Hollow Rock Racquet & Swim Club

4.5

5100 Erwin Rd
Durham, NC 27707
Phone: (919) 489-1550
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Hollow Rock Racquet & Swim Club

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Photo of Mary Cannon Mary Cannon
May 5, 2019 5

I love this place! It is such a fun place with amazing staff. It is so nice to have a place to spend time with friends and meet new ones. I highly recommend this club.

Photo of Jitendra Patel Jitendra Patel
May 17, 2019 5

Great choice very friendly owner Beautiful waitress

Photo of F&L MGMT F&L MGMT
Aug 26, 2018 4

I would give this club a 5 stars if it had indoors courts. The staff here is amazing, especially Tennis Coach Mateas and his wife, Angela who does fitness training. My daughter trained with both of them and they are absolutely awesome! Love this place and their staff!

Photo of OakLane Farm OakLane Farm
Dec 13, 2018 1

My experience as a Hollow Rock member of seven years has been an extremely distressing one. I, and another Club member of three decades, have been the targets of a frightening, unrelenting hate mail campaign by a former Hollow Rock tennis professional over the last four-and-a-half years. We only knew this employee via our memberships and time spent at Hollow Rock. (I've since resigned from the Club). Recently the correspondence has become increasingly menacing, culminating in the email that arrived this week, so we have finally decided to take the matter to the FBI. The content echoes the kind of hate messages written by dangerous offenders. The author was a tennis instructor at Hollow Rock (HR) for many years; I took a few private lessons and group clinics taught by him. But he is not currently employed at the Club. Nonetheless, his emails reference HR, its current members, and updated events at the Club. Clearly someone(s) still affiliated with HR is/are passing on information to this long-time Club staff member and stoking his disturbing obsession with us. The author expresses his desire for our immediate harm (in detail), and he also describes his continued "celebration" of the severe stroke of another HR member which almost cost him his life. We have saved the emails over the years for the record. We will be asking the FBI to investigate the author and any individuals tied to HR who could be abetting this alarming behavior. (We have some strong ideas who they might be). I have already filed a report with the Orange County Sheriff's Office and contacted an assistant US Attorney on a related matter. This is my personal experience of being a member of Hollow Rock Racquet & Swim Club and taking lessons and clinics from its staff: fear for my personal safety. My advice: stay far, far away from this organization. Recreational clubs are supposed to be fun and stress-free. An oasis. Not result in (former) members turning to the FBI out of concern for their personal welfare. And you would never want your family exposed to the vile language/descriptions used by this professional who taught at HR for so many years. These are some sick letters which will be shared with the FBI. P.S. As further evidence that HR can present a hostile environment, please read some of the 5-star reviews here that refer to a "disgruntled," "divisive" and "unhappy" former Club member. You can see why I might be disgruntled after being the subject of such disturbing letters sent by a Club pro. Also, for years I pointed out the fact that HR's board of directors and manager had stopped reporting as taxable revenue on the Club's IRS returns (Forms 990) the lane rental income earned from Duke Aquatics/Carolina Aquatic Team. HR's President and manager had just written me an apology pledging no more legal non-compliance after I had discovered the board violating NC statute and Club bylaws. Still, for years the board and manager claimed I was wrong on the tax law; during that time frame, such reviews about my being "divisive" and "disgruntled" appeared. Then finally, with the hiring of independent CPAs who confirmed my reading of the tax code, the board filed amended IRS returns for the years FY14-16 which properly reported this sizable aquatics revenue as taxable unrelated business income, as has their newest IRS return for FY17. All of this can be verified by examining HR's Forms 990 which are accessible online. (Also, note on the four annual 990s the fact the Club admits to having no official written policy to protect whistleblowers who disclose suspected violations of law. The IRS considers whistleblower protection policies crucial for transparent, sound corporate governance). So in addition to having a former Club employee send disturbing emails about me for several years, I have had Hollow Rock members belittle me after exposing statutory non-compliance and pressing their Club to simply follow the rules like everyone else is expected to do.

Photo of Elizabeth Wyngaarden Elizabeth Wyngaarden
May 2, 2017 5

My husband and I have been members at Hollow Rock since 2004. I have 7 kids and they have all enjoyed playing tennis for fun and swimming year around over the years. I highly recommend The Rock for your family! Don't take my word for it; come and see for yourself! You won't be disappointed.

Photo of Elliot Cramer Elliot Cramer
Jul 2, 2019 2

Sad what has happened to what used to be an excellent Club. They have retained an utterly incompetent manager who has driven away some excellent employees. The Board had to overrule some of his innovations such as requiring all members to register a credit card and signing a release to absolve the Club and other members from any kind of liability. His mismanagement has caused the Club to substantially raise their dues. The Board itself retaliates against any member who makes constructive criticisms. A far better choice for anyone with a UNC connection is "the Farm - UNC Faculty-Staff Recreation Association". It is also substantially less expensive. I am much happier there than when I was a Hollow Rock member.

Photo of Christopher Perrien Christopher Perrien
Jul 2, 2019 5

Been a member for 20 years. Club is in the best shape ever with the most fun and interesting membership. In addition to the variety of tennis and swim programs, it's great to see the growing summer camps and young campers; the fitness studio with Forza Training; and, mainly, the interesting and courteous membership. As there can be nearly no curation of comments posted by those dismissed from the Club for being, frankly, unhappy with the Club and disrespectful of membership, please consider the source and the tone of their broad-brushed and disparaging remarks of our Club's 1,000+ members & their families and our Club's management. If you'd like to visit Hollow Rock for a facilities tour and discuss any of the posted remarks for their veracity, please contact me. I'd be happy to meet with you at the Club or to arrange for a tour by a member of our proud staff. Happy 4th.