Paddle sport’s popularity on the rise at the clubs
BY LOUIS MARROQUIN — Summer 2019
Here’s how a few other clubs are beefing up their pickleball agendas and facilities:
• With more than 200 active pickleball players, Anthem Golf & Country Club near Phoenix just added a pickleball pro and plans to convert its stadium tennis court into four permanent pickleball courts in June. It offers a full lesson program and 10 open plays each week. Though participants have skewed older in the past, director of racquet sports Chris Brewer says he’s seeing an influx of players in the 35-to-45-year-old range.
• At Chantilly National Golf & Country Club in Centreville, Va., about 30 members take part in pickleball activities, which include open play on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons, informal instruction clinics, and social events.
• The Clubs of Kingwood near Houston offer weekly open-play days on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, and this summer has monthly tennis and pickleball mixers planned to introduce more members to the sport.
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