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Inaugural World Pickleball Open to be largest pickleball event in Treasure Coast history

Hundreds to compete in Port St. Lucie at PGA Village Verano’s brand-new facility on Dec. 12-15

(PORT ST. LUCIE, FLA.) –The World Pickleball Open (WPO) – makes its inaugural debut at PGA Village Verano, a new home community by KOLTER HOMES. This USAPA Tier-4 Event sanctioned pickleball tournament will welcome hundreds of players to Port St. Lucie between December 12 - 15, making it the largest pickleball event in the history of the Treasure Coast.

Nearly 300 amateurs and professionals representing four countries and 20 states are registered to play with the professional division players competing for approximately $15,000 in prize money. The Treasure Coast Sports Commission estimates that the event will bring over $300,000 in economic activity to the area. Matches will begin at 8:30 a.m. each day, and admission is free for all tournament spectators.

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“With nearly 300 competitors, we are thrilled by the tremendous interest and support received for the inaugural World Pickleball Open and we are excited to host this event,” says John Manrique, Vice President of Marketing for Kolter Homes. “Pickleball has become an integral part of our communities across the Southeast, and as the home to the largest private Pickleball Center in South Florida, the team at PGA Village Verano is honored to welcome players and fans of the sport to enjoy a fun, entertaining tournament.”

The event is being held at Kolter’s brand-new PGA Village Verano Pickleball Center, which recently opened in November. With 26 pickleball courts plus a championship-court for tournaments, multiple viewing areas with seating, and an event lawn with a pavilion area, the facility is estimated to be the largest private pickleball center in South Florida. Located within Kolter Homes’ PGA Village Verano new home community, the tournament will be easily accessible from the Palm Beaches, Treasure Coast and Central Florida.

Players International Management, Inc. (PIM), organizers of the YellowTennisBall.com Series of over 30 state, national and international United States Tennis Association and International Tennis Federation events, is the event organizer. PIM’s goal for the first year was to bring together a field of 200-300 professional and amateur players competing in over 20 divisions, including Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Doubles events.

Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in America. Played in both singles and doubles formats, pickleball is a cross between badminton, tennis and ping pong and played by individuals of all ages and skill levels. The sport has become particularly popular with active adults, and new home community developers such as Kolter Homes are responding with the facilities and programming necessary to provide such great experiences. Every one of Kolter’s Cresswind 55+ communities in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas feature pickleball, including PGA Village Verano which includes a Cresswind 55+ neighborhood within its gates.

For more information on the event, visit: WorldPickleballOpen.com or call (561) 330-6003.

For more information on the host location, PGA Village Verano, visit: PGAVillageVerano.com.

About PGA Village Verano by Kolter Homes
Located on Florida’s sought-after Treasure Coast, PGA Village Verano by Kolter Homes is a country club style community, featuring award-winning homes and exceptional resort-style amenities. Approximately 40 minutes north of the Palm Beaches in Port St. Lucie, residents have exclusive access to Club Talavera, a 27,000-square-foot social clubhouse and 13,000-square-foot fitness center. The lakefront fitness and social centers offer a wide array of social and wellness programs, full-time lifestyle and activities directors, and state-of-the-art facilities including a resort-style pool, tennis, basketball and bocce ball courts, indoor Junior Olympic pool and more. Recently completed in November 2019, PGA Village Verano is also home to the largest, private pickleball center in South Florida. The facility boasts 27 pickleball courts, including a championship court for tournaments, multiple viewing areas with seating, and an event lawn with pavilion area.

PGA Village Verano also has direct golf cart access to PGA Golf Club, home to three nationally award-winning championship courses. All new homebuyers receive a complimentary social membership when they move in, and special rates are offered to residents for golf memberships.

Kolter Homes offers a variety of single-family home designs as well as villas floor plans at PGA Village Verano. Homebuyers interested in a 55+ lifestyle have that option as well within the gated neighborhood of Cresswind at PGA Village Verano. All homebuyers enjoy best-in-class structural, finish and personalization options, and can work with professional design consultants at Kolter’s on-site Design Gallery.

Official Sponsors of Inaugural World Pickleball Open (WPO)
PGA Village Verano by Kolter Homes
Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com
Treasure Coast Sports Commission
Engage Pickleball
HEAD Pickleball
Athletic DNA
Selkirk
Pickleball Central
DURA Fast 40
Court Reserve
Hotel Sponsor: Hilton Garden Inn at PGA Village/Port St. Lucie
Hotel Sponsor: Perfect Drive Vacation Rentals at PGA Village

About Players International Management, Inc. (PIM). PIM oversees the marketing and management of the World Pickleball Open. In addition, PIM is the organizer of the YellowTennisBall.com Series, consisting of over 30 state, national and international United States Tennis Association and International Tennis Federation events, featuring over 2,000 of the best amateur tennis players in the United States.

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