When you set foot inside Centercourt Athletic Club of Marlboro, it's clear the club takes tennis—and other athletic pursuits—seriously. Here, there are five indoor climate-controlled hard courts, a turf field for multi-sport or training rentals, and a fitness center equipped with state-of-the-art machines.
Whether training for a tournament or learning the rules for the first time, tennis players have plenty to love about the Pennsbury Racquet Club. Nine indoor courts, each newly resurfaced and illuminated with extra-bright, eco-friendly lighting, invite players to test their skills against each other, a ball machine, or the disapproving sports announcer in their head. To take players' games to the next level, USPTA- and PTR-certified coaches, some with more than 25 years of experience, offer private and semi-private lessons. There's also an on-site racket repair center, where players can get their equipment restrung and customized by a professional tech who's worked for Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, and Maria Sharapova.
In building a sandcastle, you take one thing—sand—and mold it into something completely unexpected—a castle. Sandcastle Billiards is no different. Once a golf warehouse, the facility was transformed into an upscale billiards parlor, complete with 18 billiards tables, ping-pong, and foosball. The revamped space also features other games, such as dominoes, backgammon, and chess, as well as flat-screen TVs and music.
The road to the sofa is paved with good health resolutions. With today’s Groupon, take a detour from the typical resolution-shirking route. For $49, you get the quickfit package at South Jersey’s Cherry Hill Health & Racquet Club (a $99 value).
Vitality Fitness is a personal training facility in Collingswood, dedicated to helping its clients burn calories and tone muscle with regimented exercise program. At this functional studio, certified instructors lead small classes of 16 people or less through intense cardio stationary bike workouts, paired with constantly changing lights and music. Clients burn up to 1,000 calories per spinning class, and everyone works at their own pace on the customizable bikes. Guests can also try a CardioFit or Fat Blaster Boot Camp class to turn up the intensity of regular workout routines.
The high ceilings at Courtside Racquet Club, located on Route 31 South in Lebanon, hang above a row of six indoor hard tennis courts. The staff of experienced instructors preside over a full slate of player-development programs for adults, juniors, and kids as young as 3 years old. The club also hosts USTA tournaments and events that blur the line between competitive and social, such as the Beer and Balls doubles league. After a three-set match or a particularly tough practice session, members and their guests can cool off at the outdoor pool. A lounge, men's and women's locker rooms, and a full-service tennis shop are also available.