Louisville gears up for PGA Championship


by Brooke Hasch


Posted on August 1, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 1 at 1:11 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – The countdown is on for staff at Valhalla.

With just days before the PGA Championship officially kicks off, the stage is set, the fences are up, but the parking might be a bit confusing for some of the nearly 50,000 people expected to attend each day.

"Shelbyville Road, those four lanes cannot accommodate 50,000 people just coming and parking across the street. So, during the championship, there is no drop-off or public walking gate,” Brett Sterba, the championship director, said.

Where you park depends on when you go. Starting Monday, you'll have two options. You can park for free at Cardinals Stadium or in the lots of Churchill Downs, totaling 15,000 parking spots. From there, a PGA shuttle, also free of charge, will take you to the green.

"We have 250 buses to shuttle people throughout the day. Those buses will take people to and from their respective areas. They have videos playing on them, to get you ready for the championship, a sneak preview. They’re all air-conditioned buses. It's a comfortable ride. It’s the most effective way and the safest way to transport people to and from this golf course,” Sterba said.

If you're looking to avoid the crowds and simply want to shop for merchandise or perhaps get a closer look at the course, there is an alternative place to park, but only for a limited time. For this weekend only, on Saturday and Sunday, you can park directly across the street from where the Championship will take place in Lot X, which takes you to a variety of parking lots around the Parklands of Floyds Fork.

"From that point you can walk right in, all the way down to the Championship shops,” Sterba said.

Beware; it’s not a short walk. Once on site, you can shop till you drop between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. during the weekend. You can also purchase any available tickets for later in the week.

"Maybe you'll get the bug and want to come back on Monday or Tuesday when the practice tickets are still available,” Sterba said.

The PGA is hoping to keep the game alive with the younger generations. In keeping with tradition, each adult with a ticket can bring four juniors, under the age of 17 to the course for free.