The Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center has recently added Pickleball and POP tennis to the line-up of fun things to do at Hilton Head's Palmetto Dunes Resort.
Pickleball is a sport that combines the elements of tennis, badminton and ping pong. It is played with oversized ping pong paddles and a softball-sized plastic perforated ball that travels at about one-third the speed of a tennis ball. "It's a fun, easy sport that is great exercise, but doesn't require a lot of skill to be an enjoyable experience" says John Kerr, Director of Tennis at the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center. We have eight pickleball courts right in front of the Tennis Pro Shop.
Another tennis alternative that is gaining steam and was featured in June 2015 on The Today Show is POP Tennis, which is also played on a smaller court with a slower ball. It largely differs from regular tennis in that all serving is done underhand, removing the challenge of the overhand serve, which Kerr says is the most difficult stroke in tennis. We have 5 junior/POP Tennis courts.
Guests who book vacation rentals through the resort receive two hours of either tennis, pickleball or POP Tennis time with each night of their stay or choose from one of two pickleball vacation packages. Stop by the Tennis Center to try it out or call us to find out more information on how you can get involved with this great new sport right here at Hilton Head Island. Learn more in our press release here.
Want to learn more about Pickleball or just better your game? We have a number of pickleball clinics and lessons to choose from. Mark Anders, our head pickleball pro is ready to help. Please call the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center for more information or for registration: (888) 926-8784.
Please call the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center to schedule your court(s) at (888) 926-8784.
by reservation only
|$67/hour, $42/half hour
$77/hour, $48/half hour
|Walk-on rate (12 - 4 p.m.)||$15/hour|
|Equipment Rental Package
paddles and pickleballs for play
|1 hour pickleball machine rental||$30/hour|
|½ hour pickleball machine rental||$20/half hour|
The story goes that after playing golf one summer Saturday in 1965, Joel Pritchard, a congressman from Washington State, and Bill Bell, a successful businessman, returned to Pritchard’s home on Bainbridge Island, WA (near Seattle) to find their families sitting around with nothing to do. The property had an old badminton court so Pritchard and Bell looked for some badminton equipment and could not find a full set of rackets. They improvised and started playing with ping-pong paddles and a perforated plastic "wiffle" ball. At first they placed the net at badminton height of 60 inches and volleyed the ball over the net. As the weekend progressed, the players found that the ball bounced well on the asphalt surface and soon the net was lowered to 36 inches. The following weekend, Barney McCallum was introduced to the game at Pritchard’s home. Soon, the three men created rules, relying heavily on badminton. They kept in mind the original purpose, which was to provide a game that the whole family could play together.
By 1990, pickleball was being played in all 50 states - indoors and outdoors; in high school gyms and senior centers; in leagues and tournaments with official nets, balls and racquets. The official Pickleball Association, USAPA, was chartered as a Non-profit Corporation in 2005. Currently, the sport of pickleball is exploding in popularity with well over 2,000 locations on the USAPA’s Places to Play map and over 400,000 players.
Pickleball’s name is derived from the Pritchard family’s maritime pursuits. Frank Pritchard, one of Joel Pritchard’s children, said the name may have come from his mother, Joan, who was a competitive rower on the island. She sometimes referred to the ‘pickle boat,’ as the slowest vessel in a race.