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JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa

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

  • 760-341-2211

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

Head Tennis Professional - Dave Kensler
Dave Kensler is from Eugene, Oregon and started with PBI in 1982. Dave has received accolades for PBI Professional of the Year, USTA Member and Outstanding Volunteer Award for the state of Hawaii.

PBI Professional - Ben Gottenberg
From Marrietta, Georgia, Ben Gottenberg took the Georgia College Tennis Club tennis program to a first-ever championship bid. Ben is known for a very comprehensive tennis game and his ability on-court to show his easy-going manner or to be a fiery competitor.

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

  • #5 Tennis Resort in the World; Top 10 for six straight years
  • Top 5 Tennis Resort in the World for “Instruction and Tennis Programming” Seven 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)