Cleaved between the Pacific Ocean and the foothills of Santa Ynez Mountain, Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club is among the oldest polo facilities in the U.S. The Club was established in 1911 and quickly became a focal point of competition and social interaction. In fact, by the 1920s, spending Sunday at the club had already become a celebrated social event. Visitors would don the latest fashions and picnic at the fields, some even hiring helpers to assist with the noonday meal and deliver jokes during intermission.
Although some conventions have changed, the club retains its reputation as an elegant destination to enjoy the “Sport of Kings.” It features a trio of world-renowned polo fields, plus eight tennis courts, a fitness center, and a pool for recreational use. The club still draws some of society’s most noble figures, too—Prince William and Catherine visited during 2011, a trip that saw Prince William compete in a charitable match.
Helmed by two-time Manhattan Open winner Dave Mahoney, the tennis experts at South Bay Tennis Network help players hone their on-court prowess. Mahoney?s style of play emphasizes an attack style with serves and backhand topspin modeled in the style of Pete Sampras and a forehand and backhand slice like that of Roger Federer. Students learn to work toward specific, practical goals in their path to improvement.
Located in Torrance, our family run public tennis center, hosted by tennis pros Ken & Courtney Hance, offers 8 well-maintained, fully lighted courts, a pro shop, private lessons, group workouts for all ages and skill levels.
At South Bay Tennis Center you’ll find something for every member of the family.
The ring of international flags that circles Allen & Sons Table Tennis Club is more than just a decoration. It's a testament to the sport's global popularity and the club's international coaching staff. A highly decorated roster of coaches conducts lessons at the club, led by Fovad Kaseb, former coach of Iran’s national table-tennis team, and Bella Livshin, a US Open and US Nationals champion who has been coaching since 1968. The instructors lead beginners and experienced players through drills on eight Butterfly Centerfold tables, each approved by the International Table Tennis Federation for tournament play. Players enjoy the air-conditioned space with an olympic-style floor designed for table tennis as they work up sweats rallying with opponents or practicing volleys with the Newgy robot—a system that serves balls across the table to the player, catches them in a net upon return, and can never feel emotion. Allen & Sons also offers a live video feed of their club.
As part of LA Tennis Centers, the Cheviot-Hills branch was founded by people who virtually live and breathe the game. Owner Beth Herr Bellamy was the #1 ranked junior tennis player at the age of 16 before going pro and amassing wins over the likes of Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver. Co-owner Steve Bellamy was voted as one of the top 10 most influential people in tennis by Sports Business Journal. Together, they combine their expertise to oversee three tennis centers that cater to the beginner and seasoned player alike.
At Cheviot-Hills, youngsters can learn the game in summer camps that keep them active while school's out. Junior players can build up a competitive edge in more rigorous programs, and adults can sign up for lessons. For a cardio gauntlet, players can jump into a game of LiveBall?a doubles competition that lasts for up to two hours and involves continuous movement around the court in doubles formation.
Sunset Padel specializes in the sport of padel, a racquet game popular in Spain. Though very similar to tennis, padel is played on a smaller court and permits hitting off any of the four side walls. The balls in play are the same as tennis balls but the paddle itself is a solid, stringless racquet. Sunset Padel invites both new and longtime lovers of the game to play on its three outdoor courts. Beyond the trio of playing surfaces, the facility also offers a pro shop, locker rooms, and a caf?, as well as an even smaller take on tennis?ping-pong.