Tips to Pick a Great Savannah Pickleball Court
Pickleball might be considered the state sport of Washington, where the game originated back in the mid-1960s, but it’s got nothing on the popularity of pickleball in Savannah, Ga.
So, if you’re interested in becoming a pickler or already are one, get yourself out of the “kitchen” and learn how to pick a great pickleball club near you.
Pickleball is the fastest-growing sport in the U.S., with more than 4.8 million players nationwide. Currently, there are 11 official pickleball leagues in Savannah alone, according to the Global Pickleball Network.
A growing interest in the sport is attributed to several factors, including a short learning curve, appeal to a wide range of ages and fitness levels and the affordability of the game equipment.
In fact, many area picklers say their favorite things about playing pickleball include the camaraderie, exercise, fun with friends, introducing family and friends to the game and the overall competition.
How to pick a pickleball court
A good pickleball court has the right dimensions, reliable surface materials, and permanently affixed netting. While makeshift courts are great for accessibility, a permanent structure ensures that the game’s rules are followed, and the game is played in its intended way.
Asphalt and cement are often considered great surfaces for pickleball. However, this may be largely influenced by pickleball’s wide adoption of converting tennis courts to meet the play demand. Play on other surfaces, like grass and clay, is an emerging trend, as well – and gaining support.
Aside from the court surfaces, a high-quality net makes a tremendous difference in gameplay, while a couple of other nice-to-have elements add luxury to the equation.
- The Net – There are a variety of nets on the market, ranging from basic plastic nets to high-end mesh nets. Any mesh material that allows for visibility on the other side while also not letting the ball pass through the holes. A permanent net is ideal.
- Lighting – If you’re playing outdoors, natural light is always best. In warmer climates, you might use outdoor lights to continue to play after dusk. If you play indoor pickleball, it’s a good idea to use fluorescent lights instead of the LED or HID lights that may be set up outside.
- Rest area – Pickleball is hard work. If the area is big enough, there should be dedicated rest areas with benches and umbrellas to shade players taking a break. This is also where you can keep equipment, water, and any other materials you may need.
Ready to play?
There are a handful of ways to find local pickleball play locations. If you don’t know anyone who plays, then you’ll have to seek out some locations on your own. The USAPA website is a great overall resource to help get you started.
The Landings Golf & Athletic Club, a private residential club in Savannah, Georgia, offers 14 outdoor pickleball courts ready and waiting for members’ playtime. With 8 DecoTurf (a hardcourt constructed from layers of acrylic resin, rubber, silica, and other materials on top of an asphalt or concrete base) courts, 6 concrete courts, all lit for night play.
Never held a pickleball paddle before? That’s OK, too. In fact, the Landing Golf & Athletic Club has four PPR-certified pickleball instructors on staff who are happy to teach members regardless of their prior experience, athletic ability, and fitness level.
Pickleball leagues and clinics are also offered. The Landings Pickleball League, debuting in 2017 with only 80 players, is now home to more than 200 today.
Did you know that when you make a Discovery Visit to The Landings, you get full guest Club membership access for the duration of your stay? Schedule your visit today and come join in the pickleball fun! Then check out our Club membership categories to see all the other fun you can be part of!