Pickleball Courts in McHenry County Guide

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve certainly at least heard of pickleball by now, even if you’ve never picked up a paddle and don’t know your dinks from your drives or your drop shots from your volleys. Pickleball is a fast-growing sport, but possibly not nearly as “new” as you might think. It is believed to have been created back in 1965! We’ll cover a little bit of history, some rules, some benefits, and perhaps most importantly, a guide to pickleball courts in McHenry County.

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Pickleball, What the Heck Is It?

Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and table tennis. It’s played on a court similar to a doubles badminton court, typically on a court that is 20 feet wide and 44 feet long. There aren’t a lot of doubles badminton courts around, so what this means in practice is either a dedicated pickleball court, or more likely, a tennis court (27 feet wide by 78 feet long) that has been marked up to also be used as a pickleball court.

It’s important to note that while the net is positioned at the center of the court, like tennis, a pickleball net is 36 inches high at the sidelines and 34 inches high in the middle, whereas a tennis net is taller, measuring 42 inches high at the sidelines and 36 inches high in the center.

Pickleball is played with a paddle and a plastic perforated ball, similar but not the same as a wiffle ball. It can be played both indoors and outdoors, as well as by singles or doubles. The objective is to hit the ball over the net and land it within the boundaries of the opposing side.

Pickleball has seen a surge in popularity, increased professional opportunities, equipment advancements, community growth, and inclusion in various institutions. These trends and developments have contributed to the widespread appeal and continued growth of the sport. We hope the information in this guide will help you along your pickleball journey, whether you consider yourself a newbie or a pickler!

Pickleball Courts Across McHenry County

We’ve pulled together a list of the pickleball courts that are available throughout McHenry County. This list includes both free and fee-based courts. Rather than detail the cost, number of courts available, whether it is possible or how to reserve a court, and other specifics, which may quickly become outdated, we’ve provided links for the court hosts.

We also anticipate that the number of courts in the area will continue to grow, and we’ll continue to update this guide as new information becomes available. We’d also appreciate your help as well!

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Life Time

Host: Life Time Algonquin

Address: 451 Rolls Rd, Algonquin, Illinois 60102

Phone: 847-458-6200

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Pickle Haus

Host: Pickle Haus

Address: 1621 S Randall Rd, Algonquin, IL 60102

Phone: 815-575-9570

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Stoneybrook Park

Host: Village of Algonquin

Address: 1200 Huntington Dr N, Algonquin, IL 60102

Phone: 847-658-2700

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Crystal Lake

Feinberg Park

Host: Crystal Lake Park District

Address: 701 Juniper Ln, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Phone: 815-459-0680

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Ken Bird Park

Host: Crystal Lake Park District

Address: 1800 Thomasville Ln, between Village and Miller Rd, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Phone: 815-459-0680

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Racket Club

Host: The Racket Club by the Crystal Lake Park District

Address: 9101 S Rte 31, Algonquin, IL 60102

Phone: 847-658-5688

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Serves must be underhand and diagonally crosscourt, bouncing once in the opponent’s designated service zone. Players cannot volley (hit the ball in the air before it bounces) within the non-volley zone, called the Kitchen, which is an area extending 7 feet on both sides of the net.

The serve must be hit underhanded without striking the ground, must be served cross-court, clearing the net, and must bounce beyond the Kitchen, which is an area extending 7 feet on both sides of the net. The ball must not only strike the ground before the serve can be returned, but the serving team must also allow the ball to bounce once before returning it.

After that, either team can “volley,” return the ball without letting it bounce…as long as no part of them are touching a non-volley line or inside the Kitchen.
Of course, that’s a very general overview, so be sure to go over the official pickleball rules.

Only the serving team can score points and games are typically played to 11 points, with a win by 2 (winning team must be ahead by 2 points).


Host: Sage YMCA

Address: 701 Manor Rd, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Phone: 815-459-4455

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Spoerl Park

Host: Crystal Lake Park District

Address: 7610 Pingree Rd, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Phone: 815-459-0680

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Wyndwood Park

Host: Crystal Lake Park District

Address: 4201 Wyndwood Dr, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Phone: 815-459-0680

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Huntley Park District Rec Center

Host: Huntley Park District

Address: 12015 Mill St, Huntley, IL 60142

Phone: 847-669-3180

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Northwestern Medicine Huntley Health & Fitness Center

Host: Northwestern Medicine Huntley Health & Fitness Center

Address: 10450 Algonquin Rd, Huntley, IL 60142

Phone: 815-444-2900

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Lake in the Hills

Leroy Guy Park

Host: Village of Lake in the Hills

Address: 201 Lakewood Road, Lake in the Hills, IL 60156

Phone: 840-960-7500

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Knox Park

Host: City of McHenry Parks & Recreation

Address: 301 S Knox Drive, McHenry, IL 60050

Phone: 815-363-2160

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Petersen Park

Host: City of McHenry Parks & Recreation

Address: 4300 Petersen Park Rd, McHenry, IL 60050

Phone: 815-363-2160

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Cotting Park

Host: Village of Richmond

Address: 10721 Partridge Trail, Richmond IL 60071

Phone: 815-678-4040

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St. John’s Lutheran Church

Host: St. John’s Lutheran Church

Address: 6821 Main St, Union, IL 60180

Phone: 815-923-2733

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Origins of Pickleball

It was invented by three dads from Bainbridge Island, in Washington state. Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell, and Barney McCallum were looking for a fun way to keep their families entertained. They improvised with badminton and table tennis equipment, and thus, pickleball was born.

As for the name, the official story, according to Joan and Joel Pritchard, came from Joan, inspired by her experience rowing in “pickle boats” (crew boats with leftover or mismatched rowers), came up with the name “pickleball” as the new game was a mishmash of different sports.


Woodstock Recreation Center

Host: Woodstock Recreation Department

Address: 820 Lake Avenue, Woodstock, IL 60098

Phone: 815-338-4363

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