Best Pickleball Communities in Arizona
It’s one of the fastest-growing sports in America, and if you’re not familiar, rest assured that it has nothing to do with a brined cucumber. Instead, it’s a paddle sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong—and baby boomers are loving it for exercise and socialization.
Arizona is home to many award-winning active adult communities, most of which feature world-class recreational activities, with pickleball a common denominator throughout.
Here, we’ll explore some of the best pickleball communities in Arizona...
If you’re looking for the best pickleball community in Arizona, might as well start where you’ll have eight pickleball courts to get your game on. This all-ages, active lifestyle community also gives you access to an array of other resort amenities—highlighted by an award-winning desert golf course designed by PGA Tour legend Tom Lehman and a 60,000-square-foot Mediterranean-style clubhouse and recreation center. Other features include private tennis, fitness and spa facilities, plus three swimming pools, four restaurants, a large outdoor amphitheater and a full suite of resort services.
Perched 1,900 feet above the desert floor with panoramic views of the valley, this 55+ community offers amenities that include a full-service spa, swim and fitness center, and the Vic Bar + Kitchen. Residents seeking a resort-style Arizona pickleball community stay active with tennis and pickleball courts, along with 78 community parks and more than 21 miles of trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. It’s all capped off by Tom Lehman-designed golf courses set against the dramatic backdrop of the White Tank Mountains and challenge players of all skill-levels.
Friends and neighbors of this scenic desert community gather often for year-round social activities where the sports complex with tennis, pickleball, and bocce provide ample opportunity for keeping an active lifestyle. The community clubhouse also provides a casual atmosphere for dining, as well as a fitness center, full-service spa, swimming pool, stargazing and yoga park, dog park, and walking and biking trails. Golfers of all skill levels enjoy 18 holes of golf on the Big Wick Golf Course and more casual games of golf on the 9-hole par 3 Li’l Wick course.
Designed for active adults, this new home community offers low-maintenance homes, recreational amenities, and a year-round calendar of events… where tennis and pickleball top the list of popular activities. In addition, there are multiple community centers with something for all interests—anchored by outdoor recreational facilities with swimming pools, catch and release fishing lakes, walking & biking trails, bocce ball, shuffleboard, and more. The community fitness center features strength training and cardio equipment, and residents also enjoy access to a library, card and game rooms, bingo, performing arts, and dances.
Located east of North Scottsdale, this top Arizona pickleball community is bordered by Tonto National Forest and the Verde River. With a championship golf course and clubs and classes that appeal to a variety of interests, residents can unwind after a day of pickleball in the signature restaurant with full bar. The Alvea Spa provides rest and relaxation and is complemented by other first-class amenities including resort pool with bar, lap and fitness pool, well-equipped fitness center, culinary studio, sports and outfitter shop, and event center.
Aside from being one of the best pickleball communities in Arizona, Trilogy® at Vistancia® was awarded Arizona’s #1 Active Adult Community by Ranking Arizona. Leading the list of club amenities is a championship desert golf course and access to two spacious clubhouses, a demonstration kitchen, tennis and fitness facilities, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, an artisan studio, and a full-service spa.
Here’s a new Arizona golf and pickleball community taking shape in the high Sonoran Desert, aka the “Dude Ranch Capital of the World.” Replete with a scenic golf course and a resort club that boasts a spacious full-service clubhouse and an active program of outdoor activities and social events throughout the year.
Leading experts in food, health, fitness, and education were consulted in designing this Arizona pickleball community’s amenities. The result is a balanced, active lifestyle underscored by a restaurant that uses fresh local ingredients from the Chef’s Garden, cooking classes at the teaching kitchen, a cliffside vineyard with tastings and lectures, fitness center with racquet sports pavilion and resort swimming pools, a spa, and system of trails.