The Reserve Club at Woodside Plantation officially opened the only dedicated Pickleball Courts in Aiken on December 18. A group of about 75 people gathered to see the completed courts and watch a demonstration of the fastest growing game in the country.

Lorretta and Mike Beckner, who are credited with bringing the sport to Aiken gathered the crowd for a brief lesson. Warren Marinaccio, an experienced player, explained that Pickleball is simple to learn but can be challenging to master. It can be played soft or it can be played aggressively, depending on the skill level of the players. It is a sport that is enjoyed by all ages, but is very popular with people that have previously played tennis and are perhaps ready for a sport that is a little easier on the joints! The crowd enjoyed a rousing demonstration match with Lorretta Beckner and Warren Marinaccio playing against Grace Vance and Mike Beckner. Mo Garcia acted as the official, making line calls and calling out the score so that the audience would understand how the game is scored. Although it was a friendly demonstration, the crowd witnessed some very skilled moves and competitive play that kept one and all enthralled.

Members and their guests were then invited to try the game on one of the three beautiful new courts. It was fun to watch as new players tried to get the feel of the game that is described as a combination of tennis, badminton and ping pong.

On Thursdays, there will be a clinic for players new to the game from 12:00-1:00, with open play to follow. The Club features several accomplished players that will be on hand to assist new players in learning the game.

This is a GREAT game to play! Join your friends in this new activity offered by The Reserve Club.