Fall has arrived. Many people think that this time of the year is the best time at the Outer Banks. The ocean is warm, the beaches quieter and the traffic has calmed down. The island relaxed pace is returning, and soon we will see the V’s of geese silhouetted against the brilliant blue Carolina skies.

The PBA social on July 18 was well attended. Unfortunately we had to retreat indoors due to weather, but a good time was had by all. Look for the announcement of our next social and hope to see many new faces.

With the increase in membership at the club the pickleball courts have been very busy. In response to the increased demand our pro, Kevin, is offering an intermediate clinic on Wednesday mornings. This provides an opportunity for those players who want to advance their skills and learn more about the strategy that is an important part of pickleball play. Whether social, recreational or tournament play, strategy is an important part of the game. Bangers and dinkers can be accommodated equally and having both of those skills in your game is an important part of enabling you to play well.

Please consult Kevin’s weekly schedule of play which has sessions seven days a week and includes evening play on Wednesday’s. If demand continues to increase there can be additional scheduled play times to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to play and work on their game.

Thanks to Scott Bair for spiffing up our pickleball machine. Rental is available from the pro shop and is a great way to work on your net game, return of serves and general play with or without a partner. Give it a try and see what you think.

Reminder for those who have not paid their PBA dues. Contact any member of the PBA to provide their membership fee.

For further information please contact any of our PBA officers:

Pat Baskette, President
patbaskette5280@gmail.com

Lynda Burek, Vice President
rmburek@charter.net

Jim Horn, Treasurer
jfhtdd@gmail.com

Jo Hurd, Secretary
hurd.jo@gmail.com

Hope to see you on the courts.

Pickleball just celebrated its 16th birthday. While it has been around since the mid-70’s it has only recently exploded into the mainstream, with competitive, recreational and social play available all around the world. There are currently 4 million people who play pickleball in the United States, 45,000 USA PBA members, 2,000 ambassadors and over 8,000 known “Places2Play” in the country. The events of 2020 did not slow pickleball growth down, it was up 21% last year. Tournaments are booming and the first indoor National Championship was recently played. Pickleball is played both indoor and outdoor, and both venues offer players a range of play from very competitive to relaxed social games. Come on out and try this game that everyone is playing, and get your game in shape as the Duck Woods PBA eagerly awaits our dedicated pickleball courts.

The heat and humidity of summer has arrived. With scheduled play every day, players should be prepared for the heat and humidity by bringing water, Gatorade or other beverages designed to help with hydration. Water is always available at the courts and our pro’s (Kevin and Whitney) ensure we have plenty of ice cold water on hand.

Would like to remind players that signing up for a clinic is a commitment. If circumstances change, please contact the pro shop and let them know you will not be able to attend so other members who may be on the wait list can be notified.

The club has recently gained quite a few new members. Given the popularity of pickleball and prior to the new courts being built there is time to take advantage of the clinics and open play to get introduced to pickleball. The pro shop can tailor for all levels of player skills and is a great way to meet new people.

If you haven’t tried pickleball yet by all means come out during a scheduled play time. The courts are also available for family play, and there is a pickleball machine you can rent to help practice your shots if you don’t have a partner. Reminder for those who have not paid their PBA dues to contact any member of the PBA and provide their membership fee.

For further information please contact any of our PBA officers:

Pat Baskette, President
patbaskette5280@gmail.com

Lynda Burek, Vice President
rmburek@charter.net

Jim Horn, Treasurer
jfhtdd@gmail.com

Jo Hurd, Secretary
hurd.jo@gmail.com

Hope to see you on the courts.

The Big Dill Tournament held May 15-16, 2021 was a great success. Wonderful weather, lots of pickleball players and many fans supported the two full days of pickleball action. Congratulations to the winners, Cathy Forbes & Lynda Burek, Women’s Division, Glen Riggins & Scott Baer, Men’s Division, and Curt & Pat Baskette, Mixed Division. A good time was had by all.

The board of directors voted to approve the construction of a 4-court pickleball court configuration at the May 19, 2021 meeting. Thanks to the many members, the LTA, and the PBA who attended the meeting and expressed their support for the project.

Thank you to the DWCC BOD for their support in approving this project. As we progress through the contract bid, selection and construction process, the team managing the effort will provide progress reports to keep membership appraised.

The pickleball courts continue to experience growth in player participation. With regular scheduled play seven days a week, and clinics there is a session for everyone and with the warmer weather there has been a steady increase in players both current and new. If you haven’t tried pickleball yet by all means come out during a scheduled play time. The courts are also available for family play, and there is a pickleball machine you can rent to help practice your shots if you don’t have a partner. It won’t take long before you are hitting dinks, and worrying about kitchen’s before you know it. Reminder for those who have not paid their PBA dues to contact any member of the PBA and provide their membership fee.

For further information please contact any of our PBA officers:

Pat Baskette, President
patbaskette5280@gmail.com

Lynda Burek, Vice President
rmburek@charter.net

Jim Horn, Treasurer
jfhtdd@gmail.com

Jo Hurd, Secretary
hurd.jo@gmail.com

Hope to see you on the courts.

Greetings. We are the newest Duck Woods Racquet Sports Association. The PBA became official last year and we have been steadily increasing our membership. We are a fun social group, who enjoy playing the fastest growing sport in the country. We have been gaining traction during the past few months. In addition to members enjoying scheduled play seven days a week, the PBA sponsored an Earth Day talk on fulgurites by one of our members Scott Baier; organized a social gathering mixer around the fire pit that many members attended; and held a weekend fun tournament that included participants in the men’s, women’s and mixed doubles categories. Recently several Duck Woods PBA board members were interviewed on the status of pickleball at Duck Woods which was included in an OBX Voice web article.

A full summer season of activities is planned by the PBA, to include the season ending club championship as well as social gatherings and fun play activities on the courts. Pickleball people are a social group, come join us at the courts during scheduled play, clinics, or our social meetings. We’d love to have you join with us in learning and enjoying the game that is fun, and competitive that provides aerobic exercise at a pace players can also talk and socialize if they choose. For further information please contact any of our PBA officers:

Pat Baskette, President
patbaskette5280@gmail.com

Lynda Burek, Vice President
rmburek@charter.net

Jim Horn, Treasurer
jfhtdd@gmail.com

Jo Hurd, Secretary
hurd.jo@gmail.com

Hope to see you on the courts.

Yes, Duck Woods officially has a new recreationally based association; the DW Pickleball Association (PBA) open to all pickleball players. We had our first meeting this month and elected the following officers: President Pat Baskette, Vice- President Lynda Burek, Treasurer Jim Horn and Secretary Jo Hurd. If you haven’t tried pickleball yet, you’re missing out on one the fastest growing sports in the country. Just in the past two years, players at DW have increased from four to the over 50 players who are now enjoying this sport. Not sure… come out and watch and you’ll see why everyone is having so much fun. Seven days a week (usually between 9 am and noon), either clinics are being conducted by our racquet sports pro, Kevin Cretella, or groups are playing. And even though we are currently using one of the tennis courts for play, the club is in the process of preliminary studies to identify options for building pickleball only courts on the grounds just north of the tennis courts. If you have any questions about the game, or even better, to join the PBA, feel free to ask Kevin or one of the officers.

For those already playing pickleball, remember, Dink’um well.