By Mark Anders, Head Pickleball Pro at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort
Last spring, two gentlemen from Minnesota met on the pickleball courts at Palmetto Dunes Pickleball Center and quickly discovered that they played at the same local pickleball club and in the same men’s senior golf league back home. They are back this year. They have connected in Minnesota for dinner, furthering their friendship off the court.
This year, there was a similar occurrence. In one of the round robins in February, two ladies were put together to play as partners. Celebratory screaming and shouting ensued. Two sorority sisters reconnected coincidentally after 40 years. As the story unfolded, it seems that Mary Beth and Cindy were in the same pledge class in 1979 at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. After exchanging contact information, the team went on to beat their opponents handily.
Players describe Round robins at Palmetto Dunes as the best two hours of social fun on Hilton Head Island. We have 10 round robins each week. They take place every morning from 10 a.m.-noon, and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 3-4:30 p.m. Round robins are pro-supervised. Our goal is to have everyone playing at their skill level within the first 20 minutes. This way, matches are both competitive and social.
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Hope to see you on the courts soon!
For more information, visit www.PalmettoDunes.com/Activities. To reserve a spot in a clinic or round robin, call (866) 242-3169.