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Chicago-Based Pickle Haüs Announces Grand Opening Date of November 17, 2023 for Flagship Location in Algonquin



Highly anticipated pickleball facility and full-service restaurant will partner with local and industry-leading providers to enhance the experience

CHICAGO /PRNewswire/ — Pickle Haüs, a state-of-the-art entertainment venue and eatery, announced its grand opening will be November 17, 2023. The 41,000 square-foot eatertainment destination will redefine the pickleball experience for enthusiasts and newcomers alike, combining 12 indoor pickleball courts with an exceptional restaurant, bar, two golf simulators, private event space and an outdoor dining patio.  

According to the Pickle Haüs leadership team, the new facility will combine top-notch pickleball courts, a robust food and beverage program with a goal of fostering community and creating exceptional experiences for guests. “At Pickle Haüs, we are intentionally creating a community where people can actively socialize and enjoy playing pickleball,” said Pickle Haüs co-founder Jeff VanDixhorn. “We’re also backed by a strong network of partners who will provide best-in-class resources, equipment and services to enhance the Pickle Haüs experience.”

To create the best experience for guests, Pickle Haüs has tapped top-of-the-line brands and vendors with an emphasis on local Chicagoland partners where possible. Companies supporting Pickle Haüs include:

  • Joola USA, a leading sports equipment brand, will provide a wide range of high-quality paddles and accessories.
  • Locally headquartered Wilson Sporting Goods will serve as the exclusive Pickle Haüs golf vendor, providing access to top-tier clubs, balls and accessories.
  • Backlot Coffee, a Chicagoland roastery, has created a special Pickle Haüs blend that will be served at the on-site coffee shop and available to purchase for home consumption.
  • Local baker West Town Bakery will provide their signature pastries and sweets, available during morning and midday play.
  • Full Swing, the golf simulator preferred by Tiger Woods, will offer guests an immersive and realistic experience for players of all skill levels.
  • Local software company Club Automation will provide the backend technology used to secure court reservations, book pickleball classes and lessons, and more.
  • Toast’s cloud-based restaurant management software will be used to support restaurant operations

The development of Pickle Haüs is a testament to the explosive growth of pickleball across the nation. Pickleball is the fastest-growing sport in the United States, with 85 percent player growth in 2022 and more than 36 million players nationally. According to Seymour Rifkind, founder of the International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association and 2023 inductee to the Pickleball Hall of Fame, “Pickle Haüs fills a much-needed space for local pickleball. The development of a high-end facility like Pickle Haüs, and the enthusiasm we’re hearing from local players, is a testament to the explosive growth of the sport,” Rifkind said. “High-level competitors from across Chicago plan to be regulars at Pickle Haüs indoor courts this winter. We’re looking forward to seeing how Pickle Haüs will continue to fuel local and regional interest in pickleball.”  

In anticipation of the grand opening, guests can book courts at picklehaus.com. Pickle Haüs is located at 1621 Randall Rd, Algonquin, IL 60102. For more information on the grand opening and events that will be happening throughout the week, go to picklehaus.com.

About Pickle Haüs
Pickle Haüs is an entertainment complex offering 12 new best-in-class pickleball courts, two state-of-the-art golf simulators, an outdoor courtyard, and an award-winning chef-driven food & beverage program that will feature a full-service restaurant and coffee bar. The restaurant and bar portion of the facility, including a custom menu, has been designed by Sheamus Feeley of Food is Family, formerly a Featured Chef at the prestigious James Beard House and part of the James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour. The flagship 41,000 sqft location, fitted with a 1,500 sqft event space for private parties, will open in Fall 2023 in Algonquin, IL, with additional locations planned throughout Chicagoland in 2024 and 2025. Pickle Haüs founding partners include Benj Ecker, Jeff VanDixhorn, John McLinden, Graham Palmer and Kage Brown.

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Pickleball Kingdom Announces 6-Club Deal for Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, and Charleston Metro



HILTON HEAD, S.C. , Nov. 28, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Pickleball Kingdom, a leading name in the world of pickleball, is thrilled to announce an exciting partnership with Kelly and Christopher Ogden, CEO of RT2 Holdings and past franchisees with Orangetheory Fitness, Restore Hyper Wellness & Cryotherapy, and Tony Roma’s Restaurant. This talented couple is set to bring the thrill of indoor pickleball to the Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, and Charleston Metro areas through a significant 6-club deal.

Pickleball Kingdom, known for its commitment to promoting the sport of pickleball and creating top-notch facilities, is excited to join forces with Kelly and Christopher, who have a proven track record of success in the franchise industry. The Ogden’s extensive experience and passion for health and wellness align perfectly with Pickleball Kingdom’s mission to provide accessible and high-quality pickleball facilities.

“Pickleball is the fastest-growing sports in the United States, and we believe that the Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, and Charleston Metro areas are ripe for the growth of indoor pickleball facilities,” said Ace Rodrigues, CEO of Pickleball Kingdom.

COO, Rob Streett, added, “We are delighted to join forces with Kelly and Christopher, whose entrepreneurial spirit and proven track record in franchising make them the ideal partners for our ambitious growth plans. With their dedication and expertise, we are confident that pickleball enthusiasts in these vibrant South Carolina communities will enjoy top-notch facilities and experiences.”

Kelly and Christopher have a strong connection to the communities they will be serving with these new indoor pickleball facilities. “We are excited to introduce pickleball to these vibrant communities and provide a fun and engaging activity for people of all ages and skill levels,” said Kelly Ogden. “Pickleball promotes physical fitness, social interaction, and mental agility, making it a perfect fit for our passion for wellness.”

Christopher Ogden, CEO of RT2 Holdings, stated, “Having been franchisees in the past, we understand the importance of quality and service excellence. Pickleball Kingdom’s core values align with ours perfectly. We are excited to be a part of the Pickleball Kingdom family.”

The new indoor pickleball clubs will feature state-of-the-art facilities, professional coaching, and a welcoming atmosphere for players of all levels. Whether you’re a seasoned pickleball pro or a newcomer to the sport, Pickleball Kingdom and the Ogdens aim to create an inclusive and enjoyable pickleball experience.

Pickleball Kingdom and the Ogdens are committed to community engagement and plan to collaborate with local organizations and schools to promote active and healthy lifestyles through pickleball.

The exact locations of the new indoor pickleball clubs will be announced soon, with plans for Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, and multiple locations throughout the Charleston Metro area.

About Pickleball Kingdom:

Pickleball Kingdom is a leading brand in the world of pickleball, committed to promoting and growing the sport through high-quality facilities, professional coaching, and community engagement. With a mission to make pickleball accessible to all, Pickleball Kingdom is dedicated to fostering active and healthy lifestyles.

About Kelly and Christopher Ogden:

Kelly and Christopher Ogden are seasoned franchise owners with a passion for health and wellness. Their experience includes successful ventures with Orangetheory Fitness, Restore Hyper Wellness & Cryotherapy, and Tony Roma’s Restaurant, and they are excited to bring their expertise to the world of pickleball with Pickleball Kingdom.

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John McEnroe, Drew Brees Join Pickleball Pros to Prove How Quiet The OWL Pickleball Paddles Really Are



First USA Pickleball Quiet Category-certified paddle reduces noise by 50 percent while raising the bar on paddle performance

CHICAGO /PRNewswire/ — OWL Sport recently unveiled the first USA Pickleball Quiet Category-certified paddle proven to reduce noise by 50 percent. Today, tennis legend John McEnroe and former NFL quarterback Drew Brees took to the court alongside top pickleball pros to showcase how quiet the OWL paddle technology is while demonstrating the paddle’s elite performance capabilities.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 21: > Drew Brees and John McEnroe debut the new OWL Pickleball Paddle on November 21, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for OWL Sport)

“I think the OWL paddle technology is going to revolutionize the game of pickleball,” said John McEnroe, OWL Sport ambassador and 17-time Grand Slam tennis champion.  “Unlike me, it is quiet but like me the OWL really performs and you know how much I like to win!”

Pickleball has recently been the source of noise issues in sound-sensitive locations across the country given the distinct staccato ‘pop’ sound the ball makes on impact. USA Pickleball created the Quiet Category to reduce the sport’s sound output by recognizing pickleball products that help diminish acoustic output during play without negatively impacting performance. The OWL is the first paddle on the market that delivers a hertz level below 600 and a decibel level below 80, delivering a 50% reduction in total noise profile.

To help prove the sound reduction to pickleball enthusiasts, OWL Sport popped up a court in a place synonymous with being quiet – the Refectory at Chelsea Square, originally built to house the General Theological Seminary – to prove that the OWL paddle can be used to play whenever, wherever. McEnroe and Brees dinked around with pickleball pros and players of all levels highlighting the various features of the the OWL paddle, including its vibration dampening layers for arm and elbow comfort, balanced ‘anti-head heavy’ construction for effortless maneuverability and proprietary Acoustene™ sheath. While the pair might be known for their athletic abilities and accolades in other sports, the pickleball craze is spreading to all corners of the globe and converting professional athletes everywhere to elite pickleball players.

“It’s no secret I am an avid fan and Pickleball player. Being newly acquainted with the OWL paddle, I can say I’ve really enjoyed playing with it” said Super Bowl champion and Super Bowl MVP quarterback, Drew Brees. “It’s a silent killer on the court, and I highly recommend it for players of all skill levels. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the difference it makes.”

Not only is the OWL paddle receiving attention for its performance capabilities and ability to silence the competition while solving the noise issue, it’s also being lauded for its sleek packaging and unique customer purchasing experience (with more exciting products including apparel to come).

“I’m amazed at how well the OWL paddle plays – I couldn’t believe the shots I was able to hit. It feels so comfortable on my arm and my elbow, giving me the ability to play better and longer.” said Jessica Warren, former D1 tennis player and top APP pro player. “For me as a pickleball pro, I’m not as concerned about noise. I play with the OWL because it is the best playing paddle I’ve ever hit. I can confidently say that anyone who plays with the OWL will instantly improve their game.”

The OWL paddles are now available for order at owlpaddle.com, and players (and bystanders) should expect to see more rules and regulations set in place by HOAs and parks mandating their use. The OWL paddles are available in four SKUs to meet all players’ needs.

For more information on OWL Sport or to order the OWL paddle, visit owlpaddle.com or follow along on FacebookInstagramTikTok and X.

OWL Sport was created by a group of people who had a problem to solve: they wanted to play pickleball when they wanted, where they wanted and without having to worry about noise complaints. Much like nature has created the perfect predator of the skies, OWL’s unmatched team of engineers have perfected an elite version of the pickleball paddle that not only reduces sound output by 50%, but also provides players with a best-in-industry performance paddle for all skill levels. OWL paddles are currently the only pickleball paddles on the market that are USA Pickleball Quiet category-compliant. OWL Sport plans to continue its advancement of the racket sports industry through a relentless and meticulous commitment to innovation and superior playability. For more information, visit owlsport.com.

USA Pickleball is the National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of pickleball in the United States. Its mission is to promote the development and growth of the sport while sanctioning events and providing annual members with premier tournaments, educational opportunities, player rankings, official rules and other exclusive benefits. USA Pickleball is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation that is governed and operated by a Board of Directors and a national office staff, who provide the guidance and infrastructure for the continued expansion of the sport.


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Joyful Thanksgiving: Celebrate and Give Thanks!

Celebrate Thanksgiving with joy and gratitude, as we come together to give thanks for all the blessings in our lives.



Happy thanksgiving

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving! As we gather with loved ones to express gratitude and share a meal, let’s take a moment to appreciate the blessings in our lives. It’s a time to reflect on the goodness that surrounds us and cherish the moments of joy and togetherness. Whether you’re celebrating with family, friends, or even virtually, may this Thanksgiving be filled with warmth, love, and laughter. Let’s remember to extend kindness and lend a helping hand to those in need, spreading the spirit of gratitude and generosity. Enjoy the holiday and create beautiful memories. Happy Thanksgiving!

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