By Gregg Whitfield
Cambria is set to have six state-of-the-art pickleball courts. Cambria courts are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:. p.m. Members meet from 9:00 to 12 p.m. when guests can come and play with a $3 drop-in fee. There are loaner paddles.
Why is this sport one of the fastest growing sports? Pickleball is a relatively easy game for the young and old. Players get some valuable exercise; multiple skill levels can play together at the same time, it is very affordable, and the current players offer an excellent avenue for socializing. In addition, most cities now have pickleball. In SLO County, for example, Paso Robles has five existing courts with eight more being built, Templeton has eight courts, Atascadero and Morro Bay each have four. When a pickleball player travels with a small paddle, there will be courts almost anywhere. The one negative is that it is addictive.
Most of the play is doubles. Each end of the court is only 10 feet wide, while the side of the court is about 15 feet long. Players are able to move around to get in position to any ball that lands on their side of the court. With the ball being a plastic wiffle ball, the speed and bounce makes for a fun sport to play. Anyone who has ever played a racket or paddle sport will love this game. If you view exercise as a very beneficial activity for your overall health, you should give this sport a try.
Cambria pickleball courts are located at 1350 Main Street immediately behind the parking lot. For more information, visit the Club website at: cambriapickleballclub.shutterfly.com.