Local law enforcement agencies are getting ready for crowds of golf fans who will be traveling through Jasper County to attend the Palmetto Championship at Congaree next month, Sheriff Donald Hipp said.
The PGA Tour event will be played June 10-13 at Congaree Golf Club outside Ridgeland in the Gillisonville area.
“We have reached out to surrounding counties and we are partnering with the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the Ridgeland Police Department, the Hardeeville Police Department, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, and the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office for this event,” Hipp said. “We are expecting between 4,000 to 6,000 spectators during each day to attend the tournament.”
Hipp said the South Carolina Highway Patrol has been doing traffic studies for Highways 278 and 462, which would see the most traffic during the tournament. He said the planning has been going on for the past few months.
“The parking will be in one of the Nimmer Turf Farm fields, which is around 500-plus acres, and the parking will probably use around 100 acres for the general parking area,” Hipp said.
Bill Nimmer of Nimmer Turf Farm said once it was announced that the tournament would take place, Congaree contacted them about using one of their fields for parking.
“We wanted to help them out, as well as this would help out Jasper County, so we agreed to let them use our field,” he said.
Hipp said the golfers will be parking on the premises and there will be traffic signs placed around the area a week or so ahead of the tournament.
“There will be digital signs put into place making drivers aware there will be traffic delays due to the golf tournament traffic,” he said.
Those attending the tournament will park across the street from the club in the turf field and officers will help them across the road to get to the course.
Hipp said those who normally travel the roads near Congaree might want to consider taking an alternate route during the tournament. He said off-duty officers will be helping with traffic.
“This is the largest event this county has seen for many years,” he said. “We appreciate the agencies who are going to help out and we are hoping the event goes off without a hitch.”