New: Alachua & 2019 Winter Blast Tournaments &
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We promote the development of pickleball in Lake City and Columbia County. Come join us & bring a friend!
Tournaments Near Us
Gainesville Senior Games, Sep 22-23
Pickleballtournaments.com - Find a tournament anywhere in the country, including Griffin GA - Oct 18-21, 2018
Rotary Tournament Ocala, Nov 3
Big Gator Indoor Alachua Dec 15-16
Lake City Winter Blast, Jan 18-20
Other Pickleball Websites
A great advantage of a small city is that we receive excellent press coverage. Thanks to the Lake City Reporter for all the positive coverage we have received.
About Us - Our History
FEBRUARY 2017: PICKLEBALL COMES TO LAKE CITY
Chip and Donna discovered pickleball while vacationing in NY in July 2016. When they returned to Lake City in October 2016, they bought a net and played in their driveway. Since there was no pickleball in Lake City, they drove to Gainesville once a week to play. In Feb 2017 they thought "why not start pickleball in Lake City"? They sent a "Pickleball Anyone?" email to the residents in their community inviting them to play pickleball in their driveway. In two days, twelve people played pickleball, some twice, and all expressed an interest in playing some more. This is a picture of some of the early pioneers on one of those days.
They knew they had something and searched for a facility. The timing was perfect. Pickleball was growing in the US and Columbia County Recreation Department wanted to be a part of the revolution. They welcomed them with open arms buying nets, balls, and paddles and arranged for classes 3 days a week.
A one-day tournament, the "First Ever" Pickleball Tournament, was held in May 2017 and the "1st Winter Blast", a three day tournament, was held in Jan 2018. The program continues to grow with play expanding to 7 times a week. To date, 150 people have played pickleball in Lake City. The 2nd Winter Blast tournament is planned for January 2019.
Don't forget to read the newspaper articles written about us: News