KIAWAH ISLAND (WCSC) - Traffic and parking plans have been released for the 2012 PGA Championship at The Ocean Course on Kiawah Island.
With a rough total of 210,000 spectators expected to check out the 94th PGA Championship August 6-12, officials have developed a traffic and parking plan to ensure safe travel and reduce as many headaches as possible.
The plan, which has been in the works for nearly two years, includes public parking, drop-off and carpooling options, shuttle details and other information.
"We've been working since 2010 to create a safe and effective travel plan for spectators," said Roger Warren, General Chairman of the 2012 PGA Championship.
Officials say Charleston County Sheriff's Office will place deputies at a number of intersections leading to Kiawah Island to assist with traffic control. That includes assisting those who are not attempting to go to the golf tournament.
"We realize that people who are not attending the event will also need to travel these roadways," said Major Oliver Puckett, Charleston County Sheriff and Incident Commander for the event. "Please be assured that the state, county and cities are all working together to provide the lowest traffic impact to the local community."
There will be two recommended routes to Kiawah Island during Championship Week. Both are pictured to the right.
The Orange route is for those traveling northbound or eastbound from outside the Charleston area. Those travelers are asked to use US. Hwy 17, turn onto Main Road and follow signs directing people to the PGA Public Parking Lot.
The Green route is for traffic traveling from all areas northeast of Kiawah such as James Island, Charleston and Mt. Pleasant. They are asked to use Maybank Highway and turn left onto River Rd. They will then turn left onto Betsy Kerrison Parkway and follow signs leading to the PGA Public Parking Lot.
The Public Parking Lot is located behind the Freshfields Village Shopping Center between Kiawah and Seabrook Islands. A complimentary on-island shuttle system will then offer 23 stops throughout the island operating on 20 minute intervals.
Shuttles will begin each day at 5 a.m. with the final shuttle to the Ocean Course leaving at 9 p.m. Gates will open for spectators at 7 a.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 7:30 all other days.
Parking will be $20 per vehicle, per day at the gate during Championship Week. Volunteers for the event will be able to park in the PGA Public Lot for free by hanging their parking tag from their rear view mirror.
Motorists who drive a Mercedes-Benz will receive complimentary parking in the designated Mercedes-Benz Loyalty Lot. This is because the motor company is a PGA Official Patron.
No overnight parking is allowed and vehicles left in the PGA Public Parking Lot will be towed at the owner's expense.