The US Open. The French Open. Wimbledon. They all mean one thing: sweating, grunting, handsome men in shorts.
OK, maybe it means something different to you, but the constant thwop-thwop-thwop of the tennis ball is only bearable for me if eye candy is involved. If you’re more into, say, the score, or performance, I’d suggest hitting any of these five courts below to work on that double fault.
Brookhaven Country Club
Sure, it may be the oldest in the ClubCorp organization (53 years and counting,) but Brookhaven is also the largest, and has maintained a modern image, earning them an award for “Most Improved Club” last year by Avid Golfer. The club boasts one of the largest tennis complexes in Dallas, with 17 lighted outdoor hard courts, five outdoor clay courts, eight climate control courts and eight covered courts with two lighted backboards, as well as an indoor ball machine court. Check out their pro shop, one of the largest in North Texas, for top of the line equipment and clothing.
Brookhaven Country Club is located at 3333 Golfing Green Dr. in Dallas, 972-243-6151
Tennis at the Four Seasons
Tennis Magazine ranks this resort as one of the top 50 in the US. With a recent renovation that added a show court, a new restaurant called Racquets and spacious Club Villas, the place is pristine. Of course, the real draw here is the massive 176,000 square-foot Sports Club and its complex of four indoor and eight outdoor tennis courts, sure to impress even the most advanced and discerning of players. Bonus: An early bird 6 a.m. drill session for those who like to get their tennis on before breakfast.
The Four Seasons is located at 4150 North MacArthur Blvd in Irving, 972-717-0700
T Bar M Racquet Club
Known around town as the “premiere tennis club’ and frequently rated among the top for local players, T Bar M Racquet Club features eight indoor courts, eight clay courts and 14 outdoor hard courts, along with a pool, wellness center and Pilates room. The club also plays host to the annual Challenger of Dallas event, which raises money for charity while being broadcast globally to over 1 million viewers.
T Bar Racquet Club is located at 6060 Dilbeck Lane in Dallas, 972-233-4444
The Village Club
East Dallas’s popular residential area for professionals, the Village offers a wide range of sports facilities and competitions for their residents (and yes, non-residents can play too for a larger fee.) The courts are clean and surrounded by a park, and the country club and pro shop offer plenty of amenities. The Village also holds tennis mixers where you can team up with fellow players for a round of doubles matches.
The Village Club is located at 8310 Southwestern Boulevard in Dallas, 214-772-1900
Royal Oaks Country Club
Only this club offers what they like to call indoor “Supreme Courts.” There’s also 12 hard outdoor courts and a clay court, along with a great pro shop and an incredibly talented staff of tenured tennis professionals offering lessons and advanced tennis programs.
Royal Oaks Country Club is located at 7915 Greenville Avenue in Dallas, 214-691-6091