North Carolina

Pickleball at Montreat

Learn about a new racket sport — pickleball — as you learn from enthusiastic instructors and enjoy some friendly competition in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
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Program No. 23769RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Discover one of the fastest-growing sports in America as you try your hand at pickleball! Created in the 1960s, pickleball is played by over two million Americans. This racket sport combines elements of tennis and badminton, using a paddle and whiffle ball on a small court. With less running and longer rallies, this game offers opportunities for hours of fun in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Learn from IPTPA Certified Pickleball Professionals as you enjoy some light-hearted competition. Plus, get the chance to explore lovely Asheville during free time!
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Several hours of pickleball daily.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn the rules and techniques of pickleball from experts on the game
  • Enjoy rousing hours of play on the court.
  • Take in the peaceful surroundings of the Blue Ridge Mountains and explore the quaint city of Asheville.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a value-priced single room. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Russell Elefterion
Russell Elefterion is a 36-year-employee with the Hillsborough County Parks & Recreation Department-Tampaand has been involved with pickleball since 2009. His interest began while officiating matches at the Tampa Bay Senior Games, leading to him taking up the sport and developing Pickleball programs in the Tampa Bay and Sarasota areas. Coach Russell splits his time in Fla. and N.C. and offers his Suncoast Pickleball "boot camp" programs at Montreat each year. He is an accomplished player and a IPTPA Certified Pickleball Professional.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Tracy Bailey
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