While so many 2023 PGA Show attendees were waiting in line to try the Callaway Paradym drivers or the latest in golf simulators, the most exciting exhibit that I visited belonged to one of the biggest resorts opening this year. Amid a display of some of the game’s most beautiful trophies, massive murals introduced eager travelers to the spectacular designs and laidback luxury of Omni PGA Frisco Resort, which is set to open its doors in May and is now taking reservations.
To call this sprawling resort concept a golfer’s paradise is a bit of an understatement. Even if a visitor has never lifted a club, let alone spent years learning how to correctly swing one, the property’s entertainment amenities will at least pique everyone’s curiosity. And with 500 guest rooms and suites, there will be plenty of time to mingle and enjoy a little bit of everything at this bespoke resort located deep in the heart of—be sure to clap—Texas.
But let’s start with the main attraction: Fields Ranch. This is the collective name for the pair of 18-hole championship courses, with the East links boasting a Gil Hanse design that was carved into the region’s natural beauty and uses Panther Creek for a backdrop and maybe even some challenges. Every element of this course will likely intimidate golfers of all skill levels, including PGA pros when they inevitably play a tournament here, but it shouldn’t stop average golfers from trying and enjoying the views.
Fields Ranch West is a Beau Welling concept that incorporates the rolling hills, and that always means players are in for a fun, sometimes frustrating time. Still, this is a design that should inspire creativity with clubs, allowing golfers to rely on the curves for longer shot results. Who doesn’t love getting a few extra yards on an already great drive?
As for non-golfers, good luck trying to pretend the Dance Floor isn’t a great time for all. The 36-hole putting course was a collaboration between Hanse and Welling, and it’s a great place for families to enjoy the weather and maybe some ice cream and cocktails. For something a little more challenging mixed with party vibes, The Swing is a 10-hole short course that provides plenty of fun and challenge with creative Par 3 holes and music and lights for evening excitement.
And after a few days of enjoying as much of the Hanse and Welling greatness as possible, guests might even feel inspired enough to take some lessons at the PGA Coaching Center, which we can only assume will be among the best in the country.
Omni PGA Frisco Resort also has 13 dining options, four pools, an adults-only rooftop infinity pool, myriad retail stores, and a conference center for any company full of employees that have “I’d rather be golfing” bumper stickers.