Pickleball hits North Scottsdale!  Wait a minute, what’s pickleball?  Ask the large contingency of North Scottsdale players and they’ll tell you it’s a competitive, action-packed paddle game that is a cross between tennis, badminton and ping-pong.

When players in the Grayhawk area got tired of driving over to Cholla Park to play they decided they wanted their own courts.  But the conundrum was where and how?  Not only is land at a premium in North Scottsdale but the real estate is basically built out.

A solution?  Approach the City of Scottsdale and see if they would convert one of the park’s basketball courts into pickleball courts.

Since the City of Scottsdale is light-years ahead of other communities they had introduced pickleball back in 2014 and with one conversion under their belt they knew cost.

With a little braining storming between the Grayhawk HOA and the city, the solution was to form a partnership.  Grayhawk would pay for the three-court conversion and the city would commit to the future upkeep.

Well it was successful and now there are 3 permanent pickleball courts and three temporary courts off of Thompson Peak Parkway and Hayden Road.  The courts opened mid-November and are free to the public on a drop-in basis.

Want to try the sport but need some help getting started?  There is a free Meetup group that posts their schedule and locations and new players are invited to drop in.  You’ll need your own paddle and the city suggests purchasing a sound reducing paddle to help minimize noise in the neighborhood parks.

Looking for a great place to live?  Grayhawk is one of the most desirable places to live in North Scottsdale with over 3,800 homes in subdivisions that are interconnected with parks, trails and golf courses. The Grayhawk communities boast exquisite views of Pinnacle Peak and the pristine McDowell Mountains!  To learn more about the community contact a member of the Matheson Team who can guide you to a home that fits your specific needs.

Don Matheson
Realtor | Founder
The Matheson Team – RE/MAX Fine Properties
21000 N. Pima Rd., #100, Scottsdale, AZ 85255