Fox Chapel Racquet Club Promises Family, Fun and More f you’re looking for a club that offers the most bang for your buck, Fox Chapel racquet Club’s manager len Chorney can assure you that his is “the best deal in town.” And from the amenities and events members get with the Fox Chapel racquet Club, he’s not lying. From tennis and platform tennis to swimming and its luxurious clubhouse that’s constantly active with cocktail parties and mixers, the Fox Chapel racquet Club has everything a discerning member could want. by the club’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2013, those amenities will be even greater with a complete swimming pool renovation, new locker rooms, and even more programming. “We have a long-range planning committee working on the details of these changes right now,” Chorney said. “The pool renovation will result in more of a resort-style theme.” Add to that the changes that have already taken place, including complete Wi-Fi internet coverage and a soon-to-be launched new website, the Fox Chapel racquet Club is not only keeping up with the times, it’s growing new members at a substantial rate. even with all the club amenities and slated improvements, Fox Chapel racquet Club is always mindful of keeping the dues and club activities affordable.
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“Over the past three to five years, the club has targeted younger families with children,” Chorney said. “We created a 37-and-under membership class and lessened the burden of joining the club. The non-refundable initiation fee can now be paid over the course of a two-year commitment.” Additions to the programming also reflect a desire to court younger members. With an expanded juniors program and augmented summer program that includes a toddler program in addition to its swim team, the Fox Chapel racquet Club has become a place for families more so now than ever. The new website promises to increase club activities through interactive court reservations, calendars and automated rSVP for club events. The membership directory also will be online so that members can securely find others who share their interests or a game going on. “We’ve really been bringing the club up to par with our technology based on membership feedback,” Chorney said. All of the new bells and whistles will bring members together for events and programs that they may not have known about before. Chorney said that the club is much more than just tennis and swimming. “There’s a huge social aspect to the club,” he said. “Always, our sports are outside, but we have a lot going on in the clubhouse as
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well. We have entertainment committees for both juniors and adults which generate a variety of activities, such as ballroom dancing, bridge nights, seasonal wine-tasting dinners, monthly theme dinners, holiday brunches and more. We also do outside activities such as bike rides, golf outings, canoe trips, jogs and runs, and go to Pirates and Wild Things games. This is a very vibrant and active club.” While most of the club’s activities are based around its outdoor facilities, the Fox Chapel racquet Club is a year-round operation. Nearly 300 families partake in the offerings its nine tennis courts, five platform tennis courts, and swimming pool have to offer. Not only do they partake in their club’s sports, they excel at them. The Fox Chapel racquet Club’s director of racquet sports, Martin Sturgess and his platform tennis partner Fritz Odenbach, won the Nationals 55 in New Jersey, his second platform championship win. Sturgess also has won two national tennis championships, accomplishments that Chorney said the club is extremely proud of. “There truly is something for everybody here,” he said. For more information on the Fox Chapel racquet Club, go to www.fcrclub.com or call 412.963.8331. Photos by Kevin Ross and K Processing.