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Best Place to Play Tennis in the Middle of the Desert

Pima Community College West Campus

Tired of smelling car exhaust while you're trying to volley at the UA? How about the nasty fast-food fumes wafting your way while you're chasing down lobs at Himmel Park? Head out to PCC West, where the air is pungent with acacia, palo verde and other desert spices. The courts are nestled among thick Sonoran vegetation, and the critters are numerous, too. You might see migrating warblers in the spring and fall, or Cooper's hawks diving after doves in the summer. During the monsoon, you get an excellent view of white-hot thunderstorm action. But beware--you may have to clear a few giant beetles or the occasional tarantula from the court before the first serve.