Thursday, May 29, 2014

Finally Played Pickleball Again

Clinton, IN                  (Click on Pics to Enlarge)


Okay, it's now been 2 1/2 months since Karen and I played our last bit of pickleball at Palm Creek Golf and RV Resort in Casa Grande, AZ.  We knew that pickleball wasn't as popular on the east coast (with the exception of The Villages in Florida), but we thought we would run across a court to play on, or some friends to join us in a game or two, somewhere in our travels over on the right side of the country.

Well, it has just not panned out so far.  We had high hopes when we stayed at the Thousand Trails in Chesapeake, VA in April, but their courts were undergoing a renovation.  No pickleball!


We moved on to Elkhart, IN where we were told that there was a single pickleball court at the Elkhart Campground.  This turned out to be an old (really old) tennis court with huge cracks in the pavement, grass growing up out of the cracks, and no net equipment whatsoever.  (It was so bad I didn't even take a picture.) No pickleball!

Well, we are now at our current location at the Thousand Trails Horseshoe Lakes near Clinton, IN and had high hopes again of finding a court.  We did see that two courts had been painted on two old tennis courts and a single court on a multi-purpose court which doubles as a basketball court.   Still, no pickleball!


Ok, enough is enough.  We had to find some way to rectify the situation where the hard surfaces are intact, but pickleball is still not possible due to the lack of a net.  Solution:  Purchase our own portable net system and take it with us as we travel.  That's exactly what we did.  In a short two days after using Amazon Prime Shipping we had it in our hands.


The whole system can be broken down and carried in a 6"x6"x36" storage bag and weighs about 21 pounds.  Now if we happen upon a campground which has an already striped court we're ready to play within about 10 minutes.  Even without striping, a bit of tape and laying out a court, and we're ready to go again.

Ah, life it good again!








Although this post is intended to be a bit "tough in cheek", if you'd like to learn more about this rapidly growing sport (particularly among the 50+ crowd) take a look at the United States Pickeball Association's USAPA website.  They are the governing body for pickleball in the United States.

Thanks for dropping by to take a look!

9 comments:

  1. We played when we first hit the road while in Indio Ca. and you are correct, you certainly don't see much of it on the east coast. We did find a court on Hilton Head but that was about it.

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  2. Nice that you finally got a chance to feed your addiction!

    PS: There are 12 step programs to help you... ;c)

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    1. I believe it might be a stronger addiction than PDD!

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  3. Sounds like the perfect solution to your dilemma. Enjoy!

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  4. How clever you are! Good for you. Now you can enjoy your sport whenever you want!

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  5. This is interesting.

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  6. Never did find any courts this last winter, might have something to do with the state park campgrounds we stayed in. Glad you found a solution to your problem, withdrawal can be tough at times.

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  7. Not exactly what you were used to out west but where there's a will there's a way.

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    1. You are correct. Much better than not playing at all.

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