Frisco Independent School District will join the City of Frisco, PGA of America and other public and private partners on a facility that will serve as a home to Frisco ISD golf.
Under the agreement, PGA will move its headquarters to a 600-acre, mixed-use development at Rockhill Parkway and Legacy Drive in northwest Frisco. The project will include golf courses, practice areas and a clubhouse owned by the City of Frisco, as well as a 500-room Omni Hotel, 127,000-square-foot conference center and office, retail, park and open space.
School property tax revenue generated by the hotel and conference center is projected to offset FISD’s contribution to the public facilities.
The golf courses are expected to be complete in 2022, when more than 300 student athletes will begin training at the facility on a weekly basis. FISD will also host the district golf tournament and other competitions at the golf courses, with access to the adjoining clubhouse, conference center and hike and bike trails.
In addition, the partnership will create a number of new internship and mentorship opportunities for students in career fields related to the operations of the PGA and Omni Hotel and Resorts, such as sports management, marketing and culinary arts. The hotel and conference center will also host Project Search, an internship program for students with cognitive disabilities that is designed to provide job skills and help students transition from school to adult life.
“This partnership adds another level of exciting opportunities and experiences for our students,” said Dr. Mike Waldrip, superintendent of schools. “The facility will be home to Frisco ISD golf and provide a number of unique learning opportunities for students in fields such as landscape architecture, hotel and restaurant management and sports broadcasting. The development around the golf courses will also add millions of dollars to our tax base, helping to keep the tax rate low.”
The entire project will have an initial, estimated public-private investment totaling more than $520 million.
Frisco ISD’s $5.8 million contribution to the project will come from a Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ), set up in 1997 to promote economic development and expand the property tax base. Revenue generated by the TIRZ cannot be spent on day-to-day operating expenses of the school district, and the project will not impact FISD’s tax rate.
FISD will pay no fees or annual operating expenses for use of the practice facility. The District will pay a discounted student rate for tee times and cover costs associated with replacing hitting mats and range balls, as well as staffing police, EMS, ticket takers and parking attendants for District events.
The agreement is estimated to have an economic impact of more than $2.5 billion over 20 years based on a city-commissioned tourism feasibility study that considered the economics of golf course activities, including tournaments, plus the additional impact of the new conference center.
“This is yet another example of the public entities in Frisco coming together with private partners to provide unprecedented experiences for young people,” said School Board President John Classe. “The opportunities available to students in Frisco ISD are simply unmatched in Texas and across the nation. We’re excited about what this partnership means, not just for our students, but the community as a whole.”