How much does it cost to build a pickleball court?

When getting into sports like pickleball it’s easy to get positive addiction, you might want to build a court in your house (if it’s big enough) or backyard. So the first question that pops in mind is “how much does it cost to build a pickleball court?”. Now that’s a difficult one, it’s like asking for the price of clothes whereas clothes have different brands and styles. Similarly, a court has various factors that will determine how much it will cost.  

Here’s how you can get started estimating the price of constructing a pickleball court. Firstly let us see the size and structure of the pickleball court to know what we are building. 

Dimensions of pickleball court: 

Frankly speaking, you would need an area of 30 inches in width and 60 inches in length. The actual court size is equal to the size of a badminton court that is smaller than the size of a tennis court. Talking numbers, pickleball courts are 20 inches in width and 44 inches in length. There is a net in the middle which should be lowered to 36 inches in height from the corners and 34 inches in middle. 

Looking at the dimensions it’s probably easy to construct or build as compared to a big tennis court. People who already have a tennis court can build 4 pickleball courts in it, that is a money-saving strategy. Not everyone has a tennis court so you need space of 30”x60” outdoors or indoors, to build a pickleball court. 

Estimated cost to build pickleball court: 

A single pickleball court will cost around 25k USD Dollars or above. Your minimum budget should be around 25k dollars. This is not always the case as there are cheap pickleball courts or tennis-converted pickleball courts. The highest rate goes to 305,000 dollars which includes the lighting, fencing, and other facilities in the 8-court community complex. 

Want to know how we estimated the budget? Well, you can do it too regarding your currency and nationality alongside with prices of construction items in your area. Let us break it down for you: 

Pickleball net cost along with tape: 300 dollars

Cost of resurfacing the pickleball court: 4000 to 5000 dollars 

The combined cost of fencing and lights: 22k dollars to 35k dollars 

Cost of 8-court community complex: 155k dollars (lighting not included) 

The cost is estimated and is varying on different factors. You can make it inexpensive and make a budget-friendly pickleball court. Or you can make a high-end pickleball court if your budget is high.

Getting started: 

After knowing the budget, you can get a contractor who is well-versed in sports so that you can have the help of a professional. Also getting the contractor will help in finding the perfect court area for a pickleball court. Furthermore, you can get ideas from various sites like The American Sports Builders Association, which will help you know the manual of the construction and various other court things. 

Having a professional instructor may be expensive but it helps in the longevity of the pickleball court. Keep in mind that the best contractor will provide maximum high-quality work at a reasonable and budget-friendly price. Moreover, the cost invested in instructors and contractors will ensure that your money on various construction items does not go to waste. 

Variables affecting the cost of pickleball court: 

Site work:

Size and numbers of courts: 

You already know the area required for a pickleball court is 30”x60”, however, if you need to build two courts then the size will be doubled too. Along with that, the price will also increase. 

Preparing of the land:

The land for the pickleball court should be prepared under a professional contractor. The slope and rain drain hole al should be under guidance. The work done in the sub-base of the land will affect the cost. Plus, the type and surface of the land also determine how much the court will cost. 

Painting: 

By painting, we do not mean the walls but the floor of the court. Like other sports courts, pickleball also has various lines like kitchen zone, baselines, and sidelines. To draw them you need tapes or paint so their quality and labor work will also affect the cost. Adding logos, painting different colors, and other creative ideas will definitely increase the budget so keep that in mind. 

Surfacing and Materials: 

The material of the pickleball surface is the same as that of badminton and tennis courts. The procedure of surfacing takes up half of the total court’s price so you have to make sure it’s well monitored. You can use concrete, asphalt, plastic tiles, or other material. Furthermore, you need to add a cushion slayer as well if it’s an outdoor court so that also adds to the cost of the pickleball court. Let us give you a summary of each material and its costs:

Concrete: Most budget-friendly and durable out of all the materials is concrete. Having a basic 4”x6” concrete slab will make your court look great at a reasonable price. 

Asphalt: Asphalt requires extra maintenance so it is not as commonly used as concrete. But it is affordable. 

Plastic tiles: These are the most expensive surface materials and give a great fancy plus safe look to the pickleball court. 

Court accessories: 

Lighting cost: 

If your court already has lighting done then you will not need to install lights. However, if you get an indoor court then you most likely need to set up adequate lighting. Plus the cost will also go to the electrician that is installing the electric items. So it will cost both lighting and labor. 

Pickleball net: 

Getting a permanent or portable pickleball net is up to you. Estimated, the best pickleball nets whether portable or permanent cost almost 250 dollars. The number of courts will also add to the number of nets so it will take a lot on budget. 

Final words

Overall, it’s all up to your ideals of how you want to build a pickleball court. Having information on what’s expensive and what’s not will help in the overall construction. Lastly, we trust you found this article helpful in various aspects regarding building a pickleball court and the cost that goes with it. 

FAQs 

  1. Is it a wise idea to build a pickleball court?

If your pickleball court is situated in a bustling area with people that know the sport, then it is worth it. 

  1. What is the cheapest way to build a pickleball court?

Using concrete as a surface will help make your pickleball court cheap and cost-effective. 

  1. Can I convert the tennis court into a pickleball court?

Yes, a single tennis court can be converted into four pickleball courts. 

 

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