Omni Barton Creek set to host 2022 PGA Professional Championship

Omni Barton Creek courses, staff prepped and ready for the long-awaited week of the PGA Pro Championship

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the April 2022 edition of P.A.G. Magazine.

In the wake of COVID-19 – which canceled the 2020 PGA Professional Championship – Omni Barton Creek in Austin, Texas, has had three years to prepare for its nationally televised moment in the sun to feature the Fazio Foothills and Coore Crenshaw Cliffside courses.

Omni Barton Creek staff have made full use of the extra time, sparing no effort in their determination to create an unforgettable experience for the 312 PGA Professionals, their families and caddies for the 2022 PGA Professional Championship Presented by Cadillac , Club Car and Rolex.

“We were ready to go, locked and loaded, to host the 2020 PGA Professional Championship,” said Mike Coleman, Omni Barton Creek PGA’s Director of Golf Operations. “The cancellation in 2020 has given us more time to prepare the golf courses and make some additional additions.

“Basically, whenever we organize a major event or a national championship, we work with a two-year plan in terms of preparations. So we simply restarted the clock. We haven’t made any major changes to the golf courses, but we’ve improved some of the amenities and done a few things that will make the week a great experience for the 312 players, their families and friends.

Omni Barton Creek PGA Director of Golf Operations Mike Coleman and some of his associates.

New position for Cody

When Omni Barton Creek was set to host the 2020 PGA Professional Championship, PGA Professional Spencer Cody served as the property’s Director of Golf Operations. Cody was promoted to general manager of golf clubs for Omni Resorts in November 2021, but his extensive preparations are integral to Barton Creek’s plan for the 2022 PGA Professional Championship.

“Barton Creek has hosted a number of high-end professional events in the past, but this will be the first time we’ve hosted a 312-player championship that will be televised nationally on the Golf Channel,” notes Cody, who joins Coleman in managing a staff of 120 at the host site’s four 18-hole championship golf courses, hotel and other amenities.

“The property has been renovated and revitalized on all fronts for the 2020 PGA Professional Championship, and it’s in even better shape now,” Cody says. “I think everyone involved will be very pleased with the condition of the golf courses and all the amenities available to them at Omni Barton Creek.

“Our team of agronomists are dedicated to providing world-class conditions on a daily basis, and we are certainly delighted to have the courses in top condition in April.”

“AS A PGA PRO, IT IS THE HIGHLIGHT OF MY CAREER TO BE ABLE TO WELCOME 312 PGA PROFESSIONALS TO A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP OF THIS SCALE.”

—MIKE COLEMAN, OMNI BARTON CREEK PGA GOLF OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

The Omni Barton Creek PGA staff, anchored by Cody and Coleman, includes PGA General Manager Jerry Eye; PGA Resort Director of Golf Rufus Brijalba and PGA Member Director of Golf Greg Slosson. The Omni Barton Creek team has been working closely with GCSAA Superintendent Tony Miller and his staff to groom the Fazio Foothills and Coore Crenshaw Cliffside courses for over three years in anticipation of this month’s PGA Professional Championship.

“The Fazio Foothills and Coore Crenshaw Cliffside courses will be closed to members and resort play 10 days prior to the championship to ensure they are in pristine condition,” Coleman reports. “Our staff is 100% focused and committed to the PGA Professional Championship. All the t’s have been crossed out and the i’s are dotted.

“As a PGA Professional, it’s the pinnacle of my career to be able to welcome 312 other PGA Professionals to a National Championship of this magnitude. It’s also a great opportunity for us to showcase Omni Barton Creek.

The Coore Crenshaw Cliffside course at Omni Barton Creek.

The Coore Crenshaw Cliffside course at Omni Barton Creek.

Double-digit winning score?

Given typical April weather, how does Cody feel about the winning 72-hole score at Barton Creek in the 54th PGA Professional Championship?

“April in Austin is usually beautiful with lows around 60 and highs in the 70s or even 80s, perfect golf weather,” Cody boasts. “The grass in Bermuda will be lush and green for the championship. I suspect the winner will definitely be double digits under par, given normal weather conditions. The winner of the Senior (PGA Professional Championship in 2019) was 16-under 270, and I expect a similar result for the PGA Professional Championship.

Coleman adds his own scouting report for this month, and he encourages all participating PGA Pros to arrive early at Omni Barton Creek for practice rounds at the Fazio Foothills and Coore Crenshaw Cliffside courses.

“The greens on both courses are going to be fast,” Coleman warns. “Lines of sight and tee-ball placements will be paramount on both courses. Course knowledge and management will be very important.

It’s coming two years later than originally planned, but the PGA staff at Omni Barton Creek Resort are ready to produce a special week. “All of the staff are thrilled with the PGA Professional Championship,” Coleman said. “All of Omni Barton Creek’s 500+ employees are dedicated to making Championship Week a special experience.”

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