Pickleball C

 

Do you want to play a fun sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong? If you answered yes .. the game of pickleball might be just what you are looking for. Pickleball can be played as doubles or singles.

Lochmere offers 2 courts at the Highlands facility located at 200 Loch Highlands Drive. These courts are marked for pickleball as well as tennis. Courts should be reserved using the Court Scheduler on Lochmere’s website .. Just click HERE (you must be signed in to your account).   Please remember to designate that you are reserving the courts for pickleball.

Rules for court usage are posted at the courts. All players should abide by the rules. Please remember:

  • Pets are not permitted on the courts.
  • No alcoholic beverages, food, or glass are permitted on the courts or inside the tennis gate.
  • Smoking and vaping is not permitted on the property.
  • Proper tennis attire is required. Shoes that mark the courts are not allowed. No sports bras are allowed without a cover-up. Shirts must be worn at all times.

Since it is known to be easier on the joints than tennis, pickleball is very popular with older players. However, whether it is at a fast pace of competition or a slower pace for beginners and older players, it is a game that can be fun for any age: young, old or in-between.

When playing pickleball, each player needs a pickleball paddle, which is smaller than a tennis racquet but larger than a ping-pong paddle. Players will also need to bring their own pickleballs. The ball is unique, with holes through it like a whiffle ball.  For more information about pickleball, please visit the USA Pickleball website HERE.

 

PICKLEBALL SURVEY RESULTS

With the increased popularity of pickleball, many Lochmere residents have requested pickleball courts in our community. In response, the Board had the two tennis courts at Highlands painted with pickleball dimensions in 2014 while retaining the ability to play tennis. As demand increased, pickleball players requested courts dedicated to pickleball only.

Unfortunately, there is no suitable location to build new courts nor is there money in the budget for that level of construction. To provide dedicated pickleball courts we would need to repurpose existing tennis courts at either Highlands or Lochwood. By converting two tennis courts we could create 6 dedicated pickleball courts.

Two surveys were sent to the membership in 2020 and 2021 to determine which location would best serve Lochmere.The results of the surveys are included below.

November 2020 Survey

Do You Play Pickleball?

Response Count
No 166
Yes 191
Grand Total 357

How Often Do You Play Pickleball?

Response Count
I Haven’t Played At Lochmere 43
Less Than 2 Times A Week 48
More Than 2 Times A Week 100
Grand Total 191

Are The Marked Pickleball Lines At Highlands Tennis Courts Enough For Your Needs?

Response Count
No 158
Yes 199
Grand Total 357

Would You Be Open To The Possibility Of Converting The Highlands Tennis Courts To Just Pickleball?

Response Count
No 154
Yes 203
Grand Total 357

January 2021 Pickleball Survey

Summary of Responses    
Number of Completed SurveyResponses   217
 
What do you play atLochmere  
Tennis 88 40.6%
Pickleball 39 18.0%
Both 50 23.0%
Neither 40 18.4%
 
Highlands  
Leave as is 95 43.8%
Convert one court to pickleball(allows for two courts of pickleball play) 39 18.0%
Convert both courts to pickleball only(allows for six courts of pickleball play) 61 28.1%
Provide moveable pickleball nets to be used on pickleball-marked courts only 22 10.1%
 
Lochwood  
Leave as tennis only. 74 34.1%
Mark pickleball lines on two courts. 48 22.1%
Provide moveable pickleball nets to be used on pickleball-marked courts only 14 6.5%
Convert one court to pickleball(allows for three courts of pickleball play if square fence) 45 20.7%
Convert two courts to pickleball(allows for six courts of pickleball play if square fence) 36 16.6%

A number of residents concerned that both Highlands courts were being seriously considered for conversion started a petition in which 222 responses were received against converting both courts.

The Board received quotes to repurpose two tennis courts at Highlands or Lochwood. If pickleball courts are placed at Highlands, there will no longer be tennis courts available there. If placed at Lochwood, courts 3 and 4 will be converted to pickleball. The quote amounts are included below. The quote to repurpose Highlands is more, due to the need to increase the size of the footprint, fencing, repairs and resurfacing.

  • Convert two (2) tennis courts to six (6) pickleball courts at Highlands: $71,362
  • Convert two (2) tennis courts to six (6) pickleball courts at Lochwood: $33,631

Pros and Cons of Each Option:

HIGHLANDS (convert both tennis courts to pickleball courts):

PROS

  • The current location of marked Pickleball courts in Lochmere
  • The ability to create a dedicated Pickleball Center (no tennis)

 CONS

  • Additional cost to convert
  • No bathrooms
  • Less access to staff for lessons
  • No tennis courts at Highlands

 LOCHWOOD (convert courts 3 and 4 to pickleball courts):

PROS

  • Reduced cost to convert
  • Retains tennis courts at Highlands
  • Year-round bathrooms
  • Proximity of staff for lessons

CONS

  • Reduces the number of usable tennis courts to 4 (courts 5 – 8); tennis staff reserves courts 1 and 2 until 8:00pm
  • No longer a dedicated tennis center; additional noise associated with pickleball
  • Less court availability during peak times and league play

 As you can see, there is no easy solution to this conundrum to provide pickleball courts in Lochmere.

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Respectfully,

Lochmere Board of Directors