Pickleball? What’s that, a new round appetizer? Nope, pickleball is one of the fastest-growing sports in the country according to the USAPickleball Association (USAPA).
Pickleball is “a paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.” It’s not as demanding as tennis, as fast as racquetball or as expensive as golf.
I’m 70 years old and have held my own against much younger players. Don’t be skeptical. If you are looking for something to keep you active, pickleball could be the answer. It’s fun, it’s easy and any age can play. I bet you can’t play just once.
There are many opportunities to play in our local area: Aiken, Augusta-Richmond, Columbia and Edgefield counties all have places to play. Go to https://www.places2play.org/state/georgia?q=&p=150&order=city for a very good list of places to play in Georgia or https://www.places2play.org/state/south-carolina for places in South Carolina.
The following are places of which I have first-hand knowledge:
O’Dell Weeks Recreation Center. Excellent courts with indoor and outdoor courts. Charge is $3 for indoors. Outdoor courts are free.
Warren Road Community Center. Very good courts but a little dark. The charge is $2.
Wilson Family YMCA. Excellent courts. They have several times/rates, but after-hours play is $5. Free as a guest if accompanied by a member.
Pickleball Courts of Edgefield Gym. Good courts and charge is free.
Gregg Park Civic Center. Excellent courts and charge is $5.
Riverview Activities Center. Poor courts, no marked courts and uses temporary rubber lines. The charge is $4.
So, a good New Year’s resolution, and one you will actually want to keep, is to commit to trying pickleball. You won’t be sorry.
Larry B. Howell