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Esplanade Golf & Country Club's Dominique Lemperle receives national honor from USPTA

Naples, Fla. (October 3, 2023) – Esplanade Golf & Country Club’s Director of Sports Courts Dominique Lemperle has been named the 2023 recipient of the ‘George Bacso Coach Developer of the Year Award’ by the United State Professional Tennis Association (USPTA). The George Bacso Coach Developer of the Year award recognizes the USPTA coach developer who does the most to advance certification opportunities and the certification process. She officially received the award at the USPTA National Conference in Orlando on September 28th.

Lemperle is head coach developer for the USPTA’s Florida Division, and has coached and certified more than 100 pickleball coaches. At Esplanade Golf & Country Club, she manages an active program of 450 pickleball players. Born and raised in Germany, Lemperle was recruited to play college tennis at the University of Colorado at Boulder and played No.1 singles and doubles. She graduated with a master’s degree in journalism and has worked as a sports writer and tennis graphics operator at Grand Slams, representing IBM. She moved to South Florida in 2015, became a USPTA Elite Tennis Pro and started her pickleball teaching and playing career. 

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“Being a leader means having the privilege to create other leaders; I am thankful to be in this position and appreciate the recognition from the USPTA,” said Lemperle.  “My work is paying off here at Esplanade as Rodrigo Reyes Del Rio is extremely successful and popular on and off the tennis and pickleball courts.”

“We couldn’t be more proud to have Dominique as part of the Esplanade Team.  Her passion for the sports she loves, the community, Members and fellow teammates show in everything she does.  She is a consummate professional and prides herself in growing not only the game but also her own personal abilities and contributions to Esplanade.,” said Esplanade Golf & Country Club General Manager David Kupstas. 

Founded in 1927 and based in Lake Nona, Fla, the USPTA is the global leader in tennis-teacher certification and professional development. With more than 14,000 members worldwide and 17 divisions nationwide, the Association’s mission is to raise the standards of tennis-teaching professionals and coaches and to promote a greater awareness of the sport.

Located in Naples, Fla., Esplanade Golf & Country Club is the centerpiece of the beautiful Esplanade community developed by Taylor Morrison Homes. The gated community includes approximately 1,798 acres, 1,000 of which are natural preserves, wetlands and walking trails, as well as over 170 acres of lakes. Esplanade Golf & Country Club features an 18-hole Chris Wilczynski-designed golf course and a community wellness center that includes a fitness center with cardio and strength training machines, free weights, a movement studio, a variety of group fitness classes, personal training sessions, wellness seminars as well as spa and massage services. The wellness center also features a resort-style pool, tennis, pickleball and bocce programs.  

Troon Privé, the private club operating division of Troon, manages the golf, club, resort-style amenities, food & beverage operations, golf course agronomy, membership marketing as well as Esplanade’s community master association.  For more information on Esplanade Golf & Country Club, visit

About Troon

Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf and golf-related hospitality management company providing services at 825-plus locations, including 825-plus 18-hole equivalent golf courses around the globe. In addition to golf, Troon specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages 600-plus food and beverage operations located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 45-plus states and 30-plus countries, Troon’s family of brands includes Troon Golf, Troon Privé, Troon International, Indigo Sports, CADDIEMASTER, ClubUp, Cliff Drysdale Tennis, Peter Burwash International, True Club Solutions, RealFood Hospitality, Strategy and Design, Casa Verde Golf and ICON Management. For additional news and information, visit

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