Cancer survivor’s vision — becomes our welcome reality
2016 will be a good year for tennis lovers in the Treasure Valley. Eagle Tennis Club plans to open Phase I of their facilities, located at the Southeast corner of Highway 44 (State Street) and Edgewood Lane, in March. Phase I will include a 90,000 square foot state-of-the art tennis facility with 12 indoor climate-controlled courts, a 300-foot-long floating mezzanine for viewing, court-side food and beverages, a pro shop, and more. As of now, only 18 indoor tennis courts exist in the Treasure Valley.
Owner Kara Hoge says her vision is to have a place where people can go and feel like they’re at a mini resort. “We want people to come and stay and play all day and bring their kids and families,” she says. “Tennis is a lifetime sport and I believe in that.”
Hoge began playing tennis seven years ago after battling breast cancer. “It was on my bucket list,” she says. “I just fell in love with the sport and realized there was a huge need here for a tennis club.” She started progress on the project three years ago, securing land and working with developers and found that the Club’s location offers easy access and ample parking.
Hoge says it’s too early to say when Phases II and III will be completed, but when they are, members can look forward to outdoor tennis courts, a day spa, restaurant, salon, pool, basketball courts, physical therapist, dietitian, boutique, and even options for daycare and possibly a hotel. “We’ll bring in national tournaments and club tournaments,” Hoge adds. “We’re big supporters of BSU tennis and college tennis.”
Membership Director Nan Jacobson, who brings nearly 40 years of tennis playing and 20 years of experience working at tennis clubs, says that while Eagle Tennis Club certainly wants members, she wants it to be a place for all tennis players to come and feel welcome. “We want to grow the game,” Jacobson says. “We just want everybody.” While the club is private, amenities will be open to the public.
Hoge also noted the emphasis on community, as well as Jacobson’s knack for building it. “Nan knows everybody in the tennis world,” she says. “She is excellent at bringing tennis players of all ages and skills together.”
In addition to community, health and wellness are clearly important facets of the Club and Hoge’s vision for it. “The way I designed the club is to bring people to a great place and have them feel good about themselves, eat healthy food, and just have fun,” she says.
The staff will feature four tennis pros who will offer programs for juniors and adults of all abilities. Hoge highlighted the junior programs that ran the last two years with Eagle High School. “We’re putting together amazing tennis programs that are outside the box,” Hoge says. “The tennis pros I’m looking at are all over the United States and they bring a lot of great ideas.”
And there will certainly be plenty of people ready to use those ideas and soak up everything the club has to offer. “The Treasure Valley is in the top 10 per capita of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) memberships,” Jacobson says, noting that Idaho boasts over 4500 USTA members.
“This will put Eagle, Idaho on the map,” Hoge says. “The club will make it a destination.” Eagle Tennis Club membership specials are available now.