3 Ways to Play Pickleball in Sanford, NC

Photo courtesy of Pickleheads
Pickleball is the fastest-growing sport in America, with an estimated 36.5 million players in the US. The craze over this cross between ping-pong, badminton, and tennis is sweeping the nation with courts popping up everywhere, even right here in Sanford, NC.

Why is The Game So Popular with Visitors?

“Pickleball is as much a social activity as it is a sport,” says Brandom Mackie, co-founder of Pickleheads, an online community for Pickleball enthusiasts. Almost always played as doubles, that game offers many opportunities to socialize and meet other players. Brandon also added that the game, “is commonly played in an open-play format where 50 or more players show up and rotate games and partners.”

Photo courtesy of Pickleheads
Pickleball was created by three vacationers on Bainbridge Island near Seattle in 1965. It’s easy to learn, fun to play, and is enjoyed by folks of all ages. You don’t need much equipment either, just a paddle, a ball, and a court (or an open space and some chalk or tape).

Where Can I Play?

Not to humble brag, but Pickleball is kind of a big deal here. Pay a visit to Sanford and you’ll be delighted to find three great locations where you can get your serve and swing on!

OT Sloan Park – Tennis Center

OT Sloan Park Tennis Center features six dedicated outdoor pickleball courts with permanent lines and nets. Players also have access to restrooms, water fountains, wheelchair accessibility, and park lights for evening play. The courts are open to the public free of charge. While you’re there, check out the park’s other great amenities which include a public pool, a park shelter, and a picnic area.

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Kiwanis Children’s Park

At Kiwanis Children’s Park, players can take advantage of four dedicated outdoor hard courts with permanent lines and nets. These courts are free to use as well during opening hours for the park. Kiwanis Children’s Park also boasts a splash pad for the kids – a great way to beat the heat on warm days. And, if you feel like a lovely stroll before or after your game, jump on the Kiwanis Park Greenway for picturesque natural views.

First Baptist Church

Last, but certainly not least, you can get an indoor pickleball game going over at First Baptist Church. Their two wood courts have permanent lines, but you’ll need to bring your own net. Both courts are free to use and players have access to both restrooms and water fountains.

Even More To Do Off the Court

When your match is over, there’s even more to do off the courts. Be sure to check out the dining and shopping options in the area or visit our calendar for upcoming events to pair with your play.

Hope to see you and your game paddles in Sanford!