Since Pattie Smith and her husband built Charlotte Racquet Club North in 1998 to infuse northern Charlotte with much-needed tennis action, they’ve watched the club blossom from seven courts and a doublewide trailer to a sweeping 14-court facility complete with a pool and a fitness complex. Pattie plans on adding four indoor courts by November to keep members playing through the winter—including one 78-year-old ace who games, sets, and matches twice a week.
At Greensboro Sportsplex, guests can cheer on a roller-derby bout, join a pickup basketball game, and go for a cool-down jog on the treadmill without ever leaving the building. As an all-purpose stop for anyone craving activity, the expansive locale allows its visitors to choose their degree of game involvement: leagues, sports lessons, and tournaments cater to competitive types, whereas open play sessions prompt more casual meet-ups on the courts. The facility ushers every age group toward exercise with specialized programs, such as summer camps for children and senior classes on pickleball.
With eight indoor basketball courts, four soccer fields, and a roller-hockey rink, the Sportsplex is a sanctuary for versatile players and viewers who usually watch games through a kaleidoscope. Alongside the designated game arenas, the Rush! fitness complex preps muscles for fundamental strength and agility.
Host of the PGA’s Wyndham Championship from 1977 to 2007, Proehlific Club at Forest Oaks's private course incorporates natural elements such as looming trees and severely sloping hills with manmade sand traps and water obstacles, challenging beginning and experienced golfers alike. Opened in 1962, the terrain was renovated in 2002 after the renowned Love Golf Design group reached out to professional golfers to find out what makes an ideal course. The main improvement, helmed by Davis Love III, was the resprigging of the fairway with bermuda grass, a strain of turf that can handle extreme temperature changes, and a redesign of the new greens. The course was featured on the PGA for over 30 years, and was enjoyed by Davis Love III as well as Rocco Mediate and many other professionals. While the golf course is the main attraction, the club also houses a pro shop, a 25-yard professional-size swimming pool, tennis courts, and a restaurant.
Greensboro Tennis Program spreads the gospel of competitive racket flailing by maintaining the courts and stewarding lessons, clinics, and tournament play over seven Greensboro tennis sites. Its staff of tennis masters presides over a thriving junior development program with more than 70 young baseliners that have a North Carolina State ranking, which can be attributed to instructors' success in teaching proper stroke technique, footwork, and changeover intimidation tactics. The Program also hosts clinics for adults and United States Tennis Association tournaments for players of all ages and abilities throughout the year.
The eight hard-courts at AMP Tennis's facility are rarely empty. As the centerpiece of the AMP Tennis academy, the sun-baked rectangles host a bustling schedule of private lessons, USTA tournament play, clinics for adults, seasonal academies for juniors, and even special programs for children ages 3 and 4. In the middle of all the ball-thwacking fury is owner and tennis director [Chad C. Oxendine(http://gr.pn/1472k9h), a USPTA pro whose on-court experience includes a collegiate career at UNC-Wilmington, where he rose to play number-one singles and doubles as a senior without ever using a corked racket. Chad's efforts to pass on his love for the game have been as formidable as his own play between the lines—he garnered record participation numbers in his former position as Tennis Director in Vicksburg, Mississippi, and he earned a High Performance Coaching designation from the USTA in 2004.