Whether you made it to Miami for the Sony Ericsson Open or just watched it on the flat-screen from the comfort of your own home, no doubt all the excitement left you with at least a little bit of tennis fever. Lucky for Phoenicians, our city boasts a number of high-quality courts in beautiful mountain and garden settings where players can break a sweat perfecting their backhands or just simply enjoy taking a mental break from the office. So grab your racket and shoes, and then get ready to channel your inner Andy Roddick or Venus Williams on these Haute 5 tennis courts around the Valley.
At Arrowhead Country Club, enjoy a state-of-the-art tennis and fitness center with 10 lighted hard courts and one stadium court surrounded by palm trees and . And if you’re looking to take your game to the next level, the club offers group and private lessons, camps, clinics, fitness instruction, and a ball machine available every day for practice. In between matches, stroll into the two-story clubhouse and onto the viewing deck to relax and watch the other players — and maybe even take a few notes.
Arrowhead Country Club is located at 19888 N. 73rd Ave. in Glendale
A social membership at Superstition Mountain Country Club grants you access to the Sports Club and all its amenities, including the swimming pool, tennis courts, fitness center, and more. Play a match or two on the club’s four tennis courts against the backdrop of the storied Superstition Mountains, then retreat to the Old World-style clubhouse, where the plush locker rooms include spas, lounges, and outdoor patios.
Superstition Mountain Country Club is located at 3976 S. Ponderosa Dr. in Gold Canyon
OK, so it’s a little bit of a drive outside of central Phoenix to The Boulders Resort in Carefree, but the tennis courts there are beyond worth it. Ranked as one of the “Top 50 Tennis Resorts in America” by TENNIS Magazine, the resort offers players a “terraced tennis garden” with eight plex-cushioned, partially sunken courts — five hard and three clay. Choose from half-hour or hour-long private lessons, semi-private lessons, video analysis, daily clinics, drill sessions, and ball machine practice. And because they’re really on top of their game, the staff also offer racket rental, 24-hour stringing and re-gripping services, and twice-monthly round robin tournaments. Follow up your court time with a spa treatment at the resort’s Golden Door Spa.
The Boulders Resort is located at North Scottsdale Road and North Boulder Pass in Carefree
Those who like to practice on a variety of playing surfaces will love The Phoenician’s tennis facility, which offers one Wimbledon championship grass court, seven Plexipave hard surface courts, two Australian Ace Rebound surface courts, and one Prestige Plexicushion surface court. In addition to ball machine practice and video instruction, The Phoenician also offers private, semi-private, and group lessons with the resort’s five professional players, as well as an extensive “Racket n’ Roll” camp for kids, with sessions from the end of May through the beginning of August.
The Phoenician is located at 6000 E. Camelback Rd. in Scottsdale
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa
Nestled into Camelback Mountain, Sanctuary features five Deco-Turf courts and even a tennis lounge with demo rackets that are available for rent. Enroll in lessons, agility training, or one of the 90-minute clinics taught by the resort’s tennis professionals. Kept at a 4:1 ratio, these sessions are sure to offer invaluable pointers in a comfortable, constructive learning environment. To further improve your game, select from a dozen other fitness activities at Sanctuary, including private swim instruction, hiking, guided bike tours, and band and ball training.
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa is located at 5700 E. McDonald Dr. in Paradise Valley