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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.

 

ADULT ROUND-ROBIN PLAY

 

Now that the Highlands courts are repaired and resurfaced and new pickleball nets have been delivered, there are so many Lochmere residents participating in clinics as well as playing with their friends and neighbors.

Are you looking to meet new players or showcase how much you have learned? If so, why not sign up for Lochmere’s inaugural Pickleball Round Robin.

All levels are welcome to play!  Team Play will consist of 12 players.   The first 60 players to sign up will make 5 teams. You must be a Lochmere resident to participate.

Events will be held on Thursday evenings from 5:30-7PM or 7-8:30 PM starting on September 15 and ending on October 13.

For more information and to register, please visit HERE.

Don’t delay – sign up now to play some fun, social and competitive games in a team format.

All questions should be directed to Lochmere’s Tennis Director, Michel Haddad, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

SEPTEMBER ADULT CLINICS

Lochmere is pleased to offer Beginner and Intermediate Pickleball Clinics during August and September.  Pam Gilbert will be the instructor.  The minimum number of players for each clinic is 4.  Space is limited and 24-hour cancellation is required.

Clinics will be held on Monday evenings and Wednesday mornings. 

For more information and to register, please visit HERE.

  8/21/2022 UPDATE-  HIGHLANDS' COURTS ARE READY FOR PLAY!!!!!!

We are very pleased to announce that the Highlands courts have been repaired, resurfaced, and lined for both tennis and pickleball.

The moveable pickleball nets were delivered as soon as the courts were ready to be played on .  A big thank you to resident Jimmy Horng, for arranging a large crew of players to volunteer that evening to assemble all four nets.  The nets weigh over 200 lbs. This was quite an undertaking but they got it done, and managed to play pickleball that night.

pickleball net 8 8 2022

The nets can be moved for tennis play and vice versa, but please be careful, and make sure the wheels are properly engaged before moving them. These are very heavy but move easily once the wheels are engaged.

New signs have been put up indicating which courts are pickleball.

The court schedular has been updated so that all courts can be easily booked.  Instructions are on the website, but new enhancements are as follows:

  • Courts at both locations can now be booked one hour in advance.
  • Cancellations can be made up to the time of your reservation.  If you plans change, please cancel your reservation.  This will allow other residents to enjoy the courts. 
  • Don't forget if you are playing tennis at the Highlands courts you must reserve both Pickleball Courts 1 and 3 or 2 and 4. 
  • Photos of the layout of the Highlands courts can be found on the home page under Quick Links "Court #'s".

We know this project has been a long and sometimes bumpy road, but we are thankful that this has been completed. 

Thank you to everyone for their patience.  The end result has been worth it!