L.A.'s Griffin Club Reopens With Outdoor Exercise Equipment and a New Pool

The new junior Olympic-size pool at the Griffin Club in Cheviot Hills.
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The private club, which debuted in Cheviot Hills in 2015, is back in business with more than a few changes in response to the pandemic: "We have a lot of outdoor space."

The Griffin Club, which debuted in Cheviot Hills in 2015, reopened June 1 with more than a few changes in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Originally founded in 1926 as the Westside Tennis Club, the 4-acre club — whose ranks throughout its history have included everyone from Errol Flynn and Humphrey Bogart to Ty Burrell and Josh Gad — has launched a new app so that members can book dedicated and socially distanced time slots for swimming and tennis. Exercise equipment has been moved outside. Masks are required on the property.

While indoor dining at its clubhouse is shut down, meal service is offered on a 5,000-square-foot terrace. One of the most in-demand facilities is the pool, which is being booked at half-capacity for two-hour slots. With about 1,700 members, the Griffin charges initiation fees ranging from $2,000 to $14,000.

Now, responding to increased interest in swimming, the club (originally founded by Milton Berle’s uncle, Elmer) has rushed to open a second pool, with an emphasis onlap swimming. “It’s primarily focused for adults and will be more of a quiet place,” says the Griffin’s director of membership, John Myers, who adds, “As opposed to like a Soho House, we have a lot of outdoor space.”

This story first appeared in the Aug. 19 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Click here to subscribe.