CHICAGO, Ill. (PGA.com) -- 2006 PGA Championship officials have vowed that The 2006 PGA Championship will be one of the most fan-friendly major golf championships ever.
Shuttle buses will take no more than 10 to 15 minutes to deliver fans from offsite parking lots to The PGA Championship Village, the main hub of activity centrally located in front Medinah's grand clubhouse and within just a few hundred yards of the first tee and 18th green, officials said.
"When fans arrive at The 2006 PGA Championship, we want them to feel like they're right in the middle of the action," said Art Frigo, Medinah's general chairman for The 2006 PGA Championship. "We do not want our fans to have to endure long walks from the shuttle drop-off area to the focal point of activity surrounding the championship.
"We want our fans to conserve their energy and use it for what they came to Medinah for: to watch the greatest golfers in the world be tested by one of the world's great courses."
The PGA Championship Village will be an inviting, garden-like environment that will feature concession areas, an outdoor dining deck, a giant video screen on which to follow the TV broadcast, and a 35,000-square-foot merchandise tent, tournament officials said.
"We want people to feel as if they can come to the Championship Village either before or after they watch golf to relax and enjoy the great atmosphere of a major championship," Frigo said. "Medinah is a first-class club and we want to treat our guests in a first-class manner."
The number of concession stands located around the golf course also is expected to increase compared to 1999 when Medinah lasted hosted the PGA Championship, Frigo said.
"We are doing so-called 'little' things that we hope will add up to the best major golf championship experience our fans have ever had," Frigo said. "We don't think it's enough just to bring the best players in the world to Medinah. We want golf fans to be able to enjoy it."
In addition, in order to make the Medinah experience available to as many different kinds of golf fans as possible, The 2006 PGA Championship is offering 19 different ticket packages, including weekly, two-day, and daily grounds and clubhouse tickets. 2006 PGA Championship tickets are still available and interested fans may go to the website pga2006.com or call 1-800-PGA-GOLF (742-4653).
The PGA Championship is one of four premier golf events conducted by the PGA of America. Others include the Ryder Cup, the Senior PGA Championship and the PGA Grand Slam of Golf. Since 1916, golf's best professionals have been competing for the PGA Championship's coveted Wanamaker Trophy. Past champions include Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Davis Love III, Jack Nicklaus, Sam Snead, Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan and Walter Hagen.
The 88th PGA Championship will be played August 14-20, 2006 at Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill. The 39th Ryder Cup is schedule to be played at Medinah in 2012.
The PGA of America, founded in 1916, is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the game of golf while continuing to enhance the standards of the profession. The Association is comprised of more than 28,000 men and women PGA Professionals who are dedicated to growing participation in the game of golf.
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