The Beach at Craig Ranch
Outdoor and sand events take place at our premier sand sports facility, The Beach at Craig Ranch
- Lighted premier sand sports complex with 12 volleyball/tennis courts or 6 to 12 soccer/football fields
- Outdoor showers (4 full body and 2 foot)
- Outdoor speakers with patio audio jacks for DJ or iphone
- 144″ outdoor screen for football watching parties, movies on the grass, or dance parties.
The Beach offers opportunities for players of all ages and skill levels to play various sand sports, like Sand Volleyball, Sand Soccer, and Sand Tennis, all of which are highlighted below:
When you hear Sand Volleyball, you may automatically think of the traditional game, doubles played at the Summer Olympics by elite athletes like 3-time gold medalists, Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor. But at the grassroots level, sand volleyball is played by kids/teens and adults from beginner to elite in a variety of formats including doubles, 4×4 and 6×6!
Sand Soccer, with an emphasis on agility, stamina, finesse, speed, footwork and fun, encourages a high level of fitness that comes from running continuously on sand, a surface less stable than turf plus better conditioning in the players’ legs. The game is played on a smaller field allowing players to shoot from anywhere, resulting in a fast-paced game. The movement and passing of the ball is vastly different from regular soccer due to the sand’s unpredictability. While sand soccer is quite different in play and strategy than regular soccer, playing it makes a better soccer player with the development of unique skills.
Take the fun and fast-paced sport of tennis, combine it with the sun and sand and you have Sand Tennis – a volley game, as ball cannot bounce on sand, that is simple to play and fun for all ages.
The Beach is a great place for non-sand activities too like CORNHOLE and BOCCE BALL that can be played in our large grass area.
We are so excited to bring CORNHOLE to McKinney! Some say cornhole originated in Germany in the 14th century, and then was rediscovered in the hills of Kentucky over 100 years ago. Players take turns pitching their corn bags at the cornhole platform until a player reaches the score of 21 points. A corn bag in the hole scores 3 points, while one on the platform scores 1 point. Scoring can be swift and the lead may change hands several times before the winner is decided. Cornhole is safe and can be played by anyone.
We are in the process of preparing plans to build a few smaller BOCCE BALL courts on our front grass area. More information coming soon.