If the cafe at the soon-to-be-completed Omni PGA Frisco Resort doesn’t give you enough of a morning jolt, a look at Gil Hanse’s Fields Ranch East course scorecard certainly will.

The sprawling and spectacular track – part of a 660-acre complex that is home to the Hanse East Course, Beau Welling West Course and the impressive new home of the PGA of America – opens with what we can call safely major numbers. Major as in the many championships that will be played there, including the PGA Championship 2027 and 2034 and the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship 2025 and 2031.

And major in terms of distance – like a three-hole opening stretch that can play up to 1,699 yards, including a 633-yard first hole that often plays in a stiff breeze.

Don’t come here half asleep, the East Course seems to say.

Spoiler alert: This has yet to be announced and won’t be officially done for years to come, but the common knowledge of all key players is that if the course achieves satisfactory ratings in its run hosting the 2027 PGA Championship, it will is certain to be added as the site of the 2041 Ryder Cup. It would be the second time the Championship has been held in the Lone Star State – in 1967 the United States convincingly outscored Great Britain at Champions Golf Houston club with Ben Hogan as captain.

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And while the new complex, which sits on rare hilly terrain at the northern tip of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, will be best known for the 26 PGA of America championships slated for the next twelve years, there is a Interesting bit of behind-the-scenes symbiosis that led to the finished work.

Hanse, a golf course architect who can’t make enough room in his planner for major course overhauls these days, and self-proclaimed ‘underdog’ Welling have formed an interesting and complementary team to turn a special property into something special. that will change the dynamic of golf in the state of Texas.

The courses were unveiled to the media last week, and both said they were excited about the possibility of collaborating again in the future.

Welling not only created the plan for the West Course, a challenging but playable course that cuts through the old ranch land, but he also developed the entire plan for the site, which means he took detail into account. such as massive crowds, TV towers, and even future concession stands.

It’s all part of a property that is expected to drive massive tourism and growth in and around the Omni, an as-yet-unfinished resort that will include a two-acre golf course; an entertainment area called The Dance Floor with a huge TV screen programmed by PGA of America officials; and a short 10 hole par 3 course called “The Swing”.

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Although they are very different creatures – for example, when Welling mentioned at a recent dinner party that he asked someone to dress up as Sasquatch to climb out the window at his wedding, Hanse laughed of disbelief and asked to see pictures – the combination created magic in this bucolic Texas pasture.

“From the original phone call, I innately knew this was going to be such a big and special thing and we just wanted to be a part of it and be able to work alongside Gil. His guys, as you know, are special I definitely consider him our friends now, and we really had a great time with the whole thing,” Welling said. “We talked about collaboration and it’s not about marketing that we’re talking about. the two companies have really grown to like each other and I think part of that is because we’re real people.

“For example, we don’t just sit and talk about golf all the time. So I remember big dinners where we talked about music, we talked about football and we talked about everything, so it was really a great experience.

Then came the question of whether this was the first time the two had worked together.

“Yes,” Hanse said, looking at Welling. “And I hope it’s not the last.”

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Big week for Texas ex Harrison Frazar

Harrison Frazar has always been the lesser known of the two University of Texas roommates who were part of the powerhouse Longhorn teams that won seven consecutive Southwestern Conference titles under coach Jimmy Clayton from 1989 to 1995.

Justin Leonard was the four-time conference tournament medalist and 1994 NCAA individual champion who won the 1997 British Open and the 1998 Players Championship, among 12 PGA Tour titles.

Frazar earned a few All-SWC endorsements and also competed on the PGA Tour, but won only once, the 2011 St. Jude Classic.

And Frazar’s Tour career ended soon after, with back pain and other injuries derailing him. He last played nearly a full Tour schedule in 2013-14 when he missed 11 of 15 cups.

“I took six years off… injuries, physical, mental, etc.,” he said. “I felt like I had unfinished business. This Tour owes me nothing but a chance to qualify on Monday, a chance to fight my way through. And I’m committed to it. I I have an amazing support group back home that gave me the lead to try to do this. You know, I’m here, right? But I feel like I still have something to prove.

He picked up a lot of confidence last week at Constellation Furyk & Friends. After shooting a 65 at TPC Sawgrass Dye’s Valley to win a qualifier on Monday, Frazar shot a final round 65 to finish second, two shots behind winner Steve Stricker.

This first career top 10 PGA Tour champion — and his first on either tour since the 2012 Sony Open — accomplished two things. That got Frazar on the field for this week’s SAS Championship near Raleigh, North Carolina, and he improved to 52nd on the Schwab Cup money list, well within the top 72 who will qualify for the Schwab Cup qualifiers starting next week.

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Birdies and bogies

• University of Texas rookie Tommy Morrison has yet to start his career in Austin, but he already has a pretty impressive playing partner in an upcoming big amateur event. The 6-foot-10 Morrison teamed up with former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo to shoot a 9-under-par 63 best-ball score at Winter Creek Golf Club in Blanchard, Okla., on Monday. , tied for medalist honors. The result qualifies the tandem for the 2023 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship scheduled for May 20-24 at the Kiawah Island Club in South Carolina. Romo, 42, shot 66 on his own ball with eight birdies – five of which were used for the team’s score – while Morrison finished a 72 with a pair of birdies.

• Geoff Hill, a former Tournament Operations Manager for the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play in Austin, has a new job as Tournament Director of the Cologuard Classic, a PGA Tour Champions event in Tucson, Arizona Hill most recently served as Vice President of Operations at Circuit of the Americas. Previously, he worked as a Tournament Operations Specialist for the Champions Tour, where he oversaw the Senior Players Championship. A graduate of the University of Arizona, Hill was born and raised in Tucson, and his family still resides there.

• Jimmy Clay and Roy Kizer’s driving range in Austin is overcrowded and those working on their games will be hitting from mats for the next two weeks.

Tim Schmitt is Golfweek’s editor, golf coordinator for the USA Today Network, and lives in Round Rock. Garry Smits of the USA Today Network also contributed to this report.