2005: San Antonio to build two TPC courses

By Mike Bailey

Where the PGA of America failed, the PGA Tour apparently has succeeded.

San Antonio and PGA Tour Properties have reached an agreement that will bring two TPC golf courses into an environmentally sensitive area of northwestern Bexar County, where just last year, a PGA Village had been planned.

The city council has voted 10-1 to approve a deal with the PGA Tour and Lumbermen’s Investment Corp., the Austin, Texas, developer that had been partnered with the PGA of America. Plans for the 2,855-acre project include an 800-room Marriott hotel, a few thousand upscale homes and the 36-hole Tournament Players Club of San Antonio.

Pete Dye will design one of the golf courses with the other yet to be determined, said Chris Smith, director of public relations for the PGA Tour. The $300 million hotel and the courses, estimated to cost $45 million, are to be completed by 2010, according to the agreement.

The PGA of America withdrew from the project last summer following three years of controversy and opposition from civic and environmental groups. The PGA of America has announced plans to build a much larger resort that could include more than a dozen golf courses north of Las Vegas (Golfweek, Nov. 20-27, 2004).

A series of protests by groups opposing the PGA Village project centered around water use and possible runoff into the Edwards aquifer, which supplies drinking water to San Antonio, as well as allegations of secret changes to the labor agreement.

The PGA Tour’s plan, according to the agreement, will feature about 2,500 fewer homes and “impervious cover” (permanent structures or pavement) on 15 percent of the site.









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