Add Pickleball at the Palmetto Dunes Tennis and Pickleball Center to your list of fun things to do at Hilton Head's Palmetto Dunes Resort. We have 16 pickleball courts available at Palmetto Dunes (all lighted for night play).
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.
Guests who book vacation rentals through the Palmetto Dunes Vacation Rentals receive two hours of either tennis or pickleball court time (when courts are available) with each night of their stay per vacation rental unit 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.
Pickleball Program was Terrific
I did not want to go home. If you want to learn or improve your pickleball game , this is the place to go. Great instructors, great courts, and very nice hotel. Instruction was tailored to our skill levels in the morning and we practiced what we learned in round robin play after lunch. Could not have been better...Thanks Mark.
- Karen B R, TripAdvisor, March 2019
Played in the weekend morning Round Robin. Was paired with several others who, like me, were novices. One of the pros, Nancy, coached us and helped us learn the rules and improve our game. She was great!! Had an excellent time. Really a great time. Great value as well
- Laurie Silberfeld, Google, March 2019
Great Place to try Pickleball!
My wife and I were welcomed with open arms by Mark who ran the Round Robin clinics. Had so much fun one afternoon, came back and played the next morning. Lots of players, so make sure to call ahead to reserve a spot!
- JCHWX TripAdvisor, Feb. 2019
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.
When: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Sundays
Skill Level: Ages 16+ Beginner
Description: Introduction to Pickleball: Rules, Court Positioning, Basic Strategies. Recommended for new players or players who have started playing butlack formal instruction.
Price: $25 per person daily
When: Tuesdays & Thursdays
Skill Level: Ages 16+ Intermediate
Description: Instruction on effective winning strategies and shot selection. Recommended for players that have been actively playing pickleball for more than a year and want to elevate their game to the next level.
Price: $25 per person daily
When: By reservation only (3 or more people)
Skill Level: Any age Any skill level
Description: Any clinic & round robin combination. If your goal is to learn how to play pickleball, we highly recommend you take one of our clinics and play in one or more of our supervised round robins. Our round robins will help you retain what you havelearned in our clinics.
Price: $35 per person
Try out your new pickleball skills in a tournament competition. Our goal is to group players with like skills in a fun, social and competitive environment. During play, the pro will provide instruction on effective court positioning and shot selection. For more information or for registration please call the Palmetto Dunes Tennis & Pickleball Center: (888) 879-2053.
Description: Any clinic & round robin combination. Any skill level. If your goal is to learn how to play pickleball, we highly recommend
you take one of our clinics and play in one or more of our supervised
round robins. Our round robins will help you retain what you have
learned in our clinics.
Skill Level: Ages 16+, all levels.
Cost: $35 per person daily, $32 per person daily for 3 or more round robins
Morning: Daily 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Afternoon: Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. January 1 - May 15 & September 1 - November 15
Skill Level: Ages 16+, all levels.
Cost: $15 per person daily
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
|Court time||Open - noon: $25/hour
Noon - close: $20/hour
|Walk-on rate||Noon - 4 p.m.: $15/hour|
|Equipment Rental Package
4 paddles and pickleballs for play
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.