With old clubhouse's fall, new era begins

treasurE island Yacht club members willadd more memories and tradition in their new home.

By NICK JOHNSON, Times Staff Writer
Published September 2, 2007

Treasure Island Tennis and Yacht Club members saw the last of a building steeped in memories and tradition when demolition crews moved in to tear down the old clubhouse.

The demolition on Wednesday was one of the final steps in the transition from the outdated two-story structure the yacht club had been using since 1972 to the new palatial three-story building that opened in mid August.

"The club has really crossed a threshold to the future," said John McManus, general manager of the yacht club.

The area where the old building stood is slated to become green space and a main entranceway in front of the new facility.

The 29,000-square-foot building is the result of nearly five years of planning and construction and provides the amenities needed to satisfy its 650 current members while also drawing in some new ones.

It boasts a fitness center complete with a personal trainer, plush locker rooms and a massage therapist. A pro shop selling all the necessary gear for the courts or the docks is also available.

The new building also has updated lounge and dining areas, and a banquet area to accommodate up to 350 people, something the old building lacked.

"We've discovered that the new club is very popular for wedding receptions and large-scale social events," McManus said. The extra business such events generate was a big incentive for the yacht club.

But not all members were ready to make the change.

Larry Kimmerling, who was commodore in 2003 during the project's initial phase, said some members were hesitant about the new building. "The old building had a lot of sentiment and tradition," Kimmerling said. "Taking that away was kind of difficult."

Nick Johnson can be reached at nickjohnson@sptimes.com or 893-8361.