One of the greatest things about living in Ajijic is the fact that there are so many things to do here. No matter your passion, it can be found in the Lake Chapala area. And if not, you can start a club of your own!
In May 2016 we were fortunate enough to have the Raquet Club in San Juan Cosala introduce Pickleball to the area. The Raquet Club's pickleball division started out with 4 courts with lines painted over top of the existing tennis court lines. This was great at the beginning but they soon saw that the demand was going to grow so they painted permanent pickleball courts and expanded the facilities to 6 courts. Now 2 ½ years later, we regularly have 20 to 30 people come out during the winter months 10-20 during the summer.
With it's growing popularity, a second facility was added at the Monte Carlo Hotel in Chapala. This location is even better for many Ajijic residents and regularly attracts 20-40 most days of the week. Monte Carlo has the added advantage of being bus friendly as the bus drops you off right at the hotel. Great for snowbirds and visitors without cars.
Both facilities offer lessons and paddle/ball rental and are open to the public 7 days a week.
For a full list of events, drop-in times and contact information, Google map directions and so much more, check out the Pickleball in Ajijic Website
If you don't know what pickleball is, then do a YouTube search and watch some matches and have a look at the USA Pickleball Association site as well. The game is well suited for older people as the court is half the size of a tennis court so there is less running. It also works the mind as many are challenged at keeping the score.
Pickleball can be played by players of any age, even into your 90's!, It is a fun, fast, and exciting game to play and has attracted over 200,000 players from around the world.
See you soon on the courts!