The Racquet Club is a privately-owned, non-profit, seasonal swim, tennis and recreational club located at 3010 Hickory Lane, Ann Arbor, Michigan. This 8-acre site houses separate tennis locker rooms/lounges, 8 hard-courts and 4 Har-Tru Clay tennis courts, pool locker rooms with central entry, check-in, administrative offices and commercial laundry. One of our premier features is our 360,000 gallon, 11 lap-lane pool which also includes two 1-meter diving boards and a shallow end. For small children, we also have a 5,000 gallon children’s pool, with lounging and seating space around the entire pool complex. Other facilities include a food services building, basketball court, barn, maintenance shed and manager’s residence/staff office. The Membership includes approximately 500 family, single and senior memberships.
Originally a horse farm and apple orchard, the property still has the original barn built in 1883 and the residence which was constructed around the same time. The image above shows the property just prior to becoming Racquet Club, as a horse track. In 1963, founding members purchased the property with the idea of creating a local, private tennis club. They hired the architectural services of David Osler who began designing 4 tennis courts, parking and a Pro-shop, which were completed the following year. In 1965, plans began to construct 8 additional courts, pool and surrounding facilities, with future plans for a social building. The Racquet Club officially opened in August of 1966.
Capital renovations of the Osler design began in 1997 with a new pool, parking and landscaping. The Board of Directors and management worked to improve various areas of the campus every five years to include food services, rebuilding the hard courts and adding clay courts, new maintenance facilities, residence and staff offices, and a continued improvement plan. The general facilities of the Racquet Club were in place until 2016 when construction to renovate the aging Osler buildings began. The architectural services of John Mouat, of Mitchell and Mouat Architects, incorporates the history of the farm and it’s buildings with the function of a modern club facility. Many of the founding members still belong to Racquet Club and are a great resource for historical information.