Gil Hanse and Beau Welling design new layouts for Frisco development

Gil Hanse and Beau Welling design new layouts for Frisco development
Toby Ingleton
By Toby Ingleton

Two new golf courses designed by Gil Hanse and Beau Welling will form part of a $520 million development in Frisco, Texas, that will become the new home of the PGA of America.

The organisation is relocating its headquarters from Palm Beach Country, Florida, to a 600-acre site in the north Dallas suburb that will also include a short course and practice areas, as well as office space, a hotel and conference centre, a retail village and parks and open space.

The project is a partnership between the PGA of America, developer Omni Stillwater Woods, the City of Frisco, its Economic and Community Development Corporations and the Frisco Independent School District.

As part of the agreement, two PGA Championships, two KPMG Women’s PGA Championships and potentially a Ryder Cup will be held in Frisco.

“Our move to Frisco will be transcendent for the PGA of America,” said Seth Waugh, CEO of the PGA of America. “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.”

The PGA of America will invest $30 million to build its 100,000-square-foot global headquarters and education facility. Omni Stillwater Woods will invest $455 million to purchase the land, construct the hotel, conference centre, retail space, parking facilities and golf courses. The courses, clubhouse, practice areas and associated public facilities will be owned by the city.

The golf courses are expected to open in summer 2022, with the hotel, convention centre and other facilities expected to open within an additional six months. The development will host the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship in 2023.