Pickleball fans rejoice! The Sun City Grand Pickleball Club has ten new pickleball courts at the Cimarron Center. The official ribbon cutting ceremony marking the opening of the new courts was held on March 4th.
The Sun City Grand community association board voted in favor of converting three tennis courts at the Cimarron Center into pickleball courts. The project, which costs about $161,000, began in November after receiving final funding approval from the community association board. The community will now have a total of 22 pickleball courts, which will meet the growing demand of this popular sport in Sun City Grand. The Chaparral Center now has eleven tennis courts. Some residents were concerned about the noise that the new pickleball courts would create at the Cimarron Center. In order to resolve the noise issue, a three-foot berm was built behind the courts with thicker bushes planted on top of them. Pickleball players also switched to using Onix Pure 2 balls that make less noise, according to club president Steve Berwald. Now that the new pickleball courts are open, the Sun City Grand Pickleball Club will host its first Super Senior International Pickleball Association Tournament, which is a USAPA sanctioned event, on March 21st - 23rd. The tournament is open to players 65 and better and will consist of participants from across the country.