by Pickleball Superstore January 16, 2023
Looking to add a pickleball court to your backyard? Knowing the costs associated with building and maintaining a court can help you decide if pickleball is a good option for you. Read on to learn more about the approximate costs of building a pickleball court and what factors may impact the overall price.
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When you first look at a pickleball court you notice it's smaller than a tennis court, but around the same size as a badminton court. A pickleball court measures 44 feet long (inclusive of lines) and 20 feet wide (inclusive of lines).
Where can I learn more about pickleball court dimensions?
We published a great blog post on this subject:
When most locations convert tennis courts to pickleball courts, the ratio is ususally 4 pickleball courts for every tennis court. If the area on the sides and baselines of the tennis court are smaller than standard, the ratio becomes 3 pickleball courts for every tennis court.
Public courts are usually located a park and recreation facilities. There is also a rise of pickleball clubs where membership dues are required. Private pickleball courts are typically those which are located within private communities where you have to live in the community to play on the pickleball courts.
Indoor pickleball courts can be a variety of surfaces. From basketball style floors, to concrete floors to other synthetic surfaces. Also, those playing indoor pickleball need to think about their pickleball shoes and pickleball balls - as those can be different than the ones used on outdoor pickleball courts.
Outdoor pickleball courts are usually made from similar surfaces as tennis courts. As with tennis courts, pickleball courts are often made from either concrete or asphalt. Texturing is done using non-aggressive, round silica sand to provide a slip-free surface when playing.
Depending on how many pickleball courts exist at a location, they may designate 1 or more as challenge courts. Challenge court play is usually conducted on a first come – first served basis. Players put their paddles up in a rack to signify they are the next ones in line to play the winners. At larger clubs, pickleball courts are marked as challenge courts based on player skill level. For instance, there may be one challenge court for 3.0 players, one for 3.5 players, one for 4.0 players and one for all advanced players.
The answer is no. Not all pickleball courts have challenge courts however with the range in skill sets, this type of segmentation tends to happen naturally. Park locations with only a few courts can even start to have certain skill level players arrange specific date / time preferences for meet-ups.
There are many variables to consider, however the general cost to build a pickleball court would is between $15 to $40 per square foot. This would average around $45k for a 30′ x 60′ pickleball court.
Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States. Having a pickleball court in your backyard may be a big plus for certain people. However your neighbors might not like it (due to the sound). Having a sports court will initially increase a property's value anywhere between $10,000 to $20,000 and that will just increase over the lifetime of the home.
Ideally, pickleball should be played on a professional smooth and durable concrete surface, with either a polyurethane surface or a specialist acrylic coating.