Pickleball, Amenities Attract RV Snowbirds to Desert Skies Resort

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With three brand new pickleball courts, active seniors who RV will want to know what all the buzz is about.

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Why settle for peanuts when there's pickles?

Desert Skies RV Resort just outside Mesquite, Nevada may be best known for its proximity to championship golf courses, off-road ATV trails, a year round heated pool and great group activities, but now there's a new racket in town, and it's not the slot machines. It's called: Pickleball.

As the fastest growing sport in the country among seniors and probably the most popular sport you've never heard of, this tennis and badminton hybrid is entertaining seniors while while keeping them on their toes every day. The resort just installed three brand new courts, giving everyone the opportunity to get in on the action.

Pickleball is usually played in pairs on a court one-third the size of a tennis court. The ball is plastic, so it moves slower than a tennis ball. The combination of slower speed and smaller court make for a game that is made-to-order for seniors who want to be active, but are burdened by sore joints or aching muscles.

Desert Skies RV resident Morti Klugerman is a pickleball rat. When he first heard about the new courts, he gave it a big thumbs up. "I play whenever I get a chance and have a blast. Most people don't realize how pickleball makes exercising so much fun."

RV snowbird and fellow wiffle-whacker Pat Adamson agrees. "Once people start playing, the only question will be when can you build some more. The popularity of the sport is growing out of control."

As with all gear in the age of consumerism, people can go cheap or expensive. For $15.00 a player can settle for an old school plywood paddle. Or, to really get yourself out of a pickle and on to the scoreboard, a composite or graphite paddle is lightweight and the preferred way to go. These sell for $50.00 on up.

Park patrons held on to their pickles for our pickleball grand opening last month and mixed and mingled with fellow patrons while enjoying hotdogs and pickled eggs. It was a moment to relish. Some of the park pickleball pros were on hand to give demonstrations and share their enthusiasm for the sport with others.

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