Award-Winning Tennis Resort Welcomes New Leader from Cliff Drysdale Tennis
AMELIA ISLAND, FL (March 20, 2012) – A U.S. top 50 tennis resort according to Tennis Magazine, the Omni Amelia Island Plantation’s Racquet Park has hosted tennis legends like the Williams sisters, Andre Agassi, Chris Evert and Maria Sharapova. Tucked under canopied oaks, the facility includes 23 Har-Tru® fast-dry clay courts, three of which are lighted for night play.
CLIFF DRYSDALE TENNIS SCHOOL
Nestled on the tip of Northeast Florida’s barrier island, the Omni Amelia Island Plantation and its newly re-branded tennis school, Cliff Drysdale Tennis, welcome Scott Colebourne as the new director of tennis. Colebourne comes to the luxury property from Stratton Mountain Resort in Vermont, where he has led the resort’s Drysdale Tennis School since 2009. Under his direction, the Stratton Mountain Resort’s tennis program was propelled to a top ranking with Tennis Magazine’s “Top Tennis Resorts” and Tennis Resorts Online’s “Top Tennis Camps.” Colebourne holds a Bachelor of Management Studies from the University of Waikato, New Zealand and was nationally ranked in the top five for collegiate tennis players in New Zealand, eventually playing at the collegiate All American level at Vincennes University in Indiana.
“The Omni Amelia Island Plantation is proud to welcome Scott Colebourne,” said Paul Eckert, general manager of the resort. “This addition is an exciting enhancement to our tennis program, and we’re thrilled to offer our guests the level of excellence they have come to expect.”
“I am very excited about the opportunities ahead of me at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation,” said Colebourne. “The resort has a long, rich tennis history, and I look forward to enhancing the already stellar reputation as a top tennis destination and delivering the Cliff Drysdale Ultimate Tennis Experience for which our company is well known.”
More About the Omni Amelia Island Plantation
Beginning a new chapter in its nearly 40-year heritage, the Omni Amelia Island Plantation is undergoing an extensive re-imagination project (read article about the $80 million-plus investment).
As Florida’s award-winning island destination, the resort is recognized for offering a luxury resort experience in perfect harmony with nature, rich in recreational activities. The certified Green Lodging Destination is nestled between the Atlantic Ocean, lush marshlands and the Intracoastal Waterway, located just north of Jacksonville, Fla. The property sits on three-and-a-half miles of wide, uncrowded beaches and includes 49,000 square feet of flexible meeting space; 54 holes of championship golf; 23 Har-Tru® tennis courts; award-winning recreation programs; a shopping village with restaurants, boutiques and gift shops as well as the nature-inspired signature spa; a state-of-the-art fitness center; nine culinary options ranging from casual to fine dining; kids camps; and numerous activities for adventurers including water sports, horseback riding, walking, hiking and Segway tours. With 249 guest rooms in the oceanfront resort, the Villas of Amelia Island Plantation Resort offer 300 one-, two- and three-bedroom villas with ocean, golf or resort views.
For more information, please call 1-800-The-Omni or visit omniameliaislandplantation.com.
About Cliff Drysdale Tennis
Cliff Drysdale Tennis (CDT), founded in 2001 by tennis legend Cliff Drysdale and partners Don Henderson and Tom Brownhill, specializes in daily tennis operations and management for resorts, hotels and private tennis clubs; sports design and construction consultation for companies interested in building world-class tennis facilities; tennis educational programs, summer camps, clinics and retreats; and resort, hotel corporate outing planning and leisure operations. For more information, visit www.cliffdrysdale.com