Joining Forces: Peter Burwash International
By Joey Hanf
Troon, the leader in providing golf and club-related leisure and hospitality services, announced the acquisition of Peter Burwash International (PBI), a leading tennis management company whose portfolio includes over 25 properties globally in December of 2021.
Founded in 1975, Peter Burwash International specializes in tennis instruction, program development, marketing, operations and daily tennis activities for five-star resorts, hotels and tennis clubs worldwide. PBI Founder and Chairman, Peter Burwash, a former Canadian champion, has been an icon in the tennis industry for over 45 years as a world-renowned coach, widely sought after motivational speaker, tennis TV commentator and author of eight books. Recognized for its innovative Tennis For Life® instruction and exceptional customer service, PBI directs tennis programs for exclusive properties in North America, Hawaii, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Caribbean.
“PBI is the perfect addition to our Troon family of brands as we continue to grow our racquet sports division,” said Tim Schantz, President and CEO, Troon.“PBI’s focus on providing quality programs and professionals, and passion for customer service is consistent with Troon’s mission. When we add PBI’s global network of resorts and clubs to our existing Cliff Drysdale Tennis portfolio, it creates inside of Troon the largest third party operator of racquet sports in the United States and provides exciting and numerous opportunities for PBI, CDM and Troon associates, members and guests to enjoy racquet sports around the world.”
“We are very excited to welcome PBI to the Troon family and I look forward to working together to grow our racquet sports business,” said Don Henderson, President of Cliff Drysdale Tennis. “PBI’s methodology and standout service for their clients has always been something I’ve admired, and we will be working closely to elevate racquet experiences worldwide.”
PBI has dozens of luxury tennis destinations in their portfolio; let’s take a look at a few notable spots that should be on your tennis travel bucket list.
FOUR SEASONS PUNTA MITA
If tropical is your vibe, then Punta Mita is your answer. The magical charm and ideal weather of Mexico’s west coast have long been a magnet for those seeking the perfect vacation and a respite from colder climates. Less than an hour from Puerto Vallarta, Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita is located in a 607-hectare (1,500-acre) nature reserve. The Resort is on the northern tip of Bahía de Banderas – one of the world’s largest natural bays. The shoreline of this 1,100-hectare (2,718-acre) community is fringed by over 14.5 kilometres (9 miles) of pristine white sand and rugged lava rock formations. Rising in the background are the jungle peaks of the Sierra Madre Mountains. Director of Racquets Miguel Lopez leads efforts of the racquets program, which includes eight tennis courts, two padel courts, and two pickleball courts.
OWL'S NEST RESORT
Thornton, New Hampshire
Owl's Nest Resort is an all-encompassing destination that features amenities and lodging for the whole family. The 600-acre residential community is complemented by a variety of lodging options including houses, cottages and hotel rooms. The 18 hole golf course designed by Jack Niklaus introduces a unique experience just less than two hours from Boston combined with the inspired living that can only be found in the White Mountains. Owl's Nest also features Lake Harold, a man-made lake on property, as well as multiple restaurant and dining options. Visitors, guests and members have access to three unique racquet sports at Owl's Nest. The resort opened four platform tennis courts in 2021, and unveiled eight clay tennis courts alongside 13 pickleball courts in early June, 2022. The resort is the only facility in New Hampshire to feature platform tennis, pickleball and tennis. Director of Racquets Luana Stanciu leads an energic program of daily clinics, lessons and camps.
BIO HOTEL STANGLWIRT
Wilden Kaiser, Austria
What’s better than a trip to Europe in summer? If you’re looking to get away from home and play world class tennis, there’s no better place than Bio Hotel Stanglwirt. Considered the most famous Five Star luxury resort in the German-speaking world, the resort has a tennis facility to match its reputation. It was voted as the most beautiful setting in the world to play tennis according to Business Insider and is also known for being the #1 rated Tennis Camp by Tennis Resorts Online Europe. The hotel has eight outdoor clay courts, six indoor carpet courts, and the alpine panorama will leave you feeling inspired after a day on the courts. PBI hosts its famous World Tennis Camps at Stanglwirt in June and September, the perfect opportunity to visit. Phillipe Azar, an incredibly experienced director and pro, leads a world class staff that provides unparalleled service and instruction.