PGA President Jim Richerson and PGA CEO Seth Waugh led the event that saw National Football League Hall of Famers, Tony Dorsett, Drew Pearson, retired NFL player Ed "Too Tall" Jones and World Golf Hall of Famer Kathy Whitworth hit ceremonial first tee shots. Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney also hit a ceremonial first tee shot.
When considering the site for PGA’s new home six years ago, officials saw the development taking place at The Star in Frisco and in the south and central parts of the city, Richerson said. It was easy to see what that vision could be six years later, he said.
“The city of Frisco has shown us every single day, every single time we've been here, [they’ve] been an unbelievable partner,” Richerson said. “It's truly an honor to be here today and open this with our partners from the city of Frisco.”
The new building will serve as the game’s commercial hub and creative engine, Waugh said.
“This is an amazing building, but we're also slightly daunted by the work ahead, and ultimately, incredibly excited about that and all-in on making it all come alive,” Waugh said.
The rest of the 660-acre, $520 million campus is expected to open in the spring before the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship begins in May 2023. The campus will include two 18-hole championship golf courses, an Omni Resort and golf-themed retail stores and restaurants.
Editor’s note: The original post has been edited to correct an error. National Football League Hall of Famers Tony Dorsett and Drew Pearson, and retired NFL player Ed "Too Tall" Jones were present at the celebration.