Play Pickleball! What is it and where can you play? Answers here!

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Looking for a place to play pickleball in Greenville, Spartanburg, and the rest of the Upstate? Or maybe you’re just interested in learning about this widely loved sport. Regardless, we’ve got basic information for you on how to play the game as well as a list of places where you can play the game. And luckily, there are plenty of places to play pickleball in the Upstate.

This article includes:
What is Pickleball?
Where can I play pickleball in Greenville, SC?
Pickleball Courts in Spartanburg, SC
Play Pickleball in Anderson and Pickens

What is Pickleball?

If you’ve ever wondered what the heck pickleball is, you’re not alone. The name alone tends to conjure up giggles. But it’s one of the fastest growing sports in America, and it’s not hard to see why. Once you learn how to play (it’s easy!), it’s hard to stop.

The sport has been around for a while. Three dads in Washington invented the game in 1965  when their kids were complaining about boredom during the summer (we’ve all been there… I can just imagine these dads sitting around and coming up with ideas for a creative and fun game for their kids so they’d stop constantly repeating “I’m bored”). I wonder if those three dads knew their game would become so popular? But regardless, their main goal in creating this game was to provide something fun for their whole family to do together.

Pickleball paddles and balls

Pickleball is a combination of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. The rules are simple, and it’s an easy game for beginners to learn. It can become quite competitive and fast-paced for more experienced players.

You can play pickleball indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court (20×44 feet) with a slightly modified tennis net that’s 34 inches high in the center. The court itself is striped similar to a tennis court. Players use a smooth paddle and a plastic ball with holes (the balls look almost exactly like wiffle balls, but pickleballs are slightly larger). You can play the game as doubles or singles, and truly any any age group can play.

For official rules and to learn more about playing pickleball, visit the USA Pickleball website.

Note: We advise contacting each facility to confirm current pricing and scheduling.

Where to Play Pickleball near Greenville, SC

Greenville County has officially opened 12 new pickleball-only courts at Southside Parkin Greenville. But there are lots of places in the Upstate where you can play the game, including tennis courts with extra lines painted for pickleball.

Pickleball Courts
Pickleball Courts at Southside Park, Photo Credit: Greenville County Rec

Butler Springs Park
301 Butler Springs Road, Greenville

  • Number of pickleball courts: 2 of the 4 tennis courts are lined for pickleball
  • Schedule: First come, first served
  • Fee: Free

Caine Halter Family YMCA
721 Cleveland Street, Greenville

  • Number of pickleball courts: 2 indoor
  • Schedule: Contact the facility
  • Fee: Must be YMCA member

Eastside Family YMCA
1250 Taylors Road, Taylors

  • Number of pickleball courts: 2 indoor
  • Schedule: Contact the facility
  • Fee: Must be YMCA member

Gower Park
24 Evelyn Avenue, Greenville

  • Number of pickleball courts: 5 outdoor
  • Schedule: Contact the facility

McPherson Park
120 E Park Avenue, Greenville

  • Number of pickleball courts: 2 outdoor
  • Schedule: Contact the facility
  • Fee: Free

Mt Pleasant Community Center
710 S Fairfield Road, Greenville

  • Number of pickleball courts: 3 indoors
  • Schedule: Contact the facility

Pavilion Recreation Complex
400 Scottswood Road, Taylors

  • Number of pickleball courts: 3 indoors
  • Schedule: Call in advance to reserve a court
  • Fee: $7 per court per hour

Phillis Wheatley Community Center
40 John McCarroll Way, Greenville

  • Number of pickleball courts: 3 indoor
  • Schedule: Contact the facility

Ray Hopkins Senior Center
203 Corn Road, Greenville

  • *55+ age group only, no exceptions
  • Number of pickleball courts: 3 indoors
  • Schedule: Contact the facility

Simpsonville Activity & Senior Center
310 W Curtis Street, Simpsonville

  • *50+ age group only, no exceptions
  • Number of pickleball courts: 4 indoor
  • Schedule: Contact the facility
  • Fee: Free

Sterling Community Center
113 Minus Street, Greenville

  • Number of pickleball courts: 3 indoor
  • Schedule: Contact the facility

Southside Park
417 Baldwin Road, Greenville

  • Number of pickleball courts: 12 outdoor
  • Schedule: Contact the facility
  • Open to public

Taylors Recreation Center
200 W Main Street, Taylors

  • Call 864.292.4060 for more information

Timmons Park
121 Oxford Street, Greenville

  • Number of pickleball courts: 8
  • Schedule: Contact the facility
  • Fee: Free

Tryon Park
226 Oakland Avenue, Greer

  • Number of pickleball courts: 10 outdoors
  • Schedule: Contact the facility

Victor Field & Gym
108 S Line Street, Greer

  • Number of pickleball courts: 3 indoor
  • Schedule: Contact the facility

Where to Play Pickleball in Spartanburg

CC Woodson Community Center
210 Bomar Avenue, Spartanburg

  • *50+ years old 
  • Number of pickleball courts: 2 indoor
  • Schedule: Wednesday at 5:30 pm
  • Fee: Free

Duncan Park
168 W. Park Drive, Spartanburg

  • Number of pickleball courts: 2 outdoors
  • Schedule: Daytime
  • Fee: Free

Middle Tyger YMCA Family Center
720 Shoals Road, Duncan

  • Fee: Must be YMCA member

Spartanburg Athletic Club
2420 Andrews Road, Spartanburg

  • Number of pickleball courts: 4
  • Schedule: Contact the facility
  • Fee: $10 visitor fee (private club)

Thomas Hannah YMCA
151 Ribault Street, Spartanburg

  • Number of pickleball courts: 2 indoor, 2 outdoor (painted lines on tennis courts)
  • Schedule: Contact the facility
  • Fee: Must be YMCA member

Va-Du-Mar McMillan Park
591 McMillin Boulevard, Boiling Springs

  • Number of pickleball courts: 8
  • Schedule: Contact the facility

Where to Play Pickleball in Anderson, Clemson, Easley, Piedmont, and Seneca

Anderson Sports Center
3027 Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard, Anderson

  • Number of pickleball courts: 8
  • Schedule: Contact the facility
  • Fee: Free

Central-Clemson Recreation Center
130 Commons Way #4107, Central

  • Number of pickleball courts: 6 indoors
  • Schedule: Contact the facility
  • Fee: $5 fee to join, $2 to play

Hurricane Springs Park
395 Roper Road, Piedmont

  • Number of pickleball courts: 8 outdoor
  • Schedule: Contact the facility

Nettles Park
102 Nettles Park Road, Clemson

Pope Field Park
310 Pope Field Road, Easley

  • Number of pickleball courts: 8 outdoor
  • Schedule: First come, first served

Rock Springs Impact Center
201 Rock Springs Road #1430, Easley

  • Number of pickleball courts: 2 indoor
  • Fee: Annual membership is required ($8 per year), $2 per person to play
  • Schedule: Closed on Sundays, Call to reserve a court

Spindle Tree Racquet Club
11087 Watson Drive, Seneca

  • *Private Tennis Club
  • Number of pickleball courts: 4 outdoor
  • Schedule: Public play on Sundays at 2:00 pm
  • Fees: $5 guest fee

South Cove Park
103 S Cove Road, Seneca

  • Number of pickleball courts: 8 outdoor
  • Fee: $3 parking fee
  • Schedule: Weather permitting

Where’s your favorite place to play pickleball in the Upstate?

Shannon Pruitt
About the Author
Shannon moved to the Upstate after college, and other than a brief few years in Florida, has stayed. A former teacher, she is now the mom of one beautiful girl and works from home as a writer, web designer, and brand strategist. She believes tacos don't have to be reserved for Tuesdays, shamelessly listens to crime podcasts, and fuels herself on a daily cup of coffee (or two). You can find her on Instagram @shannonroyalpruitt

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