It goes without saying that traffic is going to be tight during the PGA Championship on Kiawah Island this August 9 through 12. Fortunately, this issue has been discussed and planned for in detail for more than two years, and the PGA has provided a list of options for PGA attendees, as well as information for Johns Island residents to help them plan their daily commutes.
“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. “It’s our hope that, in years to come, people will continue to talk about the PGA Championship as a well-planned, memorable event.”
The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, working with other key public safety officials serving on the Traffic and Safety Committee, has created an Incident Action Plan to circumvent any unplanned issues away from the golf course during the Championship.
Deputies in uniform will be posted at critical intersections on the roadways to and from Kiawah Island, and additional roving patrols on motorcycles will respond to traffic incidents along the travel routes. Other traffic control measures include tow trucks on standby at multiple locations, and adjustments to trash and recycling collection times.
“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 assigned to 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.”
Following is a list of travel options provided by the PGA, as well as traffic route options and advice for Johns Island residents and motorists:
General Public Parking for PGA
The PGA Public Parking Lot for Spectators and Volunteers will be behind the Freshfields Village Shopping Center, located between Kiawah and Seabrook Islands.
There will be no public parking on Kiawah Island during the PGA Championship.
Daily parking passes for vehicles will be $20 per vehicle, per day at the gate during championship week. Only cash will be accepted.
Parking will be complimentary for all 2012 PGA Championship Volunteers in the PGA Public Lot. The official volunteer parking hang tag must be displayed at all times from the rear view mirror in order to gain access to the PGA Public Parking Lot.
As a PGA Partner, Mercedes-Benz will be providing complimentary parking for any spectator traveling to the Championship in a Mercedes Benz. Spectators will be issued a Mercedes-Benz hang tag at the PGA Public Parking Lot entrance and directed to park in the designated Mercedes-Benz Loyalty Lot.
Shuttles from the PGA Public Parking Lot to the Main Bus Terminal at The Ocean Course will be air-conditioned motor coaches and the ride will take approximately 20 minutes. Bus service will begin at 5 a.m. and end a half hour after gates close.
Gates will not open for spectators until 7 a.m. on Thursday and Friday and 7:30 a.m. all other days.
There will be no overnight parking in the PGA Public Parking Lot, and any vehicles left overnight will be towed at the owner’s expense.
Mobility Impaired and Handicap Parking
Individuals with a government issued Handicap Hangtag will be allowed to park in a specific area at the PGA Public Parking Lot.
Designated parking for mobility impaired spectators will be provided. Please call The Convention Store at 877-472-7275 for more information.
Kiawah Island Access During the PGA Championship
All vehicles accessing Kiawah Island during the PGA Championship will be required to display official PGA hang tags that will be placed on the vehicle’s rear view mirror in addition to the normal Kiawah Island Community Association (KICA) access credentials. This requirement affects members, guests, and those exempted from the commercial work ban.
For the week of the PGA Championship, the KICA Security Pass Gate will be relocated to the Island Center parking lot at the intersection of River Rd. and Bohicket Rd. Hang tags will be distributed in the following manner:
- Each Kiawah Island property will be mailed two (2) hang tags.
- Rental companies will be asked to mail the hang tags to their renters with their information packets.
- Property owners and renters are encouraged to provide their guests with passes and hang tags in advance of the championship. Passes and tags will be available at the KICA administrative offices.
- Guests and those exempted from the commercial work ban will be issued hang tags at the KICA Security Access Pass Gate located at the Island Center parking lot.
Rideshare & Carpooling
The PGA of America also encourages individuals to take advantage of the Trident Rideshare Program. Rideshare provides cost effective and environmentally friendly way for all lowcountry residents to travel to Kiawah Island and better enjoy this year’s Championship.
To find a carpool partner for the 2012 PGA Championship, please register with Trident Rideshare at www.tridentrideshare.com. For assistance, contact Vonie Gilreath at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 843-529-0400 ext 202.
Bike racks will be available at the PGA Public Parking Lot, the Ocean Course entrance and all On-Island Shuttle stops for those wishing to ride their bike to the Championship. All bicycle parking will be complimentary.
Kiawah On-Island Shuttle
A complimentary On-Island Shuttle System will be provided for those staying on Kiawah Island.
The On-Island Shuttle will have 23 stops located throughout the island on three separate routes, operating on 20 minute intervals. Each stop will have bicycle parking available.
On Island Shuttle Service will begin each day at 5 a.m. with the last shuttle departing the Ocean Course at 9 p.m.
2012 PGA Championship Kiawah Island Shuttle Stops
(Directions given below traveling towards The Ocean Course)
Stop 1: Oyster Rake Circle – Left side, between residences #573 & #574
Stop 2: West Beach Village – The Straw Market Turnaround
Stop 3: Greenwards Road – Right side of the road, perpendicular from Sandwedge Court
Stop 4: Beach Access # 12 Area – Intersection of Eugenia Ave. & Low Oak Woods Road, perpendicular to Eugenia Ave.
Stop 5: Sea Marsh Road – Intersection Kiawah Island Pkwy & Sea Marsh Rd., perpendicular to Kiawah Island Pkwy
Stop 6: Mariners Watch/ Windswept Villas – Between these communities, Nature Center side of road
Stop 7: Roy Barth Tennis Center – Tennis Center Entrance
Stop 1: Turtle Point – Adjacent to Turtle Point Golf Course driveway
Stop 2: River Course – Adjacent to River Course driveway
Stop 3: Surfsong Rd. – Right side adjacent to Governor’s Dr.
Stop 4: Ocean Green/ Surfsong – Intersection of Ocean Green & Surfsong, adjacent to golf cart crossing
Stop 5: Flyway Dr. – 50 yds on right from intersection of Surfsong & Flyway Dr.
Stop 6: Pleasant Valley – Right side of Flyway Dr. before reach Pleasant Valley
Stop 1: Yellow Throat – Intersection of Yellow Throat Lane & Fish Hawk, perpendicular to Yellow Throat Lane
Stop 2: Sweet Gum/ Marsh Island Dr. – Intersection of Sweet Gum & Marsh Island Dr.
Stop 3: Curlew Court/ Glossy Ibis Lane – Intersection of Curlew Court & Glossy Ibis, perpendicular to Glossy Ibis
Stop 4: St. John’s Fire Station # 4 – Across road from station, intersection of Flyway Dr. & Governor’s Dr.
Stop 5: Osprey Point Lane – Intersection of Osprey Point Lane & Flyway Dr., perpendicular to Osprey Point Lane
Stop 6: Bufflehead Dr. – Intersection Flyway Dr. & Bufflehead Dr., perpendicular to Buffhead Dr.
Stop 7: Piping Plover Lane/ Whimbrel Rd. – Adjacent 8th Hole Osprey Point Golf Course
**All on-island shuttle buses will stop at both the Beach Club & the PGA Championship Bus Terminal
Traveling to the PGA Championship on Johns Island
All spectators attending The PGA Championship are encouraged to use one of two travel routes.
ORANGE ROUTE: Traffic traveling northbound or eastbound from outside the Charleston area
(Savannah, Hilton Head Island, Columbia, I-95) use U.S. Highway 17. Turn onto Main Road, which becomes Bohicket Road and follow signage to PGA Public Parking.
GREEN ROUTE: Traffic traveling from all areas north of Kiawah (James Island, Charleston, Mount Pleasant) use Maybank Highway. Turn left onto River Road. Turn left onto Betsy Kerrison Parkway and follow signage to PGA Public Parking. There will be no vehicle access or public parking on Kiawah Island during the PGA Championship without proper PGA-issued credentials.
For those living in the immediate areas surrounding Kiawah Island, and not attending the Championship, peak traffic times on Main Road, Bohicket Road, River Road and Maybank Highway will be 7 a.m.–11 a.m. heading towards Kiawah Island and 4 p.m.–7 p.m. leaving Kiawah Island. If you plan to travel these routes, please allow for additional travel time.
For complete information on all details included in the PGA Championship Traffic and Parking Plan, visit www.PGA2012.com/PGAParking.