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.
Nothing says victory like a sticky high-five full of ketchup and chili fries, and Buck’s Sports and Spirits provides plenty of quality napkins to go with its plates of gooey deliciousness. The upscale Brookhaven sports bar offers southern-style pub fare in a welcoming environment. Start with a tower of slow-cooked pork ribs ($9.95) in a sweet barbecue glaze, or opt for an order of the crab dip and pita chips ($9.95). A hearty selection of sandwiches, such as Buck's big beefy barn burger ($8.95) or the hand-full-o'-hen ($7.95), a char-broiled chicken sandwich, will satisfy hand-held carnivorous cravings. Uncle Bucky's almost-famous meatloaf with broccoli casserole ($12.95) or the wild snapper in a bag baked in parchment paper with crab meat, clams, and napa cabbage ($15.95) each satisfy homesick taste buds while serving as a distracting subject of small talk when the debate over the hunkiest state senators takes an awkward turn. If your vitamin-D deficiency has you down in the dumps, cheer up with a decadent dessert, such as the banana-pudding cheesecake ($4.95) or deep-fried favorites like golden, melty fried Reese's cups ($4.95) or Oreos ($4.95).
TAG focusses on running tennis programs for children and adults that emphasizes personal growth as well as competitive play. With an experienced staff, including a former player for the International Tennis Federation and Women’s Tennis Association, TAG crew help students master tennis by building their skills, no matter their baseline of athletic ability.
Mark Magwood isn't just the owner of MI Tennis Lessons, he's also the head instructor. With more than 30 years of volleying experience behind his name, as well as USTA-certification, Mark teaches beginners, advanced players, and any stray cat that can hold a racket. He caters his private and group lessons to kids and adults, teaching them how to fine-tune their serves, ground strokes, and backhand shots.
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.