The Wessen Tennis Club, like the land of Oz, is awash in emerald green. With 24 grass courts, meticulously groomed and framed by plantings of white petunias, a glittering Olympic pool and elegantly casual clubhouse, the place is also a fantasy land, plunked improbably a few blocks from downtown Pontiac.
Three years ago, the 10-acre site was the glass-and-trash strewn, forsaken Hayes Jones Community Center, named for an Olympic sprinter and slated for demolition. Even so, Pontiac residents didn't initially welcome a bid to turn abandoned city-owned land into a private club. But William E. Massie, Cranbrook's architect in residence, would not shake the vision in his head, according to The Detroit News ( http://bit.ly/1Q8l3cD ).