On June 26, 2024

Pickleball on Tennis Courts: When to Just Replace

In part one of this two-part blog series, we set out to answer a simple question and all its various facets: Can you play pickleball on a tennis court? The answer is that you definitely can, though there will be some situations where if you’re doing this with enough frequency, you might simply consider a pickleball court installation instead.

At Courts Unlimited, we’re here to help with a huge range of residential and commercial pickleball court builder, tennis court surfacing and other court services for clients around Utah, including court resurfacing services as well. Today’s part two of our series will shift gears and focus on situations where you might want to consider a dedicated pickleball court rather than regularly converting your tennis court for a secondary purpose, plus your options for doing so.

Situations When a Pickleball Court Should be Considered

There are a few different situations where it makes sense to consider a dedicated pickleball court rather than using a tennis court for this purpose:

  • Frequent use: If you or your community plays pickleball frequently, it may be worth investing in a dedicated court. This will save time and effort constantly converting the tennis court, and also prevent any potential damage to the surface from repeated conversion.
  • Community preferences: Some communities may have more players interested in pickleball than tennis, making it more practical to have a specific court for this sport.
  • Specialized features: Dedicated courts can include specialized features such as lighting, fencing, and nets designed specifically for pickleball, providing a better experience for players.
  • Tournaments or competitions: If you plan on hosting tournaments or competitions, a dedicated court will provide a more professional and regulated playing surface.

Options for Dedicated Pickleball Courts

If you’ve determined that a dedicated pickleball court is the best option for your needs, there are several options to consider:

  • Outdoor vs indoor: Depending on your climate and usage preferences, you may want to choose between an outdoor or indoor court. Outdoor courts are generally less expensive but may require maintenance and repairs due to weather exposure. Indoor courts offer year-round play but can be more expensive to install.
  • Material: There are various materials available for pickleball court surfaces, including concrete, asphalt, and synthetic turf. Each has its own benefits and drawbacks in terms of maintenance, durability, and cost.
  • Size and layout: Pickleball courts can be customized to fit your space and needs. Some options include single or multiple court layouts, different line colors for visually impaired players, and additional features such as benches or shade structures.

Converting Tennis Court Into Pickleball Court

In some cases, converting a tennis court into a pickleball court may still be the best option. If so, it’s important to properly adjust the dimensions and markings to meet official pickleball regulations and ensure fair play for all players. This may also involve installing additional line tapes or painting over existing lines.

At Courts Unlimited, we offer comprehensive solutions for both dedicated pickleball court installation and conversions of existing courts. Our experienced team can help you determine the best option for your specific needs and provide professional installation services. Contact us today to learn more about our services and get started on creating the perfect pickleball court for your home or community!