PGA ready for first day of championship
By Stefanie Bainumsbainum@abcnews4.com
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) - The stage is set for the world's best golfers to compete for the PGA Championship. On Sunday, final preparations were wrapping up at The Ocean Course on Kiawah Island.
The Ocean Course was selected as the venue for this year's championship seven years ago. It's an event PGA Championship Director Brian Sterba and his team moved to the area for and have been working on for three years.
"I'm excited, I think I share the same enthusiasm that the rest of the Lowcountry does that this is a big event, a huge event for the area, and we're ready to open the doors tomorrow morning and let everyone see how great a major championship is in your own backyard ," said PGA Championship Director, Brett Sterba.
"It's not just about the seven days of golf, everything from logistics to the marketing plan to selling it to recruiting 3,000 volunteers and finally planning it and building it and now it's here."
The Ocean Course has been transformed to a mini city -- with four tents over 30,000 square feet each. The event is expected to attract 50,000 visitors from out of town but only 30,000 people will be able to take in the action each day due to space.
"We had to take the approach like New York City and we had to build up and so a lot of the hospitality structures and tents are multi-structure to take advantage of what Kiawah offers which is incredible views," Sterba said.
The championship is also expected to pay tribute to it's southern host.
"We were able to take a lot of the hospitality and concessions throughout the golf course and put a Lowcountry twist to them," Sterba said. "There are not many golf courses where you can serve shrimp and grits."