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The Pierpont Racquet Club is a limited partnership that was formed in 1976 for the purpose of operating a recreational facility in Ventura. Brothers Scott and Spencer Garrett first started developing the PRC in June of 1975, when they returned to Ventura with the idea of creating a multi-use facility. As fourth generation Venturans, Scott & Spencer were interested in ensuring that the Club would be something of which area residents could take great pride.

The first step in the development of the Club was a door to door survey of more than 300 area residents to determine what the community would want to see in a club. They also toured many clubs in the Southern California area, noting strengths and weaknesses, to determine what facilities should be offered and how the club should be designed. As a result of this groundwork, when the PRC opened in 1977 it was one of the nation's first true multi-use facilities; incorporating tennis, racquetball, swimming, fitness, and social elements.

To finance construction of the PRC, a limited partnership was formed with Scott and Spencer Garrett named as the General Partners. The limited partners included Betty Garrett, Ken Macleod (whose construction company built the PRC), Ben Nordman, Don Carlton, Bill Corkins, and Mattie Gleichmann (of the Pierpont Inn).

PRC's Ground Breaking was held on September 17, 1976. At the start of 1977, PRC's first 7 tennis courts were open for play. During the next 8 months, while construction of the clubhouse complex was underway, a trailer served as PRC's office, pro shop, and meeting point. PRC's original members fondly remember those opening months of operations as "The Trailer Days".

On October 1, 1977 the PRC held its Grand Opening Celebration with operations in full swing. At that point, the PRC featured 8 tennis courts (7 lit), a tennis practice alley, four racquetball courts, the clubhouse complex and the indoor pool complex. Food service was limited to a small snack bar in the space presently serving as the bookkeeper's office.

In September 1978 the PRC completed its first expansion project- the addition of 4 tennis courts. These courts brought to 12 the number of tennis courts (9 lit) the PRC offered. Less than two months later, PRC memberships in the Club were sold out and PRC began a waiting list for memberships.

In November 1980, the PRC began construction of its second expansion phase. This phase included the addition of 2 racquetball courts, the Courtside Cafe, game room & lounge, and the upstairs clubroom that would later become PRC's Aerobics Studio. Construction was completed in May 1981.

In September 1985 the PRC converted what was formerly RB court #4 into an exercise room featuring 10 Nautilus machines, 2 StairMasters and 3 Lifecycles. Prior to this conversion, PRC offered a 400 sq. ft. exercise room with a 12 station Universal Gym. This conversion allowed the PRC to convert the old exercise room into the men's executive locker area, the women's vanity area, and the massage room.

In October 1987, the PRC celebrated its 10th Anniversary with a Fiesta Celebration that attracted more than 500 members. At that time plans were unveiled for the expansion of PRC's exercise and aerobics rooms, a new child care center, as well as the addition of an outdoor lap pool. In September 1988, the PRC completed the expansion of its fitness areas and opened its new child care center.

In September 1990 the PRC completed the retaining walls built for the outdoor pool and for the additional parking spaces required as part of the permit process. The employee parking area was enlarged to add another 10 spaces to PRC's parking capacity. In addition, court #8 was given a new asphalt cap to correct the cracking problems and the court was lit for night play. On April 27, 1991, the PRC opened the outdoor pool allowing the swim program to be expanded.

In September 1991, the PRC converted one if its 5 racquetball courts to a fitness room and introduced the Lido equipment. The previous weight room was converted to a free weight area with a separate office space built for tennis and swim programs.

In April 1992, General Partner Spencer Garrett was named to the Board of Directors of IRSA, the Association of Quality Clubs, and began serving a three year term. (In 1994 this organization changed its name to IHRSA, The International Health, Racquet, & Sportsclub Association.)

In October 1992, the PRC celebrated its 15th Anniversary. Commemorative T-shirts were printed and sold for $15 with a $1 discount for each year the person had been a member. More than 150 original members attended the celebration which featured an aerial photograph taken of members lined out in a "15".

In September 1993 the pool and jacuzzi were replastered and the tennis patio was resurfaced and a new awning added. At the same time, an awning was added to the front entrance.

In September 1995 the PRC completely remodeled its locker rooms. The locker rooms were gutted and rebuilt. During the project, two additional showers were added to the ladies room and the massage/spa services room was relocated. The remodeling project was coordinated by McGillivray Contractors, Inc. and was completed in only 8 days.

In October 1997, the PRC celebrated its 20th Anniversary. The gala party attracted staff members from prior years as well as hundreds of current members and even celebrity Kevin Costner.

In August 1998, Scott and Spencer Garrett sold their five Albuquerque clubs. Scott had moved to New Mexico on 1982 and in 1984 Scott and Spencer purchased their first club there. Through the year's they added more clubs modeled after the Pierpont Racquet Club. By the time the clubs were sold in 1998, they served more than 10,000 memberships in the city. New Mexico Sports & Wellness is now owned by Club Sports International.

In January 1999, the PRC exercised its first right of refusal on the sale of its neighbor the Pierpont Inn. For the next six years the Inn and PRC were operated as one, In March 2005 the Inn was sold and the Club resumed operating independently.

During Maintenance Week in 2006, the PRC extensively remodeled it fitness rooms. The squash court was relocated to what had been racquetball court #3 and the wall between the old squash court and the cardio room was taken down and the ceiling lowered to create a new 1600 square foot room with windows overlooking tennis court #1. All new fitness equipment was added.

The indoor square footage of the PRC is 20,000. The Club is situated on 5.5 acres.