Thursday, March 28, 2013
The bright pop of the yellow ball that gets flung from one side of the court to the other while traveling over the net will likely be paused for about a week sometime in April.
That’s when Goose Creek Recreation Director Gary Stuber expects resurfacing work to being on the four tennis courts at the city-owned Crowfield Golf and County Club.
The courts have several cracks and dips. They have not been resurfaced since the city bought the country club in 2003, Stuber said.
At its March 12 meeting Goose Creek City Council unanimously approved a request from the recreation department to spend $25,400 to resurface the courts.
“The farthest one on the right has a crack running down one side of it,” Stuber said. “One of the other ones in the middle has a patch three to four feet in diameter that has come loose.”
Tennis courts are usually resurfaced every 15 years, he said. All four courts will be resurfaced at the same time.
Stuber said the courts are open to residents of Goose Creek and non-residents can play for a nominal fee. “It’s like the pool,” he said. “The city owns them. I don’t think residents realize they have access to those.”
Currently about 50 to 75 people pay their dues to be a member on tennis teams that play at Crowfield, Stuber said, adding that they are mostly men’s and women’s adult teams.
Stuber said at the moment he’s not entirely sure when the work will begin but said he expects it will take a few weeks for the materials to arrive. He said the two tennis courts at the Casey Center also need to be redone at some point in the future. The Casey Center courts were built on sub-par surface. They were built on dirt and have a tendency to sink, Stuber said.
In order to do the resurfacing job properly there the subsoil would need to be dug up. “At the Casey Center right now with rain you can see water coming up through the tennis courts,” he said. “That’s not supposed to happen.
“When you get a rain and in the summer when the sun’s really hot you can see it. There’s a whole method to this thing. At one point there’s a crack running down the middle of the court. A crack that’s an inch wide this year and two inches next year.
“I hope in the future we look at doing other things. It all depends on money and what happens in the future. Crowfield has better dirt underneath. It’s like asphalt. Rain gets in there and it moves around and there’s holes and cracks in it.”