Tennis clubs in Northern VA

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  1. kelkat

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    Looks like we are moving from Northern NJ to Northern VA in the next year. We are starting the area search, but we will most likely end up in Loudoun County somewhere.

    I am looking for a tennis club with indoor courts and outdoor if possible. Indoor most important. Right now in Jersey I belong to a club with 6 indoor courts. I play on a highly competitive A-level women's dbls league with a 32 week season (Sept-may), playing every team twice. Our team drills with the pros every week.

    Is there anything in northern VA that is similar to this?
     
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  2. mikeler

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    You may want to go in the Mid Atlantic Chapter thread and ask the question. Quite a few NOVA folks that will help you out.
     
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    I moved to No VA a couple of years ago from So FLA. Unfortunately I learned early on that compared to So FLA, No VA is a virtual tennis-free zone.

    I'm not sure what's available in Loudoun County but if you're on the side that border's Fairfax County you won't be too far from Fairfax Racquet Club which has 12 indoor courts (no outdoor courts however.

    The club has a lot of competitive players and all the various teams (men's, women's, mixed, etc). They also have a good pro staff.

    http://www.fairfaxracquetclub.com/
     
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    Loudon County may be a tennis-free zone (I seriously doubt it), but Fairfax County definitely is NOT. In addition to Fairfax Racket Club, 4 Seasons Tennis Club (just a few miles away on Rte 50) has 10 indoor courts, 4 outdoor clay courts, and 4 outdoor clay courts. Other indoor tennis facilities in the area include the Regency Sport & Health Club in Mclean, with 19 courts, the Arlington Y Tennis & Squash Club in Arlington, with 8 courts, the Mt. Vernon Racket Club in Alexandria, Va, with 6 indoor courts, the Burke Racquet & Swim Club in Burke, VA, with 6 indoor courts, the Annandale Sport & Health Club, with 6 courts, plus several more. Three of these clubs are located inside the DC Beltway, the rest are just a few miles outside the Beltway.

    For a complete list of ALL the local indoor tennis facilities, go here: http://besttennislinks.com/Tennis Courts/Indoor Tennis Courts in Northern Virginia.htm

    It may be that South Florida has more indoor tennis facilities per capita because of the brutally hot summer weather there. While summer weather in the Northern VA area is no picnic, there is a thriving outdoor tennis community, with dozens of local swim/tennis community centers, and public courts. There are over a dozen public courts within walking distance of my house, perhaps another dozen or so within a short bicycle ride.
     
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    Good post Hitman. I admit I was being somewhat facetious in my tennis-free comment but when I moved to this area I was shocked at the lack of accessible tennis courts compared to where I lived in Florida.

    That being said you make some great points. In my opinion Burke may be the most active tennis community. Reston, a close second. Also, there is Chantilly Golf & Tennis Country Club which is closer to Loudoun County.

    Although I live in the heart of the suburbs and have to drive more than 6 miles to get to the closest available tennis court, no doubt, there is an active tennis community here in NoVa.
     
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    There are no indoor courts in central Florida. I've never heard of any in south Florida. We have to bear the summer heat and hope it does not rain.
     
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  8. Topaz

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    Kelkat, I have to apologize. I never answered your email! I'm terrible with email these days...I blame nursing school.

    Loudoun County has Ida Lee Park and Ashburn Sports Pavilion for indoor courts. There are many outdoor courts in the various residential communities. River Creek has a very nice outdoor facility, and we've played some Loudoun USTA matches there.

    There area is *very* competitive in USTA. What level are you? I can put you in touch with a few pros who could help you guide your decision for clubs/playing opportunities.

    That being said, many Loudoun peeps do travel into NOVA for our indoor/evening leagues. The USTA women's teams play during the day, so if you work, you're kind out of luck.

    If you end up not too far from the Tysons area, Regency Sport and Health has something like 12 indoor courts (some are clay), and they clay ones get unbubbled during the summer. It is right off of the beltway, which is in a constant state of construction right now. Getting to Tysons can be a challenge, but if you're coming from Loudoun county, you can zip down route 7 or the Dulles Toll RD.

    You won't be too far from Reston. Reston doesn't have any indoor options (save for 3 bubbled courts in the Herndon area during the winter) but many outdoor/summer options. If you have the $$$ you can join the Reston Association, which has its own leagues and tournaments.

    NOVA has quite a few indoor facilities. Four Seasons (Merrifield area) has 12, plus a bubble with four more hard courts and four clay (that don't get bubbled during the winter unfortunately). Regency I mentioned. Fairfax Racquet Club was mentioned already. Annandale Sport and Health has five indoor courts (but this is getting far from Loudoun for you now), Skyline Sport and Health has four, and then occasionally we play at Westwood Country Club (indoor hard courts in Tysons), Springfield Country Club (new indoor facility with four hard courts) and Army Navy Country Club (six indoor hard courts, but they are building a HUGE new tennis facility). So, those are basically all the places we have indoor matches, save for one weird bubble where we play mixed. NOVA has evening indoor leagues, evening outdoor leagues (usually played at Wakefield Park in the Springfield area), daytime outdoor leagues (Wakefield or Nottoway Park in Vienna).

    Then there are all your options in nearby Montgomery County, and if you're realllllly tennis crazy, you can come into the city and play DC league. Most peeps in Loudoun will also play Shenandoah league (a bit west of you), which will also play at Ida Lee and out in Winchester (there's a really nice indoor club in Middleburg).

    So, you will certainly NOT be devoid of tennis. Not even close.
     
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    Even though I'm not in the NOVA area (I'm a bit further south in Richmond)....I can tell you the "USTA" scene there is very different from here. Here, most USTA teams are club-based, e.g. you must be a member of that club to play for one of their teams. I get the distinct impression, though, that much of the league tennis up there, while perhaps played at a club, isn't so hung up on actual membership. Their per match fees though...are :shock: (at least to me).

    Still, it's a very active and vibrant tennis community.

    Welcome to Virginia!
     
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    NOVA is as good a place as any to get consistent hitting, free courts, and good partners, Loudon County included. As Topaz eloquently mentioned, Ida Lee Park has 6 free outdoor courts and 4 indoor courts for not too bad a price. But just as easily you can find any number of neighborhood courts to play at. And if you go to Fairfax County, there are courts everywhere. Plenty of indoor facilities, and then tons of outdoor courts. All you have to do is look around you. There should really never be a court too far away. Frankly I was spoiled with all the tennis options I had when I lived in Northern Virginia.
     
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    Yes, that's an important point to bring up. While a few places, like Fairfax Racquet Club, run teams from their facility, I can't think of even one team where you have to be a member of a club to be on the team. Most teams are not club based at all.

    NOVA's fees are not bad. Loudoun is even cheaper. DC goes up a bit. MoCo takes the cake right now.
     
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  12. Topaz

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    Plus Ida Lee is just a gorgeous location, too, and very VERY well maintained courts.
     
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    Wow, what great info! Thanks everyone. NOVA = Northern VA? MOCO = ________ County? Topaz, I am a solid 4.0. Looks like lots to choose from. When we get closer to choosing a home, this list will be great. Heading down this weekend to take a look see.
     
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    Just curious, how much is it to play at Westwood Country Club? My in-laws used to live a few blocks away from there.
     
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    MOCO = Montgomery County, MD, right across the Potomac River from NOVA.
     
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    Agreed, playing outdoors there, you almost feel like you should be paying something... Plus cheap gym there, and other facilities. Great park!
     
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    I have no idea, sorry. :(. Very nice place and people though!
     
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    On the issue of fees:

    MOCO = $17/ 2 hour indoor match. They kill you with registration fees, though: $42.00 per team per season.

    NOVA day league = $10/2 hour outdoor match.

    DC = $75 for the whole season, no match fees. 90 minute timed matches.

    NOVA night league = $15/90 minutes indoors. Registration fees are better, maybe $25?

    If you are a strong player, DC is great because if you get a lot of match play it is cheap. If you only get a few matches, it is very expensive.

    Right now, MOCO is the only area that has 2-hour timed matches for all indoor leagues year-round, I believe.

    Because most USTA play in the DC metro area is not club-based, teams tend to be numerous and strong. Because players are free to leave teams and form new teams, there is a bit less political crap that goes on with club teams. Don't like your team or your captain? Find a new one.
     
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    Well we have arrived for our look-see trip. Absolutely stunning weather last night as we all walked around in old Alexandria where our hotel is. We are scouting out Fairfax co today, getting a lay of the land, schools, tennis club :) etc. What is MOCO?
     
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  20. Topaz

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    Kelkat, I live right outside old town! Not sure if you're sold on Loudoun county or not, but I have lived in Alexandria since I moved here ten years ago and I love it. Make sure to go to the Fish Market while in old town.

    Moco is Montgomery county in MD.

    Come on out to Hains Point tomorrow and you'll see dc league play in action!
     
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    Hey Topaz, never got a chance to check back to this thread during our visit :( Would have been fun. Stopped in a Fairfax Rac Club. HUGE place. They invited me to play in a mixed event that night, but I didn't bring my gear ( almost stuck it in the car as wel left but figured family would kill me, lol). Nice staff. Also looked at Springfield CC (our realtor is a member) Really nice place :) Met the pro there and saw their events list for the season. Topaz, later in the week I may email you if that is okay.
     
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  22. Topaz

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    No problem at all!!!
     
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    I played Skyline when I was a kid at the tennis camps there, pretty sweet place, and love the court texture, really easy on the joints...some sort of soft har-tru, not sure exactly what it is.
     
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