[bt_rc_text el_id=”bt_rc_text_883bu0kde3″]BRASELTON, Ga. – March 18, 2019 – Château Élan Winery & Resort, the enchanting 16th century styled château and full-service winery nestled among North Georgia’s picturesque foothills, has selected Cliff Drysdale Tennis, the nation’s leading tennis management company, to manage its racquet club. Located just 40 minutes north of Atlanta, Ga., Château Élan is home to a 3,500 acre estate, one of the most awarded wineries on the East Coast, seven delectable restaurants, 40,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, a 35,000 sq. ft. European spa, 45 holes of championship golf and newly renovated racquet club which includes three championship hard courts, two Har-Tru clay courts and four pickleball courts.
“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.”Cliff Drysdale Tennis was founded in 2001 by International Tennis Hall of Famer Cliff Drysdale and partner Don Henderson. Dedicated to growing the game of tennis and strives to develop, Cliff Drysdale Tennis promotes and teaches new programs that bring more tennis to more people. In July 2018, Troon®, the leader in club management, development and marketing acquired Cliff Drysdale Tennis. The acquisition brings together two influential sports management companies that have been excelling around the world for more than two decades. “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.” 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 with Matt Kirkham named as director of tennis. 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, also managed by Cliff Drysdale Tennis.
- 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, newly renovated 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 racquet club. For more information, call 678-425-0900 or visit chateauelan.com.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.