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2020 Duel In The Desert
17th ANNUAL Palm Creek Pickleball Tournament

March 4 to March 8, 2020

Palm Creek Golf & RV Resort
Grande, AZ

Tier 2 Event
Seniors Skill/Age 50+
Mens, Womens, and Mixed Doubles
Skill Level 3.0 to 5.0
Double Elimination 50+, 60+, 65+, 70+

*The Largest Tier 2 Event Sponsored by a Club
World Class Pickleball Court Complex with 32 dedicated courts
4 Sunken Medal Courts for easy viewing


Tournament Update as of February 9 2020

Tournament players please note that there is still space remaining in several events for the upcoming Duel in the Desert pickleball tournament.  In fact, we have re-opened some age/skill brackets that were previously closed.  The only events that remain "Closed" are those scheduled for Friday, March 6 (MD 4.5 and MXD 3.0 and 3.5)  So, if you cursed yourself for not getting registered within the first 2 minutes after registration opened, there is a very good chance you can still get into this terrific tournament, by acting right now.

Go to PickleballTournaments.com (PT.com), search for the Duel in the Desert and get your team registered.  Remember that only complete teams, with both partners registered and paid, will be allowed into the Events.  So, get your partners registered too.  If you do not have a partner, you can search for other players needing partners at PT.com once you've gotten to the Duel webpage.  Registration for the Duel closes February 19, 2020.

One more note:  The February Happenings unfortunately re-posted an ad from the 2019 Duel.  Consequently, the dates and schedules are all wrong.  Please visit PickleballTournaments.com for the correct schedule, March 4-8, 2020.

Randy & Chris Ferrell, Tournament Directors





Don't miss our 17th Annual Pickleball Tournament at the Palm Creek Golf and RV Resort in Casa Grande, AZ with 4 days of tournament play and events.

Main events March 4-7.  March 8 is a Rain Day, if needed.

PLEASE REGISTER ONLINE BY CLICKING ON   www.pickleballtournaments.com Enter information in the search box and then click search.

Registration Opens:  January 25, 2020 at 8:00 AM (Arizona Time)
Registration Closes: February 19, 2020

Registrations will be Staggered.  

With staggered registration, the time when registration opens for a player is dictated solely by that player’s UTPR in doubles (i.e. Mens Doubles or Womens Doubles).  Changing a player’s profile at PickleballTournaments.com no longer has any effect on the player’s registration time.  Unfortunately, they do not currently have a way to adjust the software to be more accommodating.

Players who want to play-up in skill level can email the Tournament Directors at chrisferrell345@yahoo.com for a more detailed discussion of strategies to accomplish this.

See the listing in www.pickleballtournments.com for registration times.
Brackets fill quickly and some brackets will be limited.

Brackets will be age within skill with skill levels from 3.0 to 5.0 and 50+, 60+, 65+ and 70+ age groups.

We will have many sponsors and vendors along the "Pickleball Promenade" as well as sports and fitness related booths for players.


Wed MARCH 4:WOMEN'S DOUBLES 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0 (50+, 60+, 65+, 70+)
Thurs MARCH 5: MIXED DOUBLES 4.0, 4.5, 5.0 (50+, 60+, 65+, 70+)
Fri MARCH 6: MIXED DOUBLES 3.0, 3.5 (50+, 60+, 65+, 70+)
MEN'S DOUBLES 4.5, 5.0 (50+, 60+, 65+, 70+)
Sat MARCH 7: MEN'S DOUBLES 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 (50+, 60+, 65+, 70+)

Sunday MARCH 8 - Rain Day, if needed.

Our 2019 Duel In The Desert has come and gone

Thanks to everyone who played, attended and volunteered for our 16th annual tournament here at Palm Creek Golf and RV Resort.   We hope you had as much fun attending as we had putting it on. 

We looking forward to seeing you again in 2020!  

This year we had 817 players making it one of the largest tournaments in North America and the largest club sponsored tournament.  There were 1092 matches played over 4 days.  Our goal was to make our event a world class experience for each player and spectator.

A specials thanks goes out to all the volunteers.  We would not be able to do this without you!!!

2019 Duel In The Desert Tournament Results

Click Link Above - Medal pics, action shots and more!  You will be able to download photos.

Randy & Chris Ferrell
Tournament Directors
And the Tournament Committee

Feedback from our 2019 Participants

How fortunate that I received your email today. I was sitting down to write to you to BEG you to hold the tournament in the future. It is my favorite tournament. It is well run, the volunteers are phenomenal and the venue is top notch!  

I am so happy to hear you will be continuing on.  You are to be commended.....as is your community .......for putting on the "best in show" of tournaments.......I hope everyone involved knows how grateful we are to your community for all the hard work.....it really shows and it really pays off with the result!

Happy Sunday!

Cathy T.

Loved participating in your tournament ...............It was one of our favorite tournaments! Very well done!!


I Just want to say thanks to u and others for all the efforts put forth in having such a wonderful and very organized tournament - I started Playing in July and was in 3 tournaments - they were all fun - but this was the best !

Winning a Medal was even more special in such a big tournament

Rick B.

Congratulations on a really well run tournament.

there were never huge delays between one match and the next.

Already looking forward to next year!

Mark A.

This is the favorite tournament of Pickleball Rocks every single year......

a showcase.

Rodney Rocket G.

Palm Creek Duel In The Desert Pickleball Tournament

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