Published Thursday, March 8, 2018

PALM BEACH GARDEN, Fla. (CBS 12) — South Florida is known for its sunshine and golf courses.

And that’s thanks in part to an organization that’s been here since the mid-1960s.

But PGA of America could soon pack up and leave, taking its headquarters from Palm Beach Gardens to Texas. PGA of America has about 200 employees in Palm Beach Gardens.

County officials say they’ve known for at least 9 months about the possibility that PGA of America might leave.

They’ve made them an offer to try to get them to stay.

“We’ve offered them a very nice piece of land, not for free, which may be what’s going on in Texas. But we’ve offered them very good terms on a piece of land where they could build a similar facility,” said Hal Valeche, Palm Beach County Commissioner. PGA of America is in his district. Valeche would not specify where the land is, only that it’s in northern Palm Beach County.

“We’re ready for a fight. We’re very competitive. We are not going to pull back at all. We are only going to push harder to make sure we win this deal for Palm Beach County,” said Kelly Smallridge, president of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County.

PGA of America would not comment on camera but gave us a written statement saying quote:

Last year we issued a request for proposal to a number of markets that are potentially well suited and interested in developing a new headquarters campus for us. The due diligence phase is ongoing and no decisions have been made.