Santa Barbara, CA (June 15, 2020) — Cliff Drysdale Tennis has been selected to manage tennis operations at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara, a luxury resort set on the Pacific coast of Central California. Luis Vallecillo has been named Director of Tennis, effective immediately. Programming will begin on a limited basis with an emphasis on safe-play and social distancing.
With 78 acres of oceanfront property, including two miles of natural beach, The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Banta Barbara offers an expansive sun-drenched setting with endless vistas of sea and sky. The resort features innovative and artful design that is in keeping with the intimacy and aesthetics of a Mediterranean village. Unwind at an award-winning 42,000-square-foot spa and fitness center or relax beside one of three zero-edge swimming pools and 26 private cabanas. The resort’s 358 newly-renovated guestrooms and signature suites artfully infuse luxurious interiors with modern technologies for a true sense of comfort. Additional resort amenities include a new oceanfront restaurant, a Foley wine tasting room, and the adjacent Sandpiper Golf Club. The tennis facility features four Har-Tru clay courts, a pro shop and players’ lounge.
“We’re so excited to partner with The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara to offer the Ultimate Tennis Experience at this stunning resort,” said Kimberly Runyan, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Cliff Drysdale Tennis. “We look forward to introducing a robust program for resort guests and members, as well as rolling out some unique and extravagant adult tennis camp experiences in the near future.”
Luis Vallecillo, originally from Ensenada, Mexico, has extensive tennis resort experience, including his most recent position as Junior Program Director at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Florida. Vallecillo competed collegiately at Howard Payne University before coaching stints at the world renowned John Newcombe Tennis Ranch (TX), and Omni La Costa Resort & Spa (CA).
“I’m thrilled to oversee the tennis program at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara,” said Vallecillo. “I look forward to making our tennis program one that is full of energy and has great options for all players.”
Tennis programs at The Ritz-Carlton will follow current Cliff Drysdale Tennis Safe Play protocols, and have been adjusted to ensure the safety of all members, guests and staff. Low-ratios on court and new sanitation procedures will ensure that players can enjoy tennis while maintaining proper social distancing.
For more information on The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara, visit: www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/california/santa-barbara/For more information on Cliff Drysdale Tennis, visit: www.cliffdrysdale.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 33 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