Vail’s Golden Peak pickleball grand opening is June 2-4 |

Vail’s Golden Peak pickleball grand opening is June 2-4

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Pickleball is a paddle sport rapidly gaining popularity that combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping pong.
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VAIL — Join the town of Vail and Vail Recreation District to celebrate the grand opening of the new Golden Peak Pickleball Center. From Friday to Sunday, players and spectators can immerse themselves in the game of pickleball with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, an exhibition game and pickleball clinics for all abilities. The pickleball center is located at 461 Vail Valley Drive. Parking is available at the Vail Village parking structure with quick access to the center via the free town bus.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Saturday will officially open the Golden Peak Pickleball Center. The facility was built last fall by the town of Vail where tennis courts were once located. Vail Mayor Dave Chapin will officially dedicate the new facility, with representatives from the Vail Recreation District on hand to talk about summer programming at the center.

what is pickleball

Pickleball, a paddle sport that is rapidly gaining popularity, combines elements of tennis, badminton and pingpong. With the creation of six courts at Golden Peak, this sport now has a scenic home at the base of Vail Mountain for pickleball enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels.

Continuing the festivities Saturday, a pickleball exhibition will take place at 11 a.m. featuring Laura Fenton Kovanda and Scott Moore, two nationally recognized pros who will showcase pickleball play at its highest level.

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Kovanda is a 2016 U.S. Open two-time Gold Medalist and Women’s Pro Doubles Finalist, 2017 Grand Canyon State Games Silver Medalist and 2016 Tournament of Champions Bronze Medalist. She also a world champion racketball player.

Moore also has many titles under his belt. He is a three-time U.S. Open champion, 12-time National Pickleball champion and six-time Tournament of Champions title holder. He was named 2015 Co-Pickleball Player of the year along with his son and pickleball doubles partner, Daniel.

Friday though Sunday, Kovanda and Moore will host a series of clinics designed for all levels of play. Two participants will win pickleball paddles courtesy of Paddletek. The clinic schedule is:

• Friday

11 a.m. to noon: Rating clinic.

1 to 3 p.m.: Beginner/intermediate clinic.

4:30 to 6:30 p.m.: Intermediate/advanced clinic.

• Saturday

12:30 to 2:30 p.m.: 4.0+ clinic.

4:30 to 6:30 p.m.: Intermediate/advanced clinic.

• Sunday

Noon to 2 p.m.: Beginner/intermediate clinic.

3 to 5 p.m.: Intermediate/advanced clinic.

The Golden Peak Pickleball Center is owned by the town of Vail and programmed by the Vail Recreation District. Beginning today, a regular summer outdoor schedule will include daily drop-in times, clinics for adults and kids, tournaments and more. For more information, go to or contact Jerry Stevens at 970-471-3757, or

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