Local Pickleball Guide – Houston, Texas

Local Pickleball Guide – Houston, Texas

Denton Pickleball

Everything is bigger in Texas – including the growth of pickleball! While it took a while to catch on, it’s slowly gathering speed in the more urban areas of the state, such as Houston. We’re sure that as soon as a new player picks up a paddle, they’ll be hooked! Turn on your dancing music, take off your belt buckle and start playing pickleball.

USAPA Ambassadors: Houston

Houston NW — Richard Janish   713-686-4275
Houston West/Memorial — Winnie Montgomery   713-253-3608
Houston/Friendswood — Ricardo Molina   281-935-9325
Houston/League City — Brian Worrell   281-948-7042
Houston/Richmond — Gary Stevens   713-252-2599
Houston/Richmond — Peggy Stevens   713-252-2599
Houston/Sugar Land — Jeff Ezell   832-259-3282
Houston SW — Christopher Rampacek   713-854-7575

Sport Court of Austin

Pickleball Court Construction Contractors: Houston

If you’re ready to carve your open land into a pickleball court, look no further than these two local court construction companies. Either will be happy to construct the court of your dreams!

SportMaster Sport Surfaces
SportCourt Texas

Houston, Texas Pickleball Clubs

If you’re a Houston local and are looking for a place to play pickleball with a bunch of other fun-loving individuals, check out Pickleball Houston. This great group has a website chock full of information on where to play, local events and more pickleball-related information.

Houston Tourney Holiday Pickleball Classic

Pickleball Tournaments in Houston

While there aren’t any pickleball tournaments directly in Houston, there are several in surrounding areas. The Cedar Park Compass Tournaments is recurring and happens multiple times per year, ending with the Cedar Park Compass Championships. You can see information about these tournaments as well as others by clicking here.

5.0 Ranked Players around Houston, Texas

Susan Buerkens
Brett Johnson
Matthew Lazarine
Mohammed Massaquoi
Jan Pasternak
Brian Worrell

Texas Pickleball Related News and Videos

All Things Pickleball
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North Texas Plays Pickleball With Relish

PickleballCentral Test Kitchen – Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice Cookies

Tis the season to… bake cookies?

Just in time for the holiday season, PickleballCentral is releasing the first-ever set of Pickleball Cookie Cutters.

Pickleball Cookie Cutter

Each set comes with a pickleball paddle as well as a pickleball-shaped cutter in a vibrant orange hue. It’s the perfect stocking stuffer for the baker in your pickleball group!

Not sure what to bake first with these wonderful cutters? Try the Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice Cookies! Delightfully spiced with a faint whisp of pumpkin, these soft-bake cookies are a fall lover’s dream come true. Whether you’re having a mid-fall fete or a Thanksgiving feast, you’ll be sure to know that these pickleball-shaped cookies are guaranteed to be a hit!

Stack of Pickleball CookiesPumpkin Spice & Everything Nice Cookies

Adapted from Glorious Treats


  • 3-1/4 C all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1 C (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2/3 C white sugar
  • 1/3 C brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 C pumpkin puree


Step 1: Mix together flour, baking powder and spices in a large bowl.

Step 2: Beat together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy.

Step 3: Add egg, vanilla, and pumpkin and mix until well blended.

Step 4: Slowly add flour mixture and mix until all the flour is added. Keep mixing until the dough starts to ball together and pull away from the sides of the bowl.

Step 5: Scoop the dough out and divide into two balls; wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Step 6: After the time has passed, roll dough out onto a lightly floured work-station so that the dough is just about 1/4″ to 1/2″ thick. Cut out your awesome pickleball shapes!
Pro-tip: Make sure to really push down on the entire surface of the ball cookie cutter. Otherwise, your ball might be missing some holes 🙂

Step 7: Bake at 350 degrees on an ungreased baking sheet for 9-11 minutes (mine were perfect right at 10 minutes).

Step 8: Let cool on sheets for 4-5 minutes before transferring to a cooking rack. Store in an airtight container

Pickleball Paddle Cookie         Pickleball Ball Cookie

Enjoy! The Pickleball Cookie Cutters are definitely not a “crumby” gift to receive 🙂 (Pun intended)

Love the cutters? Click here to see the product on our website and to purchase!

Happy Anniversary, Pickleball

While browsing Facebook, we stumbled upon photos from First State Pickleball’s 50th Anniversary party for pickleball! Looks like the kind of party we’d love to go to. What’s not to love about cake, pickleball and more pickleball?

50th Anniversary Cake

50th Anniversary Cake – looks delicious!


First State Pickleball Club

First State Pickleball Club celebrates pickleball’s 50th anniversary


Pin the Ball on the Paddle

Pin the Ball on the Paddle

Pickleball and friends

Spin, spin, spin!


Pickleball exhibition at Rehoboth Beach Museum

Pickleball exhibition at Rehoboth Beach Museum- over 100 guests turned out!

Great work, First State! To read more about their event or to see more photos, hop on over to their Facebook page.

Here’s to 50 more years!

Pickleball playing

Pickle on!

All photos via First State Pickleball Club

Local Pickleball Guide – Topeka, Kansas

Local Pickleball Guide – Topeka, Kansas

Close your eyes and think of “Kansas.” Are you picturing rolling fields of hay, the broadest sky with trillions of stars, or tractors parked for the night? Let me put a new image in your head – pickleball courts!

MidAmerican CourtWorksvia Mid-American Courtworks

USAPA Ambassadors – Kansas

While it may still be catching on in Kansas, rest assured that the local USAPA Ambassadors are working hard to continue the sport’s growth and progression. Feel free to call up any of these kindhearted pickleball players to offer suggestions, ask questions or just chat!

  • Eldonna Coats   (785) 221-9932   Topeka, Kansas
  • Nancy Dutton   (785) 272-4507   Topeka, Kansas
  • Evan Jorn   (785) 875-8961   Lawrence, Kansas
  • Richard Walker   (785) 272-6115   Topeka, Kansas

topekapbvia Topeka Pickleball

Pickleball Courts Around Kansas

If you feel like being part of a group, check out Topeka Pickleball! This website is focused on those players living in Topeka (or nearby). The City of Lawrence Recreation Department also has a nice wealth of information about playing pickleball at their facilities and league, as does the City of Topeka’s Recreation Department.

Pickleball Court Construction Contractors: Kansas

However, if you’re feeling a bit more selfish, who wants to share a court? Build your own! Both of these companies are ready and willing to create your own personal pickleball sanctuary.

5.0 Ranked Players Around Kansas

If you happen to be at a National Tournament, keep your eyes peeled for this 5.0 Ranked Player hailing from the state of Kansas.

  • Andy Gensch

Andy Gensch

Andy Gensch is on the far left!

Kansas Pickleball Related News and Youtube Videos

The Great Plains Region has a website solely devoted to news, updates and happening in Kansas and the surrounding areas.

For even more coverage of pickleball in Kansas, catch up on these reads and videos:

Pickleball tournament in Topeka, KS via KSNT:
Click to watch the pickleball tournament!

Pickleball at the Downtown Wichita Senior Center

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina Pickleball Guide to Courts, Clubs, Players & Tournaments

Local Pickleball Guide – Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

South Carolina is a gorgeous state, and Hilton Head Island only adds to the beauty. What’s better than sun, surf and pickleball?

HHSC Pickleballvia Sun City Hilton Head PBC

USAPA Ambassadors: Hilton Head Island

These local USAPA Ambassadors are ready and willing to get pickleball promoted throughout the island as best as they can:

  • Peter Kandis   (803) 422-3116   Hilton Head Island, SC
  • Mike Michner   (954) 647-5472   Hilton Head Island, SC

Pickleball Court Construction Contractors: Hilton Head Island

If you’re ready to add a pickleball flair to your island paradise, contact any of these court construction companies. They are all able to create your own personal slice of pickleball heaven.

Palmento Dunes Tennis Pickleballvia Palmento Dunes Tennis Center

5.0 Ranked Players Around Hilton Head Island

While there might not be a 5.0 ranked player hailing directly from Hilton Head Island, Cooper Warren is from Greensville, South Carolina. Close enough!

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina Pickleball Clubs

It takes a lot of practice to become a 5.0 player. Check out these local clubs to really hone in your skills and improve your game. The more you play, the better chance you have at reaching 5.0!

Hilton Head Island Pickleball Related Youtube Videos

Take a look at these articles and videos to really brush up on your Hilton Head pickleball knowledge!

Hilton Head Pickleball Tournament 2014

2014 Pickleball Classic Tournament

Looks like South Carolina is doing it right!

Paddle Cores – Nomex, Aluminum, Polymer, oh my!

As pickleball grows as a sport, so does the technology used to make the paddles. Pickleball paddles started out being made out of leftover scrap wood as shown in this awesome video by Pickleball Channel…

The Nomex Core

The first light-weight composite core put into pickleball paddles was the Nomex honeycomb core. Nomex technically is a “a registered trademark for flame-resistant meta-aramid material developed in the early 1960s”, according to Wikipedia.   This is the original cardboard-like material that is then dipped into resin to toughen it up. A fun property of this core is while it’s extremely tough while applying pressure down onto the honeycomb core, it is squishy while squeezing on the side of the core (as shown below).

NomexNomex core in general is the loudest of the three cores, as well as the hardest. Nomex cores will give you great pop and the ball will seemingly fly off the paddle’s surface.

Check out some of our most popular pickleball paddles with a Nomex core, including the Rally Graphite and Z5 Graphite.

The Aluminum Core

The second honeycomb core found in pickleball paddles is aluminum. Aluminum cores are exactly what they sound like: honeycomb-shaped cells made of the metal aluminum.

Aluminum cores are well-known for being the best at providing “touch”. We consider touch to be maneuverability, ball placement and finesse at the net, or being able to perfectly place your shot. Aluminum honeycomb core is slightly softer than Nomex, meaning the ball pops off just a bit slower which gives you more time to manipulate the ball. Aluminum cores are usually quieter than Nomex cores as well.

The most popular pickleball paddles with an aluminum core are the Phantom Graphite and Selkirk 300A Graphite.

The Polymer Core

The newest core is polymer, which is basically a plastic blend developed specifically for pickleball. Just like the other two cores, it’s laid out in a honeycomb pattern.

Polymer cores are the softest and quietest cores on the market. Because it is a plastic, each hit is quieter since the surface isn’t quite as hard. Lots of communities with noise restrictions list paddles with polymer cores the most frequently on their “Quietest” or “Approved” paddle list. Because polymer is the softest core, you’ll find that these paddles give you an immense amount of control over shot placement.

The most popular polymer core pickleball paddles are the Element and Tempest.

What’s your favorite type of pickleball paddle core?

Local Pickleball Guide – Seattle, Washington

Local Pickleball Guide – Seattle, Washington

As many players already know, pickleball was invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, an island just to the west of Seattle, Washington. It only makes sense that PickleballCentral is located just a short drive and ferry ride away from this historic island.

Original pickleball courtvia Pickle-ball Inc. – Playing on the original court

USAPA Ambassadors: Seattle

  • Billy Jacobsen   (253) 863-1019   Lake Tapps, WA
  • Darcie Jacobsen   (253) 863-1019   Lake Tapps, WA
  • Chuck Pratt   (360) 801-1552   Belfair, WA
  • Ruth Pratt   (360) 801-1552   Belfair, WA
  • Ginny Scantlebury   (206) 546-5627   Shoreline, WA

If you’re looking for a pickleball club to call “home”, check out these local pickleball clubs:

Seattle, Washington Pickleball Clubs

skagitPICKLEvia skagitPICKLE

Once you’re ready to create your own version of pickleball heaven, feel free to call on any of these companies who can make your dream come true!

Pickleball Court Construction Contractors: Seattle

Wenatchee Valley pickleball playersvia Wenatchee Valley Pickleball Club

There’s a huge number of 5.0 ranked players in the Seattle area! It won’t be hard at all to find a local pro to cheer for at any tournament across the nation.

5.0 Ranked Players Around Seattle

Maple Leaf Reservoir Park pickleballersMaple Leaf Reservoir Park in Seattle

Just as with the number of pros, the number of places to play is exceptionally long as well.

Seattle Area Indoor Pickleball Courts

Pickleball Station, Kent WA
Click here, then select “WA” to see a list of places to play in Washington State.

Seattle Pickleball Related News and Youtube Videos

Check out the following links and videos to learn even more about pickleball in Seattle:

Video Feature on Billy Jacobson

Pickleball’s Birthplace – Bainbridge Island

We’re honored to live in such an awesome part of the country for pickleball!

Local Pickleball Guide – Columbus, Ohio

Local Pickleball Guide – Columbus, Ohio

It’s inarguable that pickleball exists throughout the great state of Ohio. From hundreds of courts, to top-tier players, to unending energy, Ohio seems like the perfect place for an addiction for pickleball to grow. This guide is an Ohio resident’s all-inclusive look at pickleball in their state.

Toledo Pickleball CourtsPickleball Courts in Toledo, OH

USAPA Ambassadors – Columbus

While there aren’t any USAPA Ambassadors who live in Columbus directly, there are several who are relatively close. Feel free to contact any of these individuals who are always happy to help promote the sport.

  • Thomas Paschal   614-851-8016   (Galloway, Ohio)
  • William Schneider   330-958-5709   (Alliance, Ohio)
  • Bob Schrag   440-666-8051   (North Ridgeville, Ohio)

5.0 Ranked Players Around Columbus

Ohio residents will rest easy knowing that there are three 5.0 ranked players by the USAPA in their state. Both of these players have one at least one gold medal in a USAPA sanctioned tournament.

  • Laura Fenton Kovanda   (Columbus, Ohio)
  • Marsha Koch   (Toledo, Ohio)
  • Thomas Wells   (Oregon, Ohio)

Middletown Pickleball Tournament5th Annual Middletown Senior Pickleball Tournament

Columbus, Ohio Pickleball Clubs

There are also several pickleball clubs who welcome new members with open arms:

Pickleball Courts Around Columbus

Whether you want to just drop in and play, or find your new favorite court, the USAPA has a substantial list of places to play. Just click on “OH” and scroll until you find your nearest city! Columbus has several places within city limits:

  • Beechwold Christian Church
  • Carriage Place Community Center
  • Whetstone Community Center
  • Worthington Hills Country Club

Worthington Hills PickleballWorthington Hills Country Club

Pickleball Court Construction Contractors: Columbus

If your like for pickleball turns into a full-blown addiction, Flex Court Athletics and SportMaster Sport Surfaces would be more than happy to help create your own personal pickleball court. Both these companies do work in the state of Ohio.

Columbus Pickleball Related Articles and Youtube Videos

For more information on pickleball in the state of Ohio, check out the following articles and videos:

Pickleball of Ohio

Arnold Classic Pickleball Tournament 2015 in Columbus

Keep up the great work, Ohio!

Minneapolis, Minnesota Pickleball Guide to Courts, Clubs, Players & Tournaments


Local Pickleball Guide – Minneapolis, Minnesota

Pickleball is huge in Minnesota. Whether it’s because of the large number of snowbirds who travel south for the winter and bring pickleball back up north, the family-oriented, social nature of the residents or some other factor, we’ve noticed that pickleball is just exploding! From shipping just 63 orders to Minnesota in 2010 to 604 orders last year, it’s tough to argue with the numbers.

Minnesota Pickleball

There are three USAPA Ambassadors registered within (or just about) Minneapolis city limits. These folk will be happy to help promote the sport in any way.

USAPA Ambassadors: Minneapolis

  • Dennis ‘The Menace’ Gallaher   (952) 212-7516   Eden Prairie, MN
  • Jeff ‘The Pilot’ Conradi   (612) 860-3839   Eden Prairie, MN
  • Jerry Maas   (952) 918-0500   Eden Prairie, MN
  • Jim Miller   (952) 447-4490   Prior Lake, MN
  • John Barber   (952) 451-0976   Bloomington, MN

It shouldn’t come as any surprise that there are several pickleball groups that meet up within an hour’s drive or so from Minneapolis.

Minneapolis, Minnesota Pickleball Clubs

Owatonna pickleball courtsOwatonna Pickleball

You can also check out the USAPA Regional Website for the Great Lakes Area for any current news or updates.

We know how unbelievably easy it is to get addicted to pickleball! When you can no longer go even a couple of hours between playing, it’s time to create your own, personal court. Either of these court construction companies will be happy to help!

Pickleball Court Construction Contractors: Minneapolis

Mankato area pickleballThe Mankato area pickleball players look like a blast!

Support your state by cheering on any of these 5.0 ranked players with Minnesota as their home state:

5.0 Ranked Players Around Minneapolis

  • Ben Alm (St. Cloud, MN)
  • Jackie Faegre (Eden Prairie, MN)
  • Del Kauss (St. Paul, MN)
  • Rachael Kroog (Bloomington, MN)

For even more localized information about pickleball, check out these following links and videos!

Minneapolis Pickleball Related Youtube Videos

Pickleball at the Apple Valley Community Center

Minnesota Senior Games: Pickleball

Pickleball at Rochester Senior Center

Pickleball picking up new fans
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Pickleball coverage via Twin Cities Live
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Keep it up, Minneapolis!

Denver, Colorado Pickleball Guide To Courts, Clubs, Players, & Tournaments

Local Pickleball Guide – Denver, Colorado

Colorado is a beautiful state: the mountains, the trails, the sun, the sporty nature of those individuals who live there… the pickleball! Who wouldn’t want to play your favorite sport in the fresh air with the majestic Rocky Mountains in the background?

Pickleball Ken gatheringvia CBS4

The local USAPA Ambassadors are always ready and willing to support the growth of pickleball. Try contacting any of these friendly folk if you have any pickleball questions, comments or ideas!

USAPA Ambassadors: Denver

  • Ken Marquardt    303-422-1255    Arvada, Colorado
  • Darryl May    719-964-3234    Denver, Colorado
  • Kit May    719-964-9700    Denver, Colorado
  • Marc Rinehart    720-987-8929    Morrison, Colorado

Pickleball Court Construction Contractors: Denver

If you want to build your own personal pickleball paradise, KCR Enterprises LLC and Rhino Sports both offer court construction in the greater-Denver area.

Pickleball Ken gathering

There are lots of pickleball players in Colorado. According to the USAPA, there’s an estimated 3865 pickleball players! You can try meeting up with a couple of pickleball-playing groups to build friendships and develop your awesome pickleball skills.

Denver, Colorado Pickleball Clubs

Pickleball Ken gatheringWhat a fun group of people… a PickleballKen gathering celebrating the opening of 8 new courts (via Facebook)

Pickleball News in Denver, Colorado

It’s always fun to read up on pickleball in your area, so check out these videos highlighting the explosion of pickleball in Denver:

Denver Pickleball Related Youtube Videos

If you’d rather watch than read, here’s a handful of videos as well:


Keep it up, Denver!