Are you new to the pickleball craze that’s sweeping the country? Perhaps you’ve already played a few rounds and can’t get enough of it. You’re probably wondering where you can find a pickleball court in your region, whatever your circumstance is.
You’ll never forget where you first played pickleball. This first location may set the tone for the rest of your pickleball career by giving you a fair sense of the types of players you can anticipate to see at those types of venues.
Perhaps you began your training at a makeshift local facility and now wish to try out a state-of-the-art facility. Maybe you’ve been playing with a club and now want to play in a more casual setting. In any case, knowing your alternatives when it comes to selecting a nice pickleball court is usually a smart idea.
Finding a decent pickleball spot might also introduce you to new partners or opponents that are more like-minded than your present opponents.
There is no shortage of pickleball players or venues in the United States, thanks to the booming pickleball movement. In fact, new courts are being built on a daily basis. Pickleball courts are being added to gyms, churches are using their basements for pickleball, and some condos are even installing courts for year-round play. Pickleball courts may now be found in even Airbnbs. All you have to do is know where to look.
Try looking in the following five places:
Your neighborhood’s community center
Clubs for tennis
Membership options for pickleball
Groups on Facebook
Pickleball Courts in Your Area
Search the following areas for a pickleball court near you.
Your Neighborhood Community Center (or YMCA)
My first suggestion is to go online and conduct a keyword search using your preferred search engine. If you key in “pickleball near me,” you’ll probably get some relevant results. You may also use Google or Apple Maps to discover the closest pickleball courts by typing “pickleball courts” into the search box.
To find out if your local YMCA or community center has any open play sessions, call and inquire. Pickleball is available at many of these facilities during off-peak hours, such as the mornings and early afternoons when the gyms are less crowded. If you get a chance to return later, ask the members what else is being played. Some of them are likely to have firsthand experience locating a place to play, and they may be willing to share it with you.
Pickleball is a sport that is played at tennis clubs.
Tennis centers in the area are no exception. When the tennis courts are not in use, pickleball is increasingly being incorporated into these facilities’ activities to generate additional cash. In addition to relatively low charges, tennis facilities will frequently offer reasonably priced “day passes” or monthly “memberships.” Monthly costs range from $30 to $100, depending on where you are located, and rates for a 2-to-3-hour window are normally $5-$10.
On a few of their tennis courts, many tennis facilities install pickleball nets on either side of their tennis nets.
Facilities for Pickleball Membership
You might be fortunate enough to live in a city with an indoor pickleball facility. These facilities are becoming increasingly common around the country. Check out internet lists of dedicated indoor pickleball facilities to see if you can play pickleball there. This one, for example.
Ambassadors for Pickleball in the United States
The USA Pickleball Ambassadors are also an excellent source of information. Pickleball ambassadors are just individuals who want to promote pickleball in their communities. These volunteers will be able to tell you where you may play pickleball in your neighborhood. Search the USA Pickleball website or find them on social media to see if there is an ambassador in your region.
Facebook Groups for Pickleball
Joining pickleball-focused Facebook groups is another wonderful method to find venues to play. Pickleball Forum had over 59,000 members in January 2022, making it the largest Facebook pickleball group. This is the place to ask such questions.
You may also type “pickleball” and the name of the city you’re in into Facebook’s search box if you want to play pickleball in a certain city. Several local pickleball groups should be included in the results.
Hopefully, you now have a better understanding of where to find a pickleball court in your area to play pickleball. There are a lot of fun places to play, and if you haven’t found one yet, chances are your community would love to have one, so you could find a way to make it happen!
If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to find a court immediately away. Otherwise, renting space in a nearby gym and setting up your own play area could be a viable option. Talk to your local community center, YMCA, or even the tennis courts about it. It would be even better if there was a specialized pickleball facility.
So we’re hoping to see you playing pickleball very soon!