January 19, 2012


Final plans being put in place for transportation, parking and public safety

 Social Media: “200 day countdown to the 2012 @PGAChampionship, when the world’s best golfers take on America’s toughest course on @kiawahisland. #PGA #golf”

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – In 200 days the world’s best golfers will descend upon America’s Toughest Golf Course, The Ocean Course, for the 2012 PGA Championship.

The 94th PGA Championship begins August 6 at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.  As South Carolina’s first major, anticipation for the Championship has been growing since 2005, when the PGA of America announced its plan for the 2012 PGA Championship to be held in the Palmetto State.

Seven years later, the 94th PGA Championship is making history with its ticket and corporate hospitality sales. To date, the tournament has broken five single-day ticket records, with the largest grossing day nearly tripling the sales record on file.

“In 200 days, the PGA Championship will finally arrive in South Carolina, and the state is going to experience a $193 million positive impact,” said Roger Warren, President of Kiawah Island Golf Resort and General Chairman of the Championship. “We’ll welcome an additional 50,000 visitors coming from 44 different states and 10 countries for this event in August, which previously has been a slower season for tourism in Charleston.”

As this significant milestone is crossed, final plans are being put into place for transportation, parking and public safety.  Thirty-five state, county and local officials are working together to make sure the Championship is a great experience for all tournament attendees.  An official PGA Traffic Plan will be released once all traffic studies are finalized.

“In the next 200 days, you’re going to see the continued effort to keep people informed about the Championship logistical details and what this event means to South Carolina, the region and the Charleston community,” said Warren. “We are going to produce an event that will be memorable for its quality and experience, which will leave people talking about it for a long time to come.”

About the PGA Championship:

Since 1916, golf’s premier professionals have been competing for the PGA Championship’s Wanamaker Trophy. Past Champions span the greatest names of golf over 90 years, including Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen, Sam Snead, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Davis Love III, Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh and Phil Mickelson.

The PGA Championship is one of the premier golf events conducted by The PGA of America, a list that includes the Ryder Cup, the Senior PGA Championship and the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, which brings together winners of golf’s four major championships.

For more information on the 2012 PGA Championship, call 843.768.6003, email 2012pga@pgahq.com, visit, www.PGA2012.com, Facebook (PGA Championship) or Twitter (@PGAChampionship).

About Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Located along 10 miles of pristine beach just south of Charleston, South Carolina, Kiawah Island Golf Resort was recently named the No. 1 golf resort on the U.S. Mainland by readers of the prestigious Conde Nast Traveler magazine.  The publication also named Kiawah as the No. 3 overall resort on the U.S. Mainland.  Tennis magazine named it the No. 3 tennis resort in the U.S. Kiawah Island is also known as one of the top eco-friendly resorts in the U.S., and its beach was named one of the 10 best beaches in America by famed “beachologist,” Dr. Stephen Leatherman, aka Dr. Beach. In addition to Forbes Five Star/AAA Five Diamond Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, the resort’s 255-room oceanfront hotel and spa, the resort manages 600 private villas and luxury homes, nine restaurants, two tennis centers, a renowned recreation and nature program and has five championship golf courses, including The Ocean Course, host of the 1991 Ryder Cup and next year’s 2012 PGA Championship.

Contact:             Julius Mason                                                   Ashley Jolly

PGA of America                                              Obviouslee Marketing

(561) 624-8400                                               (843) 972-0712 ext. 12

jmason@pgahq.com                                     ashley@obviouslee.com

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Arielle Alpino
Obviouslee Marketing
843.972.0712 x 15



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