A health and fitness club in Salt Lake City unlike any other
Since 1912 tradition and history has made the Salt Lake Tennis and Health club an important part of the local and national tennis community. You can feel that tradition of tennis excellence, family togetherness and pride as you walk the halls of this club or speak to any of it’s long standing members. Generations of families have grown up here, learning how to swim, play tennis, and compete on the highest level with family and friends. Our swimming team and tennis programs have been second to none for many years.
We are now improving on that tradition of family health with huge, exciting expansions and improvements for the Salt Lake Tennis and Health Club. A new, state of the art, fitness club has been built to provide our members with whole body fitness options along with our award winning swimming and tennis programs. New fitness classes including: GPP training, TRX, HIIT training, Yoga, spinning classes, Pilates, weight training and more. Check out the group class schedule for a view of our many options that are designed to fit your every need.
Along with the new fitness facilities there are many other improvements to the club and plans for more. All of our indoor and outdoor, tennis courts have been re-surfaced and improved. Improved LED lighting on our indoor courts provides a much better playing experience. State of the art – newly constructed locker rooms with sauna and steam rooms. Our cafe has been re-modeled and under new management to serve our members better. Future plans include an enclosure over our pool so that it can be used year round and a large hot tub.
Whether you are a casual tennis player, a fanatic weight lifter, want to shoot some hoops, work on your soccer game, or just want to hang out at our beautiful swimming pool with your kids, the Salt Lake Tennis and Health Club has it all. Come for a tour of the facility today!
The Salt Lake Tennis Club was founded in 1912 and for 105 years our club has been the home for tennis in Utah. It has a storied past not only relating to Utah tennis history but to our nation. Did you know that the Salt Lake Tennis Club hosted the US National Clay Court Championships in the 1940s? Did you know that such tennis legends as Tony Trabert, Andre Agassi, Stan Smith, Arthur Ashe, and Jim Osbourne competed at the Club. With the building of the indoor courts, the club became the home to the Western Collegiate Hardcourt Championships in the 1960s.
The Tennis Club’s first location was at the Victory Park courts on 10th East and in the 1930’s it moved to 9th East, adjacent to the Forest Dale Golf Course. In 1963 it moved to its current location on 17th East near Sugar House Park and was re-named the Salt Lake Swimming and Tennis Club.
During the club’s first 101 years the club was owned by the members. As times changed, the club began experiencing financial difficulties and by 2013 it faced the possibility that it would be taken over by the bank and sold for an alternate use.
After extended conversations with the club’s board and membership, in the fall of 2013 Laury Hammel purchased the club in order to keep this important community institution alive and well. Laury has a long history with the Salt Lake Swimming and Tennis club. His father, Lee, managed the club in the 1950’s and 1960’s and during his tenure the membership grew and the first pool at the club was built. Laury and his siblings grew up at the club where they enjoyed summers and learned how to play and compete in the great sport of tennis. When the club moved to its new location on 1700 East, Laury was its first janitor and worked at the club until he graduated from the U in 1971.
Laury loves to teach and coach tennis and he continues to teach nationally ranked players. In 2000 the Lee and Ruby Hammel family was selected as the USTA National Tennis Family of the Year. Laury is a member of the New England Tennis Hall of Fame and he has coached more New England #1 players than any coach in New England. He is thrilled with the quality of the Club’s tennis professionals, the excellence of its programs, and the extraordinary success of our young junior athletes!
In 2013 (One hundred and one years after the Club’s founding), Laury Hammel purchased the Club and began implementing a plan to bring back the Salt Lake Tennis & Health Club to its former glory. Tennis is in Laury’s blood. His father managed the club in the fifties and sixties and built it’s first pool. Both his mother and father (Lee and Ruby) have been life-long tennis coaches and players and are both in the Utah Tennis Hall of Fame. In 2000 the Hammel family (including his sister Carolee and brother Brad) were honored with the USTA National Tennis Family of the Year Award!
Laury has spent the past 45 years in the Boston area and now owns a group of clubs that combined are one of the top 50 largest health/tennis club businesses in the US. His clubs have developed a national reputation for directing tennis camps that teach thousands of children tennis while helping them reach their full potential on and off the court. Laury has built a world-class team of tennis professionals who share his values and enthusiasm for the sport of tennis.
Since Laury purchased the club in the fall of 2013, he has invested significant capital in upgrading the facility, building a team of highly-skilled professionals, and developing extraordinary tennis programs. Our team teaches tennis using a system that is fun and ensures our students will improve their tennis game. The positive improvements and upgrades that Laury and his team made happen include:
Like his father, Laury continued his family’s legacy of keeping the Salt Lake Tennis Club the center of tennis in the state of Utah. He has now transformed the club into a full-service health club and on January 1, 2017 the club’s name was changed to the Salt Lake Tennis and Health Club.
The Management Team worked on finding a new name for many months and chose this name because we wanted to keep the 105 Year-Old name in place-Salt Lake Tennis Club. We also wanted to introduce the concept of `Health’ because it includes all the various activities and benefits available at our club and it describes the essence of our mission as a business.