On our first introduction to pickleball, we were hooked. The only complaint was that our local courts were too crowded, so we bought a portable pickleball set with the intention of playing in the office parking lot. As we set it up for the first time, we wondered out loud what it would be like to play pickleball on the grass or at the beach. As we sought to find out, the game now known as “Sandy Pickle” was born!
The two biggest issues we faced as we began our test were, 1) A pickleball doesn’t bounce on grass or sand, and 2) Without a bounce, kill shots were too easy on a 3 foot net. We began modifying the court size, net height and official pickleball rules, and before long we had created a version of pickleball that was fun to play on ANY surface.