The Five Seasons Family Sports Club houses tennis courts, a dining area, fitness facilities, swimming pools, and a full-service spa under one roof. Within air-conditioned indoor courts or on outdoor hard or clay courts, racquet slingers compete in friendly bouts to sharpen swings, refine backhands, and showcase grunting abilities. Members can also break a sweat in exercise areas speckled with modern cardio equipment and weights or cool off in an Olympic-sized pool with diving wells and wading areas. Before meeting others for a postgame beverage at the lively café, clients can wander to the spa for a relaxing massage or partake in a sports workshop to gain a firm grasp on game mechanics.
Clifton Meadows Tennis and Swim Club maintains a 10-acre facility of three recirculating swimming pools and six tennis courts (two with artificial grass) to support its dedicated teams of racket-handlers and swan-divers. Tennis instructor Ben Britton, head of the tennis team, also conducts private and group lessons to help students master spin better than a yo-yo champion politician. The private lesson affords the opportunity for thwackers to take in some personal practice with Ben; guests can also elect to join group lessons to hone their serves, forehands, and Hulk hands.
Established: Before 1950
Reservations/Appointments: Not offered
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Recommended Age Group: All ages
When Hyde Park Tennis Club first opened in 1913, tennis was still a relatively new sport. By the end of 1915, 109 people had joined the tennis club, including some women, proving that the sport had staying power, unlike the passing trend of looking angry in photographs. Over the years the club has continued to grow in popularity, and many of its current members have been with HPTC for decades.
In a Hyde Park Living magazine article, members explained why they love the club so much, noting that players there are "competitive in a professional, friendly way" and that the club helps introduce players of similar skill levels to one another. It also may be due to HPTC's relaxed nature?no court reservations are ever needed, members can just come and go as they please. Tennis matches unfold on six Har-Tru clay courts, which tend to be easier on the joints and result in slower, higher bounces and more rallies.
The experienced instructors at Eastern Hills Indoor Tennis Club know what it takes to win games against tough opponents. Brian Clark and Steve Levine both crossed rackets with skilled rivals while playing for Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati. And Doug Matthews helps lead collegiate students to victory as the assistant coach of Xavier's men's and women's tennis teams. It's this wealth of experience that makes the club’s group lessons so successful. Classes are designed to improve the skills of all players, whether they're well versed in the sport or have only used a racket to bat away a bumblebee.
The gym can be an intimidating place for unexperienced exercisers, which is why Better Bodies introduced its Healthy Start training program. During the initial session, the staff uses a computer program called the Virtual Fitness Planner to reveal basic biometrics and calculate the likelihood of health risks such as type-2 diabetes. Once you're informed, you can take action by signing up for a personal-training session, attending a group-fitness class, or lifting on the fitness floor's Hammer Strength machines. For busy parents or particularly ripped nannies, Better Bodies also provides complimentary childcare services for members.
During your hour of private tutelage (up to a $54 value) with a club pro instructor, work on forehand, backhand, and "look ma, no hands" tennis skills while pinpointing the areas of your game that need improvement. Your two-month membership to Mercy HealthPlex (up to a $149 value) then gives you the freedom to edit your own training montage with unfettered access to six indoor tennis courts, dozens of free group fitness classes per week (such as Pilates, yoga, and dance), two indoor swimming pools, a running track, sauna, whirlpool, racquetball courts, and a fitness center with a range of machines, as well as a steam room where you can gossip about Burton Gilliam amid relaxing levels of general sweatiness.