, N.C.)
Warren County Tennis and Sports Facility (Bowling Green, Ky.)
Small Private Facilities (2-11 courts)
Beavercreek Clay Courts Tennis Club (Dayton, Ohio)
Corpus Christi Country Club (Corpus Christi, Texas)
Laurel Springs Racquet Club (Suwanee, Ga.)
Life Time Des Moines (Urbandale, Iowa)
Life Time Galleria Tennis and Athletic (Houston)
Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.)
Red Ledges Club (Heber City, Utah)
Templeton Tennis Ranch (Templeton, Calif.)
Large Private Facilities (12 or more courts)
Athletic Club Alabama (Huntsville, Ala.)
Guilford Racquet & Swim Club (Guilford, Conn.)
Life Time Athletic and Tennis Peachtree Corners (Peachtree Corners, Ga.)
Life Time Tennis Plano (Plano, Texas)
North Hills Club (Raleigh, N.C.)
Stone Creek Club and Spa (Covington, La.)
The Club at Harper’s Point (Cincinnati)
Weston Racquet Club (Weston, Fla.)
Byron Center Schools West Athletic Complex (Byron Center, Mich.)
Coach Jim Verdieck Tennis Center (Redlands, Calif.)
Conrad Weiser Tennis Facility (Robesonia, Pa.)