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World Pickleball Open seeks entrants

August 8, 2019

Inaugural World Pickleball Open Registration Now Open

USAPA Sanctioned Event to be held December 12 – 15 at PGA Village Verano in Port St. Lucie, Florida

(PORT ST. LUCIE, FLA.) – Registration is now open for the inaugural World Pickleball Open (WPO) hosted by KOLTER HOMES, a leader in developing next-generation, highly-amenitized, master-planned active adult communities in the Southeastern U.S. The event will be held between December 12 – 15, 2019 at Kolter’s brand-new PGA Village Verano Pickleball Center in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

With 26 pickleball courts plus a championship-court for tournaments, multiple viewing areas with seating, and an event lawn with a pavilion area, the new facility is estimated to be the largest private pickleball center currently under construction in South Florida. The tournament will be easily accessible from the Palm Beaches, Treasure Coast and Central Florida. This will be the first USAPA Sanctioned Event at Kolter’s brand-new PGA Village Verano Pickleball Center, set to open in October of 2019.


The WPO is a USAPA Tier 4 Sanctioned Event spanning four days of pros and skills division competition in both singles and doubles, with pro division participants competing for up to $15,000 in prize money. The action-packed affair will kick-off on Wednesday, December 11, with clinics and exhibitions hosted by Engage Pickleball, one of the leading pickleball paddle manufacturers in the world.

“Pickleball is one of today’s fastest growing sports with an estimated 3.1 million players in America,” says John Manrique, Vice President of Marketing for Kolter Homes. “The World Pickleball Open will not only showcase the best players from across the country but create a fun, unique viewing experience for our residents and the greater Port St. Lucie community.”

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.

Registration includes a limited-edition inaugural WPO t-shirt and goody bag. All participants registered before October 31 will receive complimentary admission to a session of the 2020 Delray Beach Open by, a fan favorite-event on the men’s ATP professional tour.

Event details:
Pro Divisions - $25 Event Registration Fee + $110 Entry Fee per person

Skills Divisions - $55 Event Registration Fee + $15 Registration Fee per event entered

Limited space available. Registration closes November 21, 2019. Click here to register now.

To learn more about the event, visit: or call (561) 330-6003.

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

About Cresswind by Kolter Homes
Spanning four states (Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina) Kolter Homes’ Cresswind portfolio currently features seven active properties – Lake Lanier, Victoria Gardens in DeLand, Charleston, Charlotte, Myrtle Beach, Port St. Lucie and Peachtree City – with more in development. Cresswind communities are designed to help residents live better, longer lives based on the pillars of fitness, nutrition and relationships. The Kolter portfolio also includes PGA Village Verano (Port St. Lucie, Fla.), an age-targeted, master-planned community that offers exceptional resident-only amenities as well as access to championship golf courses.

Cresswind communities feature activity-rich clubhouses with pools, walking and hiking trails, pickleball and tennis courts and numerous other resort-style amenities based on the region. Residences are highlighted by open spaces for entertaining, private owners’ suites, separate wings for guests, flexible rooms for dens and offices, and inviting outdoor living areas. Efficient-yet-attractive lawns and landscaping allow for a “low-and-go” lifestyle conducive to ease of travel and convenience.

Boomers represent more than 30 percent of the housing market with many seeking low-maintenance, single-family homes in traditional resort settings, mid-size cities and major metro areas. Cresswind is ideally positioned in these locations with product from $200,000 to $800,000 in a variety of floorplans and finishes.

Kolter Homes recently released the Summer edition of their free “Go Guide” specifically designed for active adult homebuyers. This digital guide is a complete resource including features such as tips for selecting the right location; top considerations before buying; personalization options; expert advice on fitness, nutrition and relationships; and “tricks of the trade” from experts about navigating the sales process. The “Go Guide” also includes a “Go Club Pass” which provides prospective residents with access to visit and experience Cresswind and Kolter age-targeted communities’ amenities and clubhouses. Kolter Internet Consultants also can provide trip planning and concierge services.

More information:

Official Sponsors of Inaugural World Pickleball Open (WPO)

PGA Village Verano by Kolter Homes

Delray Beach Open by

Treasure Coast Sports Commission

Engage Pickleball

HEAD Pickleball

Athletic DNA


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 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.

Chris Walling