PGA Experience in downtown Charleston gives fans sneak peak at 2012 event

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - In preparation for the 2012 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island, the PGA Tour is bringing golf to Marion Square. The PGA Experience will be open to the public Thursday.

The event began Wednesday, giving golf fans the chance to pre-register for tickets, get free 10-minute golf lessons from PGA pros, take pictures with the Wanamaker Trophy and enjoy live music and food.
The event will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and again for happy hour from 4-8 p.m. Thursday.

The PGA Experience is a glimpse of the championship event with everything from lessons from pros to the actual sky boxes that will be on the 17th and 18th holes at Kiawah Island. There is also a concession stand and fans can see the Wanamaker trophy.

"That is given annually to the winner of our championship you can take your picture with that," Sterba said.

The PGA Championship will be come to Kiawah Island in August 2012.

Championship director Brett Sterba says the tournament will bring$ 84 million to the area.

"In Charleston in Kiawah, people will be spending that money on hotels, restaurants, etcetera," Sterba said.

There will also be a lot of media coverage around the world.

"About 154 hours of live coverage on CBS," Sterba said. "So, the economic impact added to the media coverage has to be above $100 million."

Ticket registration for the 2012 PGA Championship expires Nov. 14. Then, those who pre-registered will have the opportunity to purchase tickets in the 6-week sales window (Nov. 15 - Dec. 31, 2010). If tickets are still available after that time period, the rest of the public will be able to purchase tickets.

Even though the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island is more than a year away, if you want to go, you have to act now and preregister for tickets by Sunday, one day before they go on sale.

"It begins on the 15th of November and ends on the 31st of December. At that point we plan to be completely sold out," Sterba said.

Only 8,000 Grounds Tickets per day and 10,000 Wanamaker Weekly Passes are available for the first Major Championship to be held in SC. Visit for tickets and details.

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