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Cliff Drysdale Tennis Selected to Manage Operations at Château Élan Racquet Club

Cliff Drysdale Tennis Selected to Manage Operations at Château Élan Racquet Club

5 Court Facility Becomes First Georgia Location in CDT Portfolio

Braselton, GA (March 18, 2019) — Cliff Drysdale Tennis, the nation’s leading tennis management company, has been selected to manage tennis operations at Château Élan Winery and Resort, the enchanting 16th century-styled château and full-service winery nestled among North Georgia’s picturesque foothills.

Located just 40 minutes North of Atlanta, Ga., Château Élan is North Georgia’s premier meeting, event and vacation destination. On the 3,500-acre estate sits a 16th century-styled French château with a full-service winery and tasting bar, a AAA Four Diamond Inn and conference center, a 35,000-square foot European spa mansion, championship golf managed by Troon, a variety of dining options and much more. The Château Élan Racquet Club facilities include three championship hard courts, two Har-Tru clay courts and four Pickleball courts.

“We are thrilled to work with the great team and stunning property at Château Élan,” said Scott McCulloch, Vice President of Operations for Cliff Drysdale Tennis. “The brand new tennis facility has immense potential and we look forward to providing the Ultimate Tennis Experience for players of all ages and abilities. This is truly a must-visit destination.”

Cliff Drysdale Tennis was founded in 2001 by International Tennis Hall of Famer Cliff Drysdale and partner Don Henderson. CDT is dedicated to growing the game of tennis and strives to develop, promote and teach new programs that bring more tennis to more people. In July 2018, Troon®, the leader in club management, development, and marketing acquired CDT. The acquisition brings together two influential sports management companies that have been excelling at locations around the world for more than two decades.

“We’re honored to welcome the Cliff Drysdale Tennis team to the Chateau Elan family,” said Ed Walls, general manager, Château Élan Winery & Resort. “With their level of expertise in tennis management, coupled with our recent enhancements, we know this will deliver a superior sport experience to our guests and neighborhood visitors.”

The tennis program at Château Élan will feature a busy schedule of daily programming, tournaments, special events, luxury tennis camps and more. The Racquet Club is open to Members, Non-Members and Resort Guests. Matt Kirkham has been named Director of Tennis, effective immediately. Kirkham, originally from Nottingham, United Kingdom, has over a decade of coaching experience, including his most recent position as Junior Program Director at Bluewater Bay Tennis Center, managed by Cliff Drysdale Tennis.

Lessons, clinics and court reservations can be made by contacting Matt Kirkham at m.kirkham@cliffdrysdale.com

For more information about Château Élan Winery and Resort, visit: www.chateauelan.com

For Cliff Drysdale Tennis inquiries, please contact Joey Hanf at j.hanf@cliffdrysdale.com

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About Cliff Drysdale Tennis

Founded in 2001 by International Tennis Hall of Fame member Cliff Drysdale and partner Don Henderson, specializes in daily tennis and fitness operations and management for resorts, hotels and private clubs; sports design and construction consultation for companies interested in building world-class facilities; educational programs, summer camps, clinics and retreats; and resort, hotel corporate outing planning and leisure operations. CDM is dedicated to growing the game of tennis and strives to develop, promote and teach new programs that bring more tennis to more people. As the sport continues to grow, as does the CDM commitment to hire, educate and advance talented tennis professionals that provide service excellence both on and off the court. Cliff Drysdale Management’s property portfolio currently boasts 30 tennis facilities nationwide, including multiple Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal ranked tennis resorts on Tennis Resorts Online’s Top 100 list. In July 2018, Troon®, the leader in club management, development, and marketing acquired Cliff Drysdale Management. The acquisition brings together two influential sports management companies that have been excelling at locations around the world for more than two decades.  For more information, visit www.cliffdrysdale.com

 

About Château Élan Winery & Resort

As North Georgia’s premier meeting, event and vacation destination, Château Élan Winery & Resort is located just 40 minutes north of Atlanta. On the estate sits a 16th century-styled French château with a full-service winery and tasting bar, a AAA Four Diamond Inn and conference center, a 35,000 sq. ft. European spa, 45 holes of championship golf, tennis center, seven delectable restaurants and more. The winery and resort is owned by an affiliate of Wheelock Street Capital and managed by HEI Hotels & Resorts, while Troon manages the golf experience and Cliff Drysdale Tennis manages the Château Élan Racquet Club. For more information, call 678-425-0900 or visit chateauelan.com.

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