The Pickleball Club

How we started

Why play Pickleball?

Avid pickleball players and Sarasota residents Brian & Valerie McCarthy finally said ENOUGH to those all-too-common Florida afternoon thunderstorms ruining their pickleball games. Some of the best pickleball in the country is right here in beautiful Southwest Florida. Unfortunately, so is the intense sun, heat, insects, wind, rain and humidity, often making play less comfortable, impossible or dangerous.  Brian & Valerie have made a lifelong career in business entrepreneurship. While they were sitting around in the rain at 3:00 PM, missing out on good pickleball play with their friends, they looked at one another and said, “There must be another way, a better way! We can do this!” So, they created a venture with a fresh twist on the optimal indoor pickleball experience for Sarasota, Florida!

A fun, world-class pickleball facility which is everything active Sarasota residents love about the Florida lifestyle without its inconveniences. An atmosphere for the whole family: Pickleball, Good Eats, Community, and Fun! Sarasota & Manatee residents love great food, the fun & fit lifestyle, and positives vibes. The Pickleball Club at Lakewood Ranch is a healthy atmosphere for the whole family. The atmosphere at The Pickleball Club will be both organic and energizing, with many active and healthy opportunities to enhance the pickleball lifestyle.

Matthew Gordon is their partner, an attorney by training, and an investment banker by profession with over 20 years of experience. Matt is a noted policy expert on foreign investment in the United States and has testified in front of the United States House of Representatives as a policy expert. He is an avid lecturer and writer on the topic. He supports the Company as the Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel. Matt is an avid pickleball player as well. He plays outside in 20 degree weather in  New York.  That’s avid!

Meet The Founders

valerie and brian pickleball
Brian, and Valerie McCarthy
Matt Gordon CFO
Matt Gordon, CFO & General Counsel


Enhancing your skills, improving your health and longevity, while enjoying the camaraderie of friends.
Simply stated – Play for Life.


Providing a professional & friendly club environment for members to develop their Pickleball skills, supported by a courteous, welcoming, and professional staff.

Welcome aboard