The newly expanded Serrano Country Club fitness center opened Saturday with a party for the current members, who noshed healthy appetizers, mingled with friends on the patio and toured the facility.
The center went under the knife of RCP Construction in November, emerging with bright new cardio, group exercise and kids rooms, two new tennis courts, upgraded locker rooms and a gaggle of new activities “all of which add to Serrano’s overall value proposition,” said the man responsible for much of that proposition, Vice President of Construction Tom Howard.
The club expanded from 900 to more than 4,000 square feet, and is open to those with sports or golf memberships. Serrano residency is not a requirement.
The two new tennis courts bring the total to four, “enough that we held our first Serrano ladies tennis tournament,” said Membership Director Cindy Koch on Saturday.
Social leagues are forming, and a full-time tennis pro is now available for lessons.
The tiny cardio room has been moved, expanded and updated with all new torture devices, many of which have onboard touch-screen video and Internet access to distract weary workout warriors.
The spacious new kids’ area includes knock-hockey, foosball and Xbox games. It’s a comfortable and safe place for kids to hang out, not far from the snack bar and lounge area.
The locker rooms are larger, with complementary lockers and towels.
The pool area is unchanged. Its shady verandas, comfortable deck furniture, hot tub and kids’ pool remain a destination for Serrano families who want to kick back.
Serrano resident Cindy Crawford — the super-mom, not the supermodel — started bringing her two young children to the pool 17 years ago, and recalled how relaxing it was, especially since she was carrying number three at the time.
“My kids basically grew up in and around this pool,” she said.
Only 150 sports memberships will be available for now, most of which are already spoken for. Only one of Serrano’s 450 golf memberships is currently available.
For membership information or to schedule a tour, call Membership Director Cindy Koch at (916) 932-1165.