Pickleball was created with one thing in mind: fun. It was designed to be easy to learn and play whether you’re five, eighty-five or somewhere in between. According to a study by the Sports and Fitness Industry Association, Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in the country, so Linville Ridge built four pickleball courts and introduced the sport to the mountain for the 2016 season.
The Pickleball program at Linville Ridge is in good hands under the direction of our tennis and pickleball teaching professional, JoAnne Russell. Russell won the Wimbledon Doubles Championship with partner Helen Gourlay in 1977, upsetting the top seeded team of Martina Navratilova and Betty Stove. She also competed in the first-ever US Pickleball Championships held in Naples, Florida in April 2016 where she won a gold medal in the 4.5 Mixed Doubles Skill Group and a bronze medal in the 60+ Women’s Doubles Age Group.