A knowledgeable staff that includes tennis instructors and former touring pros helps customers navigate the aisles of racket-sports equipment inside the two locations of Courtside Tennis & Apparel. A demo program lends out rackets from brands such as Babolat and Wilson for patrons to try out on the court or at John McEnroe–themed parties, and same-day stringing services get gear serve-worthy in a hurry.
Nestled in among the hills and trees of Fair Oaks, Rollingwood Racquet Club presents families with an opportunity to get involved and get in shape. A mini getaway, close to home, the facility boasts a lineup of year-round fitness activities, including group classes such as Pilates, Zumba, and spin. Its outdoor tennis courts are surrounded by scenic canyon vistas, and its indoor pool is heated for swimming during winter months or when a simmering pot of goulash just won't do. To further bring the community together in the name of health, Rollingwood also hosts monthly luncheons at local restaurants for members to connect and chat.
Since 1972, Spare Time Clubs has evolved into a 10-club, full-service family sports club company that includes programs for both adults and children. Each location varies in size—some boasting multiple complexes—and houses amenities such as lighted tennis courts, pools, kids’ play areas, and fitness centers. At the Diamond Hills and El Dorado Hills locations, members can shine up in the onsite European spas, and the jewel of the Gold River club is a lighted stadium court encircled by a 5,000 square-foot observation deck. In the event of inclement weather or courts being overrun by ball-chasing dogs, players can schedule time at the dedicated indoor-tennis center, where eight fully sectioned-off, championship courts glow under the power of tournament-level lighting. World-class coaches develop kids’ court skills at the junior tennis academy, students of which can practice with an unlimited number of sessions at any of Spare Time’s other clubs.
At Del Norte Aquatics, three heated pools are located both indoors and outdoors, facilitating year-round practice and lessons. Using curriculum developed by the USA Olympic swimming team, the center's coaches teach swimmers of all ages and ability levels everything from flotation skills to basic, intermediate, and advanced strokes, transitioning through the caterpillar squirm and chrysalis float before learning the butterfly. Aside from instruction, Del Norte offers 20 aqua-fitness classes per week, which leverage water’s natural resistance to tone muscles during low-impact, challenging workouts.
Hairstylist Ashley Pang adheres to the high standards at Plush Salon, where staffers continually learn new techniques in order to keep up with beauty’s latest trends. Her expertise includes modern haircuts and coloring treatments, such as highlights and single-process colors. During styling sessions, she relies on products from brands such as Goldwell, L’Oréal, and Moroccanoil.
The cadence of a baseline rally—bounce-thwack, bounce-thwack, the shuffling of scurrying feet—echoes across Sierra View Country Club, the scenic training ground for the pupils of Total Tennis. Head tennis professional Steve Dunmore roams the six lighted tennis courts, dispensing advice on stroke techniques, footwork, and strategy. The courts host multiple tournaments and USTA events each year as well as instructional programs for players of all ages and abilities.