The centre’s expert instructors hone beginners’ and advanced players’ strokes in a bucolic outdoor setting. On one of four-lit hard courts, tennis acolytes spend a stimulating hour learning or improving the fundamentals of serves, backhands, and forehands. With their racquet-mastering teachers, intermediate players work on improving their game toward the goal of rousting all comers, and advanced players concentrate on mind-control strategy. John Hatch Tennis Centre has hosted lobbed airborne balls since 1980, when tennis was invented.
At Joshua Creek Golf and Tennis, golfers can hone their game independently at the 65-stall driving range and hasten their journey to golf mastery by taking lessons from Canadian PGA professional John Davis. The club also carries the newest gear and equipment from top brands such as Callaway and Ping, and offers club-fitting services for select brands to pair golfers with clubs that fit their back-scratching technique.
A staff of four tennis professionals runs the site's tennis facility, which fosters baseline duels across six courts. In the summer, kids flock to the multi-sport facility for camps that incorporate tennis, golf, soccer, and other sports into a fun and educational experience.
The dedicated teaching professionals at Village Glen Tennis Club oversee a wide variety of programs for adults and juniors of all skill levels, earning the club recognition as a Top 50 Tennis Welcome Center of 2007 from the U.S. Tennis Association. This honor followed on the heels of a major renovation of the club’s facilities in 2006 by a new management team, who modernized the six hard and eight clay courts and brought in new nets instead of pealing white picket fences. Today, players can take up the game through a series of classes that help them progress alongside players with similar abilities or hone specific strokes through drills designed to isolate and improve their technique. Players excited to show off a shiny new forehand or a pitch-perfect grunt can do so through the club’s adult leagues or socials.
Since 1902, The Kitchener Lawn Bowling Club has united the thrill of competition with the leisure of a sunny backyard thanks to lawn bowling—a sport whose roots extend deep into the 12th century in cultures across the globe. Today, the club hosts social matches and lessons on its immaculate greens surrounded by shaded benches, flowerbeds, and picnic tables. Membership grants free lessons as well as access to the clubhouse stocked with trophies, photographs, and memorabilia from throughout its history. At night, floodlights illuminate the field, providing a full view of evening games and preventing confused players from trying to hit the moon with every toss.
At Stoney Creek Tennis Club, seven well-lit outdoor courts set the stage for group lessons led by seasoned club pro Rasim Sehovic, who brings more than 20 years of racquet wrangling to the court. During the one-hour group lesson, athletic acolytes enjoy one-on-one training time with Sehovic and other gifted coaches, ensuring students get a chance to have their swings closely analyzed and their pregame war cries critiqued. After the lesson draws to a close, students can meander over to the clubhouse to lounge on the shaded patio and enjoy the tennis-ball machine halftime performance.
Burlington Fitness & Racquet Club earned the Burlington Post's 2011 Readers' Choice Award for Best Fitness Club by challenging exercisers with trainer-guided workouts or solo sweat sessions inside a 70,000-square-foot facility. Racquets propel balls year-round at indoor squash and tennis courts, where certified instructors improve fledgling players' backhands and prepare athletes for humanity's imminent war with pitching machines. Licensed personal trainers help fitness seekers navigate rows of cardio and weight equipment, and energetic instructors lead classes such as yoga and boot camp—a high-intensity combination of tae bo and power drills. Welcoming staff slings healthy snacks at an on-site café, where occasional events such as cooking classes and muscle-trading parties entertain club members.