Major golf returns to Texas with PGA of America move

Jose Verdugo
Diciembre 8, 2018

The PGA of America is relocating to Frisco and Texas will host two upcoming US PGA Championships.

Now located in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., the PGA of America plans to employ at least 100 people at its new headquarters. The agreement also brings the Senior PGA Championship twice, the Women's PGA Championship twice and possibly a Ryder Cup.

To develop unparalleled educational opportunities for students in fields related to sport entertainment management, the University of North Texas and the Professional Golfers' Association of America signed a memorandum of understanding on education, research and branding initiatives for both entities.

A welcoming gateway at Frisco's northern border, the upscale development will be located at Rockhill Parkway and Legacy Drive, approximately one-third of a mile south of USA 380. The PGA is not expected to move until the summer of 2022. Most of the cost of the development falls to Omni Stillwater Woods, a joint venture by Omni Hotels & Resorts with Stillwater Capital and Woods Capital.

"The PGA's move to Frisco is very exciting and there are tremendous opportunities for our students and faculty to learn and grow through our partnership with such a prominent organization", said Smatresk.

Darrell Crall chief operating officer for PGA of America
Darrell Crall chief operating officer for PGA of America

In all, the numbers that will comprise PGA's new home amounts to: Two championship golf courses, a short course, and practice areas totaling 45 holes; a clubhouse; Class AA office space; a 500-room Omni resort and 127,000-square-foot conference center; a technologically advanced retail village; parks and open space, as well as miles of trails, . The PGA of America said it will invest $30 million to construct its 100,000-square-foot global headquarters and education facility.

$14.3 million in long-term incentives from Frisco Economic Development Corp. The city will provide performance incentives for 20 years, which would include hotel occupancy and retail. He is a two time Masters champ, and ten-time member of the European Ryder Cup team.

The 2027 PGA Championship will be the first time North Texas has held a men's major event since the 1963 PGA Championship that Jack Nicklaus won at Dallas Athletic Club.

Texas has only hosted six men's major golf tournaments in the state's history, including the 1941 U.S. Open at Colonial Country Club.

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