Pickleball Coincidence


By Mark Anders, Head Pickleball Pro at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort

Strange things can happen on the pickleball court, but one of the strangest things happened this week.

Photo: Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort

I put four players on the court to play a doubles match in our afternoon round robin. One of the players introduced himself and then introduced his partner as “Dick from Minnesota.” One of the opponents, Steve, announced that he was from Minnesota as well and inquired where Dick resided in the state.

Long story short, Dick and Steve were from the same town, played in the same pickleball club and also played in the same senior golf league – but they had never met before!   

This was a crazy coincidence for sure, but the real takeaway is that pickleball at Palmetto Dunes is a great way to meet friendly people. Locals mix with Island guests seamlessly around this crazy game that’s taking the country by storm.    

If you haven’t tried pickleball, you should. I encourage you to take one of our clinics, and to play in one or more of our pro-supervised morning or afternoon round robins, with organized play by skill level. We have four beginner clinics each week and special clinics for those who want to elevate their game further.

Each clinic is followed by a round robin. Make sure you sign up for both! You won’t be disappointed, and you may walk away meeting someone who will make your day a little brighter.   

To learn more about Pickleball offerings at the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort or to better your game with a clinic or lesson, contact Head Pickleball Pro Mark Anders at (866) 242-3169 or visit palmettodunes.com. Complimentary tennis activities at the resort include a Monday Night Welcome Exhibition at 5:30 p.m. and Demo Days on Tuesdays at 2 p.m.