BRASELTON, Ga. – June 29, 2018 – Château Élan Winery & Resort, the enchanting 16th century-styled château and full-service winery nestled among North Georgia’s picturesque foothills, proudly announces the addition of esteemed tennis veteran Tim Dutton to its activities team as head tennis professional. In this role, Dutton will be responsible for elevating the property’s tennis center, The Racquet Club, both physically and operationally, introducing a full-service Tennis Pro Shop and offering both guests and the community enhanced lessons and programming.
“As we continue to upgrade our tennis facilities and offerings, we are thrilled to welcome Tim Dutton to the Château Élan team,” said Glenn Tuckman, general manager of Château Élan Winery & Resort. “Between our recent investments in The Racquet Club and Dutton’s passion, expertise and vision for the program, we’re eager to deliver the superior tennis experience and service our guests and community desire.”
Prior to joining the Château Élan team, Dutton refined his craft as head tennis professional at Medlock Bridge Tennis Center in Alpharetta, Ga. for four years. He has also held head tennis professional roles at Hamilton Mill Golf Club in Braselton, Ga., White Columns Country Club in Milton, Ga. and was director of tennis at Sterling on the Lake in Flowery Branch, Ga. Dutton’s experience on the court is accentuated by his accolades and certifications. In addition to being certified with the United States Professional Tennis Registry and serving as a member of the Georgia Professional Tennis Association (GPTA), Dutton has been recognized by the GPTA as Head Professional of the Year in 2006 and for Program of the Year in 2007.
Château Élan’s newly renovated Racquet Club will celebrate its refreshed design, by renowned tennis professional Stan Smith, on July 21, 2018 at a grand opening event. The celebration will feature pro exhibitions in tennis and pickleball, giveaways, new products from Head Racket Sports, open registration for fall programs and free gifts with day of membership signup.
The Raquet Club boasts three hard courts, two clay courts and four pickleball courts. The new full-service Tennis Pro Shop also offers a range of services including assistance with new gear selection, re-stringing and demo racket rentals, with on-staff tennis professionals available for private lessons. The Club is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with hours subject to availability.
Guests also have the option to choose an exclusive overnight tennis package for two including their choice of accommodations in a villa or at the inn also complete with two hours of court time, two hours of group workshop with the Château Élan Tennis Pro, a wine tasting (eight total wines) at the Cellar Door Tasting Bar and breakfast at Versailles. Tennis packages start at $479.
Located within the bustling Atlanta metro of Braselton, Château Élan offers guests traveling for business or leisure a unique destination experience marked by its unmatched luxury, distinguished offerings and amenities. Home to the most awarded winery in the Southeast, seven delectable
restaurants, 40,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, a destination spa and 45 holes of championship golf managed by Troon Golf, Château Élan invites guests of all preferences to explore and enjoy the property’s picturesque land and architecture.
To learn more about Château Élan Winery & Resort, to book an upcoming visit or to join The Racquet Club, please visit chateauelan.com or call 678-425-0900.
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. For more information, call 678-425-0900 or visit chateauelan.com.
Wheelock Street Capital Wheelock Street Capital (www.wheelockst.com) was formed in 2008 by Rick Kleeman and Jonathan Paul, two veteran real estate private equity investors, each with over 25 years of broad real estate transaction experience across all major asset classes. Wheelock has since raised over $2 billion in capital commitments and is currently investing its fifth fund comprising $725 million of commitments from leading pension funds, endowments and foundations. Wheelock will invest in a broad range of real estate assets throughout the United States. The fund may invest directly or with high quality joint venture partners through a variety of capital structures and transaction types, including acquisitions, restructurings, and recapitalizations.
HEI Hotels & Resorts
HEI Hotels & Resorts, headquartered in Norwalk, Conn., is a leading hospitality company that acquires, develops, owns and operates full-service, upper upscale and luxury hotels and resorts, as well as, premium select-service hotels throughout the United States under such well-known brand families as Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt and IHG. HEI takes a holistic approach to creating value for its investors and employees by setting the highest standards across all aspects of hotel management and operation and focusing on the central principles of excellence and continuous improvement. HEI prides itself on some of the highest employee satisfaction scores in the hospitality industry, fuels local economic prosperity by investing in communities and is committed to environmental stewardship and sustainability. For more information about HEI, visit www.heihotels.com.