Palatine Pickleball Club

The Palatine Pickleball Club was established in 2015.  Now six years later, 1,776 enthusiasts have chosen to be “Palatine Picklers.” The goal of the club is to promote pickleball throughout Palatine and nearby communities and to enhance our Members’ enjoyment of the sport any way we can. This includes informative and photo-filled, monthly newsletters, a variety of T-shirts bearing the club logo, events such as ladders, King/Queen of the Court tournaments, Family Fun Tournament for non-spousal relatives of Members, travel leagues, social events, annual table tennis tournament, charity fund-raising events, weekly mentoring sessions, and promotion of professional workshops in the area.

Though not an affiliate of the Palatine Park District, we do work with them to best reach our mutual goals. They provide all the indoor and outdoor courts on which we regularly play.  In June of 2019 we had our Grand Opening of the six Hamilton outdoor courts with lights until 10:00pm. These may be the most beautiful courts in the suburbs.  With two cages of three courts, we let players decide if they prefer the “competitive” side or the “rec” side. If they lose three, consecutive games on competitive courts, or win three on rec courts, it’s time to change sides for a while.  Paddles are racked to assure equitable play time and a varity of partners.  These new courts will allow us to host travel team events and reserve times for a variety of skill levels and age groups.

We are an extremely welcoming and nurturing club. Regardless of experience, age, or ability, you’ll love being a Palatine Pickler. While at least 80% of our members are at least 50, we have some as young as 10. By our 5th anniversary in February of 2020, we’d sold more than 500 “Palatine Picklers” shirts. A year later, due to the pandemic, we’re still a little shy of 600. Wearing these helps promote our sport and our club. Several of our members come from more than 20 miles away to play with us, passing other playing options along the way. One reason is we do strive to have competitive games on our courts, rather than the random mismatches often found elsewhere.

If you have yet to try the country’s fastest-growing sport, Palatine is a great place to get started. Let me know you’re coming, and I’ll make sure there’s an extra paddle for you. You can reach me by clicking the “Contact Us” tab or emailing me at Pickleball is the easiest paddle or racket sport to learn, but it’s usually described as the most complex and most addicting. Hope you join us, and thanks for visiting our website.

Founder & President
R Barry Shatwell (Bear)