Elon Musks $1 Pickleball Courts

Elon Musk’s $1 pickleball courts

DALLAS, TX - Elon Musk is known worldwide for SpaceX and X, but he’s made some noise in the pickleball world, too.

Musk became obsessed with America's fastest-growing sport like the rest of us, even going as far as boldly defending pickleball with a particularly memorable response to a tweet from user Farzad Mesbahi.

Mesbahi wrote: “Pickleball is the biggest blight in the history of sports. Stop hijacking tennis courts you bastards.”

Musk then replied: “It’s probably going to crush tennis. Way more convenient.”

The businessman and investor sees pickleball as a sport with endless possibilities, stressing the low barrier of entry and ease with which people can learn the fundamentals and enjoy everything it has to offer.

With that in mind, Musk had to make his mark on the picklesphere.

Founded by the South Africa native, The Boring Company officially opened the Hyperloop Plaza located in Bastrop County, TX. This plaza has a bodega, coffee shop, barber shop, playground, and pickleball courts players can reserve for just one dollar per hour.

The PPA Tour’s Hype Guys, Canton O’Donnell and Erik Iverson, headed to Bastrop County to investigate the courts.

“Sadly, it wasn't that impressive. It was just a concrete pad with iffy painted lines,” revealed O’Donnell.

Seems like it makes sense why they’re so cheap to reserve.

I can’t help but think... you get what you pay for.

“It’s a cool concept, but far away from everything,” added O’Donnell.

Located near SpaceX, the courts are still 45 minutes outside of Austin.

People have voiced their disapproval of Hyperloop Plaza, saying that the bodega is more reminiscent of a mini mart convenience store.

The bodega, barber shop, and video game area are also all housed in a large warehouse with zero decor and character.

Instagram user Jane Ko (@atasteofkoko), documented her experience on-site.

“It wasn’t boring, but it was definitely weird,” said Ko in a video.

She reported that apart from the bodega and coffee shop, the rest of the warehouse was quite empty. 

“If they continue to build and expand, then it will be a sweet spot to go to,” remarked O’Donnell.

Right now, though, these courts don’t appear to be worth the travel time.

We’ll just have to see if Musk eventually builds a court on Mars.