40 years old and still going strong

Pierpont Racquet Club is excited about the planned renovations.

When the PRC first opened its clubhouse doors 40 years ago this October 1st it was one of the first multi-purpose clubs in the United States. Tennis and swim clubs were common and racquetball was growing in popularity throughout the country. Yet the Garrett brothers were among the first to combine tennis, racquetball, swimming and a workout room to create a private membership club. Fourth generation Venturans, Scott and Spencer Garrett returned to Ventura in the summer of 1975 and started developing the Club on 5.5 acres leased from the Pierpont Inn. With the backing of their parents Betty and Joe Garrett they attracted a few investors and secured a loan from the Bank of A Levy. Over the years the Garrett’s have continued to make improvements to the Club to keep pace with the changing needs of its members.

Shortly after the 40th Anniversary party to be held Sept. 30th, the Club will begin yet another construction phase. More fitness areas will be created, an elevator added, and the locker rooms, clubroom and lobby will be remodeled.

There aren’t many businesses that make it through 40 years. When asked what gives him the greatest satisfaction, Spencer Garrett said “I think what we have done well and still do is to create an atmosphere where people can meet and make life-long friends.”

There are still 44 people who have been members ever since the clubhouse opened in 1977. As they did for the 35th Anniversary in 2012, the Garrett’s have invited the Charter Members to a special reception the afternoon before the club wide party. On Saturday, September 30th, this year’s party, “Neon Nights”, will feature a barbecue and dancing to the tunes of D.J. Marty Glassman. Once again party proceeds will go to benefit a local non-profit. This year the Museum of Ventura County is the beneficiary.

Club Manager Kerrie Anderson, who first started at the Club in 1986 as a Fitness Director, is excited about the planned renovations to the Pierpont Racquet Club. “The changes we are making will enhance our partnerships that we have now with various community groups such as CMH to provide services not only to our members but to the general public as well,” added Kerrie.

When asked about future plans, Spencer Garrett said, “Scott and I never gave much thought to what was in store 10 years after we opened let alone 40. We’ve been blessed with so many great employees and members that this has never felt like a job. It’s been a privilege to see all that we have created and I know the future will be even brighter. It is a dream come true.”

Pierpont Racquet Club, 500 San Jon Road 648-5161

www.pierpontrc.com

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