Mount Pleasant Magazine Nov/Dec 2023

41 | | Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in America, with an average growth rate over the past three years of 158.6 percent, according to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association. The number of pickleball players in the U.S. now totals 36.5 million. Combining elements of tennis, ping pong and badminton, pickleball is a paddle sport with two or four players playing at one time. It is played both indoors and outdoors, on a court that measures 44 feet long and 20 feet wide. There are currently several locations in Mount Pleasant with pickleball courts, but the sport’s surging popularity has led to increased demand. The newly-opened Crush Yard, located in North Mount Pleasant off South Morgan Road, is a pickleball player’s dream come true. Crush Yard BY MAURICE J. FRAZIER Best of Both Courts Crush Yard: Where recreation and relaxation co-exist