Palo Alto Pickleball Club
Welcome to the Palo Alto Pickleball Club
Drop-in Play, Seven Days a Week!
Meet our more than 700 members of every age. We enjoy all levels of play, but the one thing we have in common is that we all love and want to share the joy of pickleball!
Pickleball and friendships. Our motto is “Arrive as a Stranger and Leave as a Friend”
We play on 15 outdoor public courts at Mitchell Park in Palo Alto. Download/view more info HERE.
15 courts sunrise to 3:00 p.m. 7 days a week.
8 courts 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. 7 days a week (6 with lights).
Download/view more info HERE.
It's great to have a place for fun exercise where we don't have to plan ahead. We can drop in for 30 minutes or 3 hours and always find a good game, great camaraderie, and a warm welcome.
Club members and visitors abide by certain court-sharing guidelines. Download/view more info HERE. Learn how to play and how to improve your game at USAPA. Read the USAPA Sportsmanship Guidelines HERE.
To become a PAPC member, please download the application form below and read the instructions for Palo Alto residents and non-residents. Application forms can also be found at the courts
Non-residents may be placed on a waiting list for reasons explained on the application.
Whether or not you are a PAPC member, everyone is welcome to play pickleball at the new Mitchell Park courts.
Benefits & Dues
MEMBER BENEFITS INCLUDE:
Challenging play for all ages and abilities
Round robins and tournaments
Challenge ladders for all levels
Potluck pickleball parties
Magnetic name tags
5% discount at Pickleball Central
discount code: CRPAPC
Membership questions HERE.
Beginner Sessions, Meetups & Lessons
New to Pickleball?
A Club volunteer will be hosting a Getting Started session for Palo Alto residents three or four times a month at the courts near the Magical Bridge Playground (see dates and times below). No reservation necessary, no prior experience necessary, no equipment necessary, no club-membership necessary. Please come on time because we have a lot to cover. Look for the person in the orange vest near the storage locker.
We regret that we do not have the court capacity to offer these sessions to non-residents, and encourage those who live in other communities to call their recreation departments for information about classes and courts nearby.
Upcoming Getting Started sessions will be announced a few days in advance based on weather forecast and availability of volunteers. Please check back regularly.
Next Getting Started sessions:
Thursday May 5, 7:30-9:00am (early morning)
Thursday May 5, 1:00-2:30pm
Novices Unite sessions:
The Club's Welcome Squad hosts several sessions each week to help novice players find each other. We gather at courts #9 and #11; look for the host in the brightly colored vest. Occasionally personal conflicts arise and the Welcome Squad volunteer may miss a session.
These are non-structured pickleball playing sessions and your Welcome Squad host may not even be as skilled as other players who attend! But the squad will make sure that players find each other and have a good time. If you are new to the game of pickleball, or slightly familiar with the game but new to our courts, please attend a Getting Started session first. At the Getting Started session you will learn everything you need to know to join the thriving community of novice players at Mitchell Park!
Twentysomething Pickleball Meetups
To Be Announced
It’s no secret that the olds love pickleball, but what if you want to hit with someone a little closer to your age? Come to our Twentysomething Pickleball Meetups at Mitchell Park on the courts near the Magical Bridge Playground. A club volunteer will be on hand to get you started and answer questions. Loaner paddles are available. Bring a friend!
Classes & Lessons
For those looking for formal lessons, click HERE.
GOLDEN STATE PICKLEBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
BAY AREA SENIOR GAMES
Round Robin & Potluck (see 2018 photos)
4TH OF JULY
Firecracker Tournament & Potluck
Round Robin & Potluck
If you're interested in organizing group play at Mitchell Park, or you just want to see who's playing, sign up online at playtimescheduler.com. If you sign up for the San Francisco Bay Area, you will be able to view a weekly calendar of pickleball sessions color-coded by county. You can also opt-in to be notified by email whenever someone organizes a session at Mitchell Park.
The Club's ball machine check-out is on pause until further notice.
"Oh, what a pickleball!" Punch Magazine, July, 2021
"Pickleball's Popularity" Palo Alto Weekly, August 2, 2019
"Pickleball Picking Up Steam on New Courts at Rengstorff Park" Los Altos Town Crier, June 19, 2019
Daily Post, April 27, 2019
"Palo Alto Pickleballers Volley for a Win in Battle Over Courts…" Peninsula/Press March 19, 2019
Viking Sports Mag Online, December 3, 2018
Palo Alto Online, April 8, 2018
"New Pickleball Courts Planned for Mitchell Park" Palo Alto Online, January 5, 2018
"Pickleball goddess on a mission to get more courts" – The Mercury News, July 6, 2017
Channel 7 ABC News host Amanda del Castillo came to Mitchell park to do a news segment about our club.
(April 29, 2019) View news segment HERE.
"Behind the Headlines - The Rise of Pickleball". Palo Alto Weekly podcast interview with Monica on pickleball's popularity (August 2, 2019).
Video from Stanford School of Journalism