When your golf instructor suggests you should take up tennis, it's okay to feel annoyed. But coming from anyone else, it should be welcome advice. That's especially true if you are newly retired or semiretired. Combining a round of golf with a few sets of tennis is sure to put a nice balance on the day. It will also give you and your visiting guests more recreational options—particularly if those guests are younger grandchildren who find the big fuzzy ball easier to strike than the small dimpled one. If you're a tennis player already or you're planning to add the game to your sporting regimen, the golf community you select should have a standout tennis amenity. The three featured here are sound choices.
La Quinta, California
From Indian Wells to Palm Desert to La Quinta, the racket-club lifestyle is pervasive in this region. There are interclub leagues, exhibitions and pro tournaments at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, home of the Pacific Life Open. PGA West's health and racket club is an immense private facility with nineteen courts. The stadium court there isn't as famous as Pete Dye's Stadium course over at the golf club, but when a big competition is on, residents gather on a sloping lawn to cheer the action. Along with the notorious Stadium layout, PGA West has five other tournament-tested golf courses. Visit pgawest.com.
Square Feet: 3,669
Dataw Island, South Carolina
The tennis boom of the early 1980s encouraged Dataw Island to give the sport a prominent place, and because organizers also commissioned a splendid pair of golf courses, by Tom Fazio and Arthur Hills, we'll call that excellent planning all around. Dataw has eight Har-Tru courts—which, if your knowledge of playing surfaces is restricted to bent grass and Bermuda, means they emulate the clay-court experience. Highlights include United States Tennis Association leagues, organized matches with neighboring clubs, club championships and plenty of casual doubles games. The residence pictured is convenient to the community center. Visit dataw.org.
Square Feet: 2,235
In a luxury Naples community covering nearly four thousand acres and including thousands of residences, you're bound to find suitable playing partners for any sport this side of ice fishing. The golf club at Fiddler's Creek is adding a Hurdzan/Fry eighteen to its acclaimed Arthur Hills course, which opened in 2002. Over in the tennis center, the Har-Tru courts are lit for night play and feature a staff certified by the United States Professional Tennis Association. The schedule includes men's and women's leagues, weekly round robins plus clinics and exhibitions. Residential options are diverse, both in design and location. Pictured is the Majorca model home. Visit fiddlerscreek.com.
Square Feet: 3,201
Price: $2,295,000 (fully furnished)