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Traffic Issues Could Prove Impediment To Kiawah Landing Future PGA Championships
Published August 13, 2012
A FEW HAZARDS ALONG THE WAY: In Charlotte, Ron Green Jr. writes golfers "were consistent in their praise of the course and the setup and it looked spectacular on television." But course officials "acknowledged there were serious traffic and parking problems that caused delays of up to four hours getting fans out Saturday after a thunderstorm. That will be a huge stumbling block for potential future events" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 8/13).GOLF WORLD'S Jim Moriarty writes the event "was a disaster with a good leader board." The PGA of America "will have to decide if it's a misadventure worth getting right. The pictures are beautiful. The golf course deserving. But the realities are daunting (GOLFWORLDMONDAY.com, 8/13). GOLF magazine analysts weighed in on whether the Ocean Course is "worthy of hosting another major." Gary Van Sickle: "It's a terrible course for spectators; there are few sight lines and it's tough to walk outside the ropes. Also, you can't get there from here." Alan Shipnuck: "The [British] Open wouldn't go back to Turnberry until they fixed the roads. Same thing here. The logistics are a nightmare and have to be solved to even consider a return." John Garrity: "Kiawah shouldn't get another major purely for logistical reasons. If somebody had died in yesterday's thunderstorms, the organizers would have had a hard time explaining their fantastical spectator-evacuation plan." Stephanie Wei: "It was AWFUL for spectators. First, they had to sit in traffic to park, then they had to take a shuttle to the golf course. Last night at 9:30 there was still an endless line of cars waiting to exit the lot" (GOLF.com, 8/12). Golf Channel's Gary Williams said, "Logistically, they have to make it better for the fans. To get 30,000 people, you have to be more considerate. I’m not saying they were inconsiderate. You have to do more. Two-and-a-half hour bus rides back to Charleston proper, it’s got to be easier for everybody” (“Morning Drive,” Golf Channel, 8/13). In Charlotte, Green noted it "took fans leaving from downtown Charleston approximately two hours to get to Kiawah Island (about 20 miles away) at mid-morning Friday, stacking up traffic going over one bridge out of the city and backing it up a few miles on the road leading into the resort" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 8/11).