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Desert Highlands names Robin Scott its director of racquet sports

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.)Desert Highlands – the acclaimed luxury golf club and community in the stunning Sonoran Desert of North Scottsdale – has tabbed Robin Scott as its new Director of Racquet Sports.

Certified by the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) as an Elite Professional, Scott comes to Desert Highlands from the Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club in Dallas, where he focused on the member experience, racquet sports programming, operations and maintenance, and honed his overall hospitality skills. Throughout his professional career in the private club industry, Scott has served multiple roles including staff tennis professional, head tennis professional, director of tennis and athletic director.

Robin Scott

Scott was a decorated singles and doubles player at Oklahoma State University, where he was a two-time team captain and won multiple individual and team conference championships. A native of Edinburgh, Scotland, Scott was the No. 1 tennis player in his home country during his four years in college.

“Robin brings a tremendous amount of expertise in providing exemplary service at an elite club, and we are delighted to welcome him to our team,” says Monty Becton, General Manager / COO. “His qualifications and knowledge will enhance the overall racquet sports experience for our members.”

“Throughout my career I have enjoyed engaging with club members, creating new ways for them to enjoy the sport, and spending time on the court both in teaching and playing capacity,” Scott adds. “Additionally, I take great pride in supporting, mentoring and developing team members to better their professional experience and further their careers.”

The Desert Highlands’ Racquet Club sports 13 tennis courts featuring all three Grand Slam surfaces – grass, clay and hard – and two regulation-size pickleball courts. The Racquet Club also annually hosts one of the premier tennis tournaments found anywhere – the USTA Southwest Grass Court Classic. Noted ATP player Nick Kyrgios considers Desert Highlands’ grass courts “better than Wimby [Wimbledon].”

Desert Highlands’ energetic lifestyle consistently draws discerning families and active Boomers in equal measure – tennis enthusiasts, golfers, pet lovers, and health and wellness enthusiasts. A full social calendar allows residents to fully enjoy this peaceful community.

This past October, Desert Highlands unveiled Jack’s, a lively gastropub inside the clubhouse named after legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus, who also designed the club’s award-winning golf course. Led by award-winning architect Erik B. Peterson of PHX Architecture, Jack’s is a high-energy gathering space that diversifies Desert Highlands’ dining options. Earlier this month, Golf, Inc. Magazine awarded Jack’s its coveted Golden Fork Award in the New Private Club category.

Stretching to over 7,100 yards, the Desert Highlands golf course re-opened in 2019 after a $7 million renovation project that included refurbishing every bunker, restoring the 13th hole to its original design, installing a new irrigation system and updating cart paths. The Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course offers a challenging, but fair test, and striking views of Pinnacle Peak and the lights of the Valley spread across the horizon in the distance below. Desert Highlands was Nicklaus’ first design in Arizona, and immediately set the bar for desert golf experiences, not only in Scottsdale but statewide and nationwide.

In addition, Desert Highlands boasts a 7,700-square-foot Wellness Center, an 18-hole professionally designed putting course and a spacious dog park. Inside, the club provides residents peace of mind with an upgraded state-of-the-art security system, professionally trained security personnel, visitor control and access, and other protection amenities. Among the acclaimed residential services that truly pamper residents and meet their specific needs – shipping and transportation assistance, pool and spa maintenance, auto detailing and other customized services.

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About Desert Highlands
Scottsdale's premier private community and club, Desert Highlands melds Sonoran Desert luxury with world-class golf, tennis, dining and residential services. Located just 30 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Desert Highlands is easily accessible for second and vacation homeowners. It is only minutes away from famed Old Town Scottsdale and its myriad shops, restaurants and art galleries. Homes (all resale) range from $1 million to over $6 million, and feature architecturally adapted styles and systems for life in America's most vibrant desert. A residential remodel program offers investors the opportunity to have the membership fee waived during the period in which they are restoring / upgrading their investment property. The club’s Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course is considered one of the best layouts in Arizona, and hosted the first two Skins Games back in 1983-84.

Robert Rodriguez (210.441.0952)
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