The sport of pickleball, yes that is its real name, is sweeping the nation at a rapid pace and is becoming more and more popular on Florida’s Nature Coast. Pickleball has grown in leaps and bounds since 2010, by some 385 percent in terms of places to play according to the USA Pickleball Association, as there are some 2.5 million estimated number of players. By 2020, that number could easily reach 8 million. Don’t be fooled by the silly name—once you play, you’ll keep coming back for more.

Although it’s the trendy sport right now, it was actually invented in 1965 in a Seattle suburb. Pickleball is a paddle sport with combined elements of tennis, badminton and ping pong, and played on a doubles badminton court. The net is similar to a tennis net, but is two inches lower. The game is played with a hard paddle and] can be played in either singles’ or doubles’ matches. The paddles are similar to table tennis and usually made up of graphite or composite while the ball is comparable to a wiffle ball.

Many communities have adopted the game and have begun to build more and more courts within their club. GlenLakes in Weeki Wachee is the Pickleball capital of Florida’s Nature Coast. With four state-of-the-art courts and games constantly being played by those of all ages and skill levels, pickleball has quickly become a club favorite.

More than just a fun game, playing pickleball can boost your mood and overall mental health, you burn calories, and fewer injuries occur due to the low impact nature of the game. Pickleball specifically works on your balance and agility while it also offers the same benefits of other regular exercise. These include reducing your risk of heart attack and chronic disease, toning your muscles and increasing your energy.

It’s no surprise that GlenLakes is out in front of the Pickleball trend. Year after year, GlenLakes has been named a “Top 50 Community” by Where to Retire and Ideal-Living magazines.

Neighborhoods of gracious single-family homes line pedestrian- and golf cart-friendly streets. Beautiful landscaping complements the many water features and endless preserve views. Miles of trails and nature preserve provide refreshing outdoor escapes.
Private club amenities include a clubhouse for social engagement, dining and fitness including a junior Olympic-size pool. Tennis courts, bocce ball courts, the four brand-new pickleball courts, and a championship golf course define GlenLakes relaxed, yet very active, country club lifestyle. Residents rest easy knowing that maintenance and security are taken care of in this private, gated community.

Starting from the low $200s, GlenLakes homes offer beautiful views of the golf course, lake and much more. Click here to learn more about the GlenLakes lifestyle and everything it has to offer.