Grand Haven is a 'mecca' for pickleball enthusiasts

Samantha Lewakowski • Jun 6, 2016 at 2:00 PM

The Lakeshore Pickleball Club has sequestered its title as a “mecca” for local pickleballers.

Regional, state and national champions alike stand crosscourt with local community members sharing the love of pickleball.

The club that started five years ago by drawing a mere crowd of 30 pickleballers now has more than 250 players come out to participate.

“Pickleball is a wonderful alternative to tennis,” said club secretary Carrie Rodgers. “It is the nation’s fastest growing sport for ages 50-plus. It’s so available to everyone — this club has members in their 70s and 80s still playing. Now that the baby boomers generation is at retirement age, we are looking for things to do.

“Another reason it is so popular in this area is because of how socially inclusive the sport is,” she continued. “You don’t have to be a star to come out and get some casual exercise in. It is just fun.”

The club is looking forward to Aug. 3, which is Senior Day during the Coast Guard Festival. There will be a two-day long pickleball tournament for those ages 50 and over at Mulligan’s Hollow on that day.

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