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Pickleball Court Near Me: 5 Ways To Find A Place & Other Options To Do When There's None

Open field with pickleball court in summer

Last Updated: May 15, 2024

Are you new to the game of pickleball but finally ready to put your skills to the test on the hardcourt?

Or...

Are you visiting a city and want to know where to play pickleball near you? Don't worry. You are in the right place. In a minute, you'll learn how to bring pickleball courts within your arm's reach using an Apple iPhone or Facebook account.

And much love to the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) for leaving no stone unturned to create awareness for the sport.

Let's get you on track. 

How to Find A Pickleball Court Near Me

Empty pickleball court with net

1. Download the USAPA Places 2 Play App

Remember how I mentioned a connected Apple iPhone will do you wonders? Well, that's because the "Places 2 Play" app is only available on iOS.

The app is listed as "USA Pickleball Places 2 Play" under Sports in the Apple App Store. It was developed by OpenAPRS and has racked up almost five thousand reviews.

Places 2 Play is free to use and compatible with iPads as well.

Using The App

Once you launch the app, it'll ask your permission "to use your location." In other words, it'll turn on your GPS for pinpoint recommendations of pickleball courts near your current location.

Another option is to enter the zip code of the city. This way, if you're traveling, you can research the pickleball scenery beforehand.

If you've done this, the whole thing gets better. You'll see a map of pickleball balls indicating all the places to play in the area!

Navigating Places 2 Play

The first things that jump out at you are the symbols marking different locations. Each has a different color and icon that signifies the type of court at the location.

  • Red house icon - outdoor court 
  • Orange icon with a paddle - indoor court 
  • Blue house icon - indoor/outdoor court
Each court will have an indicator that depicts whether they're free or member's only.

For example, a dollar sign signifies a paid location, while a court icon with a padlock is members only. On the other hand, a plain icon means the court is free-to-play, or they accept donations.

Getting into the Details

The app also shares a site description after selecting a court closest to you or in a preferred location.

When I see a pickleball court near me, for instance, I like to know the average number of players I'd encounter and their skill level if possible. But that's usually a stretch or only available in more popular areas.

Below is a list of some of the court information the app provides: 

  • Wind and temperature (rough estimate)
  • Ratings 
  • Number of courts
  • Ambassador's contact info
  • Type of court surface
  • Cost of playing, if any
  • Playing days
Another information I’ve found useful when I search indoor pickleball courts near me on a trip is if they have paddles available to borrow.

I discovered most recreation centers in Washington were forthcoming. 

Filter Makes Clearer

If your search brings too many results, you can filter out what you'd rather not see. You can sort the courts by schedule, cost, preferred ball, availability, player skills, facilities, or type of courts in the filter section. 

2. Contact Your Local Ambassador

two men players holding pickleball racket

That's right. Find and contact your local ambassador.

Perhaps because I've been around the game for a while, I prefer contacting a local ambassador in the area when I’m looking for where to play pickleball near me.

Why?

They (hopefully, he's in a good mood 😉 - will give firsthand information I won't get elsewhere about that location. And maybe even accompany you to the court if they stay nearby or depending on that mood we talked about.

In fact, I'll suggest reaching out to a USAPA ambassador even if you've found a suitable location through the app. It's also a nice way to shake off newcomer jitters. And, of course, a foolproof means of socializing with your ambassador and other players.

Finally, for what you've been waiting for. The good people of USAPA created a hassle-free way to find ambassadors near you. All you have to get their emails is to enter a state name and zip code within a preferable mile radius.

And voila!

3. Use Facebook Groups

There's no shortage of information on the internet if you know where and how to search for it. In the search for where to play pickleball, Facebook is a no-brainer.

The most popular Facebook group, Pickleball Forum, currently has 48k members and is open to anyone. Imagine the nuggets of information that'll be shared there daily.

You'll find every possible chatter about the sport on this forum, like a tournament organizer battering an elderly 81-year old man at Newport Beach.

Relax. I know you're more concerned about catching on to the local fun not hearing gossips.

You'll also get firsthand information on upcoming tournaments, tips, and the best places to play pickleball near you.

All you have to do is join the right group or speak to passionate folks (if there are no groups). So, for instance, if you're in Dallas, open up your Facebook account and input "dallas pickleball" in the search bar.

The results will introduce you to groups, clubs, and picklers in the Dallas area. From our results, the Dallas Area Pickleball group is the most happening place on Facebook for picklers in the area.

I tweaked the query a bit to search for "dallas pickleball near me."

The first result was information about a breathtaking pickleball court that feels like a paradise.

Finally, join global pickleball forums to ask questions directly if you feel you aren’t getting the information you need on a location. 

4. Set Up A Backyard Court

If we can set up basketball courts in the driveway, who says we can't do the same with pickleball!

Ok. Just kidding. There's no such thing as a pickleball half court, so you need to have enough concrete floor space to set up one. Else, you'd be spending tens of thousands of dollars to build a standard floor.

A standard pickleball court measures 20ft by 44ft for both singles and doubles play. However, to create room for player movement outside the end and sidelines, you'll need a 24ft by 54ft space.

That said, if floor space isn't an issue, then all you need to set up your backyard court is the best pickleball net, some paint to make floor markings.

Watch Steve Wong fulfill his life’s dream of building a pickleball court. He built not one, but two courts!

5. Try Other Apps

Think the user interface of the Places 2 Play app is old school?

You're not alone - no offense to my old-timers, though. But the USAPA app is basic at best in terms of design. Needless to say, I wouldn't uninstall it if I were you. You'll know why soon enough.

Pickleball Finder is an aesthetically pleasing court finder app. It operates like the Places 2 Play app - you use your current location or enter a zip code. Also, it's only compatible with iPhones and iPads.

The best part about the Pickleball Finder app is how it uses color-coded pickleball balls as indicators of available courts near you.

It will also give you basic information about the court and directions.

However, the app lacks when it comes to updating data.

For example, you could miss newly opened courts for the first 3 to 6 months on Pickleball FInder but find them on Places 2 Play.

Alternatively, you can use Pickleball Locator if you want an app that's compatible with android devices. Heads up, it's not the most user-friendly app, but it does the job. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Find Pickleball Courts Near Me

The go-to way I find pickleball courts near me is through the USAPA Places 2 Play app. It shows courts within a 5 to 10-mile radius and provides the contact of some ambassadors to ask for more information.

Also, you can find local ambassadors in the USAPA directory list. These are dedicated pickleball players who know the scenery like the back of their palms and are willing to introduce anyone interested in playing.

How to Find Pickleball Courts Near me if I'm not in the U.S.?

It's true all the methods of finding where to play pickleball I've listed are for players in the U.S. But finding a local forum or Facebook group will help if you're sure they play pickleball in your country.

This strategy will work in countries like France, China, Hong Kong, India, Australia, Canada, Korea, U.K., Malaysia, New Zealand, or anywhere there's a worthy following of the sport.

Speaking of which, if you find only a little information about the sport in an area or no local forums, be careful who you deal with personally online. 

What if you Don't Have a Pickleball Court Near you?

If you don't have a pickleball court near you, you can set up one if you have space and resources.

You'll need at least 24ft x 54ft floor space to set up a pickleball court. With this settled, you only need to put up a net and make accurate floor markings have a standing court.

Finally, set your best pickleball gear bag and equipment so you can play with friends or start a Facebook group to invite people in your situation.  

Going to A Pickleball Court Near You

I feel I need to chip in this last bit because I've experienced fright playing when I’m preparing to play basketball on a new court. Well, that's because trash talk is part of the game, and I try as much not to be on the receiving end of the jabs.

So, it’s possible they feel the same way with pickleball. Kudos if you don’t.

But it doesn’t matter anyway. Pickleball players are one of the most graceful and welcoming people I've ever met. So go out there, gear up, play your game, and meet amazing people.

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