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‘The Kitchen’ welcomes pickleball enthusiasts

Jun 03, 2021 02:30PM ● By Becky Ginos

WOODS CROSS—Pickleball has become one of the fastest growing sports throughout Davis County and the state. Typically an outdoor game, a father and son team have opened an indoor facility in Woods Cross so that enthusiasts can play year round.

The Kitchen is in a new warehouse flex space at 1273 S. Redwood Road. “It’s a 7,200 square foot space with three indoor courts with outdoor surfacing,” said co-owner Britton Black who started the business with his dad, Curtis Black. “The building has 12 units and we have units 9-12 with one entrance.”

Black said the name has a double meaning. “The (pickleball) court is smaller than a tennis court. There’s a seven foot line on both sides and you can’t go in there unless the ball bounces in there. It’s called the kitchen. It’s kind of a restricted area and a kitchen is also where we eat.”

There are some great outdoor courts in the county, he said. “But you have to worry about the elements. It could be windy or raining. It’s great for people who want to play in a temperature controlled environment. It has air in the summer and heat in the winter.”

The Kitchen offers three membership levels, free, gold and platinum. “With the free membership players get five days advanced booking and $20 an hour for a court,” said Black. “The gold membership is $40 a year and that’s 10 days of advanced booking and $18 an hour to play. Platinum membership is $75 a year with 15 days advanced booking and $16 an hour per court.”

Sometimes outside courts are busy, players have to wait in line to play, he said. “This is a way to avoid all that. You get a group of four people splitting the court and that makes it affordable.”

In the near future The Kitchen will offer classes and clinics, he said. “We’ll have beginner to advanced, leagues and tournaments. People can book events for an organization, business, a party or the whole facility.”

Pickleball has been around for a long time but has become very popular more recently. “I think it’s been viewed as an older generation game,” said Black. “But it’s great for all generations and you can play at all levels. It’s easier than tennis to learn and in some aspects it’s a pretty simple game.”