Duck Woods Country Club is adding four new pickleball courts this fall to to their well established tennis program which will result in the premier racket sports complex on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. When finished, this natural setting will include a beautiful paver patio with ample seating for viewing play or simply enjoying another extension of this full service club’s hospitality program it offers its members.

Pickleball, the sport with the funny name, is growing by fantastic rates. According to Sports, Fitness & Leisure Activities Topline Participation Report from USA Pickleball, over 4.8 million American picked up a pickleball racquet last year and despite the pandemic, the sport has grown 39.3% over the last two years. There are two major reason that the sport has seen the huge growth in participation. The first reason can be traced to the ease of learning. In today’s world people don’t want to spend a lot of time learning a new sport. The basics of pickleball can be learned quickly. The second reason pickleball has enjoyed such growth is the social nature of the sport. With it’s more relaxed pace, game play almost feels like it’s a community, with experienced players and newbies playing games together. The pickleball group at Duck Woods personifies this aspect of the game. After games they hang out afterwards, having lunch together or sharing a beer or glass of wine or gladly showing a newbie the basics of the game.

While many people think of pickleball as a miniture form of doubles tennis, it’s really a game unto itself. It’s played with a whiffle ball on courts, one-forth the size of a tennis court. The two-bounce rule and the no volley zone unique to this game are one of the reasons many age groups can play together. The fences are lower, there is less sprinting involved, and your physically closer to both your teammate and your opponents, making it inherently a lower-impact sport that is big on on-court banter.

While the game originated in Washington state on Bainbridge Island, in the 1960’s, the explosive growth has only been recently. Washington State just recently made pickleball it’s official sport. While the pandemic negatively impacted many activities, it was actually a boon to pickleball participation as it offered social time on the court, an opportunity to get outside and much-needed exercise without the technical demands of golf or tennis.

As Duck Woods prepares for the construction of our own four court complex the temporary tennis courts continue to get used by many players every day. With daily scheduled open play, player initiated competition and new players trying the game, the growth of this sport at Duck Woods seems poised to follow the national trend. If you are interested in learning about this game, please join in the fun, the members of the PBA are fun, interesting and passionate about their love for the game… one can hear at the end of every game… ”anyone want to play one more game”?

Lynda Burek

Spring has arrived. You may be no stranger to a tennis racquet or an expert on the golf course, but have you ventured over to the pickleball courts? The sport has simple rules and is easy for beginners to learn. For seasoned players, the courts can quickly become home to fun, fast paced and competitive games. Come join your fellow members and be part of the growth of pickleball at Duck Woods.

With regular scheduled open play daily, weekly lesson opportunities and unlimited court availability, there are many opportunities for members to discover this fun sport. The nature of pickleball games are short so that players normally don’t have to wait too long to get back onto a court. The social nature of pickleball provides the opportunity to play with many different members and experience the different aspects of the game, from the dinkers to the bangers to the lobbers. Each game is different and fun as well as offering a good workout. The new pickleball courts can’t come too soon.

The pickleball growth on the Outer Banks is also reflected in the many venues currently available for play. Pine Island is getting new outdoor courts, Westside has 4 courts with scheduled open play, the Dare Recreation Center continues to provide indoor weekly play, Dowdy Park offers two courts and Manteo offers indoor play.

With the arrival of warmer weather, the PBA will be sponsoring some social activities. Look for announcements for our next gathering and if you are not a member consider joining this fun group. Kevin has beginner and intermediate lessons available, and many players would gladly show you the basics of the game. It’s easy to learn, and fun to play.

Lynda Burek

For further information please contact any of our PBA officers:

Pat Baskette, President
patbaskette5280@gmail.com

Lynda Burek, Vice President
rmburek@charter.net

Rick Koch, Treasurer
rchoch73@gmail.com

Carol Noonan, Secretary
canoonan737@gmail.com

The winter weather has had some negative impact in the past month. With many of the chilly night temperatures below freezing, the tennis courts at times looked like artic skating rinks. The seemingly constant storms and freezing temperatures severely restricted the amount of pickleball play possible, despite the best efforts of our racquet sports professional staff.

In order to not have withdrawal, many pickleball players have been traveling to Pine Island to take advantage of their indoor courts and get in a few days play.

As each day goes by and we get closer to spring, everyone is looking forward to watching the new pickleball courts take shape. Thanks to all the members who have pledged monetary support for the courts your support was invaluable.

For further information please contact any of our PBA officers:

Pat Baskette, President
patbaskette5280@gmail.com

Lynda Burek, Vice President
rmburek@charter.net

Rick Koch, Treasurer
rchoch73@gmail.com

Carol Noonan, Secretary
canoonan737@gmail.com

This time of year, many people head south to escape the cold weather. While it is at times challenging to get out on the courts when the wind is from the north and the temps read below 50, we are still blessed with days that we can play outside and every day that goes by we are getting closer to those days when warm temps will return. With the reduced number of players available, those of us that do venture out can be assured of uninterrupted playing time. This helps with practice time, plus concentrating on those skills we may be trying to improve or learn. For those who don’t want to brave the cold, there is indoor play available M-F at the Dare Rec Center starting at 0830. While the indoor surface and game is a bit different than the Duck Woods courts, it’s a great opportunity to play with different people, learn new skills and have fun. As we look forward to our pickleball court construction beginning soon, we should not let the weather impact our playing time that provides us good exercise opportunities and social interactions.

For further information please contact any of our PBA officers:

Pat Baskette, President
patbaskette5280@gmail.com

Lynda Burek, Vice President
rmburek@charter.net

Rick Koch, Treasurer
rchoch73@gmail.com

Carol Noonan, Secretary
canoonan737@gmail.com

The DWCCPBA held its first annual holiday party on December 16, 2021. It was a great party…over 40 people attend-ed and a good time was had by all. Many thanks for the great food, secret Santa gifts, the many laughs and especially all of the friendships over the past year. Pickleball is truly a gift.

While the weather for the past few weeks has been warm, winter temperatures will eventually arrive. Once the colder weather returns, don’t let it deter your play and practice. For those cold and windy days, the Dare Center provides daily play M-F. Consult their website for specific information and of course the Duck Woods players are active all the time. We welcome new members and look forward to our new courts coming on-line next year. 2022 should be an exciting time for the Racquet Sports program at Duck Woods.

For further information please contact any of our PBA officers:

Pat Baskette, President
patbaskette5280@gmail.com

Lynda Burek, Vice President
rmburek@charter.net

Rick Koch, Treasurer
rchoch73@gmail.com

Carol Noonan, Secretary
canoonan737@gmail.com

The DWCCPBA held its 1st Annual Meeting on November 9, 2021. Two new board members were elected. Rick Koch was elected as treasurer and Carol Noonan was elected as secretary. Many thanks to Jim Horn and Jo Hurd for their service on the board. The assembled group had preliminary discussions regarding 2022 tournament and fund raising events, the schedule will be dependent upon the availability of the dedicated pickleball courts.

The PBA has established an annual award, (Henry award), that will be presented to the person who most epitomizes outstanding sportsmanship, comradery and jocularity. The recipient of the 1st annual Henry award was presented to Henry Blaha. Henry has made many contributions to the growth of pickleball at Duck woods, there is also a Duck Woods pickleball shot, (albeit a violation), which has been named after Henry as his transition from tennis to pickleball was a bit problematic at times. Congratulations to Henry.

As the weather turns colder, there is indoor play scheduled M-F at the Dare Rec Center. Please consult the schedule on their website for hours. Many Duck Woods members got their start playing pickleball with the Dare Center folks and continue to join their scheduled play. Playing at the rec center is a great opportunity to continue playing as the weather turns colder as well as meeting new people who love the game of pickleball as well. The indoor game is a different style of play and the experience will help improve everyone’s game.

For further information please contact any of our PBA officers:

Pat Baskette, President
patbaskette5280@gmail.com

Lynda Burek, Vice President
rmburek@charter.net

Rick Koch, Treasurer
rchoch73@gmail.com

Carol Noonan, Secretary
canoonan737@gmail.com

The Get Pinked event which was held on Oct 16 was a huge success. Jointly sponsored by the LTA and the PBA, the courts were full of pickleball players playing fun round robin games. This is the second year that the PBA has participated in this wonderful event and look forward to continued action on our new pickleball courts next year.

USA Pickleball Rule Committee recently posted proposed rule addition/changes for 2022. There are 71 being evaluated. Of particular interest are the following: keep the drop serve; first serving team gets 2 serves; maintain serving order throughout the game; no spin serves; reinstate the let serve; rally point scoring; remove COVID/carry serve. The new rule book will be published by December 1. At that time, there will be a 30-day window for public comments. The rules committee has been consistent in their approach, wanting to keep the focus of pickleball on the rally game, not the serve game and most likely will reject the drop serve that has been under provisional review for the past year. USA Pickleball seems intent on keeping the spirit of the game (family friendly) while refining some of the rules to keep the game competitive, especially as the growth in the under 50 crowd gathers momentum. Hope to see everyone on the courts.

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

The number of new players joining the scheduled weekly play continues to increase. With the hot and humid weather of summer fading there will continue to be opportunities for casual, competitive and tournament play. The sport of pickleball provides for play at many different levels which is why it’s the largest growing sport in the country.

According to USA Pickleball Magazine, the sport grew 21% during 2020 with the largest percentage increase in the under 55 age group. This growth in younger players bodes well for the sport. The USA Pickleball National Championship is scheduled for December 2021 in Indian Wells. This event draws a huge crowd, over 49 pickleball courts are made ready for this event which grows larger every year. For those unable to attend in person, or anyone who hasn’t watched a professional pickleball event, ESPN is planning to broadcast the key matches.

Closer to home the DWCC Pickleball Club Championship was held on September 18. The men started play early in the morning, special thanks to Henry Blaha who hobbled in from injured reserve to keep the division play going. The ladies had two divisions A and B and competition was tough, with many players participating for the first time. Congrats to the Winners – Dan Dwyer and Chris Rohan; Ladies B Division – Janet Colegrove and Linda Hellman; and Ladies A Division – Cathy Forbes and Lynda Burek. Special thanks to the many fans who came out to cheer everyone on.

SAVE THE DATE
October 16, 2021, 1-4 p.m.
The LTA and PBA are jointly hosting a Get Pinked Racquet Sports members only fund raiser. Please contact the pro shop to register for the event. There will be prizes and raffle tickets along with plenty of tennis and pickleball play. Look forward to seeing everyone there.

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

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.