September is a time of transition at the club--shifting from summer programming to fall, getting maintenance projects done, and beginning preparations for mostly indoor tennis. It's thankfully been a quiet summer for maintenance projects at the club. In the next few weeks we'll be tackling a backboard repair and some paint touchups and refreshes. Some of you might have noticed the small dirt balls on courts 7 & 8. This is a phenomenon that happened a few summers ago, during another sustained hot and dry summer. It appears to be a function of those courts sitting in the middle of dry grass fields, and when the hot east winds happen, dirt from that field gets displaced on to the courts. There isn't much we can do about it other than leafblowing them off every couple of days. It's mostly a waiting game until we get a couple of hard rains, but in the meantime the courts are still open for play--just a few temporary dirt marks here and there.
On the facilities front, we're still in a period of evaluation in regards to the effects of the court insulation. From a hot weather standpoint, courts 4-6 have been great (as we have ventilation that can be used to pull in cool air in the morning that we can trap in by closing the buildings at midday). This can be replicated in courts 1-3. We'll evaluate this winter to see how the insulation helps with colder temperatures and then develop a solution that can keep the courts as comfortable as possible year-round.
A couple of things from the pro shop. First, a reminder that Henry has left. This leaves the stringing duties in the capable hands of Tessa, Michael, and me. We'll do our best to ensure that the turnaround time stays quick. Also, a reminder to buy your new rackets from the club! Money from your purchase goes directly back to the club, and we can almost always beat the prices you'll find online. Just bring us what you find and we'll quote you a price. Lastly, a word of warning that ball prices everywhere in the country will be rising significantly by the end of this year. This impacts all brands, and our cost is projected to rise by almost 50 cents a can by December! We'll do our best to minimize the cost we pass on to you. We raised prices by 25 cents earlier in the year (in response to the last price increase), but we'll probably be raising prices again to at least $4/can starting in 2023.
Lastly, a status update on the updates to the Racquetdesk reservation system. We've gotten lots of good feedback from you all about what you'd like to see in future updates of the system, and we've forwarded this on to the developers to see what we can do. In the next update, you should see the ability to edit existing court reservations (adding/changing players after the reservation has been made), and they are working on the issue of visual "overlap" and ability to see all names on the court reservation in the app. We are also working with them to have any player listed on a reservation be able to see the booking under "My Appointments" so they know when they are scheduled to play in a group. There are several others items, too, that we are bringing to Racquetdesk that should enhance the way the system runs for us.