Randy Garrett (center) celebrates with other pickleball players after a match on converted tennis courts at Glen Lakes. (Photo: Chris McGathey)
Area pickleball enthusiasts often find themselves in, well, a bit of a pickle due to a lack of local courts on which to play.
One of the fastest growing sports in the country, pickleball is a fusion of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. It is played in singles- or doubles formation on indoor and outdoor badminton-sized courts, as well as on tennis courts that are modified to include boundary lines specific to pickleball. Using small wooden or plastic racquets, players volley a whiffle-type ball across a net.