Nestled on the northern tip of Island of Palms, Wild Dunes Resort – a destination by Hyatt, has announced the hire of Damien Spizzo as its Director of Pickleball.
The ultimate tennis and pickleball vacation destination for those seeking to improve or learn new skills on the court, Wild Dunes Resort has been ranked 10 years in a row among the Top 10 Tennis Resorts in the U.S by Tennis Magazine, and currently holds the ranking of No. 2 best tennis resort in the world and the No. 4 best pickleball resort.
“Wild Dunes is thrilled to welcome Damien as our new Director of Pickleball,” said Wild Dunes Resort Director of Tennis, Clayton Langheim. “With Pickleball taking the world by storm, Damien will tremendously continue to enhance the Wild Dunes tennis and pickleball reputation.”
The sport has grown tremendously at Wild Dunes Resort over the last year, offering four newly added pickleball courts and various clinics for beginner and advanced levels, as well as private and group lessons and social and competitive open play for different levels along with an on-site pro shop.
“I couldn’t be more excited to join the Wild Dunes Team and a top 5 pickleball resort,” says Spizzo. “Our ever-present goal will be to continue to enhance our facilities and provide the best experience for our guests as we work toward becoming the No. 1 resort for both tennis and pickleball.”
As a tennis player, Spizzo was part of the NCAA 2002 Division 1 USC Trojans Championship tennis team at the Univ. of Southern California and later part of the 2004 ALL SEC 1st tennis team and 2004 All American at the University of Tennessee before switching gears to coaching. Having coached more than 100 Division 1 Athletes, his passion for tennis peaked his interest in pickleball. In 2021, Spizzo became a pickleball coach and in 2022 achieved a Top 25 Professional World Ranking as part of Professional Pickleball Association (PPA), while simultaneously coaching three of the top 10 Men’s Single Players in tennis. Spizzo is also a Tennis insider for ESPN Radio.
About Wild Dunes Resort
Located 30 minutes from the charm and grace of historic downtown Charleston, Wild Dunes Resort occupies 1,600 acres of oceanfront paradise along the Atlantic shores offering various accommodations including the new, coastal-modern Sweetgrass Inn; the beloved AAA Four-Diamond-rated Boardwalk Inn; spacious Residences at Sweetgrass guestrooms, suites, and penthouses; and a collection of private condos and vacation home rentals. With 36 holes of Tom Fazio-designed championship golf year-round, internationally ranked tennis, bike rentals, a world-class spa, an on-site art gallery, resort pools and an array of restaurants and bars, Wild Dunes is an ideal retreat for families, couples, groups and more – offering a little something for everyone.