Emerald Desert Pickleball Club

Pickleball Courts in Palm Desert California

– Open Play for our resort guests at the Pickleball courts Thursdays at 10 a.m.

The game is easier to play than tennis or badminton because the shorter racquets require less hand-eye coordination, the underhand style is easier on the joints, the smaller court means less distance running and the perforated ball travels at one-third of the average speed of a tennis ball, making each rally longer. This makes pickleball more accessible to a wider range of players, particularly children and seniors.

A pickleball court is 20 feet by 44 feet for both singles and doubles matches. The net across the middle of the court is 34 inches high in the middle of the court and goes up to 36 inches at each end. Each player uses an official pickleball paddle, which is similar in size and style to a table tennis paddle. The ball is made of plastic and has holes in it and is three inches in diameter.

Invented as a backyard pastime, pickleball is now an organized sport represented by national and international governing bodies. Since its inception, pickleball has spread across the United States and into Canada. Its best-known competitor is Bill Gates. The United States Pickleball Association estimates there are more than 100,000 active pickleball players in the U.S. In Canada, where the game is still relatively new, there are already more than 5,000 players in just four provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec and Ontario.

Pickleball court Picture source: Wikipedia.

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