While resorts like Indian Wells Tennis Garden have pickleball courts and facilities for other sports, you can increasingly find pickleball courts everywhere. Look wherever there is a tennis court or other similar facilities.
Pickleball courts can be set up anywhere you have a flat surface and portable nets are available. The average player will enjoy a pickleball game wherever a ball and paddle are seen.
Remember, Barney McCallum, Bill Bell and Joel Pritchard invented this game on a driveway on Bainbridge Island using a whiffle ball. And while Bainbridge Island is not a sport mecca (some see it as the center of the pickleball universe), they made this sport easy to learn the rules and for people of all ages, including seniors.
Many people who gave up tennis now find themselves in pickleball tournaments. They find themselves attracted to this game as a return to competition no matter their ages.
Some are even finding teams to play on! Barney McCallum and Bainbridge Island would be proud!
Tennis courts now increasingly have pickleball lines painted on them. When a player hits the ball on one of these lines it may skid a bit. Players in both sports of all skill levels easily adjust to this however.
The USAPA does regulate the court dimensions, lines on the court, and how the net crosses the court at particular heights. Pickleball courts, ideally, are professionally constructed to prevent cracks and uneven surfaces.
Courts have surfaces that should not be too slippery unless they get wet. The ball should bounce uniformly all over the court just like with tennis courts. Rules from the USAPA even dictate how wide the lines are on the court.
Whereas a tennis court requires a larger area, and a badminton sized court needs specific infrastructure to support the net, a pickleball court should be easier to construct and USAPA rules easier to follow.