Best place to retire for a tennis player ?

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  1. mikeler

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    Good point. Lots of clay around these parts and my body likes it more and more.
     
  2. siata94

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    I'm glad that Orange County is not getting much props here, it's already too difficult to find courts, even on weekday mornings and there are prob more courts per square mile in OC than anywhere else in the country. Weekend mornings? Forgetaboutit!!!

    And the weather aint that great in OC, it's a scorching 80F today...
     
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  3. atatu

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    Orange County or Ocean City ? Orange County isn't exactly cheap, and then there's the traffic....Ocean City ? No comment.....
     
  4. LuckyR

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    "The OC" is Orange County. "OC" can be anything (including Ocean City).
     
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    There are some clay courts here and there in NC but if you are coming down, bring your own fresh fruit and vegetables and I hope you like pork and vinegar!
     
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    You don't know how right you are about this particular aspect!! There is a huge difference of the pounding your old body will have to absorb on hard courts compared to clay.
     
  7. hray4clay

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    Which Ocean City, NJ or NC? There is a world of difference, trust me.
     
  8. atatu

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    I was actually thinking Ocean City, Maryland. Anyway, after spending a week in Destin, Florida earlier this month, I could see retiring in the panhandle, if I could just find a place where there are a lot of players.
     
  9. ollinger

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    ^^ NJ is now the third most frequent retirement destination (people moving from one home to another for retirement) in the US, after Florida and Arizona. Many retirement communities have sprung up in the shore regions and appeal to people whose children are in the NYC or Philly areas.
     
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    I also would think Ocean City, Maryland........my daughter went to school in Maryland and we would fly up and grab a week here and there.

    As for the Flotida panhandle I've played in a bunch of Sr events from Panama City back to Pensacola - lots of 40+ yrs olds and good too.
    Ft Walton - Destin stretch loaded with players. As is the Orange Beach and southern part of Alabama.
     
  11. mrw

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    OC. MD has nice courts but finding players interested in singles is near impossible. I have been here 2 years and drive back to Bucks County,Pa for tennis. hoping to get the hell out of here next year.
     
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    When I played in Ocean City, MD back in the 90's they had those fake grass courts with the sand in them, I hated those. But isn't there some good tennis in Delaware close by ?
     
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    In Bethany Beach, DE, there's the Bethany Club with 8 claycourts, and the Sea Colony resort with 14 clay.
     
  14. mrw

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    Sea Colony is for owner's only. Tried for years to get something going there.

    Bethany is a doubles paradise.

    It's funny that when I was thinking about making this move, someone on here told me that tennis here was non existent except for doubles and he was moving for that reason. Turned out to be true. Now I want to move for the same reason.
     
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    Arrived in SB not too long ago and started to connect to the local players.
    Loving the climate and playing field so far, BUT it is also outstandingly clear that I have ZERO business in hitting with Granitechief :) Heard about the infamous first serve...

    Heard from JC on your team that your boy did outstandingly well at the Zoo! Congrats!
     
  16. West Coast Ace

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    Orlando is in Orange County FL - not as well known as the So Cal one - but a lot more affordable - and no state income tax.

    On a related note: Powerball will be over $90 mil Sat. I heard Monte Carlo Country Club is having a membership drive... :)
     
  17. GRANITECHIEF

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    Thanks for the congrats, and don't believe the heresay, always happy to hit with new folks.

    Headed to nyc on Sat. Have to watch in person, of course.
     
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    I'm sure the Open will be tons of fun, and having extended access a massive bonus.

    Have fun and good luck!
     
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    There are NO bests.
    Anywhere can have a hurricane, cyclone, earthquake, volcano erruption, or lose players of your level through any dozens of factors.
    It's your perception that counts, and is not universally applied to every other tennis player in the world.
    There are NO best racket, no best strings, no best handle sizes, no best weight, balance or swingweights.
     
  20. jbleiman

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    nobody mentioned south jersey...the garden spot of the garden state
     
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    Tell us about it, what is the court situation there ?
     
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    ^^ post #109 refers to south Jersey, as that's where the retirement villages are being built. Court situation? Courts are abundant at these places. Lots of clay courts open to the public near beaches.
     
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    I thought I'd revive this thread from the dead. a friend of mine has decided to retire to Louisville, anyone know what the tennis situation is like there ?
     
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    I was in Naples this winter and at the Cambier Park it was heaven. Great weather, lots of open courts and a bulletin board packed with people looking for matches. A couple of Senior Category II tournaments in January to keep you sharp. Not sure about housing but I think in Naples proper it's expensive. That said, I wouldn't want to live there in the summer. So it's a snowbird's life for me when I get that age.
     
  25. sovertennis

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    Wife and I visited Greenville, SC. Tons of tennis there.
     
  26. hray4clay

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    can you get a conceal/carry permit in Atlanta so you can go to the tennis courts?
     
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    the weather in Oakland is far better than it is across the bay in San Francisco as anyone who has lived their can attest. there are plenty of tennis courts in the east bay also but just be careful where you choose to play.
     
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    and they got creamed by Hugo in '94
     
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    I live in NC a few hundred yards from the SC border and 20 miles north of Myrtle Beach. I am retired and play on the clay in Myrtle B., weather permitting. It is hot as he## in the Summer with 95% humidity and plenty of rain and the intermittent hurricane. The last four Winters have been incredibly bad.....cold(too cold to play<45 degrees), icy, wet, and some snow too. today it is the 26th of March and the high temp was 41 and windy!! Anybody who thinks the weather here is attractive to retire to needs to think again. Warm and DRY is the ticket....not warm and stormy, etc. There are no indoor courts within 125 miles so you cannot get out of the weather even if you choose to. Clay courts are scarce in coastal North Carolina but there are a few and all private clubs. There is a little play, mostly retirees during the day until 4 or 5pm. Mostly 3.0-3.5 with a smattering of 4.0 doubles players. Thought I saw a woman under the age of 50 last week but it turned out to be a mirage...did see one last month though. Oh, and bring your own food..... Charleston and Hilton Head both have way more clay courts and edible food and also some humans without wrinkles from time to time. If I had it to do over again, I would most definitely head West of the Mississippi for warm and dry. I would start in Austin and then go to California which is a no brainer for just about every reason you can think of except traffic.
     
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    Magnificent advice!!!
     
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    You talking about the indoor/outdoor hookup in Washington's Crossing?
     
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    As a Jersey born and bred and a croupier for 25 years in Atlantic City I can tell you that now that I have been gone for 6 years I really really really miss it. Every thing you want or need is within reach and you can play indoors in many places to get out of the weather in the nasty Winters. Nice clay courts in Cape May too.
     
  34. sovertennis

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    Too many years ago, when I was just out of college, I had a summer job at an old hotel in Cape May. A buddy and I would play on those clay courts nearly every day. At the time, I thought that area of very south Jersey was the place for me, but the summer (and job) ended, and I went back to the northeast and never returned.

    Now I'm looking for a place to retire where I can play more tennis. The time, it just goes by.
     
  35. RobFL

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    If you really love to play you have to retire to clay. I hit 4-6 times a week, and it is possible to hit 7 days a week on clay at 50 years old and up. I love playing tournaments on hard courts but i could only hit 2-3 days a week on hard. I live in FL but have fantasized about joining Mission Hills in Palm Springs which has clay, grass and hard. Playing on clay in 0 humidity would seemingly be heaven......
     
  36. Mr.Lob

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    Lots of free public courts. 4 or 5 private clubs.... Louisville Tennis Club the biggest. Louisville Tennis Center are nice clay courts where some of the best use to play, Connors, Mcenroe, Ashe, Gilbert, Gottfried.
     
  37. dr325i

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    Hot and dry and...not California expensive. Your answer is Dallas or Phoenix.
    Dallas, being on a boring side though, is not and dry in the summer and playable almost all year around except for a few cold weeks. However, I managed to play every week at least 3-4 times per week through the icy period, indoors. More indoors courts are being built.
    Phoenix is more fun, better winter weather, but summers, although extremely dry, can be challenging for tennis.
    I also lived in (central and south) Florida for about 15 years and always managed to play a lot in spite of the wet weather (with exception of some days, afternoon rain in FL comes and goes within 2 hours...
     
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    Blasphemer! I love paying high-end prices on overpriced, low-quality items!! :mad:
     
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    Many options in Bucks. Washington Crossing, Morrisville, those hidden away clay courts in Yardley, Frosty Hollow, Core Creek,Bucks County Community College and across the river is Mercer,and Hamilton.
     
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    Well, what would you recommend to the folks who struggle choosing between Cuba and Switzerland?
     
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    I'm in Santa Barbara this week and it's awesome here, too bad about the cost of living though....
     
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    May be true. But I have yet to meet a person who told me I really want to retire in Oakland. I could see it if you had family ties there, but I have never heard of anyone that considered Oakland a retirement destination. This is not some dis on Oakland, a lot of great cities are not retirement destinations i.e. Chicago, NYC.
     
  43. TennisAnyone

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    I live in Green Valley AZ and the tennis here is awesome. It's year round and the weather is great. A little hot in the summer, but we play early and you get used to it. Upper 60s and low 70s in the winter.

    It very affordable to play here. There are no court fees. Tennis is included with our annual $400 GVR fees. These fees also include a whole bunch of there stuff.

    Our Tennis Club has a website that has more information: http://www.gvtennis.com/home-page/best-warm-weather-tennis-retirement-community/
     
  44. Dlee86

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    Asheville NC?

    anyone in asheville? I'm thinking of retiring there. Any recommendations? I definitely want to play on clay.
     
  45. sovertennis

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    It's a cool city with a very funky vibe. I looked at retiring there (for the aforementioned vibe, tennis, biking and hiking) but decided against it. They get a real winter, which would necessitate a lot of indoor tennis, which I'd like to avoid. They do have great public clay courts downtown (which are open from 4/1-10/30 each year). If you go, visit the AVL Racket Club. Nice place with very warm, generous staffers.
     
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    I will vote for my city, Atlanta. ALTA league has over 80K members, tons of public tennis centers, and private. Most sub-divisions in the suburbs have their own swim and tennis clubs with ATLA and/or USTA teams. Winters are relatively mild and I play outdoor year round and leagues play outdoors year rounds. Real estate is moderately priced. You can still get a very nice suburban house for $300K or less and you can live in the city in the $400-600 range or more, but you could get a really nice city condo for $450. People are friendly. Lots of good restaurants in the city. Decent museum and pro sports available. Also, convenient to the gulf and atlantic coasts - about 5 hour drive to each. And, no I don't work for the Atlanta chamber of commerce. There are some negatives - traffic is bad and public transportation is lacking. Oddly, traffic is better in the city vs the suburbs in most cases. We do have 6% state tax. Metro area is 6 million - big enough to have a lot going on but small enough to not be insanely busy.
     
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    What about the air quality in Atlanta?

    :grin:
     
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    What about the St. Pete area. Lots of clay courts? How is the tennis scene there?
     
  49. RobFL

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    Re: St Pete - I play in a tournament there every year and get to the West coast of FL often. Personally I wouldn't do St Pete. Fairly crowded and snowbirds. Sarasota/Longboat Key area is the next area south and that IS the only place in FL I WOULD move to from where I am, around Destin. I like Sarasota; good tennis there.
    I think from Bradenton to Naples is the sweet spot of FL. Lots of good places in that 125 mile stretch. Strong tennis in most of those towns. Naples is very strong for senior tennis.
     
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    I concur with that. Lots of tennis in the pensacola to destin area for sure !
     

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