The Relish of Pickleball

In a walk down Butler street, one can manage to revamp their closet, fill their tummies, find the perfect birthday gift for a friend…and watch a riveting game of Pickleball! You’ve might have seen the mysteriously nostalgic game being played on the tennis/Pickleball courts near “The Butler Pantry.” While Pickleball has shown its face across the country for quite some time, it has become growingly popular in West Michigan in just a quick year. A mix of ping-pong, tennis, and badminton, Pickleball is a great game for the entire family!

We know what you’re thinking: “I think I might have played Pickleball in high school…but I can’t remember how to play!” Pickleball is, in fact, a popular game for high school gym classes because it doesn’t demand a horribly large space, there isn’t much equipment involved, and you don’t have to be Serena Williams to play. Paddles (which look like large ping-pong paddles) and bright yellow, plastic, wiffle balls are the only things you need to bring to the courts. The game is played on a 20-by-44-foot court; a net splits the court in half. Like tennis, there are two service sections separated by a T-shaped line on each side of the net. Closer to the net lies a no-volley section called the “kitchen”…stay out of the kitchen! While we won’t drag on about the rules, you can check out the specifics in the following link

So why is Pickleball so popular in Saugatuck and Douglas? Pickleball is attractive for people of all ages because it is a competitive game that requires quick reflexes, strategic thinking, and minimal running (don’t be fooled, though – you won’t go a three-game match without breaking a sweat!) All that said, it’s the perfect game for Saugatuck/Douglas’ diverse age groups (particularly found in the summer). Pickleball is also a great way to get outside and be social, and we know most people in the Saugatuck/Douglas are always trying to do both.

So…want to join the local Pickleball crew? The Douglas Saugatuck Pickleball Club meets Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9-1 for open play on Schultz Park’s eight newly constructed Pickleball courts in Douglass, and they welcome all levels of players! And if you’re looking for a new Pickleball outfit (workout shorts, skirts, shirts, shoes, etc.), stop by Landsharks on your way to the courts!

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