With a goal to be the premiere tennis club in the region, the Lakewood Racquet and Sport Club offers its members more than just a place to play tennis or work out.
Founded in 1962 the club operates out of a nondescript building at 5820 112th St SW. To the average passerby the facility blends into the landscape, but walk around the property and you quickly see there’s more than meets the eye.
The site is just over 10 acres with less than half of the property developed.
The club boasts four indoor and six outdoor tennis courts, three air conditioned racquetball courts, a wallyball/pickleball court and indoor basketball hoop.
It also has cardio and weight equipment, a personal trainer and other workout opportunities available to members.
In the summer the outdoor pool bustles with activity as children and adults cool off on hot days. Camps are available for kids, and lessons for players of all ages and abilities.
“It’s a very tight community,” Dayton said. “The Lakewood Racquet and Sports Club has been a hidden gem in Lakewood.”
The club got its start after 50 people came together and agreed to contribute $500 a piece to get it off the ground. Today there are more than 600 members.
A nine-member board of directors runs the member-owned club. Currently the board is working on plans to expand the club footprint and offer more opportunities for its members.
At one time more than half of the club’s membership was at least 60 years old. Today that number is around 25 percent. A number of factors played into that decline, including older members passing away and an evolution in how people spend their free time, Dayton said.
The club works hard to meet members where they are in their busy lives, he said. Once people realize the opportunities available – and how welcoming it is – they see the benefits of joining.
“The entertainment value here is amazing,” Dayton said. “Our goal is to still be the premier tennis club in the South Sound.”
It is because of this personal connection and its longevity in Lakewood that the city of Lakewood recognizes the Lakewood Racquet and Sports Club as its April 2017 Business Showcase.