Law Enforcement Develop Traffic Plan For PGA Tour Event In Jasper County

Local law enforcement is preparing to welcome crowds of golf fans who will travel through Jasper County to attend the Palmetto Championship in Congaree next month, Sheriff Donald Hipp said.

The PGA Tour event takes place June 10-13 at the Congaree Golf Club outside of Ridgeland in the Gillisonville area.

“We have contacted surrounding counties and are partnering with the South Carolina Highway Patrol, Ridgeland Police Department, Hardeeville Police Department, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office for this event,” said Hipp. “We are expecting between 4,000 and 6,000 spectators every day to attend the tournament.”

Hipp said the South Carolina Highway Patrol conducted traffic studies on Highways 278 and 462, which would see the most traffic during the tournament. He said planning had been underway for a few months.

“The parking lot will be in one of the fields at Nimmer Turf Farm, which spans roughly 500+ acres, and the parking lot will likely use around 100 acres for the general parking area,” Hipp said.

The main road that enters the Congaree Golf Club is lined with overhanging trees.

Bill Nimmer of Nimmer Turf Farm said once it was announced the tournament would take place, Congaree contacted them to use one of their fields to park.

“We wanted to help them, and that would help Jasper County, so we agreed to let them use our field,” he said.

Hipp said golfers would park at the venue and there would be signage placed in the area about a week before the tournament.

“Digital signs will be put in place to inform drivers that there will be traffic delays due to golf tournament traffic,” he said.

An entrance gate to the Congaree Golf Club can be seen from US 278 near Gillisonville.

Tournament participants will park in front of the club on the grass field and officers will help them cross the road to the course.

Hipp said those who normally take the roads near Congaree might consider taking an alternate route during the tournament. He said the officers on leave would help with the traffic.

“This is the biggest event this county has seen in many years,” he said. “We appreciate the agencies that will help us and we hope the event goes off without a hitch.”

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