They are located on Shiloh Street between the Putting Green and the Butterfly Garden. Activity abounds complete with a resident fan base. The local alligators make it a point to keep an eye on the courts by lurking near the shore whenever the pop of the ball can be heard. So, BEWARE and BE CAREFUL should your ball land in the lake.
The court schedule is effective April through December and times are as follows:
8:00 -11:00 AM - 7 days a week
4:00 - 7:00 PM - 7 days a week
Please note that a sign-up sheet is posted on the fence to reserve a court at any time other than general playtime. Just post your name and the court is yours for that time slot.
The courts are appropriately named court 1 and court 2 (court 1 located closest to the Putting Green). The courts are regulation size with an 8’ fence. Several benches are located just outside the courts for waiting players and enthusiastic onlookers.
It truly is an exciting time for Tara Woods Pickleball.
information found on the usapa.org website
After playing golf one Saturday afternoon in the summer of 1965*, Joel Prichard, a congressman from Washington State, and Bill Bell, a successful businessman, returned to Prichard’s home on Bainbridge Island, Washington (near Seattle). They found their families sitting around with nothing to do.
The property had an old badminton court, so the two gentlemen searched for badminton equipment. Not finding a full set of rackets, they proceeded to improvise and started playing with ping pong paddles and a perforated plastic ball. The net was first placed at badminton height, 60 inches. As the weekend progressed it was discovered that the ball bounced well on the asphalt surface and 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 always kept in mind the original purpose, which was to provide a game that the whole family could play together.
…the origin of the name pickleball coming soon.
*According to Joel Prichard and Bill Bell the game was invented in the summer of 1963. Joel’s wife, Joan, has stated that it began in 1966. According to everyone else it was 1965.