PGA of America breaks ground on new headquarters in Texas

WCN Editorial Team 21 Oct 2019 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) of America, an American organisation of golf professionals, has broken ground on new headquarters in Frisco, Texas.

Scheduled for completion in 2022, the PGA’s new headquarters will form part of a 660-acre mixed-use development, which will also feature two new championship golf courses, a short course, practice areas, a clubhouse, and Class AA office space.

The $520m development will also comprise a 500-room Omni resort and 127,000ft² conference centre; a technologically advanced retail village; and parks.

Gil Hanse and Beau Welling are the lead architects for PGA’s new headquarters, which will become home to national player development and coaching programmes.

In December 2018, the PGA of America announced plans to shift its headquarters from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, to Frisco.

PGA president Suzy Whaley said: “These courses will be the heartbeat of PGA Frisco. 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.”

The mixed-use development is backed by a public-private investment.

PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh said: “With these world class courses as the centerpiece, PGA Frisco will become the modern home of American golf.

“Gil Hanse and Beau Welling are accomplished architects who are uniquely talented. On the East Course where major championships will be contested, Gil’s design creatively takes advantage of the natural terrain and elevations to create a fair-but-tough test for the world’s best players.”

As part of the mixed-use project, construction is underway on the new golf courses, a 10-hole Short Course, and education centre featuring classrooms and teaching facilities for both the professional development of PGA golf professionals and player development.

Image: Officers from PGA of America during the groundbreaking ceremony of the new headquarters. Photo: courtesy of PGA/Turner Sports Interactive.

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