Parking and Traffic Info
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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
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 Corporate 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 Access 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).
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. For more information about this program visit www.tridentrideshare.com.
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 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