Wild Dunes Resort, located on the picturesque Island of Palms, is delighted to introduce Damien Spizzo as its new Director of Pickleball. As a destination renowned for its exceptional tennis and pickleball offerings, the resort has consistently earned its place among the Top 10 Tennis Resorts in the U.S. for ten consecutive years, as recognized by Tennis Magazine. Currently holding the prestigious ranking of the world’s second-best tennis resort and fourth-best pickleball resort, Wild Dunes Resort continues to solidify its position as a premier sports vacation destination.
Clayton Langheim, Wild Dunes Resort’s Director of Tennis, expressed his excitement about the appointment, stating, “Wild Dunes is thrilled to welcome Damien as our new Director of Pickleball. With the growing popularity of Pickleball, Damien’s expertise will undoubtedly contribute to further enhancing our reputation as a premier destination for both tennis and pickleball.”
Over the past year, Wild Dunes Resort has experienced significant growth in pickleball, resulting in the addition of four new pickleball courts. The resort now offers a range of clinics catering to beginner and advanced players, as well as private and group lessons. Social and competitive open play opportunities are available for players of different skill levels, and guests can conveniently access an on-site pro shop for their equipment needs.
Damien Spizzo, an accomplished tennis player and coach, joins Wild Dunes Resort with an impressive background. He was a member of the NCAA 2002 Division 1 USC Trojans Championship tennis team at the University of Southern California. He later achieved the honor of being named to the 2004 ALL SEC 1st tennis team and 2004 All American at the University of Tennessee. While coaching more than 100 Division 1 Athletes, Spizzo’s passion for tennis led him to discover pickleball. In 2021, he transitioned to become a pickleball coach and went on to achieve a Top 25 Professional World Ranking in 2022 as part of the Professional Pickleball Association (PPA). Remarkably, he continues to coach three of the top 10 Men’s Single Players in tennis and shares his tennis insights as a Tennis insider for ESPN Radio.
With the addition of Damien Spizzo as Director of Pickleball, Wild Dunes Resort aims to further elevate its facilities and deliver an unparalleled experience for guests. The resort aspires to become the ultimate destination for both tennis and pickleball enthusiasts, offering an exceptional blend of world-class instruction, top-notch facilities, and unforgettable sporting experiences.