Palm Springs Area Tennis & Pickleball Opportunties
The Palms Springs area has always been a Mecca for tennis. And in the past couple of years, pickle ball has become very popular with new courts popping up every month. Once known as as the "Playground of the Stars" the desert now boasts over 300 courts for public, private and club play. Many of the golf and gated communities in the Valley feature active tennis programs. Fitness, tennis and social memberships are available at a number of top-rated clubs and resort lifestyle communities.
Top photo: PGA West, La Quinta.
Popular Palm Springs Area Tennis Communities
Indian Wells Tennis Gardens
You can also choose to play where the pros play–The Indian Wells Tennis Garden, home to the BNP Paribas Open (formerly the Pacific Life Open) provides a world-class facility for the ardent tennis player. The Tennis Garden features 20 hard courts, 2 Har Tru clay courts, a member lounge, fitness and locker rooms for its members and guests to enjoy. Memberships are available monthly, seasonally, and annually. The staff can match you up with other players of like ability or bring your own game. The club also offers discounted rates to visiting hotel guests. Call the Pro Shop at (760) 200-8200.
Tennis With Tracy Austin At La Quinta Resort
I competed as a tennis member at La Quinta Resort for a chance to play with tennis great and U.S. Open ChampionTracy Austin. I advanced to the finals and won my match with my friend Mary to be able to play with Tracy after her annual tennis clinic at the resort.
Tracy and I teamed up against Tom Gorman, La Quinta Resort’s Director of Tennis and my co-winner Mary. Tom was a Davis cup player and captain for eight years, and to this day Tom is the most successful player/coach in Davis cup history. Tom was also ranked #8 in the world in his professional playing days.