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Kiawah Golf Incentive

Kiawah Golf Incentive

Published: Friday, February 24, 2012 | 2:50 p.m.

As an added benefit for 2012 PGA Championship volunteers and ticket purchasers, special incentive pricing is available for 18-hole rounds of golf at all five (5) Kiawah Island Golf Resort courses — The Ocean Course, Osprey Point, Turtle Point, Cougar Point and Oak Point.

Offer is valid for volunteers ticket purchasers and up to three (3) accompanied guests, Jan. 1, 2011 through the conclusion of the 2012 PGA Championship. To take advantage of this exclusive offer or for questions, please contact any one of the following Kiawah Island Golf Resort pro shops:

Cougar Point: (843) 266-4020
Oak Point: (843) 266-4100
Osprey Point: (843) 266-4640
Turtle Point: (843) 266-4050
The Ocean Course: (843) 266-4670

Click to view special rates (.pdf)

Offer will ONLY be extended to 2012 PGA Championship volunteers and ticket purchasers and accompanied guests (identification may be required), and may not be combined with any other discounts or promotions. Golf rates are seasonal, and incentives can be up to 25% off standard rack rates. Junior golfers (age 17 and under) receive an additional 50% off the accompanying adult rate. There is no limit to the number of times each ticket purchaser may take advantage of this special promotion.

*Offer excludes The Ocean Course July 27th – August 12, 2012

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Ticketing Frequently Asked Questions

Ticketing Frequently Asked Questions

Published: Friday, February 24, 2012 | 2:23 p.m.

How many tickets will be sold per day?
In order to maximize each spectator’s experience for 2012, the total number of spectators on The Ocean Course will be limited to approximately 27,000-30,000 per day.

When will my tickets be mailed to me?
Tickets for the 2012 PGA Championship will be sent out July 2012.

How can I update my contact information?
Please contact the PGA ticketing center by calling 800-742-4653. The PGA ticketing center is open Monday through Friday, 8 AM-5 PM.

What types of tickets are available to purchase?
Daily Grounds tickets (Monday-Thursday) are still available for purchase.

How much does each ticket cost?
Daily Grounds Tickets:
Monday — $55.00
Tuesday — $55.00
Wednesday — $70.00
Thursday — $125.00

Does the PGA offer Junior tickets?
Juniors 17 years of age and younger will receive complimentary Grounds access into the Championship with an accompanying ticketed adult. Each ticketed adult will be permitted four (4) junior admissions daily at no additional charge. Junior tickets will be picked up onsite at the Will Call Office at the Championship entrance on the day of admission.

Do Juniors receive complimentary access to the Wanamaker Club?
Junior ticket access for the Wanamaker Club will be available for an additional charge that will be collected at the main admission gate where junior tickets must be picked up each day. The final price for Junior Wanamaker is $25 per day. All juniors must be accompanied by a properly credentialed adult.

Does the PGA offer Active Military discounts?To honor the men and women who serve our country in the armed forces, active military personnel receive complimentary Daily Grounds access to the 2012 PGA Championship. A valid active military ID is required on the day of attendance to receive the free ticket, which can be obtained at the Admission Sales and Will Call Office. One additional spouse ticket will also be complimentary with the presence of an active military ID, even in the event of a Championship sellout.

Additional Questions?
Please contact the 2012 PGA Championship Office at 2012PGA@pgahq.com or (843) 768-6003.


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Parking and Traffic Info

Parking and Traffic Info

Published: Friday, February 24, 2012 | 12:24 p.m.

To download a printable version of the Traffic and Parking information click here.

There are two recommended travel routes to Kiawah Island during Championship Week:

ORANGE ROUTE: Traffic traveling northbound or eastbound from outside the Charleston area (Savannah, Hilton Head Island, Columbia, I-95, 1-26)
— Use US Hwy 17. Turn onto Main Road (becomes Bohicket Road) and follow signage to PGA Public Parking Lot

GREEN ROUTE: Traffic traveling from all areas northeast of Kiawah (James Island, Charleston, Mount Pleasant)
— Use Maybank Highway. Turn Left onto River Rd. Turn left onto Betsy Kerrison Parkway and follow signage to the PGA Public Parking Lot

Click to view the 2012 PGA Championship Traffic Map (.pdf)

General Public & Volunteer Parking

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 5:00 AM and end a half hour after gates close.

Gates will not open for spectators until 7:00 a.m. on Thursday & 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.

Click to view the 2012 PGA Championship Public Parking Map (.pdf)

Shuttle, taxis and private vehicle drop-off

There will be a specific section of the PGA Public Parking Lot for shuttles, taxis, limo and private vehicles to drop off and pick up guests. These vehicles will be subject to the same parking fee as a regular vehicle each time they enter the PGA Public Lot. Parking passes for these vehicles may be obtained in the same way as the general public, either in advance or at the gate.

Bus parking will also be available in the PGA Public Parking Lot for groups arriving in vehicles larger than personal use automobiles (15 passenger vans, motor coaches, etc). These vehicles must access the PGA Public Parking Lot from the gate located on the Kiawah Island Parkway.

These vehicles will be subject to the same parking fee as a regular vehicle each time they enter the PGA Public Lot. Parking passes for these vehicles may be obtained in the same way as the general public, either in advance or at the gate.

Mobility Impaired & 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.

PGA Corpor​ate Client Parking

Corporate Parking Pass holders will be directed to park in the Corporate Parking Lot at Night Heron Park, located on Kiawah Island. The corporate parking hang tag must be displayed at all times from the rear view mirror in order to gain access to the Corporate Parking Lot.

To ensure traffic moves efficiently throughout Kiawah Island, there will be no drop off or pick up locations in this lot. Clients violating this policy will have their hang tags confiscated.

Individuals parking in this location will be shuttled to the Main Bus Terminal at The Ocean Course. This route will take approximately 15 minutes.

Kiawah Island Acces​s during the PGA Championship

All vehicles accessing the Kiawah Island during the PGA Championship will be required to display official PGA hang tags that will be placed on the vehicles 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 (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 (Intersection of River Rd. and Bohicket Rd).

Rides​hare & 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. For more information about this program visit www.tridentrideshare.com.

Bike P​arking

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. A digital map of the bus routes can be found here.

On Island Shuttle Service will begin each day at 5:00 a.m. with the last shuttle departing the Ocean Course at 9:00 p.m. Gates will not open for spectators until 7:00 a.m. on Thursday & Friday and 7:30 a.m. all other days.

Click here to view the 2012 PGA Championship On-Island Shuttle Map (.pdf)

2012 PGA Champion​ship Kiawah Island Shuttle Stops

(Directions given below traveling towards The Ocean Course)

Red Route
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

Blue Route
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

Yellow Route
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


Parking and Traffic Info

History of the PGA Championship

Between them, immortals Gene Sarazen (left) and Walter Hagen (right) won eight PGA Championships, including seven straight from 1921-27.

The PGA Championship

The PGA Championship, the annual culmination of golf’s four major Championships, celebrates its 94th edition in 2012, with its first visit to South Carolina and The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. Since its inception in 1916, the PGA Championship has evolved into one of the world’s premier sporting events.

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 | 1:07 p.m.

Each summer, one of the nation’s most outstanding golf facilities hosts golf’s best professionals, as they compete for the Wanamaker Trophy. Winning that Trophy is an experience that has been savored by only 63 individuals.

Overall, 71 courses in 25 states have served as a host site for at least one of the 91 PGA Championships. Since 1994, the PGA Championship has featured the most players in the Top 100 of the Official World Golf Rankings, and perennially has boasted the strongest field in golf. The 2002 PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., established an all-time record for world-ranked participants, with 98 of the Top 100.

Past winners2011: Atlanta Athletic Club2010: Whistling Straits2009: Hazeltine

The PGA Championship was born in the mind of department store owner Rodman Wanamaker, who saw the merchandising possibilities in a professional golfers’ organization. Wanamaker invited some prominent golfers and other leading industry representatives to a luncheon at the Taplow Club in New York City. On Jan. 17, 1916, a group of 35 individuals, including the legendary Walter Hagen, convened for an exploratory meeting, which resulted in the formation of The PGA of America.

During the meeting, Wanamaker hinted the newly formed organization needed an annual all-professional tournament, and offered to put up $2,500 and various trophies and medals as part of the prize fund. Wanamaker believed that the Championship should be conducted similar to the British News of the World Tournament.

That Championship, a 36-hole elimination match-play tournament, was the PGA Championship of Great Britain. Meanwhile, both the British Open and the U.S. Open were played at medal (stroke) play over 72 holes. Wanamaker’s offer was informally accepted, and seven months later, the first PGA Championship was played at Siwanoy Country Club in Bronxville, N.Y.

British-born professional Jim Barnes and Jock Hutchison, a native of St. Andrews, Scotland, played in the final match of the inaugural PGA Championship. Barnes emerged a 1-up victor.

The PGA Championship was put on hold for two years because of World War I. It was resumed in 1919, at the Engineers Country Club in Roslyn, N.Y. Barnes was again the Champion, turning back Fred McLeod, 6 and 5. The following year, Hutchison avenged his defeat, becoming the last internationally born winner for a decade. He defeated Douglas Edgar, 1-up.

With the “Roaring Twenties” in full stride, the next nine PGA Championships were won by three different players: Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen and Leo Diegel.

Hagen went on to win five PGA Championships, making the finals six times and winning four Championships in a row between 1924-1927. During the streak, “The Haig” won 22 consecutive matches before Leo Diegel captured the title in 1928.

From Hagen to Sarazen

At the age of 20, Sarazen became the youngest PGA Champion, beating Emmett French, 4 and 3, in the 1922 PGA Championship finals. The following year evolved into one of the most exciting finals in the history of the Championship, as Sarazen successfully defended his title by defeating Hagen on the 38th hole in the Championship’s first extra-hole finale. Sarazen won the match by hitting a miraculous approach shot from the rough to within two feet of the hole.

Nicknamed “The Squire,” Sarazen owns one of the most remarkable records in PGA Championship history. He qualified for match play 28 times, participated in 82 matches and had 57 victories and 25 defeats. When the Championship switched from match play to stroke play, he competed in four more Championships before retiring after a 1972 appearance. Not only was he the youngest champion, he became the oldest participant (70) when he played in the 1972 PGA Championship.

Denny Shute won consecutive PGA Championships in 1936-37, a feat that lasted until Tiger Woods in 2000.

Lord Byron and Hogan Dominate

Byron Nelson, a loser in extra holes in 1939, bounced back one year later to begin one of the most amazing periods in golf history. Nelson won the 1940 PGA Championship with a 1-up victory over Sam Snead. In 1941, Nelson made it to the finals for a third straight time, falling to Vic Ghezzi in an extra-hole match.

With the outbreak of World War II, the match-play field was reduced to 32 players. Even with the change, Snead called the 1942 PGA Championship, the first of seven major triumphs, his biggest thrill in golf. He defeated Jim Turnesa, 2 and 1, in the finale.

Golf took a back seat to the War in 1943, and the PGA Championship was canceled. When the event resumed in 1944, underdog Bob Hamilton, 28, upset Byron Nelson, 1-up. Nelson had appeared in four finals and won only once. The following year, Nelson defeated Sam Byrd in the finals, 4 and 3, while continuing one of sport’s most remarkable winning streaks — 11 consecutive tournament victories.

The 1946 PGA Championship was Ben Hogan’s first triumph in one of golf’s four majors. Hogan then won a second Wanamaker Trophy in 1948, as he cruised past Mike Turnesa, 7 and 6, to become the first player since Sarazen in 1922 to win both the U.S. Open and PGA Championship in the same year.

The 1950s was a challenging decade, with the passing of the Hagen, Sarazen, Snead and Hogan eras. After Snead’s 1951 triumph, 19 different Champions were crowned from 1952-1970.

From Match Play to Stroke Play

With Lionel Hebert’s 3-and-1 victory over Dow Finsterwald in 1957, a chapter in PGA Championship history was closed. The stroke play era began in 1958 before a televised audience in the millions, with Finsterwald’s final-round 67 earning him the PGA Championship at Llanerch Country Club in Havertown, Pa.

Jay Hebert’s stunning triumph in the 1960 PGA Championship at Firestone Country Club marked the first time that American brothers had scored victories in the same major Championship. PGA Professional Jim Ferrier finished one stroke behind, making him the highest finisher of any club Professional in stroke-play history.

Arnie’s Missing Major

In 1962, South African Gary Player became the fifth foreign-born player to win the PGA Championship, as his 278 edged Bob Goalby by one stroke at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pa. Jack Nicklaus won the first of his five titles in 1963, at the Dallas Athletic Club, overcoming 100-degree heat and third-round leader Bruce Crampton.

In 1964, Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer both took a backseat to Bobby Nichols, who opened with a 64, and became the first wire-to-wire winner in the Championship’s medal-play history. Nichols’ winning total of 271 remained a Championship record until 1994.

Palmer also set a record with rounds of 68-68-69-69, making him the first player to post four rounds in the 60s in a major Championship.

This seemed to set a disappointing pattern for Palmer in the Championship. Just like Snead’s U.S. Open “jinx,” Palmer is considered by most golf historians as one of the best players never to have won a PGA Championship. Along with his runner-up finish in 1964, he finished second in 1968 and 1970.

In 1968, Julius Boros, then 48, survived sweltering Texas heat and a last-hole charge by Palmer to become the oldest Champion, at Pecan Valley Country Club in San Antonio.

Nicklaus Leaves his Mark

With his impressive victory in February 1971, at PGA National Golf Club (now BallenIsles Country Club) in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Nicklaus became the first professional to win the modern Grand Slam of golf for a second time. It also was the start of a 13-year run in which Nicklaus would win four PGA Championships, finish runner- up twice and place nine times in the top four. Nicklaus’ 1973 Championship victory gave him 14 major Championships, surpassing Bobby Jones’ mark set 43 years earlier. Nicklaus tied Hagen for the most PGA Championships in 1980, winning his fifth crown at Oak Hill Country Club by a record seven-stroke margin.

Nicklaus competed in 37 PGA Championships, finishing a record 14 times in the top five, while also posting the best record in the stroke-play portion of the PGA Championship.

After the 1976 PGA Championship, PGA officials abandoned the 18-hole playoff format to become the first major Championship to implement a sudden-death playoff. It was quickly put to the test, with the next three Championships decided in extra holes.

In 1977, Lanny Wadkins defeated Gene Littler on the third playoff hole at Pebble Beach Golf Links. A year later, John Mahaffey rallied from an eight-stroke deficit and defeated Jerry Pate and Tom Watson on the second extra hole at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club. In 1979 at Oakland Hills Country Club, Australian David Graham needed three extra holes to defeat Ben Crenshaw.

A New Generation of Champions

Bob Tway’s final-hole bunker shot in 1986 at Inverness Club, to win the 1993 PGA Championship, signaled a new generations of Champions and special moments.

Payne Stewart won his first major Championship in 1989 at Kemper Lakes in Hawthorn Woods, Ill. In 1991, rookie John Daly completed a storybook finish at Crooked Stick in Carmel, Ind. Without the benefit of a practice round, Daly, the ninth alternate, didn’t get into the Championship until Nick Price withdrew the night before. Daly went on to finish with a 276 total, in a performance that ranks as one of golf’s greatest surprise triumphs.

Nick Price returned in 1992 to win at Bellerive Country Club and carried his 1990s dominance with a resounding second PGA Championship title in 1994 at Southern Hills Country Club.

Valhalla Golf Club’s first experience in hosting amajor championship came in 1996, and Mark Brooks birdied the 18th hole twice within 45 minutes to win a playoff over Kentuckian Kenny Perry.

Davis Love III turned in a memorable performance at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck,N.Y., finishing with an 11-under-par 269, for the lowest winning total in any major Championship held at the legendary course. Vijay Singh, a native of Fiji, earned his first major title in 1998 at Sahalee Country Club in Redmond, Wash.

Tiger Woods Ushers in a New Era

In 1999, 23-year-old Tiger Woods became the fifth youngest winner in PGA Championship history, when he outlasted Spain’s 19-year-old Sergio Garcia by one stroke at Medinah (Ill.) Country Club.

Woods, already a winner of the U.S. Open and British Open during the summer, made the PGA Championship’s return to Valhalla Golf Club in 2000 perhaps the most thrilling climax in major Championship history. In the process, Woods became the first back-to-back PGA Champion since Denny Shute in 1936-37.

Woods and journeyman Tour professional Bob May, whose glossy record Woods had emulated as a youth in the Southern California junior ranks, engaged in a stirring final-round duel. After each making 18th hole birdie putts, they entered the first three-hole aggregate score playoff in PGA Championship history. Woods birdied the 16th hole, then saved par on the final two holes to edge May by a stroke.

Unheralded David Toms laid up for par on the 72nd hole in 2001 at The Atlanta Athletic Club, then made a 12-foot winning putt to defeat Phil Mickelson and post a 15-under-par 265, a major Championship record for 72 holes.

Rich Beem’s stunning back-nine charge to a 4-under-par 68 elevated him past Tiger Woods to the title in the 85th PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn.

The PGA Championship special moments’ tradition continued with Shaun Micheel’s 2003 final-hole near-hole out for birdie at Oak Hill Country Club. In 2004, Vijay Singh earned his second PGA Championship, outlasting Justin Leonard and Chris DiMarco in a three-hole cumulative score playoff at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis., the longest layout (7,536 yards) in major Championship history.

In 2005 at steamy Baltusrol Golf Club, Phil Mickelson hit a flop shot from the deep rough on the 18th hole to within two feet and then tapped in for the winning birdie.

Tiger Woods marked his return to Medinah Country Club in grand style in 2006, by capturing in methodical style his third PGA Championship and 12th career major Championship and came back in 2007 at Southern Hills Country Club, winning a fourth PGA Championship during the hottest recorded week of weather in PGA Championship history.

Ireland’s Padraig Harrington overcame Garcia in 2008 at rugged Oakland Hills with a strong back-nine rally, including a birdie on the 17th hole and a memorable par-saving putt on 18 to become the first European-born Champion since Scotland’s Tommy Armour in 1930.

South Korea’s Y.E.Yang stunned the golf world in 2009 at Hazeltine National Golf Club with a solid back-nine, including a chip-in for eagle on the 14th hole and closing birdie at 18 to chase down Tiger Woods and become the first Asian male player to win a major championship.

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History of the PGA Championship

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