A huge craze in America in recent years, pickleball is a super fun game that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. A mix of badminton, tennis, and wiffleball, this game is still growing in popularity.
After getting interested in Pickleball I started to research where it can be played while on vacations. I was surprised to see there are so many resorts now offering Pickleball courts. Many have built new courts or converted less popular tennis courts while others have nets that can be used on the existing tennis courts.
After doing some research, here are the best resorts with quality pickleball courts with lessons and other amenities players would enjoy during their stay.
JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, Phoenix, AZ
JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa is the sole resort in the country that provides 17 professionally surfaced, top-notch pickleball courts. In 2018, the racquet center of the resort replaced three of its eight tennis courts with 12 new pickleball courts. Later in January 2021, the center added four more courts and an extensive center court. The pro shop of the racquet center has also added pickleball gear and accessories and employed full-time certified instructors.
Players can enjoy custom paddles by Recess Pickleball, exclusively designed for JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, and take advantage of two different levels of pickleball memberships. These memberships include complimentary lessons, guest passes, and discounts on resort dining, pickleball gear, and more.
Baha Mar, Bahamas
Baha Mar is one of our personal favorite resorts and they have brand new pickleball courts.
Guests can visit The Racquet Club at Baha Mar, which has new pickleball courts. The Racquet Club offers court rentals, lessons, and classes focused on conditioning and drills, as well as pickleball court rentals. Pricing ranges from $143 for a 60-minute pickleball lesson, $33 for an hourly court rental, and $11 for each paddle.
When you aren’t enjoying Pickleball, Baha Mar has the Baha Bay waterpark and a 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Royal Blue Golf Course. Additionally, the resort has over 45 restaurants, bars, and lounges, the Caribbean’s first and only flagship ESPA spa, and over 30 luxury retail outlets.
Esperanza, Auberge Resorts Collection, Los Cabos, Mexico
Los Cabos has rapidly become a popular destination for those seeking a lavish beach vacation while also enjoying pickleball. Esperanza, Auberge Resorts Collection boasts the largest number of pickleball courts of any resort in the area. These three outdoor courts are available for reservation daily from sunrise to sunset for both individual or group lessons, or for a competitive round-robin tournament with friends and family.
Matt Panegasser, an IPTPA-certified instructor, offers group lessons, clinics (Pickleball 101 and Pickleball 102), and private instruction to help improve players’ skills. Additionally, children can learn the basics of the game with Junior Lessons. Aside from scheduled events, the courts are always open for friendly competition, providing an opportunity to have fun, stay active, and make new friends.
Club Med, Cancun, Mexico
Club Med Resorts have always been a well-known destination for racket sports and they have embraced Pickleball as well.
Club Med Cancun has four newly updated pickleball courts located on-site, just a few steps away from the stunning white sand beaches. The pickleball courts offer lessons with certified instructors and daily tournaments for all skill levels. After playing pickleball, guests can relax at the oceanfront beach lounge called Taco Arte and enjoy fresh seafood and refreshing drinks.
Additionally, there are three pools available for guests to swim in. The resort provides ample opportunities for guests to learn and enjoy playing pickleball. The Club Med Cancun resort is suitable for families and has all-inclusive amenities. It is the only resort in Cancun that features three private beachfront and 20+ sports (both on land and water).
One&Only Mandarina, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
One&Only Mandarina’s guests have access to two first-rate pickleball courts. Because of its rising fame over the past years, the resort broadened its pickleball services beyond court rentals and guest tournaments.
Guests can benefit from private pickleball lessons and clinics, whether they’re beginners who want to learn the fundamentals or competitive players who wish to improve their techniques. These clinics and lessons are directed by Janko Tipsarevic Academy’s pickleball professionals, which was founded by the former ATP tour star, Janko Tipsarevic.
One&Only Mandarina is a resort situated in a small, stylish seaside community on Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit. The resort is located on a rare undeveloped coastline and offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and a beachfront rainforest atmosphere. It is an exclusive retreat that features eco-designed treehouses, clifftop villas, and a secluded spa with Tata Harper products.
Seaview Hotel & Golf Club, New Jersey
Founded in 1914, the Seaview Hotel is a luxury seaside resort on the New Jersey shore.
Recently, the resort partnered with Montclair Pickleball to add ten new courts for the Atlantic County pickleball community. They offer clinics, private and group lessons, open play sessions, and weekend tournaments for all ages and skill levels.
Montclair Pickleball provides clinics for beginners and intermediate players. For players with a solid foundation of the basics and looking to play at a high level or compete in tournaments or leagues, the 3.0 – 3.5 clinics include advanced concepts and strategy, drills, and match play, led by pro-level players. Intermediate and advanced level players (2.5 – 4.0) can attend open play sessions in the morning and evening, which include two hours of rotating games split by level. A coach facilitates the open-play sessions and provides personal feedback, tips, and advice to interested players.
Enchantment Resort, Sedona, AZ
Enchantment Resort, located at the base of Boynton Canyon in Sedona, offers two pickleball courts with stunning views of towering buttes and red rocks. Guests can enjoy playing in one of the world’s most breathtaking landscapes. The resort’s instructors, certified by the United States Professional Tennis Association, offer camps, private lessons, and private clinics for friends, corporate groups, and families of all skill levels.
This summer, Enchantment Resort is partnering with Nike to offer a special pickleball camp from June 23-25, 2023. The camp is designed for beginner to intermediate-level players and includes 10 hours of court time and instruction from IPTPA Certified Professional Nelson Banes and his experienced staff, as well as two daily lunches, a wine and beer reception, and a dinner with paired tastings at the Village Terrace. Guests will also receive a welcome package and awards.
Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Phoenix, AZ
Arizona Biltmore has new four pickleball courts that are equipped with Har-Tru technology, which keeps the surface cool and reduces stress on the body, making it a great option for open-court play, group lessons, or private instruction with PBI professionals. Guests can participate in weekly pickleball round-robin match play, which is organized by PBI professionals who provide helpful strategies and advice for improving one’s game.
Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort is a well-known dessert destination that offers an adults-only pool surrounded by stylish cabanas, an extensive Tierra Luna spa, and Sol Garden, which provides an opportunity for activities like Sound Bowl Meditation and a new Halotherapy salt room experience.
The Woodlands Resort, Curio Collection by Hilton, TX
The Woodlands Resort, Curio Collection by Hilton, is a large Texas retreat located on 350 acres of land just 30 miles outside of Houston. Guests can participate in pickleball at the Woodlands Resort Tennis Center, which boasts more than 21 top-notch courts dedicated to indoor and outdoor pickleball matches.
Two certified instructors are available for those who want to learn the latest court trend. You can also grab some friends and create your own pickleball tournament. After spending the day playing with friends, you can relax with a mimosa bar that offers a variety of flavors ranging from mango and passionfruit to blood orange and cranberry. The resort also offers a Forest Oasis waterpark, golf courses, on-site dining, and more.
Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton, Grand Rapids, MI
Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton, provides scenic views of the bustling Grand Rapids cityscape from the hotel’s pickleball courts on the 4th-floor rooftop. Guests can also arrange a team-building pickleball experience with food, drinks, and entertainment.
With nine on-site restaurants and bars, an indoor pool, spa, and ample event space, including four ballrooms and 42 versatile meeting rooms, the hotel also boasts a stunning design. Plus, it provides skywalk access to Van Andel Arena and downtown hot spots.
Flathead Lake Lodge in Bigfork, MT
Flathead Lake Lodge is a guest ranch situated on the shore of Flathead Lake and offers all-inclusive stays from May to October. For guests who want to play pickleball, there are new courts this year and they will be doing a mixed doubles round-robin tournament each week.
During the summer season, the ranch has weeklong stays for families, while in spring and fall, it hosts retreats exclusively for adults. The ranch offers guests a range of activities, including horseback trail rides, water recreation such as sailing, wakeboarding, kayaking, SUP, boat cruises, mountain biking, guided hikes, and more, as well as food and drinks.
Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, Scottsdale, AZ
At the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North there are four pickleball courts available for private lessons with professionals, match play, open court play, and more. The courts at Four Seasons feature state-of-the-art ProBounce technology, designed to keep cool and reduce stress.
The resort features adobe casitas that boast a backyard full of saguaro cacti, dramatic valleys, and the iconic Pinnacle Peak. You can use the property as your base camp to explore the nearby area and property. You can indulge in locally inspired spa treatments, premier golf courses, a bi-level pool, and authentic Southwest cuisine, all of which set the stage for a restorative desert escape.
The Boca Raton
Guests and Club members of The Boca Raton are welcome to participate in the property’s pickleball program, which offers private lessons with Nikki Roth, a WTA Professional and Certified Pickleball instructor, weekly clinics available every day of the week, and open court reservations for the six Hydro-Grid courts.
Originally opened in 1926 as The Ritz-Carlton Cloister Inn, The Boca Raton features a Racquet Club with six Hydro-Grid pickleball courts. There are clinics available most days and private lessons with Nikki Roth.
The Boca Raton provides year-round escape exclusively for The Boca Raton Club members and resort guests. The property features five hotels located on 200 waterfront acres, including the Cloister, Yacht Club, Beach Club, Tower, and Bungalows. Resort amenities include a half-mile private beach, an award-winning spa, an 18-hole golf course, a full-service marina, retail shops, seven swimming pools, and various water activities at Harborside Pool Club, state-of-the-art fitness clubs, and wellness collaborations.
Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina, Oahu, HI
We visited the Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina about 5 years ago and loved the resort. Since then they have added four new pickleball courts.
They also offer weekly pickleball skills and drills classes, taught by a professional instructor. The hour-long group class is available throughout the year and focuses on teaching basic skills, including hitting the ball, maintaining a rally, and the rules of the game. The cost is $40 per person. This summer, they are planning a special pickleball event featuring custom paddles.
The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, CO
The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs is a historic 5,000-acre property perfect for a luxury mountain getaway. If you’re a fan of pickleball, this resort has you covered with four dedicated courts, including one of the highest in the country at Cloud Camp. The resort frequently adds to its programming by setting up two additional courts and nets adjacent to the pickleball courts, bringing the total to five. Guests can even attend “pickleball camps” and “Adult “Pickleball, Pasta & Pizza” on weekends.
Wintergreen Resort, Nellysford, VA
Wintergreen Resort, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, introduced Pickleball four years ago and recently added eight new outdoor Pickleball courts, along with six temporary indoor courts.
The resort recently introduced a package called “Elevate Your Racquet Game Lodging Package”. This package allows guests to choose between tennis or pickleball. It includes a 2-night stay at Wintergreen, 90-minute court time, equipment rental, and a 60-minute clinic. Additionally, guests will receive a glass of wine or beer at one of our restaurants and a 15% discount at the Devils Knob Racquet Sports Pro Shop.
Hawks Cay Resort, Duck Key, FL
Hawks Cay Resort, located in the Florida Keys, has added 8 illuminated pickleball courts to meet guest demand. Visitors can receive one-on-one coaching from the on-site racquet sport professional and take part in clinics, camps, and mixers led by Cliff Drysdale Tennis.
Beginners can enhance their skills by practicing drills and playing live ball games, while experienced players can rent equipment on-site and play singles or doubles with friends. Hawks Cay now offers pickleball as part of its list of outdoor activities, which also includes tennis, soccer, basketball, golf, diving, snorkeling, fishing, paddleboarding, kayaking, swimming with dolphins, biking, and more.
The Lodge at Kukui’ula, Hawaii
Looking for a pickleball resort in the beautiful state of Hawaii? You’ll find one on Kauai.
Located on the south shore, The Lodge at Kukui’ula offers a gorgeous pickleball space by the beach on the Kukui’ula harbor. Sporting not only a pickleball set up but also a new tennis court that can be converted for pickleball, this resort is the perfect island destination for all kinds of racket sports enthusiasts.
The Lodge offers both group clinics and private lessons for those who are new to the sport or want a little extra coaching. The helpful staff is also more than happy to assist with set-up and game matching.
Grand View Lodge, Minnesota
If you’re looking for a luxurious lakeside retreat at a pickleball resort in the U.S., then look no further than Grand View Lodge, one of the most notable and historic lodges in the Midwest.
Situated in the Brainerd Lakes area of Minnesota, Grand View Lodge is the perfect destination for anyone looking for an upscale resort that offers racket sport.
Alongside amazing golf and spa facilities, the lodge recently developed a new recreation club. This new addition features a bocce ball court, waterslide, large jacuzzi, and of course, pickleball courts!
Hyatt Regency Indian Wells, Palm Springs, California
No trip to Palm Springs is complete without getting out and being active in the sun. This beautiful little oasis is one of the best casual sporting cities on the West Coast. With lush golfing greens and stunning country clubs, it’s a dream destination for many.
One of the best places to stay in Palm Springs if you want a pickleball resort is the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells. They boast an impressive four pickleball courts on site! These were installed in October 2021 due to an increase in demand for the sport.
Searching for an idyllic escape in the lush green mountains of North America? Look no further than Suncadia, a stunning resort brought to you by Destination Hotels, part of the Hyatt family.
Located in Cle Elum, Washington, this 6,400-acre resort is just 80 miles from Seattle and offers a luxurious and picturesque escape within the Pacific Northwest. Not only can you go golfing in the mountains, but this property is also home to two parks, each with pickleball courts for guests to use at their leisure.
Four Seasons, Hualālai Resort, Hawaii
Another on our list of best pickleball resorts is located in the stunning tropical state of Hawaii. Hualālai Resort sits on 865 gorgeous oceanfront acres along the Kona-Kohala coast of the “Big Island.”
Guests staying at the Four Seasons are provided access to the Hualālai Tennis Club facility, which has 2 pickleball courts and offers a variety of private lessons and instructional clinics to choose from. If you’re wanting to test the waters as a pickleball newbie, you can try out one of their clinics, held every Friday morning from 9-10 a.m.
Montage Healdsburg, California
If a luxurious retreat sounds up your street, this hideaway nestled in the midst of Sonoma wine country could be just what you’re looking for. Surrounded by 258 acres of picturesque vineyards and oak trees, Montage Healdsburg is the picture-perfect vacation spot for sports enthusiasts and laid-back wine enthusiasts alike.
This California pickleball resort opened in 2021 and boasts an amazing selection of amenities. Enjoy bocce ball or pickleball out on the courts, then head off for wine tasting, spa treatments, or a delicious meal at their seasonal poolside restaurant.
Punta Mita, Mexico
In addition to the great pickleball resorts in the U.S., there are also some to choose from in Mexico. One of the best pickleball resorts is Punta Mita, located on the Riviera Nayarit. It has four pickleball courts available for use by anyone who visits their hotel or vacation rentals.
Due to the growing popularity of the sport within the US, the decision was made to introduce them at this resort, and it’s now so popular here among tourists and residents alike that Punta Mita offers annual tournaments, inter clubs, and frequent mixer.
Four Seasons Los Cabos, Costa Palmas, Mexico
Another of the best pickleball resorts in Mexico, the Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos is situated within the Costa Palmas development of the East Cape of the Baja Peninsula. For those of you looking for a great luxury getaway, this 5-star Four Seasons Resort could be just perfect.
With swimming pools, spas, and golfing greens, there’s plenty to enjoy at this stunning getaway spot. While this hotel doesn’t have designated pickleball courts, they do have a selection of tennis courts which they frequently transform to make them suitable for pickleball play.
Grand Hotel, Michigan
One of the top U.S. resorts is the historic and famous Grand Hotel. Located on Mackinac Island, Michigan, the Grand Hotel offers a timeless luxury with a beautifully traditional feel.
What makes the Grand one of the best pickleball resorts is the new Woodlands Activity Center. Here, you can find a greenhouse, mini-golf (if you’re not confident to brave their expansive greens), lawn games, and of course, pickleball courts!
However, if none of these appealed to you, there are plenty more out there. Even some of the adults-only all-inclusive Sandals resorts in the Caribbean offer pickleball. You can also reach out to one of our trusted travel advisors to help you plan the perfect pickleball getaway.