Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Update - TPC Courses in San Antonio

Looks like work is progressing nicely on the TPC project in San Antonio - a nice thing to hear after the years of rancor engendered by the original (and failed) PGA Village project.

The San Antonio Express-News reported from Florida, where writer Richard Oliver had been covering The Players Championship. He took the opportunity to check in with Pete Dye, who is the architect on the primary of the two courses planned at the San Antonio site:

The famed course architect, who this past week received the PGA Tour's Lifetime Achievement Award, plans to accompany officials to San Antonio in mid-May to accelerate the planning for the construction of the resort complex in northern Bexar County.

The routing for the facility's 36 holes has been completed, and wind gauges have been installed at higher elevations to help in decisions on the final design.

"We've shown where the holes will go," said Dye, planner for 12 of the top 100-rated courses in the world. "Now, we'll go down there and put stakes in the ground."
The TPC resort will include two golf courses (with a third possibly being added later), a resort hotel, and a mix of upper-end housing. According to the Express-News:

The property is forecast to open by 2008, with the Valero Texas Open shifting from The Resort Course at La Cantera to the PGA Tour club as early as 2009.

The article also says that Ben Crenshaw was originally slated to be part of the PGA Village project (Dye building one course, Crenshaw the other), but will not - at least as of now - be involved in the TPC project. That's a shame, because the design team of Crenshaw & Coore (Bill Coore) is the hottest architectural team in golf right now.

The full article can be read here (registration required).

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