Viva Spain Pickleball Tours – Registration Open

I’m excited to announce that the Viva Spain Pickleball Tours scheduled for September 2014 are open for registration. Players of all levels are welcome, as are accompanying non-pickleball players. Detailed tour information and registration forms are on the webpage.
Video: Madrid & Central Spain Pickleball Tours

I appreciate you forwarding this email to other pickleball players you think might be interested. In addition to the September 2014 tours, dates for the 2015 tours are being finalized. Space is limited to 35 participants per tour.

I hope you can take part on one of the tours either this year or next. It’s going to be a great experience for all who join us as we explore fascinating cities, play plenty of pickleball, and interact with the locals on and off the court.

I’m glad to answer questions anyone may have by email or telephone (phone numbers are available on the webpage).

– Saludos from Spain,

Mike Hess, President
Viva Spain Pickleball Tours
Madrid & Central Spain Pickleball Tour – Watch Video

New Website for Sun City Festival

From the president’s message…
We are excited about this website, because it opens doors to innovative ways to get information out to you.  In the future, we are looking at posting videos offering pickleball tips, drills, strategies and rules.  There are a lot of opportunities open to us now, and we are just “skimming the surface.”  If you have input that will help improve our site, let us know; we want to hear from you.

Thinking about moving to Sun City Grand for pickleball?

By Bill Booth, former resident of Sun City Grand, founder and former president of the pickleball club.

At one time, Sun City Grand (SCG) had the best facilities for pickleball in an age-restricted community in the state of Arizona. Regrettably, that has not been true for the last several years and is becoming increasingly worse in terms of number of players per court. Even worse, the SCG board seems quite content to have SCG rank far down the list.

The SCG pickleball courts are extremely overcrowded during the peak season to the point where courts are difficult to reserve. Players coming to drop-in sessions turn away because of overcrowding or are forced to go to the city courts or other places to play. Players considering buying or renting in SCG quickly find out that there are better choices. Players have moved out of SCG when they have found that Sun City West and others are more pickleball friendly. That hurts the home values of every SCG homeowner regardless of whether they are interested in pickleball. Continue reading

Sun City West hosts 3-day pickleball tournament

Hundreds of people–even a few dogs and a pickle mascot–flocked to the courts in Sun City West to take part in the three-day “Fun in the Sun” pickle ball tournament.

Hundreds of people–354 to be exact–signed up for the event, most of them playing for bragging rights and of course, a medal to drape over the mantel. Read more at…

Pickleball craze sparks building at Arizona RV parks

RV parks and resorts across the Sunbelt, empty nesters and retirees are abandoning tennis in favor of pickleball, an easy to learn, senior-friendly sport that requires hitting the ball over a net, but in a small court that doesn’t require nearly as much running around.

“Pickleball is amazingly popular,” said Vickie Jepperson, manager of Pueblo El Mirage RV & Golf Resort in El Mirage, Ariz. “In all of my years working in the RV resort business, I’ve never a sport, other than golf, that is this popular.”

So popular, in fact, that RV parks and resorts in Arizona and across the Sunbelt are converting some of their tennis courts into pickleball courts and building new pickleball courts to accommodate the rapidly increasing numbers of pickleball enthusiasts, said Jo Ann Mickelson, executive director of the Arizona Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds. Read more at…

Sun City West Pickleball Center to celebrate grand opening

New courts at Sun City WestA new 18-court premier pickleball facility in Sun City West will formally open on Friday, Feb. 28, at Palm Ridge Recreation Center, 13800 W. Deer Valley Drive, Sun City West.

After two years of planning, the long awaited opening of Liberty Courts Pickleball Center will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony, brief thank-you comments, hospitality from Uncle Bears Catering, music, tours of the facility and a few additional surprises. Read more at…