When looking for local tennis courts, its important to note that tennis has become quite popular over that last 30-40 years. Now, tennis is available to the average person. What may differ are the amenities offered by each site. If only casual playing is desired, local parks and recreation centers are the best option. Local tennis courts will be free or have a nominal fee. If there are more than 10 courts most likely there will be a club associated with the courts and a teaching professional. Most parks and recreation courts are decent and are maintained by the city our county in which they are found. Lessons are more inexpensive at the local tennis courts than at a private club. Prices for an hour lesson range anywhere from $40 to $60 dollars. But the better quality instructors are usually found at the expensive clubs. Equipment can also be less expensive at the local tennis courts however, one can always find a good deal on the internet. Parking is usually free. Rules and regulations are much more flexible at the local tennis courts than at a private club. However tennis etiquette is observed no matter where one plays. Playing time normally is 1 hour for singles and 1 1/2 for doubles. Waiting time is based on the honor system or if the local tennis courts are well organized they will have they will have a reservations. It should be stressed that playing at local tennis courts also has its disadvantages. Since it is a public park one should be cautious of ones whereabouts. Unfortunately, less responsible citizens take advantage of the liberties offered at these sites. Security is often very low. Many large public facilities require membership at the local tennis courts. This is because many city and counties lease out the local tennis courts to tennis professionals and they must earn a living. However, many of these public clubs are very reasonable priced. Prices range from $100 to $150 dollars a year.