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For Pickleball Fanatics:
A Retreat
written by Dan Smith
The very name, pickleball, sounds absurd, but there's nothing at all
ridiculous about Kristie MacDonald's Pickleball Retreat in Moneta.
K
ristie MacDonald doesn't even attempt to
underplay the value of pickleball. " It is not a sport,
it is a community, " she insists.
It is also a pretty good living the way she plays
it. MacDonald is the owner of Lake View Farm
Pickleball Retreat, a Moneta facility that can be rented for $400
a night (sleeping as many as eight adults) and comes with all the
pickleball you can handle.
A lot of people can handle it. In the spring, reservations
were sold out until September and there didn't seem to be any
slowing down. We're talking about the Time of Covid.
The rental includes a five-bedroom house with 4.5 baths,
workout facilities, a pickle ball court, a swimming pool and
a fishing lake, and Smith Mountain Lake access (with kayaks
available). And, of course, you get a national champion
pickleball player as your personal coach.
MacDonald is a former six-sport high school athlete who
played soccer at Brigham Young University and whose daughter,
Briana Lanktree, was a celebrated scholarship volleyball player
at Virginia Tech. MacDonald and her wife of 12 years, Deborah
MacDonald , followed Briana east from California several years
ago and fell in love with the mountains.
Kristie MacDonald literally fell into pickleball by accident. She
was a special education teacher in Los Angeles for 27 years and
her life had always been full of vigorous activity. Until she fell off
a ladder and broke her leg. That caused serious knee problems
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