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Pickleball Paddles Its Way Into Davis

Updated: Jul 15, 2023

In the world of sports, there's something magical about finding an activity that not only brings amusement but also fosters a strong sense of community. Pickleball, a relatively young sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and table tennis, has captured the hearts of communities across the nation. Davis is no exception, and while the city of Davis offers a slew of opportunities for residents and visitors to lead active and fulfilling lifestyles, pickleball is a smash hit when it comes to combining physical activity, social engagement, and inclusivity.



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Photo Credit: Pickleheads

Community Engagement


Pickleball has a strong sense of community built around it. The sport provides an opportunity for people to come together, build relationships, and engage in friendly competition. It welcomes players of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels. From children to retirees, novices to seasoned athletes, everyone can find a place on the court. One of the barriers often found in sports is the cost associated with it, and while there is some cost associated with the equipment of pickleball, it's typically not an expensive sport to join. The community spirit of pickleball ensures that newcomers feel embraced, supported, and encouraged. Brandon Mackie, co-founder of Pickleheads points out that “The magic of pickleball is it’s easy to learn, but hard to master. Beginners can go out their first time, learn the game, have fun, and even win a few games. But advanced players stay challenged, and keep coming back for more. This dynamic is a big reason why pickleball continues to grow like crazy.”




Pickleball Facilities in Davis


Davis currently boasts five different locations to play pickleball, with four locations being public access. Redwood Park offers 4 outdoor, hard courts with permanent lines and nets. Amenities include restrooms, wheelchair accessibility, and lights. Walnut Park is also home to four pickleball dedicated courts with access to restrooms, water, and lights. Covell Park and Slide Hill Park both have 2 outdoor, hard courts with the lines overlaid on tennis courts. These four locations are free to use, on a first-come, first-serve basis. Common pickleball etiquette dictates that players take turns and allow everyone a fair chance to play. Stonegate Country Club also has two outdoor, hard courts, with pickleball lines overlaid on tennis courts. Membership at Stonegate is required for recreational play at their facility.



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Photo Credit: Pickleheads

Connecting Beyond the Court


Playing pickleball in Davis extends beyond the boundaries of the game itself. Pickleball has a unique ability to form lasting friendships within the community. The shared passion for the sport often extends beyond the boundaries of the court. From organizing social gatherings, potlucks, and group outings to simply enjoying post-game conversations, pickleball brings people together on a deeper level. The bonds formed through the sport create a tight-knit community, where players support and uplift one another both on and off the court. Davis Pickleball is a fantastic resource to help players connect and organize games whether you're a Davis local or visiting the area. There's no reason to leave your gear at home, bring it along, and join the Davis pickleball community's weekly classes, social events, or find a group to play with.



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Photo Credit: Pickleheads

Pickleball Stats


Pickleball is the fastest-growing sport in America, with an estimated 36.5 million players in the US. With more than 10,000 places to play pickleball in the US, California has the 2nd most courts available. While the 18-34 age bracket makes up the largest percentage of players, all ages are active and welcome in the sport. Pickleball was invented in Washington, in 1965, and has been declared the official sport of Washington, signed by Washington Governor Jay Inslee. 68 member countries comprise the International Federation of Pickleball, and efforts are underway to make pickleball an Olympic sport.




For pickleball enthusiasts, Davis, California, is a true gem. Pickleball is so much more than just a game. The enjoyment derived from playing pickleball lies not only in the physical activity but also in the connections and relationships formed with fellow players. The shared experiences and camaraderie make pickleball an extraordinary game and are also what makes Davis the amazing place it is to live and visit. Visit Davis, explore all we have to offer, stay at any of our superb lodging accommodations, and discover why so many are making Davis their destination.

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