Like pingpong, Pickleball uses paddles. Like badminton, the court is small. Mostly, though, America’s fastest-growing sport resembles tennis … except with more smiles and laughing. The long-existent game’s recently surging popularity may, in part, be due to its inclusivity for a wide range of physical abilities and easy entry for beginners. These days you can find foursomes bopping a perforated ball over the net at many city parks (Pan Am’s a hot spot), but the area’s top pickleball destination is Dreamland in Dripping Springs. The south-of-town entertainment complex has a whopping 16 pickleball courts used for open play, tournaments, clinics, and even professional matches.
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