Omni PGA Frisco Resort
About Omni PGA Frisco ResortOmni PGA Frisco Resort, located just 30 miles north of Dallas, will debut in May 2023 with over 500 luxury guest rooms and suites and 10 private modern-Texas ranch houses for guests. It joins the PGA of America as the new modern home of golf in Texas. Fields Ranch East and Fields Ranch West are the resort’s two 18-hole championship courses, designed by Gil Hanse and Beau Welling, for all skill levels who seek a challenge and a peaceful prairie-land round. The resort will eventually offer a 10-hole short course and a two-acre putting course, Lounge By Topgolf, PGA Coaching Center, beer garden with hitting bays, and the PGA District – a hub of dining, shopping, and programmed entertainment. Additional amenities include four pools, one being a rooftop adults-only infinity pool, a full-service salon & spa, and 127,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space. Once the site starts hosting PGA Championships and Ryder Cups, you can expect golfers to flock to golf's newest high-profile resort.
Golf courses at Omni PGA Frisco Resort
Images from Omni PGA Frisco Resort
The Swing, hole 1 Photo submitted by TimGavrichGP on 11/28/2023
Fields Ranch West, hole 3 Photo submitted by TimGavrichGP on 11/28/2023
Fields Ranch West, hole 13 Photo submitted by TimGavrichGP on 11/28/2023
Fields Ranch East, hole 14 Photo submitted by TimGavrichGP on 11/28/2023
Fields Ranch East, hole 15 Photo submitted by TimGavrichGP on 11/28/2023
A more laid-back, fun-forward alternative to the East
Knowing a major championship host was being built simultaneously next door, West architect Beau Welling was equal to the task of building something for the rest of the golf world to truly enjoy at PGA Frisco.
The West differs from the East on two fronts. The first is the West’s more rambunctious terrain; it tackles the property’s large central hill three times where the East’s routing features two climbs, both somewhat more gradual. As a result, carts are the norm at the West, as opposed to the East’s mandatory walking caddies.
Whereas the East’s undulating greens are generally convex (and vexing), the West’s putting surfaces are more whimsical, though plenty challenging in their own right. The abrupt ridge that bisects the par-3 3rd green is an early indication of the West’s different approach. It works; many weekend visitors who blow into town for three rounds will play the West twice and the East once. That’s a high compliment to Welling’s design sensibilities.
Hanse and Welling’s 10-hole lighted par-3 course is the latest example of amusement-golf
Enthusiasm around short courses has been one of the most encouraging recent developments in golf, and while The Swing doesn’t necessarily break new ground, it ably miniaturizes the experience found at PGA Frisco’s big courses.
It’s maintained to a similar standard as its siblings, but its sub-90-minute playtime helps make the experience feel breezy. So, too, do the milder evening temperatures in which it can be enjoyed, thanks to its forest of floodlights. Like most courses of its ilk, it’s best enjoyed with one or two wedges, a putter and a beverage.
A major championship course for the 21st century
As professional golf becomes more and more alien to millions of recreational players, the requirements of championship golf design have become more and more challenging. At Fields Ranch East, Gil Hanse and Jim Wagner mostly succeeded in building a course that will test the best and beguile the rest.
The East typifies contemporary golf architecture’s two main focuses – on bunkering and green design. Some 90-plus large, deep bunkers lie in wait at seemingly every strategic turn, and the large, firm and fast putting surfaces lean on considerably contour to defend par. Golfers with a shaky short game may find themselves picking up on several holes, but should also be enough birdie opportunities to keep them interested, especially if they play the correct tees. Good thing, too; because the average pace of play (walking, with mandatory caddies) tops 5 hours, you wouldn’t want to be out there getting beaten up for that whole time. There are no weak holes until the awkward par-5 18th, but the run from 13 through 17 – long par 3, shortish par 5, short par 4, long par 4 – is the star here.