Andre Agassi does it. Ellen DeGeneres and Leonardo DiCaprio do it. Even the Kardashians get in on the action.
We’re talking, of course, about pickleball — a sport played by 4.8 million people, according to the USA Pickleball Association.
Feeling pickle curious? Free outdoor courts are scattered throughout the metro area, including Bloomington (Westwood Play Fields), Eagan (Quarry Park), Minnetonka (Lone Lake Park), and Burnsville (Red Oak Park).
🔥 The Mooty Pickleball Courts at Rosland Park in Edina. The five courts here were paved six summers ago but remain as packed as ever.
🔥 Washington Park in Richfield has eight dedicated pickleball courts open from May through mid-September.
🔥 Minneapolis Cider Company in Marcy Holmes isn’t free but it serves alcohol, which makes losing to THE CHAMP that much easier. The cidery charges $40 per hour per court for up to eight players; paddles can be rented for an extra $3. Reserve a court in advance or join a league for beginners, men, women, experienced players, or casual pickleballers.
🔥 Lucky Shots Pickleball Club in Northeast Minneapolis offers court reservations and multiple open-play drop-in sessions per day across 12 cushioned courts. Introductory pickleball classes are $25 a pop.
🔥 Join the Minnesota-based gym Lifetime. CEO Bahram Akradi plays pickleball every day and plans on opening as many as 700 (!!) pickleball courts across the country by the end of 2023.
With options like these, you can train like THE CHAMP in no time and then challenge him to a matchup — if you dare! 🥇