The PGA provided City and school leaders, along with journalists and other guests, with a preview of the professional golf courses starting to take shape in northwest Frisco. The future home of the PGA – and Frisco ISD golf – is located near Rockhill Parkway and Legacy Drive, about one-third of a mile south of U.S. 380.
“These courses will be the heartbeat of PGA Frisco,” said PGA President Suzy Whaley. “This is where the best players in the world will compete in men’s and women’s major championships, and also where newcomers will learn this great game from the best coaches – PGA Professionals. Our vision is for PGA Frisco to become much more than our headquarters. It was incredibly important to us that the community benefit from PGA Frisco, including as a wonderful home course for Frisco Independent School District boys and girls’ high school teams and as a gathering place where all are welcome, no matter where they are on their personal golf journey.”
In December 2018, the PGA of America announced plans to move its headquarters from Palm Beach County, Florida, to Frisco, where it will anchor a 660-acre mixed-use development with a public-private investment worth more than half a billion dollars. Two championship golf courses are being built at PGA Frisco, as well as a short course and practice areas. The new PGA of America headquarters will become home to national player development and coaching programs.
Frisco ISD will have access to all three courses, as well as practice areas, for high school golf practice and tournaments. The school district will pay a discounted student rate for tee times.
"This partnership takes student opportunity in Frisco ISD to an even higher level. Nowhere in Texas or across the nation do high school students have the ability to play and compete in so many world-class, professional facilities," said Dr. Mike Waldrip, Frisco ISD Superintendent of Schools. "The chance to partner with the PGA and extend this opportunity to Frisco ISD golfers was a perfect fit. These facilities will give our students the chance to explore the possibilities and chase their dreams."
This public-private partnership teams PGA of America with Omni Stillwater Woods (OSW), the City of Frisco, as well as its Economic and Community Development Corporations, and the Frisco Independent School District. The City of Frisco and its development corporations (each funded by a half-cent of Frisco's sales tax) and FISD are contributing no more than $35 million toward development of the public facilities.
Frisco ISD’s contribution to the project is $5.8 million, about 1% of the total estimated public-private investment of $520+ million. The golf courses, club house and practice areas will be publicly owned by the City of Frisco and operated by PGA of America and Omni Resorts & Hotels.
"It's exciting to see the vision taking shape and how it's changing our northern landscape," said Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney. "This public-private partnership is poised to transform the entire sport of golf. It's already bringing global exposure to Frisco. The project is estimated to have an economic impact of more than $2.5 billion over the next 20 years. That's a tremendous benefit to our residents, students and visitors who will not only enjoy playing the courses but be thrilled to see championship golf. We couldn't be prouder to be the future home of the PGA of America."
PGA Frisco will host numerous championships, including 26 already scheduled over a 13-year span. Click here for a full listing.
The project also includes an Omni resort and conference center, office space, retail, parks, open space and hike and bike trails. School property tax revenue generated by the hotel and conference center is projected to offset Frisco ISD’s contribution to the public facilities.
The school district will pay no annual fees or operating expenses but will cover costs associated with replacing hitting mats and range balls. FISD will also be responsible for costs associated with District events, such as staffing police, EMS, ticket takers and parking attendants.
The courses are expected to be complete in 2022, the same year Frisco ISD plans to open its 12th high school in the area.