• Do I have to be a member of the Laguna Woods Pickleball Club in order to play and how much is it? No, but it certainly helps. All residents may use the courts free of charge. However, club membership gives you access to information about scheduled events and pickleball activities. Membership is $15 per year.

  • I am new to Laguna Woods and already play pickleball. Where can I sign up to play? This website gives details of court time, when reservations are required, and when you can turn up and play.

  • I’ve never played pickleball. How do I get started? Look on this site to find beginner lessons, and whom to contact. You will also need to read the rules for the game, court etiquette and safety, and how playing time is managed.

  • Is there an age limit? You can play pickleball at any age, and you’re never too old to learn a new, fun game.

 

  • What equipment do I need to start with? Suitable court shoes (such as tennis shoes) are prerequisite. Wear comfortable clothes or activewear, and you’ll need paddle. Sunglasses or safety glasses are also recommended for eye protection.

 

  • Can I borrow a paddle? Where do I purchase one? Paddles can be borrowed at the Golf Pro Shop and at the CH 1 Fitness Center. Just use your LW ID card to check one out for the day.  You can also purchase balls at the Golf Pro Shop. Most sporting goods stores (PGA Superstore, Dicks, Big 5) carry pickleball equipment and you can purchase online through pickleball sites such as www.pickleballcentral.com. If you buy from Pickleball Central, use code  CRLWPC to get a 5% discount.

  • I’ve never played a racquet sport. Does that matter? Not at all. We have plenty of people who have never played any racquet sports. Anyone can pick up a paddle and play. You don’t have to be good; you just need to enjoy yourself.

 

  • How big is the court? 20’ x 44’, smaller than a tennis court and equal to overall size of a badminton court.

 

  • I can’t run very fast. Could I still play? Certainly. You will always find others to play with, whatever your skill and agility. (But accidents do happen so there is a basic level of mobility necessary.)

 

  • Do Laguna Woods players participate in competitions? Yes. We have competitors and winners of state, western regional, and national championships as well as a professional county gold medalist.

  • Where can I see professional pickleball games online? Check out the YouTube site of the Pickleball Association for some great games: https://www.youtube.com/c/ppatour

 

  • My (great) grandkids are interested in playing with me. Is there a minimum age? Players must be at least six years old to play on the Laguna Woods pickleball courts.

 

  • How long has pickleball been played in Laguna Woods? Since 2011, and the number of pickleballers grow every single year.

 

  • Is pickleball an Olympic sport? Not yet! A sport must be widely practiced by men in at least 75 countries and on four continents and by women in no fewer than 40 countries and on three continents. Pickleball is growing rapidly in popularity and any pickleballer will tell you that one day soon it will qualify as an Olympic sport.