Pickleball – Funny Name, FUN Sport!

According to www.usapa.org, the official website of the USA Pickleball Association, Pickleball is named after Pickles, the family Cocker Spaniel of one of the co-inventors of the sport. Pickles would chase stray balls and then hide in the bushes while they were playing. So the game was officially invented in 1965 by two friends living near Seattle, Washington – Bill Bell and Joel Pritchard.

Pickleball is a game played on a badminton-sized court with the net lowered to 34 inches at the center. The court is about 1/3rd the size of a standard tennis court. The equipment used to play includes a perforated plastic ball (similar to a whiffle ball) and wood or composite paddles. People play on courts all over the USA, both indoors and outdoors.

It is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players. It can oftentimes replace tennis for older players, because the sport requires less running, allowing for less impact on joints.

Many athletic clubs and facilities are joining the waves of existing Pickleball fans and installing or upgrading existing courts to host the sport. Oftentimes, it’s as easy has having a professional company, such as Fast-Dry Courts, visit your site to help you determine the best location. You can use an existing tennis court and paint the new Pickleball lines, or build Pickleball courts that are used for that sport alone. If the game catches on at your facility, stand-alone courts may be your best investment to ensure players have enough courts to fulfill their playing schedules.

To learn more about the sport, visit the USA Pickleball Association’s website at www.usapa.org.

To learn more about adding or refurbishing a Pickleball court at your facility, contact Fast-Dry Courts at www.fast-dry.com or 800-432-2994.

Own a Beautiful Home Featuring an Award Winning Fast-Dry Tennis Court

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, this landmark 1.59± acre estate on the Intracoastal Waterway epitomizes Boca Raton’s resort lifestyle at its finest.

A true paradise on the Intracoastal Waterway is found in this extremely rare estate-sized property of 1.59± acres in a prestigious downtown Boca Raton address. Capturing expansive waterfront views, an exotic landscape brimming with tropical fruit trees sets the stage for the impressive residence designed by prominent architect Herbert S. Newman, a Yale University faculty member and recipient of an AIA lifetime achievement award. The classic Old World traditions of Addison Mizner are reinvented as strikingly modern sculptural forms to give this stunning residence a unique character all its own.

The luminous pool, award-winning championship tennis court, and 250± foot seawall with two yacht docks complete the perfect picture for indoor/outdoor resort living and grand entertaining. Here, there are virtually limitless options to suit every preference, with proposed architectural plans available to build a new dream estate or compound. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, this is a landmark property of immeasurable appeal.


Northeast 5th Avenue, Boca Raton, Florida. Boca Raton’s prestigious new “Mansion Row” is within walking distance of the beach, Mizner Park’s world-class shopping and dining, and the legendary Boca Raton Resort & Club.


This landmark 1.59± acre estate fronts 180± linear feet of shoreline featuring protected mega-yacht dockage in a no-wake zone minutes from the inlet, with unobstructed access to the ocean for world-class yachting and fishing. The grandfathered, L-shaped full service dock could be reconfigured to accommodate an even larger 100+ foot-long vessel. An Old World-inspired courtyard preludes the residence at the end of a long Chicago brick-lined stone drive. Expansive Intracoastal views are the focus of the indoor and outdoor living spaces culminating in the spectacular pool patio. Sweeping waterfront lawns open from the north-south hydro tennis court, built in 2003 by Fast-Dry Courts.  This court was the recipient of the 2003 Outstanding Tennis Facility Award, given by the American Sports Builders Association (formerly the U.S. Tennis Court & Track Builders Association).


Dramatically stated in sculptural forms with a hand-made imported barrel-tile roof, this understatedly elegant residence is beautifully scaled in a total of 8,100± square feet with open living areas, 5 bedrooms, 4½ baths, and a 3-bay garage.

Main Level: Soaring to a 2 story vaulted ceiling, the columned reception room introduces the seamlessly flowing living areas, all taking in the wide Intracoastal vistas. Inlaid with white marble, authentic Cuban tile floors add comfortable warmth to the bright open atmosphere. A barrel vaulted ceiling arcs over the window walled living room, opening to the poolside loggia, also featuring a fireplace. Water views continue into the skylit conversation nook and rotunda-style formal dining room. At the heart of the house, the chef’s kitchen has custom cabinetry, European provincial tiles, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, gas range, and dual Miele dishwashers. An open flow continues into the waterfront breakfast bay and generously scaled family room with architectural built-ins, columned niches, and glass doors leading to the pool patio. In the south wing are 2 waterfront bedrooms plus full and half baths. Served by a separate hallway, the west wing contains 2 bedrooms with en-suite baths in addition to a laundry room with dual washers/dryers.

Upper Level: Completely devoted to the indulgent private realm of the master suite, this level is served by a dramatic bridge hallway, open to the living areas below, atop the spiraling sculptural staircase. Capturing sweeping Intracoastal views from an elevated perspective, the expansive master bedroom features a sitting area in a window lined circular bay. Vaulted ceilings add to the sense of spaciousness and grandeur. There is also an office plus a bonus room which opens to a private waterfront balcony with stairs leading to the pool area. Accompanying the luxurious master bath, oversized his-and-her closets include a gallery of closets with mahogany fittings.

  •  8,100 approximate square feet
  • Architectural style: Contemporary, Mediterranean
  • Property features: 5 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms and 1 Partial Baths

To view the full listing, along with additional photos, click here: http://www.luxuryportfolio.com/property/boca_raton/landmark_boca_raton_estate.cfm

Listing courtesy of:
Premier Estate Properties, Inc.
Agent: Joseph Liguori
Office: 866.281.3884
MLS #: R3252875

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