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How Frisco’s Mile-Long Omni PGA Will Amplify Metroplex Meetings
Rendering of Omni PGA Frisco resort.
The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is teeing up for a mammoth new golf resort as the $520 million, 500-room Omni PGA Frisco is taking shape in a city known for its major sports draws.
Scheduled for a spring 2023 opening, the sprawling 600-acre property, a partnership between PGA of America and the City of Frisco, will serve as the headquarters of the PGA, boast two 18-hole championship golf courses and also offer myriad features that will make it a top meetings and incentives draw.
“It really is an amazing project,” said Jeff Smith, vice president and managing director of the Omni PGA Frisco Resort.
“It’s not only the headquarters of the PGA, but it’s also a mile long.”
Golf highlights include two courses designed by Gil Hanse and Beau Welling, along with putting greens, an indoor training facility and a clubhouse featuring a pro shop and restaurants. Major tournaments such as the Senior PGA Championship, set for April 2023 as the resort opens, and the PGA Championship in 2027, will showcase the property.
One interesting golf aspect of the resort will be a 76,000-square-foot putting green—the largest in the U.S., according to Smith—called The Dance Floor, complete with a jumbotron video display. A 10-hole chip-and-put course called The Swing will also figure into the entertainment district.
“Golf is obviously a great anchor as to why we’re here, but whether you like golf or not, it will be a great experience,” Smith said. “It’s the largest development of its kind in North America.”
The resort, located 30 miles north of downtown Dallas, will also feature an entertainment district, which will amplify its allure for meetings groups. Smith said the evolving project is also considering an additional 20,000 square feet of outdoor event space.
Omni Hotels & Resorts, which operates more than 20 championship luxury golf resorts in the U.S., will manage 100% of the golf and restaurant operations along with the hotel. The golf component will serve at the headquarters of PGA of America, which represents golf teaching pros and instructors and is moving its operations from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The public-private golf facilities will also be the home courses for Frisco’s high schools.
Key Features of Omni PGA Frisco
Key resort highlights include the following:
- 500 guest rooms and suites, plus 10 four-bedroom, modern-Texas-style ranch houses
- Three pools, including an adults-only rooftop infinity pool
- A 15,000-square-foot holistic destination spa with a separate pool and spa cafe
- More than 127,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event spaces, including a 22,000-square-foot Ryder Grand Ballroom and an 11,500-square-foot Junior Ballroom
- A 5,000-square-foot event pavilion offering an elegantly rustic setting and integrated with an adjoining patio and event lawn
- A Field Overlook outdoor event pavilion on the far end of the west course perched on the highest elevation point of the resort, offering vistas of the entire property and a good option for corporate receptions
- A 5,000-square-foot fine-dining Trick Rider restaurant that will offer event space on its roof. The resort will offer a total of 12 restaurants, including a Top Golf Lounge.
- Overflow possibilities at the Omni Frisco Hotel, which offers 300 guest rooms a little less than seven miles away
“When we have large programs here, that hotel will be a great overflow option for groups that are larger than what we can take on peak,” Smith said of the sister property. “So, we will work well together on overflow blocks, and that will work great both ways. They’re both incredible luxury products, and from a dual standpoint, they will operate seamlessly.”
Highlights of the expansive entertainment district, which will offer seven Ranch Homes, include an Ice House restaurant and several retail establishments.
“We’re booking groups now, and we have great demand,” Smith said. “We have dates that are already filling up, so that’s exciting, and transient [open for bookings] maybe in fall.”