tennis club reborn
Express Staff Writer
months of speculation about its future, the former Ironwood Tennis Club
in Hailey’s Woodside neighborhood was reopened last week with a new
name—and a new look.
Smith, a Ketchum resident who owns the Los Angeles-based Lido Equities
Group development company, has purchased the long-neglected property and
remodeled it into a new facility called The Club at Copper Ranch.
his real estate agent and project consultant John Sofro—on Friday
invited the public to play tennis free of charge on one of three newly
surfaced indoor hard courts at the club on Woodside Boulevard.
marked a renaissance of the property many Wood River Valley residents
thought might never happen. A Texas-based corporation that closed the
site in June formerly operated the facility. With the buildings in
disrepair and Woodside property values escalating, it appeared the site
would not be sold for anything other than a new residential development.
going to be a win-win situation for everybody—the people of the valley
and the developers," Sofro said, taking a break between games in
the completely remodeled facility. "Most people who would have
bought this property probably would have torn it down and turned it into
said renovations on the tennis complex began in October, and immediately
tennis enthusiasts began to inquire about memberships. "We had a
lot of people telling us they wouldn’t go away this winter if the
tennis facility was open," he said.
tennis complex—which by itself covers 21,000 square feet—was
completely reconstructed with new courts, insulation, heating and
tennis facility officially open, Smith explained that he now intends to
renovate and redesign the rest of the 31,000-square-foot complex.
said that by next fall the site would offer a fully equipped health club
with modern training equipment, an indoor basketball court, training
classes and possibly some spa facilities. Plans are also being prepared
for the construction of an indoor swimming pool.
going to be state-of-the-art. There’s no question," Smith said.
city of Hailey really needed a first-class health facility," Sofro
adult tennis memberships cost $55 per month, plus a $150 initiation fee.
Smith said the club will eventually offer memberships for the tennis and
health facilities individually, and a combined membership for both.
said the club already has more than 100 members, and when it becomes
fully operational could support approximately 2000 members.
is going to be a family-oriented club," he said. "We want it
to be as friendly and affordable as possible to residents of the Wood