More than 120 club members descended on the eight new dedicated Staring Lake Park Pickleball courts for a gala and fun grand opening, featuring EP Mayor Nancy Tyra-Lukens and Mayoral candidates Brad Aho and Ron Case. A fun pickleball game was played featuring the Mayor and Park & Rec Director Jay Latthammer against Club members Jane Goke and Dennis Gallaher.

A special tribute to Jerry Maas was presented by his son Steve with Jerry’s wife Carol Maas and other family members present.

The event included lots of cake, cookies and lemonade, but best of all, lots of GREAT PICKLEBALL. A fun time was had by all!

Paddle Reviews – Prince Spectrum Pro Composite

NOTE: Many thanks to PickleballCentral, who is providing a different paddle to our Club each month for review on our web site. The review is good information for our Club members and is not to be construed as an endorsement by the Club.

Review: Prince Spectrum Pro Composite
By Dennis Gallaher

The Prince Spectrum Pro Composite is a light to medium weight pickleball paddle with a definitely unique design. It features a slightly larger, more rounded and thicker body than most other paddles on the market. It felt comfortable in my hand when I picked it up and performed at least as well as the Paddletek Tempest I’ve currently been using.

Perhaps because of its slightly larger design and seemingly larger sweet spot, this paddle demonstrated excellent touch and control allowing me to dink and control my shots very easily and accurately. It has a good feel, and the slightly thicker design also provided all the stiffness and power I needed to put shots away easily and control my volleys. It also seems to be a little quieter than other paddles.

The thing I liked the most about this paddle is the way it feels when I strike the ball, very solid and controlled but not overpowering. It’s thicker design makes it very stiff yet it is not heavy, making it very easy to get to volleys and other shots quickly. It also worked well for defensive volleys where I needed to take power off a hard hit ball.

This paddle would be a good choice for beginner, intermediate and expert players. The quality is definitely apparent. It is a higher end paddle, retailing at $148.99 but well worth it.

For more information about this paddle, go to http://pickleballcentral.com/Prince_Paddles_s/297.htm


LET’S CELEBRATE on Wednesday, August 29 at 5:30PM! After years of concerted effort by so many club members, our eight new dedicated pickleball courts in Eden Prairie are now rockin’ and rollin’ with dinkin’ and slamin’!

The bricks are gorgeous with a center brick dedicating the new courts to our dear friend Jerry Maas who did so much to help us get these courts built. Bricks are still available.

Let’s have a fun night with all our great pickleball friends, dedicating the new courts and enjoying some celebration cake and refreshments. AND LET’S PLAY PICKLEBALL!

Staring Lake Park, 14800 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN 55347



We have a limited number of high-end Engage Pickleball Middle States Regional Tournament Paddles available now. Choose from the advanced, top-of-the-line Poach Advantage model retailing for $149.99 available to Club Members for only $105.

Or choose an excellent Mystic Model retailing for $84.99 available at a special Club Member price of only $65.

We also have popular, Paddletek Element Club Paddles available for $65.

Offer is good for Club Members only and only one paddle per member.

Get yours before they are gone by emailing [email protected] or text: 612-859-8691

Happy hitting!


Well after a long hard struggle to push a new court project at Westwood Park, it is now under construction. As of this writing, the asphalt is being laid. Fencing will follow, and then a 30 day curing time for the asphalt. The hope is to have the courts open before Labor Day.

As part of that project it was agreed that Bloomington would build the basic complex, and pickleball supporters would fund the amenities such as wind screens, sunscreens and tables with umbrellas in an area outside of the courts.

It is now time to start raising the money for those amenities. It is estimated we need to raise $25,000. We have a $10,000 Matching Funds Grant from the SW Metro Pickleball Club. We are trying to raise $5,000 from individual pickleball players. These donations are tax deductible, and you will get a form for your tax records from the club. We are also seeking large donations from business entities to make up the difference

If you are feeling generous please give cash or a check made out to SW Metro Pickleball Club to Jim Klaseus, Deanne Turja, Dennis Gallaher, Bruce Boje, John Barber or mail it to:

John Barber

10204 Park View Circle
Bloomington MN 55431

Thank you in advance for your support. Together we will make this a wonderful place to play the game we all love.


After years of dedicated effort by many club members, our vision for new dedicated pickleball courts in Eden Prairie has become a reality.

The nets and windscreens were installed on Thursday morning and we are ready to play! Jill and Dennis broke in one court with a couple games of skinny singles. They play great!

The bricks are gorgeous with a center brick dedicating the new courts to our beloved Jerry Maas who did so much to help us get these courts built. Thanks Jerry, we love you man! And Jerry’s wonderful wife, Carol was there just after completion of the courts for a timely photo op.

Once all the amenities are complete, we’ll have a grand, Grand Opening! See you on the new courts!