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.
Anaheim Pickleball Club: 975 S. State College Blvd., Anaheim, CA – Private club with membership fees. Six permanent lighted courts.
Twila Reid Park: 3100 W Orange Ave, Anaheim, CA – Three free public courts with lights.
Costa Mesa Downtown Recreation Center: 1860 Anaheim Ave., Costa Mesa, CA – Three indoor courts that are free for the public to use.
Arnold Cypress Park: 8611 Watson Ave., Cypress, CA – Free lighted public courts for open play.
Fountain Valley Recreation Center and Sports Park: 16400 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley CA – Four public courts for open play. Court fees may apply.
Worthy Park: 1831 17th Street, Huntington Beach, CA – Free, first come, first serve courts.
Knollcrest Park: 2069 Knollcrest, Irvine, CA – Two lighted courts for public use.
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.
Alta Laguna Park: 3299 Alta Laguna Blvd., Laguna Beach – Three 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.
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.
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.
Lake Forest Beach & Tennis Club: 22921 Ridge Route Drive, Lake Forest, CA – Private community with four outdoor courts for members to use.
Portola Park: 1004 Portola Oaks Drive, Lake Forest, CA – Three free public courts.
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.
Bonita Canyon Sports Park: 1990 Ford Road, Newport Beach – Free public courts
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.
Grijalva Gym: 368 N Prospect St., Orange, CA – Three temporary indoor courts. A fee may apply.
San Gorgonio Park: 2916 Via San Gorgonio, San Clemente, CA – Four free outdoor public courts.
San Luis Rey Park: 2709 Calle Del Comercio, San Clemente, CA – Four free lighted public courts.
Seal Beach Tennis Center: 3900 Lampson Ave, Seal Beach, CA – Nine pickleball courts available by reservation only. Drop-in fees apply for non members.
Tustin Pickleball Courts: 1402 Sycamore Ave., Tustin, CA – This pickleball club requires a small annual membership fee but courts are available for public use during certain hours.
Veterans Sports Park at Tustin Legacy: 1645 Valencia Ave., Tustin, CA – Eight lighted public courts.
Pickleball Clubs and Groups
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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.