Saturday, December 5, 2015

Players practicing for pickleball event

Published December 5, 2015 -

The 2016 Heartland Games for Active Adults Pickleball Tournament will be held at the recently refurbished Sun ‘n Lake Racquet Club on March 12 and 13. This will be welcome news to pickleballers who have had to endure play on the tennis courts at South Florida State College in previous years.

Tenille Drury-Smith, Community Service Director at Sun n Lake worked with Games Director Lorrie Key to make this change possible. Tom Stadler and Clayton Farrar have agreed to be the tournament coordinators once again.

On a recent Saturday morning, eight players were on the courts by 8 a.m. and they were soon joined by other eager pickleballers. Judy Granger, of Sun ‘n Lake, was on the planning committee for the courts. She wishes they had the foresight when planning the new facility to rip out the old asphalt and start from scratch rather than trying to find cost savings by building over the existing tennis courts. She is really thrilled with the condition of the courts now.

Dave Shaner, of Highlands Ridge, comes to Sun ‘n Lake each morning and states “The new courts are excellent. There are no cracks and they drain exceptionally well. There has never been any water on the courts in the morning.”

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