Work begins on PGA development in Frisco to create 'hybrid' golf course

A flag marks one of the holes at the Professional Golfers Association of America development.

A flag marks one of the holes at the Professional Golfers Association of America development.

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‘Fore!’ PGA of America's headquarters to anchor 600-acre project in Frisco
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Infrastructure work has begun on the more than 600-acre development where the Professional Golfers' Association of America's headquarters will be located.

The greens and holes have been flagged and marked throughout the hilly topography of the northern Frisco property. The challenge the architects said they have faced is creating a golf course that is fit for both professional and amateur golfers.

But Architects Gil Hanse and Beau Welling said they have been working to design a course fit for champions and beginners.

"Our belief is that we can build a golf course that's somewhat of a hybrid, and grassing will ultimately allow us to do that," Hanse said Oct. 18 during a ceremony for the PGA development. "We're going to basically grass the entire golf course, with the exception of the greens, with one type of grass."

Doing this, Hanse added, will allow the PGA to control the conditions of the course and the length of the grass depending on the event.

The PGA development includes two 18-hole golf courses and one 9-hole course.

"When I first heard about what PGA of Frisco was to be, I so desperately wanted to be involved because it so much reminded me of the club I grew up in," Welling said.

The 18-hole championship golf course is planned to host major PGA tournaments, including the PGA Championship. The first championship tournaments at the course are scheduled to take place in 2023.

The golf courses will also be available to the public for recreational use and to Frisco ISD students for practice and tournaments.

Construction on the development began this summer. The whole project is scheduled to be complete by June 2022.

The PGA announced its move to Frisco in late 2018. The headquarters had been located in Florida for more than 60 years. The new Frisco location will eventually house up to 250 employees.

The development will include a 100,000-square-foot headquarters, a 500-room Omni hotel, a city-owned conference center, three golf courses, a clubhouse and a retail space.

The city of Frisco, Frisco Economic Development Corp., Frisco Community Development Corp. and Frisco ISD are contributing no more than $35 million combined toward the initial $520 million investment. The project will include PGA headquarters, golf courses, clubhouse and other facilities to anchor a mixed-use development.

Along with the PGA, the partnership includes Omni Stillwater Woods, a joint venture hotel between Omni Hotels & Resorts, Stillwater Capital and Woods Capital.
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