Play Like a Pro

Rancho Valencia

LOVE ALL: We all know that the holidays doesn't have to be about standing over the bowl of caramelized onion dip and downing it before that second round of drinks. Being active throughout the traditional season of overeating is advisable and wise, of course, but you want that activity to be exceptional this time of year. The San Diego-close Rancho Valencia, which was awarded the very top spot for tennis resorts by Tennis Magazine, has a number of packages on, including Play Like a Pro.

PLAY LIKE A PRO: That is, if you want to. Most people would like not to have a mealy backhand and would like to own the court, or feel like they do, anyway. This package is available through the very end of March 2011, and includes a three-hour clinic. Lengthy. We suspect any mealy motions will be swiftly improved. This is a daytime-only package and starts at $395. But if you want to go the whole length of the racquet, ask the resort about Champions, its deluxe, top-to-bottom tennis deal. The clinic, a lesson that'll get video'd, two nights stay, and a bunch of other things so nice they'll make you feel fuzzy like a tennis ball. This baby starts at $1900.

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