With a much smaller court and a short, underhand swing, Pickleball advocates say everyone loves this easier-than-tennis alternative.
Unless you happen to live near a court.
The latest in a series of complaints around the country, the mayor of Mission Woods, Kansas, and his wife have filed a lawsuit against Mission Hills Country Club after hearing what they describe as the persistent pop of pickleball – a sport which have exploded in popularity in recent years – played near their homes, according to local news channel KCTV. Similar problems have been raised in communities in Philadelphia, Denver and Newport Beach, California.
As reported this week, the Kansas couple say the noise coming from the courts, of which they share a property line with what were once tennis courts, has “seriously disrupted”; their “fun and peaceful environment.”
A sport that is more of a social gathering than a competition, the couple also complains about “loud music, excessive alcohol drinking and a party / social atmosphere”, “extra cars for players and spectators with enough space for these cars, resulting in vehicles parked on grass near “their home, and the” repetitive sounds of pickleball, loud music and often vulgar and offensive language. “
According to their lawsuit, Pickleball “typically produces a sound in the range of 1,000 to 2,000 Hertz, which is close to the most sensitive frequency range for human hearing.”