March 24th, 2008
TPC San Antonio Sells Naming Rights
By Steve Habel
Texas Golf News
The PGA and the TPC San Antonio announced last month that AT&T will be the naming-rights sponsor of the two new TPC golf courses, which are located at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa. Meanwhile, some 60 miles to the north in Horseshoe Bay, the completion of the Jack Nicklaus Signature course at Skywater Over Horseshoe Bay has been pushed back a full year, from fall 2008 to at least fall ‘09.
The TPC San Antonio courses - one designed by Greg Norman and Sergio Garcia and another fashioned by Pete Dye with Bruce Lietkze - will be known as the AT&T Oaks Course and the AT&T Canyons Course, respectively. The golf courses and the adjacent 1,002-room resort are scheduled to open in late 2009 (the Norman-Garcia layout) and early 2010. The courses are being designed, constructed and managed by divisions of the PGA Tour. TPC San Antonio will be open to club members and guests of the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa. As with all TPCs, TPC San Antonio will be built with the necessary infrastructure to host a professional golf tournament.
“AT&T, a long-standing partner of the PGA Tour, has been a tremendous supporter of this exciting project and has played an important role in bringing the Tour and TPC brand into the fold,” said David Pillsbury, president of PGA Tour Golf Course Properties, which oversees the Tour’s network of 25 TPCs. “Through its brand and technology, AT&T will very much be at the forefront of creating a unique, world-class golf experience at TPC San Antonio. We’re very excited to work with AT&T at TPC San Antonio.”
TPC San Antonio will feature 36 holes on 2,800 acres of varied topography. Norman’s AT&T Oaks Course will feature rolling terrain and native oak trees, while Dye’s AT&T Canyons Course will showcase dramatic elevation changes with views of the surrounding Texas Hill Country. The two courses are being carved out of the oft-rocky Texas Hill Country. Nine holes on the Norman layout have been fully cleared, with Nos. 4-7 - the holes farthest from the under-construction clubhouse - finished with clay capping and complete with the installation of drainage and irrigation complexes.