Have y’all heard about pickleball? If you haven’t, it’s kind of a big dill. Pickleball shares similarities with tennis, table tennis + badminton (as well as other paddle ball sports).
- It can be played indoors or outdoors.
- The court is 20 ft wide by 44 ft long with a modified tennis net.
- The pickleball itself is made of plastic and has holes, like a wiffleball. The paddle is a little smaller than a tennis racquet.
- It can be played as doubles or singles — read: two to four people, for those of us who are racquet sports-challenged.
Where can you play in Raleigh?
- Raleigh Parks has six permanent outdoor pickleball courts located at Method Community Park and six permanent outdoor courts at North Hills Park — both are open from dusk to 10 p.m.
- Raleigh Parks also has nine indoor locations — a four-month pass can be purchased for $10 and a single session pass costs $2. Players must also complete a registration form.
- Find a list of upcoming pickleball programs and clinics by Tennisbloc that are geared toward adults and juniors from levels beginner through intermediate.
- If you’re interested in joining a pickleball league, this site has several listed in the area.
- Swing Racquet + Paddle, Raleigh’s $70 million tennis and paddle facility, is anticipated to open in 2024 with 24 pickleball courts.