SHEBOYGAN COUNTY — The PGA Championship at Whistling Straits officially begins Thursday, August 13th — and golf fans are chomping at the bit to get tournament play underway. But those headed to Whistling Straits will need to plan ahead — and pack some patience.
More than 200,000 people are expected to wind their way into Whistling Straits for the 2015 PGA Championship during this week.
“It definitely can be confusing for the out-of-owners,” Chad Felde said.
But there is help on the highway and along the roads that feed from I-43 into Haven, Wisconsin.
“Where the traffic gets heavy, they`ve put police people around there to try to keep things in order,” Doug Dorn said.
A FOX6 News crew headed to Whistling Straits saw State Patrol troopers posted on the highway, and plenty of patrol officers — some who offered drivers detailed instructions at intersections.
Additionally, there is significant signage to help the public find their way.
“Just follow the signs, and follow the traffic,” Randy Eller said.
“You gotta look for the little signs, right on top the stop signs for the side roads out in the middle of the country,” Barry Oachnser said.
With so much traffic in the area, those who live near Whistling Straits, like Doug Dorn, suggest some pre-PGA planning.
“It`s gonna be crazy trying to get to the course. Check out the websites. They have directions on there. Follow the routes,” Dorn said.
Once your shuttle bus arrives at the shuttle bus departure area, be prepared to put your cross-trainers to work. It’s about a 15-minute walk from the shuttle bus area to the main gate.
The PGA of America and Kohler Co. have announced a sell-out of daily grounds tickets for Saturday and Sunday Championship-round play at the 2015 PGA Championship, with only limited daily tickets remaining available for Thursday and Friday Championship rounds at Whistling Straits.
“We are thrilled to announce a sell-out of Saturday and Sunday Championship-round tickets for the 2015 PGA Championship here at Whistling Straits,” said Jason Mengel, Director of the 2015 PGA Championship. “The excitement we’ve seen for this Championship has been remarkable at every level – from the state of Wisconsin and regionally throughout the Midwest, to nationally across the U.S. and globally around the world. I would encourage any fans who have yet to purchase tickets to act now and join us for a major week ahead.”
All weekly ticket options for the 2015 PGA Championship sold out last year, and earlier this summer, the 2015 PGA Championship broke the all-time PGA Championship record for combined ticket sales and corporate hospitality revenue. The previous record was held by the 2004 PGA Championship, which was also played at Whistling Straits.
All remaining daily tickets to the 2015 PGA Championship can be purchased one of two ways: In-person at the PGA Championship Admissions Sales and Will Call office at the Main Spectator Entrance or online at www.pgachampionship.com. Fans who purchase remaining tickets online must pick them up at the Will Call office on-site (tickets will not be shipped).
Prices for remaining daily tickets are as follows (prices include all taxes and fees):
- Monday Practice Round, $40
- Tuesday Practice Round, $40
- Wednesday Practice Round, $50
- Thursday Championship Round, $100
- Friday Championship Round, $105
As a reminder for fans, every ticketed adult may bring up to four juniors (age 17 and under) with them for free each day of the 2015 PGA Championship. Junior tickets may be picked up on-site at the Admission Sales & Will Call Office at the Championship Entrance on the day of admission. For Wanamaker Club access, junior tickets may be upgraded at a cost of $25 (accompanying adult must already have a Wanamaker Club ticket).
To honor the men and women who serve our country in the United States Armed Forces, The PGA of America is also pleased to offer Active Duty, Military Retirees, Active Reserve, National Guard, Department of Defense Civilians and their accompanying spouse complimentary Daily Grounds tickets. Upon arrival, Military personnel should go to the Admissions and Will Call Office to present their Military ID in exchange for Daily Grounds tickets.
The hours for championship week are as follows:
Monday – Wednesday: 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Thursday – Friday: 6:15 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Player start times are as follows:
Monday – Wednesday: 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Thursday – Friday: 6:45 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
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