‘Golf is our ocean’: PGA of America previews scenic headquarters in Frisco

The future PGA of America headquarters in Frisco will be surrounded by two 18-hole courses, a short course and a practice range. (Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)
The future PGA of America headquarters in Frisco will be surrounded by two 18-hole courses, a short course and a practice range. (Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)

The future PGA of America headquarters in Frisco will be surrounded by two 18-hole courses, a short course and a practice range. (Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)

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The ground floor of the PGA of America headquarters will include a room called "The Bunker," where technology will help refine the game of golf professionals. (Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The future PGA of America headquarters will feature retractable windows that open up into surrounding golf courses. (Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Project Manager John Newkirk showcases the second floor of the future PGA of America headquarters. It will house 109 work stations for some of the nearly 300 PGA employees. (Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Jimmy Terry, senior director of PGA Golf Properties, said he hopes to inspire all who visit to explore golf. He also said several attractions will appeal to non-golfers. (Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The fourth floor of the future PGA of America headquarters offers a scenic view of two 18-hole courses framed by the skyline of the city of Frisco. (Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Jimmy Terry, senior director of PGA Golf Properties, said the Omni PGA Frisco Resort and related retail will attract tourists of all interests. (Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)
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PGA of America executives described the surrounding golf courses as an ocean of rolling hills. (Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The Omni PGA Frisco Resort is being built in close proximity to the future PGA of America headquarters. (Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The PGA of America headquarters will be across the street from the future Panther Creek High School in Frisco ISD. (Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The front side of the future PGA of America headquarters will have a driveway and parking spots. (Rendering courtesy PGA of America)
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The lobby of the future PGA of America headquarters will greet guests and employees. (Rendering courtesy PGA of America)
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A "social staircase" will allow PGA of America employees to network. (Rendering courtesy PGA of America)
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The back of the future PGA of America faces the golf courses around the facility. (Rendering courtesy PGA of America)
The Professional Golfers Association of America has its sights set on individuals who have never putted a golf ball as work continues on its future headquarters in north Frisco.

Development around the future PGA headquarters is designed to inspire residents and tourists who come to enjoy a beer or ice cream to pick up a club and maybe work their way up to the public golf courses.

“It's a place that's inviting to nongolfers, as well as challenging the greatest players in the world with our major championships,” said Jimmy Terry, senior director of PGA Golf Properties. “It's just a place that you can come out and never hit a golf shot on the golf course and have a hell of a time.”

PGA executives Nov. 9 showcased their future workspace under construction at 1916 PGA Parkway. The four-story building itself is mostly complete as workers build fixtures on the inside of the building. The completion of the headquarters is scheduled for around the third quarter of next year.

The headquarters is part of a 660-acre, $520 million mixed-use campus that will feature two championships, 18-hole golf courses, a short course and a putting green called “The Dance Floor.”


A 500-room Omni Resort called Omni PGA Frisco Resort is also in the works. The resort and surrounding golf-themed restaurants and retail stores are scheduled to be completed by spring 2023.

Some out of the nearly 300 PGA employees will work within the Frisco headquarters, Chief People Officer Sandy Cross said. Cross said not all employees will be located in Frisco as PGA has facilities in south Florida and New York City.

“Fifteen percent of our workforce has been hired during the pandemic. They haven't met each other yet in person,” Cross said. “We want people to be able to come together live in person but still give our team members that work life flexibility that we know is important to them.”

Frisco ISD students will be able to take advantage of the golf courses thanks to $5.84 million contributed by the district. The students will be able to access courses Mondays through Thursdays in September to May of each year, according to Terry. Several city entities and the school district have invested $35 million combined toward the PGA development.

Terry said his team jokes about how there are no scenic oceans around the future headquarters but offered what he believes is a worthy substitute.

“Golf is our ocean,” he said. “The hotel, the clubhouse, this building, all the glass and everything just takes advantage of our ocean view.”

By Matt Payne
Matt Payne reports on Frisco City Hall and its committees, Collin County Commissioners and McKinney business. His experience includes serving as online content editor at Fort Worth Magazine and city editor at the Killeen Daily Herald. He is a 2017 graduate of the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas in Denton.


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