Having read ians review if find it misleading. He raises a number of points about court booking but makes no meantion of the fact that the coaches bookoings are for MEMBERS to get 121 coaching. They too pay membership so why shouldn't they book courts!The facilities aee fantastic - well managed and well maintained - from swimming to the health and fitness classes and gym.I have nothing but good things to say about the staff who are polite, friendly and helpful. I would advise people to see it for themselves - make your own mind up.
We have developped an online booking and management software for sports facility.You can book on line your tennis courts, fitness lessons, indoor soccer fields...The software has also a website builder, an on line proshop (you can see, compare and buy your club's products), and the management of the members.Check out the website at http://www.serlive.com and ask for a free demo and a quote!
I rejoined DL Belfast in November 2010 with my partner - I had paid single membership of £85 per month which was much too expensive - but with joint membership I now pay £72 per month (still very expensive in my opinion but then they have a monopoly on indoor tennis).
However since joining it has become apparent that actually getting an indoor court is very very difficult so anyone joining for indoor tennis should seriously think twice because:
(1) They have no online booking facility for tennis (they have for gym classes). This means they have no waiting/reserve list facility which they specifically say they have in their racquets policy.
(2) They seem to have increased the number of tennis classes and coaches seem to be able to get courts even when these classes are on and they coach juniors at peak evening times.
(3) They have too many coaches which means they are all looking courts for private lessons therefore depriving paying members of the chance to play a game of tennis - because although they cannot book a court themselves they always seem to manage to get courts ahead of members phoning up.
For £55 per month with £30 membership fee and the initial month's membership free I don't actually feel I am being ripped off but the club's management "could do better". The Club has two swimming pools, one 25 metre indoor pool plus a heated 20 metre outdoor pool open all year round. You never have to wait for a machine in the superbly air conditioned gym and my gym instructor is excellent ... when I get to meet him! The gym is very poorly staffed, with a two week waiting list to meet a Fitness Instructor to review progress and gain guidance on how to use equipment which I find unacceptable. All the gym equipment is nearly new and "state of the art". You have the choice of four television channels (BBC1, ITV, Sky News & Sky Sports News) plus a couple of generic music channels to watch / listen to whilst working out. BBC1 and ITV are however extremely susceptible to some sort of (rather annoying) electrical interference. The opening hours (6.30am to 11pm Monday to Friday and 7am to 11pm Sat, Sun & all Bank Holidays excluding Christmas Day : the only day when the club is closed) are very convenient. In addition, the club also organises many many classes (mostly free!) including a Swimming Masters with Ulster & Ireland Swimming Champion Andrew Hunter four times a week. I cannot comment on the racquet facilities since my membership does not includes their use. (Full membership including racquet facilities is £68 per month). On the negative side, the changing rooms simply cannot cope with the membership resulting in myself usually having to get changed with all my stuff spread out all over the floor because other fellas are using the bench. I often have to wait for a shower and have to leave my towel and shampoo to the pool side because the Club does not have Dry and Wet changing. If I did not bring my towel and shampoo to the pool side, I would then soak the dry changing whilst trying
to get my stuff gathered together for the post swim shower. The club recently embarked upon a refurbishment programme for the showers but this overran and went horribly wrong when the paint used to paint over the shower tiles started to peel off! Aside from these minor inconveniences, two major negative factors also exist. The food at the clubs restaurant is over priced and very very poor quality whilst a majority of the clubs membership consists of snobby and often ignorant / nasty individuals who lack basic polite social skills e.g. one member allowed the door to close behind him right into my face despite knowing I was behind him. I simply ignore these prats but it is rather disheartening sometimes when such members create a "them" and "us" / "haves" and "have nots" atmosphere. What sad lives some people live! I visit the club at least four times a week, staying approximately two hours each time. As an active and keen swimmer, my main motivation to join was because of the swimming pool If you do not intend to use the gym and pool about the same frequency as myself, £55 per month may be a bit of a waste and maybe Fitness First @ £29 per month would seem better value. I would also consider monthly membership with North Down Borough Council which, for about £25 per month, entitles you to use the gym & pool at Bangor Castle Leisure Centre plus the gym at Holywood Queen's Complex or, if you live near the Olympia Centre on Boucher Road, Belfast City Council Membership at approximately £23 per month. Olympia has a great gym plus pool.