Wednesday, June 27, 2012

New Court Schedule

This schedule is the result of recommendations made by the " Court Usage Committee" and the Board of Directors. We are asking you to review the schedule.

You are invited to e-mail your comments and recommendations for review to:

The deadline for submitting comments and recommendations is July 14th.
This will hopefully accommodate members that are traveling and do not always have Internet availability.

A list of recommendations and comments will be compiled for review, you will not be receiving individual replies

Thank you in advance,

The Board of Directors

New Court Update

Photo courtesy of Lillie Corbitt
The stake shown is one of many that have placed in the new court area by the surveyors
The new court area is quiet. As discussed at our general meetings, Palm Creek is obligated to do road work on Cottonwood prior to doing other work.  On a trip to the mall, it was evident that work on Cottonwood is active.  Cones run from our back gate all the way to the overpass; speed has been reduced to 35mph.  Pictures of dirt moving are just not all that interesting!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

June Tournament Winners

Meijer's State Games, Grand Rapids
Joyce Staffen
Bronze Medal Winner
Women's Doubles

Al Hager
Bronze Medal Winner  Men's Doubles(5.0)
Silver Medal Winner Mixed Doubles(5.0)

Indiana State Games
Al Hager and Lynn Carlson
Gold Medal Winners
Men's Doubles

Rocky Mountain Senior Games
Looking Good in Palm Creek Club Shirts!
LeRoy and Barb Schmidt
Gold Medals Winners
Mixed Doubles
Mike Rains and LeRoy Schmidt
Gold Medal Winners
Men's Doubles

Friday, June 15, 2012

Pickleball Canada promotes Palm Creek Pickleball!

It is much appreciated,Pickleball Canada, did a story on our new courts in their newsletter.
Click on the link below, you will be able to read the newsletter in its entirety.  In addition to the article about our new courts, you will see photos of some of club members wearing medals!
Enjoy reading...

Thursday, June 14, 2012

In Memorium Greg Ziemkowski

Greg Ziemkowski
It is with deep sorrow this post is written,Greg passed away on June 11th 

The following is Greg's Obituary:
Greg Ziemkowski, 65 year old resident of Sullivan Lake formerly of Richfield, MN passed away Monday, June 11, 2012 at his home on Sullivan Lake surrounded by his family. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 A.M. on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Harding, MN with Father David Macieji officiating. Burial will take place in the Holy Cross Parish Cemetery in Harding, MN. Friends may call from 4-8 P.M. on Friday, June 15, 2012 at the Shelley-Virnig Funeral Chapel in Pierz, MN and from 10-11 A.M. on Saturday at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Harding, MN. Parish prayers will be prayed at 5P.M. on Friday at the Funeral Home. Funeral arrangements are with the Shelley-Virnig Funeral Chapel in Pierz, MN. Greg was born November 11, 1946 in Chicago, Illinois to Phyllis and Clem Ziemkowski. He grew up in Minneapolis then Richfield MN, graduated from Richfield Senior High in 1964. He met his future wife while a band member of the Grenadiers and married Cheryl Yohn on December 5, 1964, at St. Richard’s Catholic Church in Richfield, MN. He started in the carpet business at Lambert’s Floor Covering in 1964. In 1975, he and his brothers, Ron and Brad, became partners in their parents’ Carpet Installation business, Ziem’s Carpet Workroom dba Mars Carpet Sales, retiring in 2001. Greg and Sherry made their home in Richfield, MN before retiring to their home on Sullivan Lake. In the 70’s and 80’s, Greg coached and refereed youth football and also coached youth hockey. Greg enjoyed snowmobiling, especially the fun trips with friends which included the Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming. After retirement, Greg and Sherry traveled in their RV and for the past seven years loved wintering at Palm Creek in Casa Grande, AZ, where he golfed and played pickleball. He also enjoyed fishing and his deer hunting weekends. Greg was extremely proud of his 10 grandchildren and attended many of their sporting events and activities. He was a member of Richardson’s Lion’s Club, the Harding Sportsman’s Club, and Holy Cross Catholic Church. Greg is survived by his loving wife Sherry; daughters Deb (Darrell) Heinecke, Richfield, MN, Deanna (Tim) Brake, Elko New Market, MN, son Scott (Judy) Ziemkowski, Lakeville, MN; grandchildren, Jill, Tasha, Michele, Shelby, Addie, Emily, Cassidy, Amanda, Kaylee and John; brother Brad (Karen) Ziemkowski, Bloomington, MN, sister-in-law, Lynn Ziemkowski, Prior Lake, MN; and other loving family and friends. Greg was preceded in death by parents, Clem and Phyllis, and brother Ron.

Sherry helped Greg make his final journey to Palm Creek, this past season, to visit with  friends.  Greg will missed by many.  In closing our club sends its deepest sympathy and prayers to his wife Sherry and the Ziemkowski family

Condolences may be sent to his wife:
Mrs. Sherry Ziemkowski
 25528 Quarter Rd
Pierz, MN 56364

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Court Progress

photo courtesy of Sue Hepler

There are times when progress is not exciting but necessary. Fencing has been installed to secure the new area. If you look closely you will see per code all the soil is being watered.  These are the "costly" incidentals that are often overlooked when construction is is under way.

Sunday, June 10, 2012


Photos courtesy of Sue Hepler

As promised work on the new courts began this weekend

Saturday, June 9, 2012

The Game Changers

The Growth of Pickleball is and always has been a grass roots movement.  According to the USAPA from March 2010 to March 2012  an additional 581 places have been added to places to play! The growth of the sport is amazing but not surprising.  It is not only a sport, this game is a friendship builder, like no other that we have seen. 

Club member Marg Ouimet loves the game but is also missing her Palm Creek friends.  Marg e-mailed me the following with the hope, that if you are in the area or just passing through that you will e-mail her and set up some play time

Parkland Pickleheads have launched 4 Outdoor Courts in Spruce Grove, Alberta! We are located at Henry Singer Sports Park in Spruce Grove, a short 20 minute drive from Edmonton, AB and the courts are up and running now! You can check us out at for more information or contact Marg Ouimet at , come and see what all the laughter is about!

You may have seen the article on the USAPA website about the new courts in Rossford Ohio. What the article does not tell you is that it is our very own Al Hager who masterminded the project and did all the work with help one other club member Tom Wells, amazing as to what can be accomplished with $13,000 and a lot of sweat equity in 7 days!  If your traveling in the area, check their site for more information, Al says they are really a great group of players                                                            


Than we have the oldies but goodies, who are doing their darnedest to put Bend Oregon Pickleball on the map. AJ and Irene Fraties, Lee and Verna Moore and Karen and Roger Fellows are none stop pickleball promoters the Blog will certainly keep you up to date, no matter how many Palm Creekers go to Bend, according to AJ it is never enough

Stay tuned for updates on our new courts and remember to promote Palm Creek Pickleball as next seasons winter destination (Promotion Coupon can be found under Menu)


Thursday, June 7, 2012

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Medals... Medals....and more Medals...

Al Hager and Lynn Carlson - Mens Doubles  - Silver

                                                     The Greater Lakewood Open
Barb Schmidt - Womens Doubles - Silver
LeRoy Schmidt - Mens Doubles - Gold

Kelona Pickleball Tournament
Maurice Parobec and Dan Jmaeff - Mens Doubles - Bronze
Brenda Jmaeff and Teresa Orcutt - Womens Doubles - Silver
Teresa Orcutt and Maurice Parobec - Mixed Doubles - Gold

California State Games
Mike Dobson - Mens Skill 4.0 - Bronze and Mens Doubles Age - Bronze
Mike Rains - Mens Doubles  Age- Gold
Mary Whitfield - Women's Age - Gold  and Women's Skill 5.0  - Bronze
Sally Dobson - Women's Skill 4.0 - Bronze
Mary Whitfield - Mixed Doubles Age - Gold
Mike Rains - Mixed Doubles Age - Bronze

Northwest Senior Games
Lance Thiede - Mens Doubles - Gold
Bob Sester - Mens Doubles - Silver
Lance Thiede - Mens Singles - Silver and Mixed Doubles Silver

Sierra Nevada Senior Games
Cindy Nelson - Womens Doubles - Bronze
Cindy and Mark Nelson - Mixed Doulbes - Silver
Mark Nelson - Mens Doubles - Gold

Friday, June 1, 2012

This months USAPA newsletter

Thanks to Mark for getting our club some notariety in this months USAPA newsletter, by  announcing our new pickleball facility!

Palm Creek to Get New 24-Court Facility…Submitted by Mark Nelson, President, Palm Creek Pickleball Club, Casa Grande, Arizona

The Palm Creek Pickleball Club plans to have 24 new courts by November 1 of this year. In 12 years we have grown to 12 courts and almost 600 players. Our organized play, including round robins, training, ladders and open time, fills the current courts to capacity. Recognizing the rapid growth and popularity of pickleball, Palm Creek Resort management knew that new pickleball courts would be a huge draw to help fill the planned 210 additional home and RV sites. They worked with the club to design an outstanding facility. In addition to ample playing area, fences will surround each court. But the highlight is the four courts that will be three feet lower than the rest of the facility for improved viewing. These will be used for medal matches during tournaments. Other amenities include restrooms, a snack bar with viewing platform, Internet access and a picnic pavilion.