Guide to Building an Outdoor Pickleball Court

Pickleball is rapidly gaining popularity across the United States, and people are enjoying this game to the fullest. This game is fun and helps you remain active while improving your fitness. You can play pickleball with your friends and family without age and skill level restrictions.

Suppose you are interested in adding a pickleball court to your property. In that case, you can prefer installing a new pickleball court, converting your old tennis court, or even resurfacing your existing one. If you like to do things independently, try a DIY pickleball court project with some know-how. You have two options to choose from while constructing a pickleball court – Indoor or Outdoor.

This article will guide you in building your outdoor pickleball court; where you can follow the steps below to prepare your court for the game. If you are not much into DIY projects, you should call experts who help you choose the best option for your venue and make it ideal for this game. Go through the following steps to see whether you can do it yourself or need professional help.

Step 1: Choose Your Space
Will you be transforming a tennis court to play pickleball? Are you constructing a multi-court complex? Are you starting your new pickleball court from scratch? Whatever your situation, it is essential to remember the standard size of pickleball courts and adjust accordingly to your specific program needs.

For instance, if you have to use a tennis court for playing pickleball, you can easily divide it into four pickleball courts, and multiple games can occur simultaneously. Or, if you are constructing a multi-court pickleball facility, the overall construction and dimensions will be the same as a single court. The only difference is that you will require fences with padding between every pickleball court since you will construct many courts on a larger scale.

  • Court Dimensions – 20 by 44 feet
  • Net Height – 36 inches at the sidelines and 34 inches in the middle
  • Playing Area – 30 by 60 feet is standard; however, 34 by 64 feet is preferable for tournaments.


Step 2: Select Court Surface Materials
If you are constructing a new outdoor pickleball court, or if you already have one court that needs revamping, you will have to choose what kind of court surface is best for you. Commonly used types of court surface materials for pickleball are:
Concrete: In terms of durability and value, this type of court surface is the best.
Asphalt: It can be a good choice if you are looking for a more affordable option; however, it can require additional upkeep.
Snap-Together Plastic: This type of surface can be applied over asphalt or concrete if you don’t want to change the surface of your multi-use court permanently.

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Step 3: Choose a Perimeter Fencing
Fencing is essential for multi-court infrastructure since it contains the ball within your playing area while providing security for players and spectators. There are various types of pickleball court fencing to select from; however, fences made from wire are usually preferred as they provide transparency while allowing light to pass through. A contractor experienced in building pickleball courts will help you choose and install fencing. Just be sure it’s covered with rust-resistant materials for the safety of the players.

Fencing Dimensions – 10 feet high is recommended; however, 4 feet can also work if the top of the fence is padded.

Step 4: Apply Appropriate Lighting for Your Court
There’s a fairly standard protocol for lighting for pickleball courts. All pickleball courts must include two 1,500-watt light poles. You will have to ensure that each is 18 to 20 feet high and installed in the center, at least 2 feet from the court.

Step 5: Buy Pickleball Net Systems
After finalizing your space, surface, and court materials, you must find the right pickleball net system for your court. There are several pickleball poles and systems to select from, all with distinct characteristics. Outdoor pickleball poles are designed to endure the elements of being outdoors for extended periods. A complete pickleball net system for outdoor court includes – 2 poles, 1 ratchet, 1 outdoor pickleball net, and Sleeves.

Step 6: Set Up Your Court
Once you are ready with the surface, fencing, lighting, and other materials, it’s time to set it all up with the below tips:

Hire an experienced contractor

While installing your pickleball net system may be easy,  hiring an experienced contractor can help if you’re placing a net and painting your surface for multiple courts for your own yard. They can ensure everything is appropriately constructed.

Prefer north-south orientation for your court

Outdoor pickleball courts are primarily exposed to environmental elements that can restrict players’ vision; hence, orienting your pickleball court north-south is necessary.

Court lines must be white and 2 inches wide

You can draw marker lines using sidewalk chalk, green tape, orange masking tape, or acrylic paint. The standard lines for your pickleball court are:
Baselines: These lines run parallel to the pickleball net on both ends of your court.
Sidelines: These lines run perpendicular to the pickleball net on both sides of your court.
Non-Volley Line: These lines must be 7 feet from your net and located on each side of your net between sidelines, running parallel to your net.
Non-Volley Zones: These areas of your pickleball court are surrounded by two sidelines, the non-volley line, and your net.
Centerlines: Located on both sides of your net, running between the non-volley line and baseline.
Service Courts: Run on either side of the centerline, framed by a non-volley line, sideline, and baseline.
When you are painting the court surface or marker lines, allow the paint to dry for a day before installing your net system.

Follow court layout guidelines

The USAPickleball Association provides guidelines that you must follow to ensure that everything is set up according to standards.

Are you looking for help from professionals to build your pickleball court? Get in touch with us at Pickleball Courts of New England.