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The PGA of America announced its plan to move from its longtime home in Florida to Frisco in late 2018. Crall said work on the development has been moving along at a “very positive pace” during the coronavirus pan- demic, with only a “modest” delay in work on the Omni PGA Frisco Resort. Crall said the headquarters and the golf courses are all on track to open in August 2022. “Our golf course architects, Gil Hanse and Beau Welling, have really done a masterful job of creating a unique experience that will chal- lenge the best players in the world and provide an incredibly welcoming and memorable experience for the rest of us,” Crall said. Major PGA tournaments, including the KitchenAid Senior PGA Cham- pionship in 2023, the KPMG Wom- en’s PGA Championship in 2025 and the PGA Championship in 2027, are already scheduled to be played in Frisco. Recreation and education The city of Frisco, Frisco Eco- nomic Development Corp., Frisco Community Development Corp. and Frisco ISD contributed no more than $35 million combined toward the initial $520 million investment for the development. The golf courses, clubhouse and practice areas will be owned by the city and will be oper- ated by PGA of America and Omni Resorts & Hotels. The $5.84 million FISD contrib- uted to the PGA development will grant students access to practice facilities, such as the driving range and short game areas, for four days
Construction has transformed the courses since mid-June 2020.
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M A Y 2 0 2 1 Construction begins on retail project called Golf Experience
This exterior rendering shows what the PGA of America’s new corporate headquarters in Frisco will look like. (Rendering courtesy Page)
F I R S T Q U A R T E R 2 0 2 2 Construction to be completed on PGA of America headquarters F I R S T Q U A R T E R 2 0 2 1 Construction to begin on Omni PGA Frisco Resort
With construction on the PGA of America headquarters and golf courses now underway, Frisco is expected to host 23 PGA championships through 2034.
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D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 8 PGA of America announce plans to move to Frisco S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 9 Construction begins on golf courses
S E P T E M B E R 2 0 2 0 Construction begins on PGA of America headquarters
S U M M E R 2 0 2 2 Two championship golf courses to open S P R I N G 2 0 2 3 Omni PGA Frisco Resort to open Golf Experience retail project to be completed 2 0 2 4 PGA Professional Championship in Frisco
This view of the west course is from October 2020.
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N O V E M B E R 2 0 2 0 Construction and grassing to be ! nished on 34 of the 36 holes on the Championship courses
Work on the golf courses had been underway for about sixmonths byMarch 2020, when this photo was taken. WILLIAM C. WADSACK " COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
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Omni o ! cials said the retail expe- rience will be built around the two acre putting complex and lighted short course that will allow people to continue playing at night. The proj- ect’s # ve retail buildings and an open stage are slated to be completed in Spring 2023. The PGA of America headquar ter s building will
o ! cials in 2013, said he believes the development will be of great bene # t to golf enthusiasts and to the com- munity at large. “The [golf] championships are going to be broadcast to hundreds of countries around the world, and all those people will come here to experience [the PGA Frisco develop- ment],” Ovard said. “That’s a really cool thing, but day in and day out, my family, my neighbors [and] my friends are going to be able to go up there and use it, enjoy it and really get a lot out of it.” America’s home for golf The new PGA of America head- quarters will be part of a 660-acre PGA Frisco campus. In addition to a pair of 18-hole championship golf courses, that campus will include the 500-room Omni Resort and a golf entertainment district with assorted retail shops. The developers of the Omni PGA Frisco Resort plan to begin construc- tion on the 27,000-square-foot Golf Experience retail project in May 2021.
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spring, as are a 10-hole short course and a practice facility, Darrell Crall, chief operating o ! cer of PGA of America, said. He compared the development, which is just south of US 380 along the new PGA Parkway, to The Star in Frisco. Crall described that mixed- use project that is also the world headquarters for the Dallas Cowboys as a destination that draws locals and visitors to the city. He said PGA Frisco will have a similarly “mag- netic, incredibly welcoming vibe.” “We are including … an experien- tial retail area that, whether you’re a golfer or not, we hope that you’ll come and enjoy—whether it’s a cup of co " ee, a scoop of ice cream, maybe an adult beverage or a meal,” Crall said. Frisco city sta " estimate the proj- ect’s economic impact on the city will be more than $2.5 billion over a 20-year span. Frisco attorney David Ovard, who helped connect city leaders with PGA
of each week. The district will pay no operating fees for use and will receive a dis- counted student rate for tee times. The golf courses will also host school district tournaments. In addition to those ben- e # ts, the PGA of America will o " er a multi- tude of educa- tional and career
“WE ARE INCLUDING AN EXPERIENTIAL RETAIL AREA THAT, WHETHER YOU’RE A GOLFER OR NOT, WE HOPE THAT YOU’LL COME AND ENJOY.”
e v e n t u a l l y house around 250 corpo- rate employ- ees as well as golf education spaces and indoor training facilities. “[The devel- opment] is going to wel- come not only
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opportunities, explained Dawes Mar- latt, PGA of America senior director of education and employment. “Everything that we do in our educational system is training and
the citizens of Frisco but the citizens of the world to come and experi- ence everything that we’re doing to make this a magical place to play the game,” Crall said.
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