Aiken Pickleball lost a great friend yesterday. Nelson Swartzentruber passed away yesterday after battling a rare form of leukemia. Following is a link to his obituary

Lisa Barrett-Johnson, a.k.a. LBJ, is our new certified teaching instructor at Gregg Park effective June 1st, 2023.  In a couple of weeks, Lisa will be offering  Drills with LBJ on Wednesday evenings from 6-7pm at Gregg Park.  Separate news article to follow with more details and info on how to sign up.  She will also be available for lessons at Odell Weeks on Tuesday and Saturday afternoons.  For more information, to see a photo and contact details select Read more

Please join us for Aiken Pickleball's Summer Smash at Gregg Park round robin tournament. This event will be held on Saturday, June 24th at Gregg Park Civic Center in Graniteville, SC.  Events still open are as follows.  Mixed Doubles Skill: (3.5 And Above) Age: (Any) - two slots remaining; .  -  Click here to sign up.  and for more information.  The format is Round Robin.

Click here to volunteer to help.

Welcome to our site!

Welcome to the website for Aiken Pickleball, Inc.  If you are new to the game and wondering how to get started, click here for answers to frequently asked questions.  Our intent is to promote the game of pickleball and to provide competitive and social pickleball activities. Our goal is to encourage sportsmanship and camaraderie through fun and exercise by playing the exciting and addictive sport of pickleball.  

On January 18th, 2023, Aiken Pickleball took the first step in becoming a non-profit organization at the request of the City of Aiken. This resulted in Aiken Pickleball, Inc (API) being awarded the contract to host the Palmetto Invitational Pickleball Doubles Tournament this August and  to continue to manage the City's indoor pickleball programs at Odell Weeks and Smith-Hazel Recreation Center. You should not notice any changes with Aiken Pickleball, Inc. 

 As we get more organized, we are going to try to raise funds by offering memberships to Aiken Pickleball, Inc to help offset some additional costs we are incurring such as general liability insurance, legal fees, CPA fees, and a city business license. The benefits of memberships will be discounts on lessons, clinics, and drills with Little Mo, tournament registration fees, sporting clothes, and new pickleball paddles. These discounts will more than offset the annual cost of an official API membership.

Everyone that plays pickleball indoors at Odell Weeks, Smith-Hazel and/or Gregg Park and/or outside at one of the numerous outdoor courts available in the Aiken area is by default a member of Aiken Pickleball.  Whether you decide to take an extra step and take advantage of discounts offered by being a paying member of Aiken Pickleball, Inc. is up to you. This also provides a way for those of you that cannot volunteer your time to contribute.  Either way you can still make weekly indoor court reservations. 

Nothing has changed.

The game is easy to learn and really fun to play. It can be played on a variety of levels from casual to very competitive.  Pickleball offers players of all ages a good physical workout and the opportunity to meet a diverse group of people who share the passion that surrounds this exciting sport.

We play at the Odell Weeks and Smith-Hazel Recreation Centers, the Gregg Park Civic Center, and many other venues throughout Aiken.  Odell Weeks and Gregg Park both have six indoor courts.  Smith-Hazel has three indoor courts.  Go to the "Calendar" tab on the main menu for our current playing schedule.  In addition, we have eight purpose-built pickleball courts located outside behind Odell Weeks.  These public lighted courts are available year round.

Odell Weeks is located at 1700 Whiskey Rd in Aiken.  The phone # is 803-642-7631.

Gregg Park is located at 1001 A Avenue Graniteville, SC (just 5 miles from downtown Aiken).  The phone # is 803 663-7552

Smith-Hazel is located at 400 Kershaw St NE in downtown Aiken.  The phone # is 803 642-7634

Come join us!


Aiken County players will be given a FREE SKILL RATING upon request.  Click here to sign up.


General guidelines 

In order to provide the best possible playing experience for everyone, Aiken Pickleball operates under a set of guidelines. Normally we have three types of play spread throughout the available times each day.  These include drop-in play with all levels mixing together, drop-in play with courts designated by skill level, and court reservation play.  When courts are designated by skill level, we have different schematics (weekday mornings, weekday evenings, and weekends) based on the court usage for different skill levels during those times.  These designations are periodically reviewed and adjusted.   

All players who participate in drop-in play by skill levels need to be rated by the committee.  Visitors may play for a brief period at the level the player representatives feel is appropriate.  Players who are visiting for a longer term and who have a rating at another location should check with the player representatives at that level to determine if that rating is acceptable for our local system.


Guidelines for reserving courts via Sign-up Genius are available at the "Sign-ups" tab