ARC Pickleball

Have you tried pickleball yet??  ARC’s 8 New Pickleball Courts are open!

  • For our ARC Platinum and Gold members, pickleball is included in your membership.  For our Silver members, the cost is $10 to play pickleball.  Whether you have played before or not, we welcome and encourage you to come give it a try!  It is a great sport to play with the entire family.
  • For a LIMITED TIME ONLY, there will be no limit on how many times someone can play pickleball as a non-member.  We want to encourage non-members to come see our courts and find a pickleball community that they love and want to belong to.
  • 8 newly constructed, dedicated pickleball courts at ARC South
  • In order to access the pickleball courts at ARC, a platinum, gold or pickleball membership is required. During the first quarter of 2021, while our courts are still brand new, we do have opportunities for non-members to come try out our courts without committing to a membership right away.  Guest fees do apply.

Private Lessons

ARC’s Pickleball Director is available for private lessons. For any questions about private lessons, please contact Michael at mkinnear@ashevilleracquetclub.com

Ongoing Clinics

  • CLINIC – Drop Shot – 1 hour class – $7.50 members/$20 nonmembers – max 16 – focus on the drop shot purpose and strategic use, with demonstration and practice through all necessary shot components including: footwork, court position, body mechanics, stroke mechanics, and execution.


  • CLINIC – Pickleball 101– 1 hour class – FREE CLINIC for Members/$10 guest fee nonmembers (no additional cost) – max 16 – a beginner’s introduction to Pickleball!  Here you will be taught the basic rules and flow of a pickleball game as well as the fundamental skills you will need to get started.  Great for new and beginner players learning and developing their game.


  • CLINIC – Serve, Return & Transition – 1 hour class – $7.50 members/$20 nonmembers – max 16 – develop your serve and return in order to help you transition successfully to the No Volley Zone.  This clinic covers specific shot technique as well as strategy to set you up for success each point.


  • CLINIC – Dink & Reset – 1 hour class – $7.50 members/$20 nonmembers – max 16 – develop your dinking technique and strategy to play the soft game more consistently and put pressure on your opponents.  We will also practice Resetting the ball when it speeds up to control each point and force your opponents to play your game instead of theirs.


  • CLINIC – Spin – Topspin, Backspin, and Slice – 1 hour class – $7.50 members/$20 nonmembers – max 16 – adding spin to your shots offers a variety of benefits that help you keep the ball in play and add pressure to your opponents.  Learn the technique and strategy on when to use spin to your advantage and take your game to the next level.

Ongoing Clinics


To get the most out of a clinic, it is HIGHLY recommended you attend with a friend of a similar skill level as you will be spending most of your time working with a partner.  Clinics are designed to accommodate ALL playing levels and the instructor will make individual adjustments based on each player’s abilities.  In each class, we will only cover a small part of each subject matter and focus on making progress rather than perfection.  Therefore, each week, the same class will cover new aspects of that particular shot.

Indoor Pickleball Opportunties

  • Thursday night 4.5+ Pickleball Drop is offered at ARC DT from 4 – 8 pm.
  • Spaces are limited.  Only 8 players are permitted for each 2-hour block
  • Cost is $5 for ARC members and $15 for non-members
  • Contact Michael Kinnear at mkinnear@ashevilleracquetclub.com for more information about getting signed up
  • Indoor backup will be provided on Saturdays and Sundays when there is inclement weather prohibits the use of our outdoor courts for our Social Ladder Events.  The indoor back up will be at ARC DT.

Social Ladders

  • NEW!!  ARC Pickleball Director, Michael Kinnear, will be hosting an additional Social Ladder on Wednesdays from 2:00 – 4:30 pm
  • ARC Pickleball Director, Michael Kinnear, will be hosting a fun and friendly FREE Social Ladder on Saturdays from 12:30 – 3:00 pm
  • ARC member and pickleball enthusiast, Joel Alnes, will be hosting a fun and friendly FREE Social Ladder on most Sundays from 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm.
  • Players of all levels are welcome
  • Sign-up is required.  We are limited to 32 players maximum for ALL of our social ladders
  • Sign up for all social ladders will begin on Sundays at 7:00 pm for the following week’s events.
  • Please note: ARC members are permitted to sign up for both the Wednesday Social Ladder and one of the two weekend Social Ladders, but not both weekend Social Ladders unless it is within 24 hours of the start and there are openings.
  • Social Ladders are FREE for ARC members
  • Arrive at 12:30 to warm up and sign up so we can orient players to the best starting courts for play, which starts 1:00 pm.
  • Each court plays a game for up to 15 minutes to 11 (win by 2), or whoever has the most points (if they haven’t reached 11 after 15 minutes). Winners move up a court and split, losers move down a court and split.
  • This format allows for the opportunity to play with many different partners and everyone should be playing against players of similar skill levels.

Pickleball membership

ARC is offering a pickleball ONLY membership for $49/month for an individual and $64/month for a family.  You can also upgrade to our Gold membership for $10/month more for an individual and $19/month more for a family.  That would give you access to Pickleball, as well as our fitness facilities (including our group fitness classes) and pools at both ARC locations.

If you are interested in learning more about these membership opportunities, please reach out to our ARC Sales Team:

  • Roger Angel (ARC South): 828-707-7877
  • Mike Greene (ARC DT): 828-335-3137

Interested in learning more about our upcoming Pickleball programming or in taking lessons?

    • Pickleball is something of a mix between tennis, racquetball, and ping pong. Players use special paddles and a whiffle ball, and games can take place on tennis courts with specific pickleball lines or specific pickleball courts. Nets and court sizes are smaller than their tennis counterparts, and the most common game is doubles, although singles is also an option.
    • To learn more about pickleball please watch this video.
    • ARC pickleball games are played on our retrofitted hard tennis courts outdoors at the ARC South location.
    • Pickleball is a great family sport and is growing in popularity.
    • ARC will have Pickleball paddles that members will be able to check out at the front desk.
    • All pickleball events will be done outdoors on the hard courts at ARC South. In the event of rain, all pickleball events will be canceled.
    • We are no longer offering indoor opportunities at this time.
    • The Wednesday Social Ladder is now from 2-4 and limited to 2.0-3.5 players to be more beginner friendly.
    • The Saturday Social Ladder now runs from 11:30am to 2pm.
    • We are running Round Robins in two separate 8 team brackets most Saturdays from 2pm-5pm.  Brackets will be announced in the weekly emails and on the ARC Facebook page.  The cost per player is $15/members and $25/nonmembers.

For all other Pickleball questions, you can contact the Director of Tennis
Michael at mkinnear@ashevilleracquetclub.com