We’re just one week away from the start of the 2016 RBC Heritage, the PGA tournament that pumps more than $96 million into South Carolina’s economy each year.
And more than 100,000 people are expected to attend the tournament throughout the week, and with that amount of people there’s one factor that’s a constant headache, parking. This year there’s one big change–a shuttle from Coligny plaza. This is in addition to the shuttles from the parking area at Honey Horn plantation.
“It will run 6:30 A.M. to 9:30P.M. on the south end, so hopefully residents and south end people can jump on it, so we’re tweaking that a little bit, and you know we’re going to have a great week, and we have a great field. and things are coming together,” said tournament director, Steve Wilmot.
Officials are hoping this will encourage local residents and business owners, who may have become frustrated with parking in recent years, to come back to the tournament. And the ever-present construction on Highway 278 will be paused during the week of the tournament as well.
“We’re trying to make it as easy as possible for people who want ot drive in for the day. Of course we want them to stay all week, but if you cant for the sake of business, family, a lot of other obligations, but at least we can make it as easy to drive in for a day, watch golf all day, go, and hopefully come back.”
Security is also a concern for some. Wilmot wont give specifics, but he says local, state, and federal agencies will all be on-site. You should also anticipate being checked by security several times. Once before you get on the shuttle, as well as at the gates. For more information on what you can and cannot bring with you, as well as parking maps, and ticket information, go to http://www.rbcheritage.com/ .