Michael is a 35 year resident of the Coachella Valley and a graduate of the University of Redlands with a degree in Political Science. He has been involved in tennis since the age of eight and has been teaching clinics and camps for the past 25 years.
Michael was exposed early to the workings of a country club, his grandfather owned one in Palm Springs; and since his grandfather was also the developer, Michael literally saw how a tennis club was created from the ground up. At age 14 he started his serious study of tennis at the Rancho Mirage Reed Anderson Tennis School and credits his style to the teaching he received and provided there for a total of 14 years.
In 1997, the opportunity arose for him to instruct at Shadow Mountain Resort’s highly acclaimed Desert Tennis Academy, where he took his love of tennis. Since then, his attachment to the resort culminated into ownership in 2009. Having such a dedicated tennis enthusiast as a part owner is great news for anyone wanting to improve their game in an atmosphere that is specifically geared to the game. Michael is committed to creating a resort that stays serious about tennis and yet has a more social vibe, wanting to give the historical Shadow Mountain Resort & Club a updated look; and create a social ambiance that entices people to come play and hang out with friends while improving their tennis game, aspiring for them to come back over and over again. He enthusiastically takes on the challenge of keeping Shadow Mountain Resort a favorite hotspot for years to come.
Donny Felich, Tennis Professional
A Coachella Valley resident, Donny grew up playing junior tennis in the California desert winters, and Tahoe City during the summer months. He played 4 years of varsity tennis at Palm Desert High School, captaining the team, as well as playing #1 singles his last 3 years; and won the Desert Valley League Singles title as a high school senior, winning the CIF Division 2 Player of the Year Award.
Playing college tennis at Sonoma State and Santa Rosa Junior College, Donny won the Big 8 Conference Doubles title and was ranked Top 10 in Doubles in the state of California.
During the summer, Donny runs the tennis program at Tahoe Tavern Properties located in beautiful Lake Tahoe, California and is certified at the highest levels through the PTR and USPTA.
When not on the court, he enjoys paddle boarding, fly fishing, camping and many other outdoor activities. Donny works part time in the radio/emcee industry and is a part time country-western line dancing instructor.