Why Pickleball is Becoming America’s New Favorite Sport

Why Pickleball is Becoming America’s New Favorite Sport

Pickleball, seniors pickleball, pickleball in florida, 55+ community, active adult community Watch out, tennis because there’s a new sport in town. A combination  of tennis, badminton and table tennis, pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in America. It’s a great way to get active for young and old alike.

The sport is played on a badminton-sized court with a modified tennis net. Players use a plastic ball with holes in it and they serve across the net, much like in tennis. The rules are simple and easy to learn, but it can develop into a fast-paced game for more experienced players.

In fact, it’s becoming so popular one business was able to go from an online store to a retail store in just three years. Pickle Pro started off selling pickleball paddles online, and was able to open up a store four years ago in Naples Florida. The owner says the company grows about 150% per year.

For two years, more than 1,300 athletes compete in the U.S. Open, a seven-day national pickleball tournament held at East Naples Commuity Park. That’s a 40% increase in participants from the first tournament held in 2016.

Although the sport is growing in popularity across the nation, Florida is becoming a hub for pickle-ball lovers everywhere. The U.S. Open is helping Naples become the ‘Pickleball Capital of the World’. While in town, local stores sell everything from paddles and balls to special shoes designed with pickleball in mind.

Players say the sport is addicting, and it’s being touted as the number one way for active adults to stay in shape. It’s great cardio, while being easy on joints. This combination is causing 55+ communities to start adding pickleball courts to their list of amenities.

At Newby Management, we are no exception. In fact, many of our RV communities now have dedicated pickleball courts, along with hosted games and even tournaments. With Florida’s year-round beautiful weather, there’s never a bad time to get outside and see why pickleball is America’s new favorite sport.

See Pickleball in action at one of our premier 55+ communities in Ocala, FL: Rolling Greens Pickleball 
Sources:
http://miami.cbslocal.com/2017/02/20/pickleball-grows-in-popularity-as-a-way-to-get-moving/
https://www.usapa.org/what-is-pickleball/
http://www.naplesnews.com/story/sports/2017/04/27/us-open-pickleball-popularity-means-big-business-sport-grows/100925432/

5 Things You Didn’t Know About RV Camping at Sandhill Shores

 If you haven’t been to Florida’s Treasure Coast, then you’re missing out on one of the state’s hidden gems. Before you start planning your summer RV camping trip, let us give you the inside scoop on Sandhill Shores. Tucked away in Fort Pierce, this RV resort is brimming with character and charm, not to mention a great location.

1. Big Rigs, Big Fun

At Sandhill Shores, we know you want to be comfortable at your RV resort. That’s why we have some of the largest RV sites in the industry, with most sites coming in at 40×60 (many RV resorts average around 20 x 40). Some of our sites offer a concrete parking pad, but every one of them offers full hook-ups and 30/50 AMP service. Now that’s what we call camping!
2. Just Beachy
Love the beach? Well then you’ll love staying at Sandhill Shores. We are located just minutes away from miles of free, top-rated public beaches. What could be better than sandy shores and crashing waves all just a bike ride away! You can launch a kayak or canoe from nearby beaches, by a round of volleyball or just hangout on a towel and catch some rays. Whatever you decide to do, there’s something for everyone. 

3. Amenity Serenity 

At Sandhill Shores, we’re on island time. Stay at ‘home’ and relax for the day poolside. Or checkout our community center, a hub of activity that includes a full kitchen, stage and dance floor. Stop by our game room to play billiards, ping pong or grab a book from the library. Plus you can workout in our newly renovated fitness center. Get outside in the Florida sun with shuffleboard or horseshoes. Don’t miss our weekly events or, from potlucks and dances, to campfires and BBQs you’ll never be bored at Sandhill Shores! Our residents are friendly and always welcoming. In fact, they love having our RV visitors stop by! We welcome you like family. 
4. Fort Pierce Fun 
Fort pierce, often called the Sunrise City, is a great place to explore in Florida. Fort Pierce offers contemporary shopping, dining, great fishing and a range of entertainment and activities such as the Farmers’ Market, Bike Night, Friday Fest, Jazz Market and the Fort Pierce city-owned and -operated 1,200-seat Sunrise Theatre for the Performing Arts. You’ll love the wide array of restaurants, shopping and events available to you on one of Florida’s most beautiful coasts. 


5. WiFi & Weather

Okay guys, we only have one more reason left but it’s a combo package! The average temperature in Fort Pierce is 72 degrees in the winter, but most of the year we’re in the high 80’s with a sea breeze. So basically, you should never spend a day shoveling snow, just come here instead! Now onto our last point. We offer free WiFi, you, you read that right, FREE WIFI! There’s no catch, you just have to be a guest here at Sandhill Shores and poof, your internet surfing powers and endless. So come on by and surf the web, surf the sea, whatever you choose to do, e hope to see you soon! 

How Reviewing RV Resorts Makes Your Camping Trips Better

Did you just stay at an awesome RV resort? Are you excited to go back? Was the service exceptional?

You’ll tell your friends, talk about it on the way home, and quickly forget until your next vacation. Before long, someone else is looking up your favorite RV resort, wondering if they should stay there. You know what they check first? The reviews. 

Isn’t that what you check before staying at an RV resort? You want to know if other people thought it was great or not worth it, right?

Think about it. Before you buy or do anything these days, you’re likely to check out the reviews. You get honest opinions from people who tried it before you. You get to see what they liked and didn’t like. Chances are, you’ll decide what to do partly based on the reviews you read.

Why should you leave a review? Well, it helps fellow RV campers find the best places to go! You can even mention specifics like they had free WiFi, the bathrooms were clean or that they were big rig friendly. These could be really important factors that would make or break another RV campers trip!

When RV campers start to leave reviews it will create a community of informed campers who know where the good spots are! It will start to end lots of disappointment and bad times, too. Next time you are thinking of staying somewhere, hopefully the reviews will give you some good guidance.

At Newby Fun Resorts, we love to hear what a great time people had when they stayed with us, but we also like to hear what didn’t work. It gives us a chance to make improvements so that everyone’s stay is a little better. Plus, it gives us the opportunity to make things right with a guest who had a bad time, or to share in the memories of someone who had a great time.

On your next RV journey take a second to give back to the RV community and the resort you stayed at and leave a review. After all, 79% of people trust what online reviews say!

5 Essential Hacks for Your Next RV Adventure

What’s better than RV adventures? Well, nothing. But here’s the deal. Planning is never fun (unless of course you’re a Type A personality), but it’s essential to having a blast on your next RV trip. Whether you’re a seasoned camper, or brand new to the lifestyle, here are 5 hacks you can’t miss.

1. Google Maps is Everything



Wherever you are, Google Maps has been there! Plan out your trip, especially if you are making several stops or if you plan to see any attractions on the way. Also, it’s a good idea to look into gas prices on the road, if you’ll be going through multiple states you might want to check into prices and find the best gas stations so you can put those on your route. Okay, so why is this important? Save money, get there faster, arrive in one piece. Important!

2. Things to Do & See

While you’re planning your route, think of some places you’d like to stop and see. Even if you’re going on a short road trip there might be a neat attraction you can visit. Sometimes small towns even have fun things to do. If you find a lot of attractions you’d like to see, consider being spontaneous. It can also be fun just to stop off at something you see on a billboard. The benefit of researching is that you know exactly what you’re getting into. But sometimes that’s half the fun!

3. Are We There Yet?

Plan road games and activities! Take to Pinterest if you have small children riding along. There are plenty of great ideas to help keep them entertained. If you’re traveling alone or with adults, consider bringing a laptop with some DVDs, a kindle to read, or other fun road-friendly hobbies. Also, don’t forget the snacks. This is imperative if you have children, but even if you don’t, a good bag of snacks can make or break a road trip.

4. Pack it Up

Don’t be a procrastinator, pack early and often. Many supplies, such as food and travel size toiletries can be packed or put in an RV without disrupting your current daily needs. Make a checklist and get to checking! It should include specific items such as clothing, food, drinks, eating utensils, towels. Yeah, you get the picture. Again, Pinterest has some great guides to help you get started. Also, don’t lose your checklist!

5. It Might Be Last- But Safety First

As with any recreational activity, it is important to remember that there are some risks associated with traveling by RV, especially in areas that you are unfamiliar with.  For that reason, a number of steps should be taken to protect your safety.  Be sure to leave an itinerary with someone that you know and trust, always be aware of your surroundings, always keep a cell phone nearby, and be sure to have a fully stocked first aid kit.

Why You Should Know This if You Hate Camping

Hate sleeping on the ground with bugs, but love camping? Well, we have a solution for you! RV camping. It’s the ultimate camping adventure, complete with all the aspects you love about camping, but without all the aspects you don’t love. See: mosquitoes biting you at night.

Okay, so RV’s come in lots of shapes and sizes, from a camper that fits in the back of a pick-up truck to a camper that has all the bells and whistles. If you think you can’t afford an RV, think again. You don’t have to purchase a new top-of-the-line RV to find one you love. Think tiny. Think vintage. Think Pinterest restorations! The possibilities are endless.

Let’s Talk Styles:

Class B: It’s basically a cargo van converted into a camper, but they can have a raise roof for a bed
with more head more. These are basic and have just what you need. It’s perfect for someone who really just wants to sleep and prepare meals in their camper. It’s not a place you’d do a ton of hanging out.

Class C: This is the motorhome you’re probably familiar with. Usually there’s a sleeper extension over the cab, and it has all the amenities of home, a kitchen, a bathroom, a living room. Even though they come in different sizes, you could totally live in a Class C no problem. If you’re into the whole tiny living thing.

Class A: This is the mac daddy of RV camping! This is for people who want to camp, but also have a few extra bucks hanging around. It’s basically a mini one bedroom apartment. They are fully self contained, from the queen sized bed (yup, a queen), to the dinette that seats four people. You have all the amenities you’d need in a kitchen, and likely a nearly full-sized fridge. These often have large living rooms, big TV’s and lots of room to chill. It’s basically a part on wheels. You could 100% live in this and camp in style. Baby, you’re going glamping!

Travel Trailers: There’s a travel trailer, that you can pull behind a large sedan or SUV. Or a 5th wheel trailer that hooks up to the back of a pick-up truck. Although these are usually smaller, they have all the amenities of a Class C motorhome, plus they cost a lot less.

Vintage: If you want to go vintage there are lots of great options all over the spectrum. Obviously you need to do your research and make sure you’re getting an RV with good bones and a good engine, unless you know how to repair that kind of thing. You could always look into getting an airstream, otherwise known as a land yacht. Yeah, they are pretty sweet.

Whatever you decide, RV camping is a great adventure that’s open to everyone, from the serious camper, to the serious “I am not sleeping with bugs” person! Do your research, maybe attend an RV show or two, join some online groups and take the plunge into the RV camping family! We can’t wait to have you.

The Scoop on a Lakeland RV Resort

Lakeland is centrally located in the heart of Florida, which means driving to either Tampa or Orlando is a breeze. If you’re looking to explore the state’s best theme parks, Lakeland is the perfect base camp. If you’re looking to stay in Lakeland, there are plenty of attractions in town as well.

History buffs and art lovers will enjoy the Polk Museum of Art, and if you love flight you don’t want to miss the annual SUN ‘n FUN fly-in. Downtown Lakeland is full of culture, from the Lake Mirror Park historic promenade to Hollis Garden, which features more than 10,000 native flowers and Florida plants.

When you’re done exploring, come home to the friendliest RV park in town. This quaint park is
tucked away in Lakeland, features 70 RV sites with 30 and 50 AMP hookups, and can accommodate rigs up to 50 feet. While you’re a guest at the resort, you’ll have access to wonderful amenities like Wi-Fi, cable TV, a heated pool, a clubhouse, horseshoes and a shuffleboard court.

The community boasts a large shuffleboard facility, complete with a resident player’s association. They host daily shuffleboard games and leagues. Members of Woodall’s RV community even participate in professional shuffleboard leagues that travel all over Florida.

Our Friday night dances bring out our down-home roots with some live country music. Put on those cowboy boots and let’s line dance! Stars of the Opry concerts draw crowds from all over the area. If dancing isn’t your thing, you can enjoy many other events in the winter months such as bingo, karaoke, club meetings, white elephant sales, pancake breakfasts and much more.

Find out how you can make reservations and become part of the friendly community at Woodall’s. Visit our website for more information at: http://www.woodallsvillage.com/.