IRVING, Texas – PGA TOUR Champions and ClubCorp Officials today announced the premiere of an exciting new tournament that will bring the biggest names in golf against the biggest names in sports and entertainment to the ClubCorp Classic at Las Colinas Country Club in Irving, Texas 22nd -24th, 2022. The four-year agreement, which runs until 2025, will feature the best of the PGA TOUR Champions alongside celebrities, as well as a truly unique amateur competition that gets ClubCorp members on the ropes to compete in the action.
The ClubCorp Classic will feature 78 PGA TOUR Champions professionals and 50 sports and entertainment stars. The PGA TOUR Champions Pros will play 54 holes in stroke play for $ 2 million in prize money, alongside celebrities in a separate $ 500,000 competition that uses a modified Stableford scoring format. Celebrities confirmed for participation include World Golf Hall of Fame member and 72-time LPGA winner Annika Sörenstam, 11-time MLB All-Star pitcher Roger Clemens, Pro Football Hall of Fame Wide receiver and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Brown, MLB network analyst and 12-year-old MLB standout Kevin Millar.
“We are excited to partner with ClubCorp to bring PGA TOUR Champions golf to the Dallas area at Las Colinas Country Club,” said Miller Brady, president of PGA TOUR Champions. “I am confident that our players will enjoy a great week of competition in Irving while delivering a unique, incredible experience for local golf fans, and we look forward to making a positive impact on the greater Dallas area in the years to come.”
A group of amateur ClubCorp members will compete in a qualification system that includes regional and national events to earn a spot alongside the stars during the official tournament rounds to compete in their own modified Stableford, Low-Gross, and Low- Play net format. The celebrities, amateurs and professionals will be brought together on all three days of the competition and these days will be broadcast on Golf Channel.
“This event will be ClubLife personified, with some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment playing alongside PGA TOUR Champions players, and a high quality, lively and fun experience for our fans off the ropes. In addition, our members have a unique opportunity to qualify and secure a place in the ClubCorp Classic, ”said David Pillsbury, CEO of ClubCorp. “Las Colinas Country Club is the perfect venue for this event given the total facility redesign and love of golf and entertainment in the greater Dallas area. With the team we put together to bring this tournament to life, there is no doubt in my mind that this is fast becoming one of the most important events in the area and ultimately having a huge impact on charities like the Momentous Institute, First Tee Greater will have Dallas and First Tee Fort Worth. “
As the largest owner and operator of private clubs, ClubCorp is a dynamic lifestyle company that brings people together through exceptional experiences, impeccable service and opportunities to build meaningful relationships. The recent transformation and reinterpretation of Las Colinas Country Club as a comprehensive golf and lifestyle venue is a shining example of the work and effort put into making ClubLife closer to its members and communities across the entire ClubCorp brand and portfolio bring to.
The ClubCorp Classic is operated by Mike Flaskey Entertainment. Flaskey, the founder and tournament director, is the past President and CEO of Diamond Resorts International and has extensive experience designing and overseeing high-level golf events with the LPGA Tour and PGA TOUR Champions, as well as All-Stars and Hall of Famers from NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL teams.
The Las Colinas Country Club, classically designed by Joe Finger in 1963, was voted one of the 100 best courses in Texas by the Dallas Morning News and voted one of the best country clubs in 2019 by Avid Golfer. The 18-hole course recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation and now features Trinity Zoysia Fairways, Tif Tuf Bermuda Rough and G12 Bermuda Greens. A brand new practice facility spanning over 10 acres was designed by Golf Hall-of-Famer, Lanny Wadkins.