Because of the tremendous growth of pickleball, the club entered into negotiations with the Mt. Shasta Resort to consider converting one of the tennis courts to a permanent pickleball court.
The Mount Shasta Pickleball Club has over 60 members and some 70 regular followers. Last month, more than 275 different players played pickleball at the Mt. Shasta Resort courts.
More than 160 players participated in the recent Mt. Shasta Pickleball Fun(d) Tournament, with players coming from as far away as central California and Oregon. Because of the tremendous growth of pickleball, the club entered into negotiations with the Mt. Shasta Resort to consider converting one of the tennis courts to a permanent pickleball court.
The Resort Board of Trustees signed off on the agreement, and then the County Board of Supervisors (who own the land on which the courts are located) gave final approval.
Currently, all four courts have blue pickleball court lines painted on the surface, interspersing with the white tennis court lines. A tennis net is about two inches higher than a pickleball net so players have to pull the net down when they play, using a removable strap system.
With the new agreement, court three will be converted into four permanent pickleball courts. The surface will be smoothed and four permanent nets will be installed in the asphalt base. New painting will enhance the look and play.
Court one will become a dedicated tennis court and the present blue pickleball lines will be painted over. Courts 2 and 4 will remain shared courts, with both tennis and pickleball lines.
Most of the cost of the conversion will be born from the profits raised by the recent tournament and from member fees, according to the Mt. Shasta Pickleball Club. Volunteers will do much of the work, assisted by resort staff.
Mt. Shasta Picklball Club plays at Mt. Shasta Resort every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, and Monday evening 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Beginners are welcome and can borrow a paddle while they’re taught the basics. Cougars go 1-1 in soccer