Have you heard of pickleball? For those of you who haven’t, it’s a mash-up of tennis, table tennis, and badminton. The game can be played with two or four players on a modified tennis court using ping-pong style paddles and a whiffle ball.
Ready to get out and try it yourself? Here’s a list of pickleball courts in Orange County.
ClubSport: 50 Enterprise, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656 – Members can enjoy playing on indoor pickleball courts that includes free “learn to play” sessions and drop-in play.
Anaheim Pickleball Club at Anaheim Tennis Center: 975 S. State College Blvd., Anaheim, CA – The Club has 10 permanent lighted pickleball courts and an additional 10 temporary courts for tournaments and events. Pickleball clinics and private lessons are available.
The courts are available to rent to club members or the public. Fees apply. Drop in or reserve a court by calling or booking through the Playtomic app.
East Anaheim Gymnasium: 8165 E Santa Ana Canyon Road
Anaheim, CA 92808 – The indoor courts are converted to pickleball for programs.
Twila Reid Park: 3100 W Orange Ave, Anaheim, CA – Three free public courts with lights.
Buena Vida at La Floresta: 55+ private community with a clubhouse and pickleball courts.
Costa Mesa Downtown Recreation Center: 1860 Anaheim Ave., Costa Mesa, CA – Three indoor courts that are free for the public to use.
Courts are open to the public for drop-in pickleball play on a first-come, first-served basis. See Cypress’s pickleball page for more information.
Arnold Cypress Park: 8611 Watson Ave., Cypress, CA – Free lighted public courts for open play.
Lexington Park: 4600 W Cerritos Ave, Cypress, CA – Lighted multi-use court with pickleball.
Veterans Park: 4554 Avenida Granada, Cypress, CA – Free lighted public courts for open play from 8 am to 8 pm.
Marea Apartment Homes: 32400, 32478 Crown Valley Pkwy, Dana Point, CA 92629 – There are two pickleball courts available to to residents of the community.
Fountain Valley Recreation Center Gym: 16400 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley CA – Four public courts for open play. Court fees may apply. See Fountain Valley’s pickleball page for more information.
Fountain Valley Tennis & Pickleball Center: 16400 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley CA – Pickleball is offered seven days a week; Reservations and walk-in. See Fountain Valley’s pickleball page for more information.
Los Cab Racquet & Sports Club: 17272 Newhope St., Fountain Valley, CA. – There are four pickleball courts available to club members.
Garden Grove Sports & Recreation Center: 13641 Deodara Drive, Garden Grove, CA 92844 – Drop-in pickleball is available on some nights.
The Map Sports Facility: 12552 Western Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92841 – Mixed use gym that allows up to six courts to be rented for pickleball.
Huntington Landmark: A private senior living community with pickleball courts.
Worthy Park: 1831 17th Street, Huntington Beach, CA – Free, first come, first serve courts.
The City of Irvine has 98 tennis courts, six lit pickleball courts, and nine hybrid tennis and pickleball courts. Irvine also contract instructors to teach junior, adult and private pickleball lessons at Portola Springs Community Park. There is recreational coed league for adults is played at Portola Springs Community Park. Beginner (Level 1) through Advanced (Level 3) skill level divisions will be offered. Details are available on the Irvine Pickleball site.
Irvine Public Pickleball Courts Map
Heritage Community Park: 14301 Yale Ave., Irvine, CA 92604 – Two lighted public courts.
Knollcrest Park: 2069 Knollcrest, Irvine, CA – Two lighted courts for public use.
Los Olivos Community Park: 101 Alfonso, Irvine, CA 92618- 4 lighted courts
Portola Springs Community Park: 900 Tomato Springs, Irvine, CA – Six lighted public courts.
San Carlo Park: 15 San Carlo, Irvine, CA – Two lighted public courts.
University Community Park: 1 Beech Tree Ln, Irvine, CA 92612 – 4 lighted courts
Racquet Club of Irvine: 5 Ethel Coplen Way, Irvine, CA 92612 – There are five permanent lighted pickleball courts available to members.
South Lake Tennis Club Tennis & Pickleball Club: 31 Creek Rd, Irvine, CA 92604 – Available to residents only.
iPickle La Habra: 351 S Euclid St., La Habra, CA – A fee is required and memberships are available to play on 11 outdoor courts here. There have leagues, group lessons and drop-in play.
Ladera Ranch: 1 Daisy Street, Ladera Ranch, CA 92694 – Ladera Ranch has two outdoor lighted pickleball courts available to residents at Avendale,
Alta Laguna Park: 3299 Alta Laguna Blvd., Laguna Beach – 1 dual-line tennis and pickleball court and three permanent free public courts available for open play.
Laguna Hills Community Center and Sports Complex: 25401 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Hills, CA – Four free lighted public courts.
Nellie Gail Ranch Tennis Club: 25281 Empty Saddle Drive, Laguna Hills, CA – Private club with membership fees, with 8 outdoor lighted courts.
Community Roots Academy: 29292 Crown Valley Pkwy, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677- Contact the academy about playing there.
Crown Valley Elementary School Pickleball Courts – 29292 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677 – 8 Pickleball courts, no lights, first come, first served basis.
Laguna Niguel Regional Park: 23952 Aliso Creek Road, Laguna Niguel, CA – Eight free public courts for open play. There is a fee to enter the park.
Laguna Woods Village Pickleball Club: 24122 Moulton Pkwy, Laguna Woods, CA 92637 – 7 outdoor courts and 3 indoor courts. The pickleball courts may be used by Laguna Woods residents and their guests only.
Lake Forest Beach & Tennis Club: 22921 Ridge Route Drive, Lake Forest, CA – Private community with four outdoor courts for members to use.
Lake Forest Sun & Sail Club: – There 8 courts available for play. Competition is available at different levels, advanced, intermediate and beginners. The is a private club for residents with guest passes available for purchase.
Portola Park: 1004 Portola Oaks Drive, Lake Forest, CA – Three free public courts.
The City of Mission Viejo offers drop in play, reservations, leagues, camps, lessons and pickleball machine rentals. See Mission Viejo’s pickleball page for more information.
Esencia Sports Park: 31 Esencia Drive, Rancho Mission Viejo, CA – Free lighted courts for public use.
Felipe Tennis & Recreation Center: 27161 Nogal, Mission Viejo, CA – A fee is required to play on the four outdoor lighted courts here.
Sendero Field Park: 29201 Ortega Hwy, Mission Viejo, CA – Four free public courts available for open play.
Sierra Recreation Center: 26887 Recodo Lane, Mission Viejo
Bonita Canyon Sports Park: 1990 Ford Road, Newport Beach – Four free public courts, no lights with organized drop-in play Monday through Saturday mornings til noon.
The Tennis Club at Newport Beach: 11 Clubhouse Drive, Newport Beach, CA – Paid membership is required to play on the 8 lighted courts at this private club.
El Camino Real Park: 400 N Main Street, Orange, CA 92868 – Two of the six tennis courts at El Camino Real Park now have pickleball court lines overlayed within the existing tennis court lines, allowing for both courts to be used for pickleball or tennis play. The courts are lit, so they can be used for play during all park hours. Use of the courts is on a first-come, first-serve basis and limited to 1 hr while others are waiting.
Grijalva Park Gym: 368 N Prospect St., Orange, CA – Three temporary indoor courts. Open indoor pickleball play is every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 am – 11:30 am. A fee may apply.
See San Clemente’s pickleball page for more information.
San Gorgonio Park: 2916 Via San Gorgonio, San Clemente, CA – 4 Permanent Courts, and 4 Dual Lined Courts – Unlighted.
San Luis Rey Park: 2709 Calle Del Comercio, San Clemente, CA – Four free lighted public courts.
Lifetime Fitness: 111 Avenida Vista Montana, San Clemente, CA 92672 – Members can enjoy open play, and a variety of beginner to experienced classes and clinics.
San Juan Capistrano
Cook Park La Novia Field: 28398 Calle ArroySan Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 – The underutilized multi-use court at Cook Park as well as one of the two tennis courts has been converted to permanent pickleball courts.
San Juan Capistrano Pickleball & Tennis Courts: 31431 El Camino Real, SJC, CA – The easterly tennis court has been converted into four pickleball courts.
Santa Ana High School: 520 W. Walnut Street, Santa Ana, CA 92703 – There one dedicated pickleball court at Santa Ana High School Tennis Center. First Serve Santa Ana organizes pickleball for all ages on this court.
McFadden Institute of Technology (M.I.T.): 2701 South Raitt Street, Santa Ana, CA 92704 – See SAHS above.
AIM Pickleball: 1718 Apollo Ct, Seal Beach, CA 90740 – Aim has 12 indoor courts with monthly and annual membership options. They have open play, classes, lessons, academies, bootcamps, leagues and tournaments.
Marina Park: 151 Marina Dr, Seal Beach, CA 90740 – There are four permanent lighted courts with windscreens around the fences. Courts are available for free open play on a first-come, first-served basis.
Seal Beach Tennis Center: 3900 Lampson Ave, Seal Beach, CA – Nine pickleball courts available by reservation only. Drop-in fees apply for non members.
There are also pickleball courts in Leisure World.
Tustin Hills Racquet Club: 11782 Simon Ranch Road, North Tustin, CA 92705 – A private club with 12 lighted pickleball courts.
Tustin Pickleball: 1302 Service Road, Tustin, CA 92780 – Members can play on ten courts.
Veterans Sports Park at Tustin Legacy: 1645 Valencia Ave., Tustin, CA – There are 8 pickleball courts open to the public. Rates apply. Pickleball court reservations are available and there are also instructors available.
See City of Tustin’s pickleball page for more information.
Brush Canyon Park/Tommy Lasorda Jr. Field House: Pickleball overlay lines and portable net systems are available for use on the basketball courts at Brush Canyon Park. Tommy Lasorda fieldhouse has had city organized pickleball play on the basketball courts.
Pickleball Clubs and Groups
Laguna Woods Village Pickleball Club
Rancho Mission Viejo Pickleball Club
Where to Buy Pickleball Equipment & Gear
With the growing popularity of pickleball finding new and used equipment is now easier than ever. Local sporting goods stores such as Big 5 and Dick’s Sporting Goods stock equipment. Many tennis stores, pro shops and clubs throughout Orange County now sell Pickleball equipment including Courtside Superstores in Irvine. Even big store retailers such as Target and Walmart now have pickleball gear, both online and in-store. Amazon, as with everything, is always an option as well. If you’re bargain hunting consider Craigslist or a used sporting goods store such as Play it Again Sports in Huntington Beach and Fullerton or OC Sports Equipment in Orange.
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Heidi Deal is the author of the Newcomers Handbook to Living In Los Angeles & Orange County, and a children’s book author specializing in history and human rights.