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Pickleball Center

The 5-court Pickleball Center is located adjacent to the pool and Wellness Center, at 111 Lakeledge Road, Beech Mountain, NC 28604. The Center is staffed by Pickleball Coordinators, Bob and Elizabeth Higginbottom.

Bob and Elizabeth Higginbottom began playing pickleball in 2007. Each has attained a USAPA legacy tournament rating of 4.5 through medals won at various tournaments throughout the country. Bob is a level 1 and level 2 IPTPA certified teaching professional as well as a Certified Ratings Specialist. Bob and Elizabeth began running the BMC Pickleball Center the year it opened in 2015. Under their guidance, the BMC Pickleball Center has developed a full calendar of daily and weekly pickleball activities as well as hosting several major special events throughout the season.

Bob and Elizabeth Higginbottom

Telephone: (828) 387-4208, Ext. 263

Monday - Saturday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday, 10:00am - 4:00pm

Click here for the 2019 Pickleball Schedule flyer.

Click here for Pickleball Policies and Guidelines.


Pickleball is a paddle sport invented in 1965 by two Seattle-area friends. It is now widely considered one of the fastest growing sports in the country.

Pickleball is a fun sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong.  It is played on a court approximately 1/3 the size of a tennis court, and uses a paddle that is hard like a ping-pong paddle (but larger) and a plastic whiffle ball.  The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced competitive game for more experienced players.   People of all ages can enjoy the game.

The BMC Pickleball program includes league and tournament play, as well as special sessions throughout the week. Courts are free of charge for Club members (guests must have appropriate guest cards), and are open play outside of regular scheduled events. Private lessons are also available—call the Pro Shop to schedule. Paddles are available for rent and for sale through the Pickleball Pro Shop.



Private Lessons
1 Person (per hour rate) $ 40.00
2 People (per hour rate) $ 50.00
3 People (per hour rate) $ 60.00
4 People (1 1/2 hours) $ 80.00
Paddle Rentals
1 Hour $ 5.00 per person
Paddles also available for sale in the Pro Shop