GoCampingAmerica.com | Posted January
1st, 2014


RV Resorts with Pickleball


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Pickleball CourtsA
senior-citizen friendly sport called Pickleball is sweeping RV parks and
resorts across the Sunbelt.

“It’s a compact version of
tennis,” said Wendell Johnson, general manager of Palm
Creek Golf & RV Resort in Casa Grande, Arizona
, adding,
“The game is very easily learned. Within a week or two, you can become

Pickleball involves hitting a ball over a net
as in tennis. But it requires only one fourth of the space.

you’re in a much more confined area, you have a much better opportunity to
hit the ball. You don’t have to run and fetch the ball nearly as much,
especially if you play the game as doubles. So it’s not nearly as taxing on a

Palm Creek Golf & Resort Resort has 24
pickleball courts, more than any other RV resort in the nation. And snowbirds
in particular are flocking to the sport in increasing

Pickleball“We currently have 450 registered members of our
pickleball court. But during the course of the winter season, we’ll actually
have 600 people that play pickleball,” he said.

pickleball has become so popular that RV resorts are racing to either convert
some of their existing tennis courts into pickleball courts or to build brand
new pickleball courts altogether.

“Just about every single
RV resort that is financially capable is installing pickleball courts or
expanding their pickleball courts,” Johnson said.

Michigan-based Sun RV Resorts, which owns Palm Creek, has also added
pickleball courts at several of its other properties. “Some of them are
lighted for night play to allow our residents and guests more time to enjoy this
growing sport,” said Lori Rumer, regional vice president of operations and
sales for Sun RV Resorts.

“Pickleball has become a
mandatory, expected amenity (for RV resorts) to be considered a five-star
property that caters to active adults,” said Greg Sidoroff, vice president of
operations for La Jolla, California-based SunLand RV

And while pickleball has primarily been a sport
for senior citizens, younger people are now playing the sport, too.

a sampling of RV parks and resorts across the Sunbelt that offer pickleball