Lake Las Vegas Sports Club Lands An Ace With Dann Battistone
– By Stacy D’Alessandro
The Lake Las Vegas Sports Club has made its mark at the master-planned community of Lake Las Vegas as an exclusive club with world-class amenities. Since opening in January 2017, the club has grown to include more than 1,000 members, and support for the club is not slowing down. If you ask the club’s general manager, Dann Battistone, he would tell you it’s a place where the community can get to know each other and become friends. In fact, Battistone, a former professional tennis player who ranked in the top 100s in the world in doubles, said his goal is to get to know each club member by their first name. We caught up with him to learn a little more about his background and the sports club.
Tell us about your background.
The sports club opened in January 2017 and I was hired in November 2016. I have a background in both sports and fitness, and financial services, so my work experience aligned well with what the club needed.
I am a former professional tennis player that was ranked in the top 100s in the world in doubles. Tennis is my passion. I have a vision for making the Sports Club a place where both recreational members and top professionals can enjoy our facility. We hold weekly tennis clinics that are available to our members and their guests.
In my tennis travels around the world, I have been to hundreds of clubs. (My father also owned a tennis club in Santa Barbara. I grew up with that dream of maybe one day owning or running a club of my own. This dream has essentially come true!) Although I am not involved in the actual ownership of the club, each day I have the opportunity to work with the members in making the club a wonderful place to be.
What type of amenities are available as a member of the club?
The club offers over 50 fitness classes per week, two pools, a hot tub, a state-of-the-art fitness center, steam rooms, a game room with pinball, a pool table, air hockey, shuffleboard, and more. We also have six pickleball courts and four tennis courts which complement the beautiful greens and fairways that sit directly behind the club. I don’t know of another club that has so many different activities and classes that you can participate in.
Pickleball has also become a fast growing sport that our members have embraced. We have had several successful tournaments since the Sports Club opened, the largest of which had approximately 200 entries Two of our members, Deb Dempsey and Angela Rozovics, were chosen as Pickleball Ambassadors in the Las Vegas area. Every Wednesday and Saturday evening you will see our courts full of players anxious to challenge each other to a game.
What are some of the activities on the lake?
The 320-acre lake is a wonderful amenity for home
owners and Sports Club members alike. Sports Club members have private beach access where they can take kayaks, canoes or paddle boards out onto the water for a peaceful ride around the lake.
What are some fun things for families to do at the club?
The classes are one of the main attractions for families. My daughters love the dance classes. There’s something different every day of the week with 50-plus classes for all ages. There are very few times throughout the week where you will not find something happening. Whether it’s kids in the pool, a family get-together at the game room, or sitting with siblings at the fire pits overlooking the golf course, there is always something to do.
What do you enjoy most about managing the club?
I have truly enjoyed getting to know the people that represent Lake Las Vegas. The club members come from all over the world, bringing with them their specific talents, interests and charisma. Our staff members have also done a phenomenal job at bringing the Sports Club community together, and I have enjoyed seeing relationships being built over this last year and a half.
It’s not often that you get to do the things you really love to do. I work in a beautiful place with great people, and while I spend a lot of my time on the administrative and leadership side, I still get to spend several days a week teaching tennis and pickleball lessons and clinics. It has been a great fit for me.
I often think about the days when my kids are grown it is just my wife and me. We could live in Lake Las Vegas, buy a golf cart and never have to leave! It is such a great community with lots to do while still being so quiet and peaceful.
What is something that members might not know about the club?
One of the best kept secrets in Lake Las Vegas is the view from our back patio at dusk. If you come on a cool fall or winter evening, you can enjoy the spectacular view while warming up next to the outdoor fireplace. Turn on the music softly, take a seat and enjoy one of our best kept secrets!
Are there any events or tournaments coming up?
We have the Nevada Senior Games Pickleball tournament in early October. And we’re excited for our second annual Sports Club pool party in September. For women in the community, there’s also monthly get together at the Sports Club called the Ciao Bella luncheon. It is a potluck luncheon held the second Monday of every month and typically includes guest speakers and presenters on a variety of topics.
What has the UNLV Sports Science Center brought to the club?
The UNLV Sports Science Center has added a new level of professionalism to our programming. UNLV has brought state-of-the-art equipment here that members can use for fitness assessments, such as evaluating body fat percentages, visceral levels, etc. The Sports Science center is also used for research, studies, and guest presentations from fitness and science-based industry experts.
What do you hope to see at the club in the future?
I hope to see a thriving tennis and golf academy here at the Sports Club. We have the facilities and space to rival any other sports academy. In the near future, families who have a passion for golf and tennis will be moving to Lake Las Vegas because it gives their kids the best opportunities for golf and tennis training found anywhere.
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