Pick Your Player: The Best Pickleball Spots at Valley Resorts

Pickleball is giving Arizona’s luscious, green golf courses and its picturesque hiking trails a run for its money. Coined as the “fastest-growing sport over the last two years” by the Sports and Fitness Industry Association, pickleball combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping pong, making for a fun, but sometimes challenging, and overall endorphin-inducing game. Whether you’re looking for a new sport to try or for a way to spend more time outdoors, take a look below at resorts in the Phoenix metro area that offer pickleball courts.

ADERO Scottsdale

Looking for a sunset or nighttime pickleball session? You’re in luck. The ADERO Scottsdale, with six pickleball courts to choose from, is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. everyday. And there’s no need to buy your own equipment. Resort guests and club members have the opportunity to rent everything needed for an effective match. 

13225 N. Eagle Ridge Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85268. www.aderoscottsdale.com/the-club-at-adero.

Arizona Biltmore

Feel like you need some guidance before challenging someone to a match? The Arizona Biltmore offers both private and semi-private lessons, as well as weekly round-robin tournaments. With four pickleball courts open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and professional equipment available for rental, you’ll be a pro in no time. 

2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85016. www.arizonabiltmore.com/wellness/tennis-pickleball.

Boulders Resort & Spa Scottsdale

With both beginner and intermediate/advanced pickleball clinics (as well as group clinics)  Boulders Resort will help take your pickleball skills to the next level. While the resort has previously been recognized for its tennis services, it also has a plethora of pickleball services, including equipment rental and private lessons. 

34631 N. Tom Darlington Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85262. www.theboulders.com/pools-and-tennis.

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

All four pickleball courts at the Four Seasons Resort are “designed to keep cool and reduce stress on the body,” per their website, resulting in an exciting game suitable for all ages. Private lessons are also available for purchase. Go on—get your paddles ready. 

10600 E. Crescent Moon Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85262. www.fourseasons.com/scottsdale.

JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

With over 10 courts available, multiple membership options and fun events like glowball—pickleball in the dark—the JW Marriott Pickleball Club at Desert Ridge is perfect for those looking for a tight-knit pickleball community. Both monthly and annual memberships, as well as children’s passes, are available, making the sport a fun choice for the whole family. 

5350 E. Marriott Dr., Phoenix, AZ 85054. www.jwdesertridgepickleball.com.

Sanctuary Camelback Mountain

Located in Paradise Valley, this five-star resort has four pickleball courts—all with scenic views. Practice your pickleball skills while also immersing yourself in the world of sports history. According to their website: “Recognized as the Paradise Valley Racquet Club throughout the 1950s and renamed John Gardiner’s Tennis Ranch in 1965, our property continues a legacy of championship courts and professional coaches.” Views. History. Pickleball. Does it get much better than that? 

5700 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley, AZ 85253. www.gurneysresorts.com/scottsdale.

The Phoenician

Not only does The Phoenician resort offer a dazzling view of Camelback Mountain, but it also provides guests with one free hour of pickleball everyday. Open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, there’s plenty of time to nail that perfect swing. 

6000 E. Camelback Road, Athletic Club Pickleball Courts, Resort, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. www.thephoenician.com/pickle-ball-basketball.

May the best court win!

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