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.”