Racquet Sports

Meridian Hills’ six clay courts, and 6 brand new pickle ball courts and will have 4 brand new platform paddle courts which will be ready after construction in November. Ludo Aaron has been the Tennis Professional at Meridian Hills for over 20 years. He previously held national ranking in Great Britain, and was a top 10 junior play in Great Britain. He left England and came to Butler University on a full tennis scholarship in 1990. Ludo played number 1 for four years and received the MVP award three of his four years.

You can find all the right equipment at the Pro Shop located inside the Tennis House. Ludo and his professional staff are available for private lessons for all ages.


Meridian Hills has six clay courts and two hard courts.  Clay courts are rare in this area and are preferable for the mature player in that the surface is more forgiving to the player’s bones and joints as well as style of play.   Four courts are lit with motion lights.  Throughout the tennis season, between May 1st and October 31st, courts are swept frequently, rolled, watered and lined before any activity.

Paddle Tennis

The Club features three lit Paddle Tennis courts. This is more than any other club in the State.
Paddle tennis is best described as a combination of racquetball, tennis and squash and is growing in popularity in the Midwest. The game is doubles play with a softball and heaters melt ice or snow from the court. The courts are open between early October and the end of March and evening play is available due to our lighted courts. The Tennis House acts as a paddle hut in the winter months and there is a firepit nearby.
Meridian Hills Country Club hosts numerous local and nationally ranked tournaments. Tennis enthusiasts find paddle tennis to be a great alternative sport during the fall and winter months. A City league for ladies and men is also available to join. 


Meridian Hills now has 4 dedicated pickle ball courts.  It is a paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels.  Mixed doubles is becoming a popular event on Friday evenings.

The Basics:

  • A fun sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping pong.
  • Played both indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court and a slightly modified tennis net.
  • Played with a paddle and a plastic ball. 
  • A Game for Everyone:
    • The USAPA currently estimates there are now over 100,000 players actively playing pickleball.
    • Pickleball facilities are located in all 50 states.
    • Many kids and teenagers play it in physical education classes in middle and high school.
    • Seniors enjoy the social aspects and the ability to stay active in towns and retirement communities.
    • Tennis, racquetball and ping pong players love the competitive nature of the sport and regularly participate in competitive tournaments. 

Brief History:

Pickleball was invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, a short ferry ride from Seattle, WA.  Three dads, Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell and Barney McCallun, whose kids were bored with their usual summertime activities, are credited for creating the game.  Pickleball has evolved from original handmade equipment and simple rules into a popular sport throughout US and Canada.  The game is growing internationally as well as with many European and Asian countries adding courts. 
The pickleball court is the same size as a doubles badminton court, measures 20x44 feet.  In pickleball, the same court is used for both singles and doubles play.  The net height is 36 inches at the sidelines and 34 inches in the middle.  The court is striped similar to a tennis court with right and left service courts and a 7-foot non-volley zone in front of the net (referred to as the kitchen).  Courts can be constructed specifically for pickleball or they can be converted using existing tennis or badminton courts.