$500 Million Deal Moves PGA of America from Florida to Texas
By Space Coast Daily // January 6, 2019
For several years, the PGA of America is rumored to be in search of a new home. According to recent reports, this plan is about to come to fruition.
The new headquarters will be at Frisco, Texas. The deal is worth $500 million, which includes a guarantee that two new courses will be added to the Frisco headquarters.
The site will play host to two Women’s PGA, Championships, two PGA championships, and several men’s Senior PGA Championships.
This comes as good news for North Texas, which hasn’t held a major championship since the 1963 PGA Championship won by Jack Nicklaus. The appeal of Frisco proves undeniable, however, as evidenced by the recent relocations of prominent corporations including Toyota and FedEx.
Several members of the PGA of America reportedly learned that the plan was crystallizing at the PGA’s annual meeting held in Palm Springs, California.
The members agreed that this major move was all but a done deal. As soon as the final details are ironed out, the PGA of America will bid goodbye to its headquarters since 1956 at Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
There are also reports about the association keeping a satellite office in their current headquarters. The general headquarters and membership, however, will be moved to northern Frisco.
The PGA of America will, at least, retain a presence in Florida, a state full of avid golf fans and a place the association considered home for decades. The state has produced great players as well, and this trend is expected to continue with the steady increase of students in golf school located in Florida.
Many professionals who attended the annual meeting expressed their excitement after hearing about this landmark move. According to Paul Ernest, director of golf at The Woodlands Country Club, this news had been going on for a while, but no official word had been made public.
He believes that Texas is an excellent choice for the new home of the PGA of America and he eagerly awaits the many events the site will hold in the future.
Although the rumors of the relocation only picked up steam early this year, the PGA of America has been working on this complicated projected for years.
PGA officials have held countless meetings with city official and their own organization to discuss the final details of this enormous project. The deal includes two golf courses, one of which is designed by Gil Hanse while the other by Beau Welling.
The new site will also feature a luxury hotel and a massive practice area with a nine-hole practice course.
Reports indicate that Hanse has already performed an initial routing for a championship course, which is slated to open by 2020. The architectural plans of the brand-new headquarters at Frisco have already been presented to the PGA.
A spokesperson of PGA of America said in a statement that the association continues to transform their headquarters in Frisco, but they can’t release any further comments until the deal has been finalized.
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