Partnering to Build Courts

The goal for most pickleball groups is to have a home of their own. And who can blame you, if  you’re in this situation? You will seldom be able to run the kind of programs we’ve been discussing on these pages unless you have some amount of control over the space you’re using. So moving to that home court scenario is always in your mind.

However, that isn’t the only game in town. Additionally, if you are living in an area where it would be advantageous (because of weather) to have indoor play some amount of the year, you may be looking for more than just an outdoor venue…you may literally be looking for a roof over your head. The cost of fund-raising to build INDOOR facilities is so prohibitive that most people would seek out some kind of partnership. Either way, utilizing the existing resources of either private or public entities is perhaps worth exploring.


Public Entities (e.g City or Parks and Recreation Districts)

Boys and Girls Clubs
Park and Recreation Districts (proposals, etc.)

Private Entities (e.g. HOA Proposals)

Renegade Courts proposal
My Tennis Courts proposal

If you are working with an HOA, chances are you are part of the sub-committee reporting to its Board of Directors or yourself are on the Board and championing this particular project. Thus, once  you have got all of your requirements together, you will need to communicate with your chosen contractors. Below are our examples of how we, in an HOA project, communicated our requirements.This particular project was the conversion of four old asphalt tennis courts to a multi-use sports complex which includes four pickleball courts, a multi-use court (volleyball, badminton and pickleball), a basketball half-court area, a “practice backboard” area and two new tennis courts. We asked for two bids from each contractor; one for post-tensioned concrete, the other for asphalt. We ultimately chose asphalt.

  1. Sports Complex Specifications
  2. Layout, first revision
  3. Layout, second revision
  4. Additional Notes on Layout, revised to conform to requested bid

Remember, irrespective of how you build, you will go out to bid or your general contractor will. And probably you’ll need to provide a Construction Estimate. Arrange it so that you can check it against bids when you receive them. Remember that competitive bids can vary dramatically and the devil is in the details. (This OpenOffice Calc document can open in Excel or any other spreadsheet program.)




  • Verne
    March 11, 2019

    I am considering building an indoor pickle ball court here in Norrheast MN. This would be a private venture. How many courts are suggested minimum to be profitable. I realize the other costs involved, but does anyone have a estimated revenue per court?

    • Us
      April 11, 2019

      Hi, Verne. We don’t have that detailed a sense of it but suspect from the indoor facilities we’ve seen that 8 courts would be the minimum we’d want to build Costs vary greatly for outdoor and indoor courts but in our experience indoor are more expensive for obvious reasons (buildings, etc.). The best indoor facility we’ve seen is The Pickleball Zone in Bend, Oregon. The URL is Our policy is not to give out personal contact informqtion but they’re very nice people and we’re sure if you call them they could help. If you do get the information please post back here for others’ benefit. Thanks.

  • Ken
    April 14, 2017

    Oh, well… Thanks for responding. I ended up writing my own proposal which was approved by our HOA last night! Soon, we should have a local tennis court converted for pickleball. If anyone wants another proposal model for comparison, I am happy to share mine.

    • scott
      March 6, 2018

      Ken – I am building an indoor center for Pickle ball – can you call me
      843-693 6605 – Scott

    • J.D. Hain
      June 30, 2019

      Do you still have a copy of your pickleball court conversion proposal to your HOA?

    • Marc Horowitz
      December 8, 2019

      I’d love to see your proposal to the HOA

  • Ken Bour
    March 23, 2017

    I just tried to access the two proposals listed (Renegade… & My Tennis Court) and I continue to receive DrobBox errors. I need to create an HOA proposal and am looking for models. Can someone help by fixing the broken links and/or emailing the documents to me? Thanks, Ken. I successfully subscribed today to the newsletter.

    • Us
      April 13, 2017

      Darn it. We’ve had SO many problems with Dropbox; sorry about that. We are now planning to migrate all documents over to GoogleDocs or something else that’s a bit steadier but that will take some time. Sorry for the inconvenience, and thanks for subscribing. We will get better and hopefully sooner rather than later.

      • Bob Nobis
        April 29, 2017

        Do you have an alternate way of downloading the presentations?

        • Us
          September 7, 2017

          Hi, Bob. Sorry for the delay. System problem with DropBox. Migration to GoogleDocs will be done in maybe three-four weeks. I’m sure not the answer you were looking for but come back after that point and we also hope to have quite a bit more content on that and other subjects available. We hate system problems. We also don’t like DropBox….just sayin’….

  • Laurie
    August 15, 2016

    Cosidering an indoor site to purchase and refurbish into pickleball badminton courts for year round indoor play. Can you provide some guidance information?

    • Us
      August 17, 2016

      The following information was provided by Werner Zhender, who is leading the creation of an indoor facility here in Bend, Or. This is a personal effort, not something the Bend Pickleball Club is doing, although we (the club) intend to be major tenants of this effort. Thank you, Werner, for providing this information. We hope Laurie considers it useful.

      1) Floor: Cement, asphalt, or wood floor. If wood floor….is it shiny? Pending on floor ball selection is important

      2) Ceiling height: Not less than 22 feet, but more is better. 27 is ideal height. Height can be lower at either end of court. 16 -18 feet at base line is enough. Look for obstacles in the ceiling such as low hanging lights.

      3) Lighting. Good light is obviously very important. During day, check if sun is coming in through windows, doors. Might need to provide curtains or shades. Painting walls in off white colors will also help. Color of balls can be important. Green might be better than white or yellow. If new lights are needed, consider LED as in long run very cost effective. Involve a lighting expert.

      4) Court layout: Layout depends much on size of building. Allow 6 feet between courts more is better. 7 feet at either end. Install netting between courts so balls stay within courts.

      Other things to consider. Heating and AC. Fans and vents for airflow. Changing rooms, bathroom facilities, spectator areas, water fountains.

  • Suzanne Matsin
    September 5, 2015

    Practice backboard. Club Naples RV Resort in Naples, Fl just installed two pickleball courts. We are all beginners. They would install a practice backboard if I could tell them the dimensions and material to be used. Can you help?

    • Us
      September 5, 2015

      Please go to the site and read the reply we posted to your earlier question about backboards. Thanks.

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