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.
Mounted on the walls of Strings Attached is a colorful array of crisp new tennis, racquetball, squash, and badminton rackets awaiting their chance to pummel their respective spheres across the court. As players peruse the equipment made by heavyweights such as Wilson, Prince, and Dunlop, a knowledgeable staff stands by, ready to dole out pro advice on which rackets best meet their size or style of play. Players can also upgrade their wardrobes by slipping into new clothes, trying on supportive shoes, and folding themselves into durable gear bags. Expert technicians, meanwhile, help customers' rackets reach their greatest potential by stabilizing grips or tightening and re-stringing down-at-the-heel equipment.
Tennis on the Lake's two-hour Drop-in Drill & Play classes fine-tune serving and swatting skills with a combination of thorough practice of core techniques and point play. Beginner and intermediate lessons divide time evenly between drills that perfect the form, power, and placement of strokes and point-play sessions that let players unleash newly learned skills and guttural serving howls in a competitive environment. Classes are limited to 6–12 students and begin at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Scheduling is based on availability and line-judge rulings, so customers should register online to secure a spot.
During the four one-hour tennis lessons, you'll learn the basics of tennis from one of XS Tennis's instructors, each an experienced professional. Master the art of the backhand, draw power and sustenance from the strength of the serve, or unravel the allure of the mysterious drop shot, all while getting exercise that doesn't involve hitting a bag of potato chips with a hammer. The lessons are group lessons, giving students the chance to make new friends or potential athletic rivals between grunts and fault-fueled arguments. Customers can apply the value of this Groupon toward an upgrade to another XS Tennis class or lesson and just pay the difference directly to XS Tennis.
Move Your Feet Sports' hour-long lessons teach all ages and abilities to serve and volley like professional bowlers who used to be tennis title holders. Classes for beginners, intermediate players, and advanced players ($25 each) are available at all three facilities. The staff of experienced instructors pump each hour-long lesson full of heart-pounding cardio moves, skill-building exercises, and techniques to crush competition like monster trucks crush hot-dog carts. Look under the Groupon tab on Move Your Feet Sports' registration page to see class options.
McFetridge Sports Center's tireless staff hosts non-stop activity for 18 hours a day, seven days a week, taking advantage of every square foot the massive facility has to offer. Trainers take to the courts with tennis pupils, practicing on six tournament-quality indoor courts or, weather-permitting, four outdoor ones. Teams face off in the outdoor basketball courts or host showdowns on the baseball field.
Perhaps the most iconic amenity at the Center, though, is it's NHL-sized ice arena, which hosts lessons in figure and hockey skating year-round, in addition to competitive play in various ice sports. Those not on the ice can catch the action from one of the 1,200 seats in the stands. They can even opt to burn calories as they spectate by hitting a treadmill at the fitness center, which overlooks the rink.