Play golf and tennis amid the foliage this fall

Autumn is a great time to enjoy golf or tennis and Waterville Valley Resort offers world-class courts and courses surrounded by the beauty of the mountains.

The Waterville Valley Golf Club is a family-friendly course surrounded by glorious 360-degree views of Mounts Tecumseh, Osceola and Sandwich. The welcoming, family-friendly atmosphere offers a contrast to more high-pressure clubs. On a typical fall day, you're likely to see as many families with children playing as adult foursomes.

But don't mistake "relaxed" for "unchallenging." Recently, the golf club completed a half-million dollar renovation designed to maintain the charm of the original course while adding new holes to challenge more experienced players.

Tennis has been a part of the Waterville Valley experience since 1884, when there was only one court. Today the resort’s 18 courts are among the best in the country. Tennis Magazine ranks the Waterville Valley Tennis Center as one of the top 50 tennis resorts in America and Tennis Resorts Online rated it the number two spot in America for its glorious setting amidst the White Mountains. But casual players should not feel intimidated by the resort’s reputation. Players like two-time Grand Slam champion Rod Laver have enjoyed the red clay courts alongside beginners.

There is plenty to do to keep the family active and entertained. The White Mountain Athletic Club has an indoor swimming pool, whirlpools, saunas, weight rooms and cardiovascular room. And the Waterville Valley Ice Arena, a popular year-round destination, provides open skating, rentals and lessons for all ages.

Fall golf and tennis