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.
BEGINNER PICKLEBALL PICK-UP PLAY OFFERED IN JANUARY & FEBRUARY
Are you just learning to play pickleball and want to meet up with other residents who are looking for someone to play with?
Beginner to Low Intermediate Pickleball Pick-Up Play is offered to Lochmere residents at the Highlands courts (200 Loch Highlands Drive) on Fridays and Sundays during January and February.
The purpose is to give everyone a time and place to join new friends and play pickleball! There is no pressure, just sign up and come out to have lots of fun.
The courts will be reserved for you at the following times:
- Fridays from 12:00 Noon to 1:30 PM – January 28, February 4, February 11, February 18, February 25
- Sundays from 1:00 to 2:30 PM – January 30, February 6, February 20
It’s easy .. just sign up HERE.
If you need to cancel, you can do so on the same Sign-Up Genius.
There will be no pros on site. Just play and have a good time.
PICKLEBALL CLINICS OFFERED
IN FEBRUARY, MARCH, APRIL 2022
Lochmere will be offering monthly Pickleball Clinics during February, March, and April.
Beginner I is for new players only or those that need to repeat the class.
Beginner II will progress each week to help with shots and playing of points for those who have played some.
For more information and to register, please visit 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?
How Often Do You Play Pickleball?
|I Haven’t Played At Lochmere||43|
|Less Than 2 Times A Week||48|
|More Than 2 Times A Week||100|
Are The Marked Pickleball Lines At Highlands Tennis Courts Enough For Your Needs?
Would You Be Open To The Possibility Of Converting The Highlands Tennis Courts To Just Pickleball?
January 2021 Pickleball Survey
|Summary of Responses|
|Number of Completed SurveyResponses||217|
|What do you play atLochmere|
|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%|
|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):
- The current location of marked Pickleball courts in Lochmere
- The ability to create a dedicated Pickleball Center (no tennis)
- 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):
- Reduced cost to convert
- Retains tennis courts at Highlands
- Year-round bathrooms
- Proximity of staff for lessons
- 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.
Lochmere Board of Directors