Places to Play
There are three locations where the public can play pickleball in Port Townsend WA . Play times vary by location and are listed below. The Port Townsend Pickleball Club strongly encourages play that embodies the original ethos of pickleball that includes respect for fellow players, fair play, and sportsman-like conduct. In this regard, we follow guidelines set forth by USA Pickleball, the national governing body for pickleball in the US. Please take the time to read their (and our) guidance and have fun!
Two courts. No reservations needed, open to the public. Please read the rules and regulations before entering the gate. For more information about the Courthouse Park Courts, click here.
Three courts. See the schedule, below, for types of play and the Club's dedicated hours.
PT High School
Four courts with portable nets that are available Monday thru Saturday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Port Townsend High School.
Intermediate Mixed Doubles Tournament (September 23, 2023)
The club will be sponsoring an Intermediate Tournament on Saturday, September 23rd, at Mountain View courts. The tournament is open to all club members with a rating between 3.0 and 3.5. If you are interested in playing please sign up by sending an email to PTPC, attention Jeannie Ramsey, with the player names and phone numbers. The deadline to sign up is September 17th.
Monarchs of the Holey Sphere Competition (Tuesdays 9:00a-11:00a and 11:00a-1:00p at PTHS)
Monarchs of the Holey Sphere (MOTHS) is organized in two different sessions. MOTHS is a King of the Hill format competition for PTPC players rated 3.5+ with winners moving up court and splitting and losers moving down a court and splitting after each game. Winners on court 1 at end are the competition's winner. All interested individuals should email the club with attention to Jeannie and she will respond with a confirmation.
Weekly Round Robin Play (Monday, Wednesday, & Fridays from 9:00a-11:00a at PTHS)
The Club is organizing intermediate (3.0-3.5) round robin play three times a week from 9:00a-11:00a at the Port Townsend High School. Sign up on Playtime Scheduler up to 5 days in advance. Sessions fill quickly, so don't delay!
Social Saturdays (Saturdays from 9:00a-1:00p at the High School)
Open play for players of all skill levels are welcomed to drop in. Most players arrive between 9:00a-10:00a.
Beginner Lessons (1st Saturday of each month)
Beginner lessons are provided by PTPC on the 1st Saturday of every month at 9:00AM (May - Sept) at Mountain View. You do not need to be a member to participate. Please sign up using Playtime Scheduler.
Summer Drill Sessions (Starting June 6 from 1:00pm - 3:00pm at Mountain View Courts)
Drill sessions for PTPC members will be held every Tuesday starting June 6th from 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Sign up for the sessions on Playtime Scheduler. There will be a maximum of 12 players per session. These drills will not be for beginners, so we request that only intermediate and advanced players sign up. You must have basic skills - consistent dinks, volleys, serves, be learning 3rd shot drop - to attend, because you must be able to consistently feed the ball to your drill partner. Thanks to volunteers for helping monitor the drill sessions.
Types of Play and Schedules
Types of Play
The PTPC Board has developed the following types of play for Port Townsend courts.
Open play - players drop in and wait to rotate in and out of games with others, which results in a mix of skill levels and everyone being welcome. If all courts are full, or if there are fewer than 4 waiting players, those waiting should follow this procedure:
Place your paddle on the board in the order that you arrived, starting on the left.
When a game is finished, rotate as follows:
If only one player is waiting, the two winners remain on the court but split up for the next game. Choose which of the losing players will sit out by any method you like.
If 2 – 6 players are waiting, 2 new players go in and the losers of the game sit out. The winners split up.
When there are two or more players waiting, no one may play more than two games in a row.
If 7 or more players are waiting, 4 go in and 4 come out.
If a situation arises that is not covered by these procedures, please deal with it in the spirit of equalizing playing time.
Organized Play - players organize their own game and again everyone is welcome.
First come - First served play - courts are available to whoever arrives first.
One hour time limit from the start of play if others are waiting, regardless of when they arrived.
No reservations allowed. You must be present to hold your place in line for the next open court.
PTPC Programs - Social Saturdays, Round Robin, Drills, MOTHS (Monarchs of the Holey Sphere) competitions, and Beginner Lessons are PTPC programs that occur seasonally. Please check this webpage for current programs at each location.
Mountain View Courts
In return for the Club’s management and funding of the MV court renovation, Port Townsend City has given the club “dedicated hours” at these courts. Dedicated hours are times when the Club has the opportunity and responsibility to administer how play is organized at MV courts. This will allow the Club to organize events like tournaments, socials, clinics, and lessons at the MV courts within the dedicated hours. We would like to emphasize, however, that this does not mean that PTPC members have exclusive use of the MV courts during the Club’s dedicated hours, nor does it change the fact that the courts are always open to the public.
Port Townsend High School
The courts at PTHS use the following schedule.
County Courthouse Park
The Courthouse Park courts have both open play and first come-first served play from 8:00AM to dusk. For more information visit the county's website.
Indoor pickleball courts are available at the YMCA. If you are interested in playing, please visit the Olympic Peninsula YMCA website and follow the instructions given there.