Houston Matters

As interest in Pickleball grows, so do dedicated courts around Greater Houston

The sport has been around since the 1960s, but has just only taken hold in the Houston area in recent years.

Pickleball players at the Houston Badminton Center.

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It’s not exactly tennis and not exactly badminton or volleyball. It has some elements of those sports but with a lot less running. It’s pickleball, and it’s gaining popularity across the country and here in the Houston area.

Mike Goldberg is a pickleball coach and a board member for Pickleball Houston. He tells Houston Matters the paddle sport has attracted interest in large part because people who can’t run great distances can play it.

In the audio above, he describes the game, how it’s different from tennis, and why it’s important that the Houston area now has dedicated pickleball courts.

Among the places to play around town, there are 22 new courts opening in Kingwood. A company called Life Time has also opened 22 courts in Humble.

As Goldberg tells us, the more dedicated courts for pickleball, the fewer tennis courts are taken up with the sport, which is louder, and as Goldberg notes, probably best not played on a residential tennis court right outside someone’s window.

You can learn more about pickleball in the Houston area from the Houston Parks and Recreation Department or Pickleball Houston.