While searching for the most beautiful pickleball courts in Washington State, we received a call from Terri Ross in Port Ludlow. She confessed about her addiction to pickleball, and, she told us that she had built her own indoor pickleball court and christened it the “Pickleball Palace!” Can you be any more of a fan of pickleball than Terri Ross? Terri loves to play pickleball. She played with her mother 30 years ago. As pickleball has grown in popularity, the Port Ludlow Resort built some beautiful outdoor pickleball courts. Since Terri and her husband built an indoor tennis court for resort members to keep playing tennis in the winter, they were asked, once again, if they might consider building an indoor pickleball court as well. This request was what spurred their imagination to consider building an indoor pickleball court. They had land next to their house, so they scraped off the existing building and began to plan.
“My husband is an engineer, so, we really had no problems in the design and construction of our ‘Pickleball Palace’.” They applied for a building permit. They chose Sound Building Systems in Port Ludlow, WA to design and build the building. The metal building guy couldn’t envision what they wanted at first. He had never heard of pickleball! Together they mapped out what was needed for the space around the court.
They took into consideration that the biggest complaint around the outdoor courts was that there wasn’t enough room. The building dimensions, not including the viewing room and restrooms, is 65’ X 30’. They began by talking with players to get an idea of how high the building had to be. The roof ended up being 25 feet over the net, with beams 22-25 feet over the net. The beams needed to go length-wise instead of crosswise and had to be longer to create an arch over the net.
The building is insulated, but not heated and there is no air-conditioning. There are 2 big doors to open for ventilation and a door to the viewing room. The playing surface is a gravel base with asphalt on top. Then it was painted with the Trucourt tennis court paint in green and red, similar to the finish on their indoor tennis court. The lighting is 1000 watt, ballast bulbs on a slow-start transformer. The lighting is PERFECT. Some say you might even need to wear sunglasses when playing inside. It took 4 weeks for the installation of the Pickleball Palace. Terri and her husband have nothing but good things to say about Sound Building Systems.
Over 60 folks are playing pickleball these days in Port Ludlow. Terri has added a refrigerator, a popcorn machine and a jukebox in the viewing room of their Pickleball Palace. They expect to be pretty busy playing pickleball this winter. They have folks who are new to the game playing Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and the more serious men’s group, with a gal or two, playing on Tuesdays and Thursdays.