The PGA of America announced on Tuesday it will move its headquarters from Palm Beach County, Fla., to Frisco, Texas, paving the way for future PGA Championships and perhaps even a Ryder Cup to take place in the Lone Star State.
This move, which was previously reported by other outlets, will end the PGA’s four-decade run in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. GOLF.com first reported the proposed move back in March.
The 600-acre development, anchored by the PGA’s 100,000-square-foot global headquarters, will have two championship golf courses, a short course, a practice area, clubhouse, 500-room Omni resort and convention center and more.
The courses, one designed by Gil Hanse, are expected to open in the summer of 2022, with the hotel expected around the same date. The announcement also came with several scheduled PGA-run championships for Frisco. The first will be the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship in 2023. PGA Championships are slated for 2027 and 2034, and KPMG Women’s PGA Championships are scheduled for 2025 and 2031.
The last major held in North Texas was the 1963 PGA, which Jack Nicklaus won.
According to a release, the move and public-private partnership with Omni Hotels & Resorts, Stillwater Capital, the City of Friso, FISD and Hunt Realty, will have an economic impact of more than $2.5 billion over the next 20 years. The entire project’s investment totals more than $520 million. Omni Stillwater Woods, a joint venture of Omni Hotels & Resorts with Stillwater Capital and Woods Capital, will invest $455 million. The PGA will invest $30 million for its headquarters. The courses and facilities will be owned by the City of Frisco.
“Our move to Frisco will be transcendent for the PGA of America,” said Seth Waugh, the CEO of the PGA of America in a release. “Everything great starts with a dream. This is the beginning of a bold, new journey as we bring together world-class partners in a world-class location – to deliver innovative and differentiated experiences for our nearly 29,000 PGA Golf Professionals, golfers of all abilities and our staff.”