Have y’all heard about pickleball? If you haven’t, it’s kind of a big dill. Pickleball shares similarities with tennis, table tennis, and badminton (as well as other paddle ball sports). It has official rules, regulations, and even its own organization — the USA Pickleball Association.
What to know
Here’s the lowdown on the game so you don’t find yourself in a pickle:
- It can be played indoors or outdoors.
- The court is badminton-sized (20’ x 44’) with a modified tennis net.
- The pickleball itself is made of plastic and has holes, like a Wiffle ball.
- The paddle is a little smaller than a tennis racquet.
- It can be played as doubles or singles (think: 2-4 people).
Upstate Pickleball says there are “easily 2,000+ pickleball players in the Upstate area.” If you’re looking to join in, Greenville has a number of locations featuring dedicated pickleball courts. Check out Upstate Pickleball’s court map, including tennis courts lined for pickleball (think: McPherson Park), membership locations, and senior centers.
Here are a few locations with dedicated pickleball courts around Greenville.
- Northside Park, 101 W. Darby Rd., Greenville | Six courts
- Timmons Park, 121 Oxford St., Greenville | Eight courts
- Southside Park, 417 Baldwin Rd., Simpsonville | 12 courts
- Tryon Park, 226 Oakland Ave., Greer | 10 courts
- Phyllis Wheatley Community Center, 335 Greenacre Rd., Greenville | Three courts
- Sterling Community Center, 113 Minus St., Greenville | Three courts
- The Pavilion, 400 Scottswood Rd., Taylors | Reserve one of the three courts seven days a week.
Upcoming Pickleball Events
See Upstate Pickleball’s playing calendar to play with other Upstate pickleballers.