Maui Pickleball: Find a Court and Play Today
While pickleball was first played in Bainbridge Island, Washington as an improvised backyard game based on badminton in 1965, its popularity grew slowly over most of its history. However, pickleball has exploded in popularity around the country and on Maui over the last several years.
The Sports and Fitness Industry Association named pickleball the fastest-growing sport in 2021, 2022 and 2023. Currently, there are approximately 9 million people in the United States playing pickleball, and this number is expected to continue climbing as more people discover this fun, fast-paced sport.
What Is Pickleball?
While millions of people now play pickleball, many others are still unfamiliar with it and many are new to it on Maui. Pickleball can be played indoors or outdoors and is often viewed as a cross between table tennis and tennis. It is played on a 44-foot by 20-foot court with a 34-inch-tall net running across it. The gameplay paddles are somewhat larger than table tennis paddles.
The pickleball ball is a plastic sphere that is larger than the table tennis ball and that has less bounce compared to a tennis ball. Only underhanded serves are permitted. After being served, the ball must land in a 7-foot volley zone on the opposite side of the net before the opposing player or team can hit it. Pickleball uses side-out scoring like tennis and table tennis, which means that only the serving side can earn a point.
As is true in other areas across the United States, there is a growing interest in playing pickleball on Maui. Whether you are considering playing for the first time or you are an avid player already, there are several places where you can find dedicated courts for pickleball on Maui.
The Best Places To Play Pickleball Around Maui
Wailea Tennis Club
Wailea Tennis Club is an elite outdoor facility with 10 dedicated pickleball courts as well as several tennis courts right next to the Grand Champions condo community. It is conveniently designed to provide great ocean views with minimal wind impact. This center is popular with both Wailea visitors and Maui residents, and it is suitable for all levels.
In fact, the Wailea Tennis Club has a team of certified pickleball pros who offer daily clinics and private lessons. While play is available for all skill levels there are also several membership plans available, including weekly and monthly plans. Reservations can be made by contacting the pro shop. The pro shop also offers ball hopper and racket rentals.
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Kapalua Tennis Garden
Kapalua Tennis Garden is located at the Kapalua Golf Resort and features four courts dedicated to pickleball near the Kapalua Coastal Trail as well as the Montage Residences. These outdoor courts are offered in combination with tennis courts on well-manicured grounds with tropical vegetation and exceptional views. The courts are open daily to players of all skill levels.
Drop-in play is reserved twice a week. There are also weekly and seasonal programs available for players to take advantage of. Clinics are available Monday through Saturday, and private lessons are also offered. The courts can be reserved in 2-hour increments, and complimentary balls are provided. Rackets are available at the pro shop for a fee.
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Maui Country Club
Maui Country Club is home to an exclusive facility for members that features two pickleball courts and a few additional tennis courts in the small Paia enclave known as Sprecklesville. The courts are open daily to members of the club only.
In addition to offering court rentals, Maui Country Club offers private lessons and group clinics for adults and children. There is also a pro shop with apparel, complimentary ball machines, and other gear. For the golfers out there, this private course has a historic 9-hole layout with some of the best greens on Maui. You never know who you might run into at Maui Country Club, many well-known celebrities call this club home when they are on Maui.
Napili Park Pickleball Dedicated Courts
In Napili, off the Honoapiilani Highway, the courts at Napili Park are available to the public at no cost. There are four outdoor dedicated courts available, and reservations are not accepted. Napili Park sits on 8.4 acres and also includes picnic tables, free parking, public restrooms, a playground, ball fields, and a disc golf course.
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Kula Tennis Courts
The Kula tennis courts are located at the Kula Community Center on East Lower Kula Road. This is a 7-acre public space that has four outdoor and lighted tennis courts, which are suitable for casual pickleball games. The courts are available at no cost on a walk-up basis. At the Kula Community Center, you will also find arts and crafts, bingo, dance classes, picnic tables, and restrooms.
Waipuilani Park in Kihei
Waipuilani Park in Kihei sits on 20 beachfront acres in Kihei, and it offers many outdoor recreational opportunities. There are five dedicated pickleball courts that can be used without a reservation and at no cost. They are conveniently located for those at Maui Sunset, Luana Kai, Menehune Shores, and Koa Lagoon.
Eddie Tam Gym in Makawao
At Eddie Tam Gym in Makawao, you can join a pickleball team league through Pickleball Maui. This is a casual league that plays on Wednesdays in an indoor facility. The gym is located at the Eddie Tam Memorial Center, which offers both indoor and outdoor amenities. These include a playground, restrooms, a horse arena, a multi-purpose field, picnic tables, tennis courts, ball fields, a basketball court, and others.
War Memorial Sports Complex in Wailuku
The War Memorial Sports Complex in Wailuku is located adjacent to the War Memorial Stadium, and it is the largest public complex operated by the County of Maui. This is a 51-acre facility that includes a large stadium with fan seating for 2,892 people.
The four indoor tennis courts in the gym feature adjacent practice courts and the space can be expanded with retractable bleachers. While these are not dedicated pickleball courts, they can be used to play casual pickleball games.
Coming Soon: Aloha Pickleball in Kihei
Soon, Hawaii pickleball enthusiasts on Maui will have their first state-of-the-art facility to enjoy. Aloha Pickleball is currently being developed at an undisclosed site in Kihei, and this facility will include 12 outdoor pickleball courts with shaded spaces for players’ breaks and spectators to beat the sun.
This world-class facility will sit on a square plot of land with ample parking on two sides. There will also be indoor facilities with additional pickleball courts, restrooms, and other amenities.
Grab a Paddle and Play Pickleball Today!
Whether you are just getting started with pickleball here on Maui and need a few lessons or you are interested in drop-in play, reserving a court for a game with friends, or joining a league, the opportunities available to play pickleball on Maui are robust and growing. Try out some of these courts and play Maui pickleball soon.
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