It’s hot. Let’s talk pools.
Trying to escape the heat the summer heat, but have no desire (or cash) to be part of a country club? For many families, joining their local YMCA or Levine JCC has given them access to pools this summer.
Membership at the YMCA costs $72 per month for the first adult, $29 per month for additional adults and $8 per month for children. Click here to view the several Charlotte locations that you could join this summer.
Membership at the Levine JCC costs $122 a month per family, $100 a month for a couple, $85 a month for a young family, $78 a month for a young couple, $62.5o per month for a young adult and only $49 a month for a teen. There are also more specific rates that you can find here, that range depending on your age and number of members.
However, if you are interested in joining a neighborhood pool, here’s a list of pools and racquet clubs in Charlotte.
Location: 2812 Inverness Road
Membership costs: New members are required to pay a $25 application fee, a $3,500 initiation fee and $800 in annual dues.
Waitlist: For residents, the wait ranges from one to three years. For people who do not live in Barclay Downs, the typical waitlist time is about six years. The number of memberships available vary from year to year depending on how many current members decide to resign and how many members become senior members.
Amenities: Along with the large swimming pool, six tennis courts and delicious snack bar, there are also many social events and summer programs such as tennis and swim camps offered for children and teens. Although the waitlist for this pool is quite extensive, all of the amenities available for members make it worth the wait.
Location: 10607 Rea Road
Membership costs: For information, fill out the inquiry information on their website.
Amenities: Blakeney has new indoor clay courts that add to their series of tennis courts. There are also a variety of outdoor courts, a sauna, a fitness center and most importantly, the pool. In the main pool, there is a separate lap lane for competitive swimmers, along with a water slide and wading area for the younger kids.
Location: 1000 Lomax Ave.
Membership costs: For new members, there is a $100 application fee, a one-time refundable $150 stock fee and a $2,100 initiation fee. The $100 application fee is credited to the first year fees.
Waitlist: The club only has enough space for 380 families, therefore availability is dependent on whether or not all families re-enroll. To get on the waitlist, you must fill out an application and send in a deposit of $100.
Amenities: This club has an L-shaped pool with areas for play and competition, a wading pool, basketball goals and playground. There are also seven tennis courts — four are lighted and two are clay courts.
Location: 7701 Fairview Road
Membership costs: There are several components of annual membership fees that include an application fee, an initiation fee, an annual membership renewal and potentially other fees such as maintenance fees.
Waitlist: In order to be added to the waitlist and to learn more specifics about annual dues, you must pay an initial $300 fee along with filling out the online application.
Amenities: Members have full access to pool and tennis facilities, including five courts — four of which can be reserved using an online form. For the serious swimmers, there is a six-lane 25-meter swimming area. For those interested in a more relaxing swimming experience, there is a diving board, large water slide and a children’s wading pool.
Location: 2301 Sedley Road
Membership costs: For new members, the initiation fee is $4,500 for neighborhood residents and $6,000 for non-residents. The annual fee is $780 for regular members and $260 for senior members.
Waitlist: Currently, they are at their maximum for members, so any and all inquires will be placed on a waitlist. To be added to this list, you will need to fill out the membership application.
Amenities: Along with six state-of-the-art tennis courts, this club has a full-service snack bar, a sports court with basketball hoops, a competition length pool, a diving area to show off your skills and a newly constructed baby pool.
Location: 5630 Sharon View Road
Membership costs: There are several types of memberships, such as full club memberships, swim-only memberships and athletic memberships. Each prospective member must get a letter of recommendation from a current member, unless you are a newbie to the Charlotte area. Specific and up-to-date pricing can be found by calling the club.
Amenities: Just as the name suggests, this club has a large focus on the tennis. It’s home to 37 different courts: 19 lit outdoor courts, 8 unlit outdoor courts, 5 outdoor hard courts, and 5 indoor hard courts. Along with their tennis courts and pool, they also run a state of the art fitness center with group exercise programs and personal trainers.
Location: 10201 Park Crossing Drive
Membership Costs: The initial membership fee is $950 for both residents and non-residents. After the initial fee, the yearly cost is $750.
Amenities: This club offers a wide range of activities including yoga, tennis tournaments (both extremely competitive for the pros and laid back for those wanting a friendly match), fitness groups, trivia, food truck Fridays and volleyball. Along with a sizable pool, there is also an outdoor television, an outdoor kitchen and a kid friendly-pool for the little ones.
Location: 6109 Wheeler Drive
Membership Costs: Rama currently has room to add additional members. For a family there is an $800 initiation fee and $700 in annual dues. A standard membership (which includes an individual or two people who live in the same household) is $800 for an initiation fee and $500 in annual dues. Seniors only have a $400 annual dues, and volleyball members only have $100 individual dues, or $150 couple dues.
Amenities: In the last three years, the club has invested over $100,000 in improvements to their competition sized, L-shape pool, five tennis courts (two of which are lighted), two lighted sand volleyball courts, and children’s playgrounds. Rama is a convenient location from both Uptown Charlotte and South Charlotte neighborhoods. The club is also known for its summer events for both children and adults, including movie nights, supper clubs, pickup sand volleyball games and Barbecue competitions.
Location: 7400 Thermal Road
Membership Costs: A family membership has a non-refundable $1,500 initiation fee and $800 of annual dues, while an individual membership has a non-refundable $1,000 initiation fee and $550 of annual dues.
Amenities: Looking for 30 different day summer camps for the little ones and a family friendly environment with a popular swim team, dive team, and 9 tennis courts? Sardis Swim and Racquet will be the perfect fit for you.
Location: 5126 Grafton Drive
Membership costs: For a new family, it costs $750, for a new family of two it costs $650, and for a new individual it costs $550. For a returning family it costs $575, for a returning family of two it costs $475, while a returning individual costs $375. The cost for a new senior couple is $500, and the cost for a returning senior couple is $325. All new-member rates will also include a $175 joining fee.
Amenities: They are most known for their neighborly and kid-friendly vibe along with their swim team that often hosts competitions in their pool. They offer swim lessons, clinics and a variety of competitive swim teams.
Location: 8205 Albemarle Road
Membership costs: There are several membership options. For a full family, there is a $450 initiation fee, a $450 annual payment and a $50 yearly maintenance fee. A membership for adults with no children consists of a $225 initiation fee, a $350 annual payment and the same $50 yearly maintenance fee. Members are always allowed to bring guests for just a $5 entry fee. You can also bring a guest for just $5.
Amenities: This facility has a 25-meter pool, diving boards and wading pool. There’s also a lake where many families chose to spend the day fishing. You can take your kayak out on the lake; however, swimming in the lake is prohibited. On pool grounds, there are foosball and ping-pong tables, grills and a concession stand.
Location: 6441 Windyrush Road
Membership costs: Family memberships have a $1,500 initiation fee and $775 in yearly dues. Individual memberships have a $500 initiation fee and $775 in yearly dues. There is also a tennis-only membership which has $550 initiation fee and $550 in yearly dues.
Waitlist: In order to be added to the waitlist, you must pay a $100 application fee and fill out the application. Once your membership is available, the $100 will be applied to your membership.
Amenities: Perfectly tucked away in the Olde Providence neighborhood, Windyrush is most recognized for its swim and dive team, its adult lap swim, pool parties, and its junior and adult tennis clinics.