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JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa

74-855 Country Club Drive · Palm Desert, California 92260 USA

Desert Springs PBI Tennis Club

  • 760-341-2211


Staff Profiles & Awards

Director of Tennis - Jim Leupold

Jim Leupold, from Deming, New Mexico, started with PBI in 1986. Jim has led the Desert Springs program for the past 25 years and has coached and played in 17 countries and is a one-time world record-holder for longest rally.

No stranger to the game, Jim's accomplishments include the following ensuring he's the highest professional for tennis:

  • MSU's first-ever Academic All-American
  • JW Marriott Desert Springs Hospitality Manager of the Year
  • PBI Professional of the Year in 1994 and 2011

Desert Springs World Class Team

Dave Kensler, PBI Pickleball Professional
Dave has been teaching and coaching various sports for more than 35 years. He has now added pickleball to that list! As a member of the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA), he has studied with a Top 20 pickleball player in the USA and is rated as a 3.5 to 4.0 player in his age division. Dave follows Pickleball closely and now plays the sport on a regular basis. Just as the tennis boom in the 1970's produced a lot of great players who became coaches just by happenstance, the same is happening with pickleball today. Common-sense, well-paced, and fun lessons with logical progressions are best taught by someone who has been a teacher for decades. This is the expertise that Dave brings to the game of pickleball.

Come experience brand new pickleball fun clinics and social mixers on our two pickleball courts during your stay with us. It's a super-easy and fun game to learn!

Clark Corey - PBI Head Tennis Professional
Few tennis professionals in the world have a resume like Clark Corey. Clark has directed tennis programs in Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai, the British Virgin Islands, Qatar, India, Austria and Thailand. In the U.S., Clark has directed the tennis program at such iconic resorts such as Kapalua Resort on Maui, Carmel Valley Ranch in Carmel Valley, CA, and he opened up The Disney Institute in Orlando, FL. Clark has been named PBI Professional of the Year, is a long-time PBI Regional Manager and is PBI's Tennis Facilities Consultant. We are so lucky to have Clark and his tremendous, infectious energy on the tennis court.

Spencer Weinberg
Spencer Weinberg comes to us from Orange County, CA and brings a great tennis game and a whole lot of energy to our tennis program. Originally from Colorado, Spencer played at Colorado Mesa University where he was twice named Conference Player of the Year, and also appointed Colorado's Player of the Year for 2010. Certified for USTA's "10 & Under" program, Spencer is fantastic for students of all ages and levels.

Peter Burwash International (PBI

Since JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa opened its doors in 1987, Peter Burwash International (PBI) has managed our tennis program. PBI hires and trains tennis professionals, who in-turn direct astounding programs at a variety of resorts and clubs in 25 countries around the world.

In business since 1975, PBI has earned its reputation of having the best-trained and highest service-oriented tennis professionals in the world. Their concepts work for novice and even world-class competitive players. Visit our world-class tennis facility to learn how simple tennis really is and become your own coach.

Our Service Guarantees

  • If the PBI professional arrives even one minute late for a guest's lesson, that lesson is free.
  • If the guest is dissatisfied with the instruction, the lesson is free.
  • If the guest beats the PBI professional in a match, the lesson is free.
  • A free half-hour lesson is offered if we are unable to find a match for a guest when given 24-hour notice.
  • Programming (clinics and drills) are never cancelled due to low attendance.

Awards & Accolades

Our team of world-class PBI instructors greatly enhance our superior tennis facility and amenities. Our number of awards and accolades continue to grow: Awards

  • #4 Tennis Resort in the World; Top 10 for seven straight years
  • Top 5 Tennis Resort in the World for "Instruction and Tennis Programming" eight straight years!!!

  • Eight Most Luxurious Tennis Resorts in the World

FORBES Travel Guide

  • 7 Smashing Resorts for Tennis Enthusiasts

TENNIS Magazine

  • #2 Tennis Resort in Southern California

Gourmet Magazine

  • Top 5 Tennis Resorts in the World

View Our Tennis Brochure (PDF)

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