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Pickle What?! What Pickleball Is and How You Can Join The Craze in Bucks

The creators of pickleball were just three dads on a mission to keep their kids from being bored.

If you’re like me, you’ve probably heard of Pickleball and have some vague understanding the sport; that it’s similar to tennis and does not involve pickles (I double checked). But if you’re like my husband and many of his friends, you’ve caught the pickle bug and can’t get enough of this new game that’s captured much of our country by storm!

Recently, the Sports & Fitness Industry Association named Pickleball the fastest growing U.S. sport and self-described Picklers are quick to tell you why. The game, which is a combination of tennis, badminton, and ping pong, is easy to learn, inexpensive (all you need is a few paddles, a ball and a net), and incredibly social. Best of all, it transcends generations – it’s a game your youngest athlete to your oldest in the family can get behind and play together!

Below, we’ve compiled a list of places in and around Bucks, both public and private, where you can learn or improve your game and just generally have a good time playing!

Looking for more spots to play or players to connect with? Check out www.pickleheads.com, a free digital community created by a group of “Pickleheads” that can help you find courts, ways to improve your game and more!

Doylestown Pickleball

4425 Landisville Road, Doylestown

Hosted by Camp Curiosity, Doylestown Pickleball sits on their beautiful 55-acre farm offering lessons, clinics, group play, leagues and court rentals.. “I play pickleball here when I’m visiting family. It’s a wonderful place to play pickleball, the indoor and outdoor courts are of good quality, the players too are friendly and skillful. It’s a great place to play for beginners as well as pro players. Prices are cheap, plenty of parking space. I’m always looking forward to playing here,” says Amol P.

Photo courtesy of Doylestown Pickleball

Doylestown Tennis Club

10 Weldon Drive, Doylestown

Six permanently lined pickleball courts for this rapidly growing sport that is a mix of tennis, badminton, and ping pong.  They have an organized summer, pickleball group through Meetup called Play Pickleball Indoor at DTC. To Join the Play Pickleball Indoor at DTC group, download the Meetup app or click here and look for the signup at top right.

Photo Courtesy of Doylestown Tennis Club

Horsham Township Pickleball Courts

1025 Horsham Road, Horsham

Membership in the Horsham Pickleball Club has expanded to 450 members for 2024. Yearly membership is only $60 for Horsham residents and $95 for non-residents.  Eight outdoor courts sit in Kohler Park behind the Township Community Center to the rear of the campus. The courts are available for member play and non-member play depending on the time and day.

Mercer Bucks Pickleball Club

370 Sullivan Way, Ewing, NJ 

This 26,000 square foot indoor facility is the only of its kind in the area devoted solely to Pickleball. The club offers year-round rain or shine fitness and fun with family and friends: nine indoor climate-controlled cushioned courts, a players lounge, private party room, court rentals, leagues, clinics, lessons, tournaments, grab-n-go cafe, merch/pro shop and ping pong and cornhole in between! “This is a fantastic Club – a community actually! From the owners to the front desk staff, everyone is so friendly and helpful. They just want you to be safe and have a good time. The facility is clean and brand new! Their programming is AMAZING! This is a great place to discover pickleball,” says Sandy B.

Photo courtesy of Mercer Bucks Pickle Club

Pickleball Kingdom

Locations have yet to be announced

Early this year, Pickleball Kingdom, the pickleball startup that launched in May 2022 in Arizona, announced its plan to expand its empire with 20 additional Pickleball Kingdom locations coming to Bucks County and New Jersey on its social media. No additional information is available as of March 2024 on when and where these locations will be, but the Bucks County Parent team will update when we know more!

Photo courtesy of Pickleball Kingdom

Upper Bucks Pickleball Club

1356-1412 California Rd, Quakertown

This pickleball court in Quakertown boasts 6 courts and is free and open to the public (advanced level (4.0+) on Tuesday, Thursday nights after 5pm.) Perfect! Now it’s time to find players and make plans. the club recommends downloading the PicklePlay App. Ben N. says it’s a great place to go and does not tend to be very crowded.

YMCA of Bucks and Hunterdon Counties

  • 1 Camp Buck Road 
  • 144 W. Woodschurch Road 
  • 2500 Lower State Road 
  • 601 S. Oxford Valley Road 
    Fairless Hills
  • 597 Beverly Road 
  • 190 South Sycamore Street 
  • 401 Fairview Avenue 
  • 624 York Road 

YMCA of Bucks and Hunterdon Counties offer a variety of pickleball group play, instructional (private and semi-private), classes and special events. Pickleball requires registration at all branches, except Quakertown. Most branches offer beginner and intermediate classes, as well as clinics and workshops for those interested in learning the game or improving their game play. Most clinics are one-day events and very popular. Inquire at your local YMCA to find out if they offer Teen Pickleball just for teens and preteens. All courts are indoor, except for Doylestown, which has both indoor and outdoor Pickleball Courts.

Feature photo courtesy of Pickleball Kingdom

Editor for Bucks County Parent. Email tips to christine@familyfocus.org.