The eyes of the golfing world will turn toward Bellerive Country Club Aug. 6-12 when the greatest players in the world compete in the 100th PGA Championship.
Bellerive also was the site of the 1965 U.S. Open when Gary Player completed his career Grand Slam and the 1992 PGA Championship when Nick Price had his name added to the Wanamaker Trophy.
Tournament Director Barry Deach said all 4,000 volunteer positions for the championship were filled easily.
“I’m not surprised in the least,” Deach said. “A milestone event like this doesn’t come around very often in sports and that makes every day of the championship pretty special.”
The PGA Championship promises a boost to the St. Louis economy, with an estimated 80,000 people from outside the region expected.
“And we estimate 100,000 people from the St. Louis area also will be on the grounds of Bellerive that week,” said Brian Hall, chief marketing director for Explore St. Louis. “The overall economic impact for the region will be about $100 million.”
The tournament is the main draw, for sure. But it is not the only one.
Fans can enjoy on-site [and air-conditioned] shopping before and after the tournament, eat a huge variety of local foods and vote for the greatest moments in PGA Championship history.
To help those who have tickets and those who don’t, here’s what to expect.
The 47,000-square-foot Championship Shops merchandise venue is located at the main entrance along the spectator walkway. This merchandise shopping experience offers men’s, women’s and children’s apparel and headwear. The shops also offer a major selection of exclusive accessories, gifts and memorabilia.
The Championship Shops will be open to the public and no ticket is required to shop during Grand Opening Weekend, Aug. 3-5. Shop hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Aug. 3 and 5. The shops close at 5 p.m. on Aug. 4.
The Wanamaker and Ryder Cup trophies will be available for pictures during the Grand Opening.
During championship week, the shop hours are 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m. on Aug. 6-8 and 6:30 a.m.-7:45 p.m. on Aug. 9 and 10. On the last two days of the tournament, the hours are 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
A Merchandise Express shop is located at the Main Entrance along the spectator walkway for quick purchases and last-minute gifts. Its hours are noon-7:30 p.m. on Aug. 6-8, noon-7:45 on Aug. 9 and 10, and noon-7:30 p.m. on the final two days of the tournament.
Parking and shuttles
During Grand Opening Weekend, Aug. 3-5, complimentary parking is located at the Creve Coeur Soccer Complex [Lot C] at 2350 Creve Coeur Mill Road. Vehicles must access the lot via Route 141/Maryland Heights Expressway and Creve Coeur Mill Road.
Shuttle service to and from the Main Bus Terminal across from the 100th PGA Championship Main Spectator Entrance will be provided; however, there will be no on-site parking at Bellerive Country Club or the vicinity thereof for the Grand Opening Weekend. Shuttle times are 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. on Aug. 3, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Aug. 4 and 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. on Aug. 5.
Free general spectator parking will be available at the Fenton Logistics Park [former Chrysler Plant] with shuttle buses running to and from the Logistic Park and the Main Spectator Bus Terminal across from the 100th PGA Championship Main Spectator Entrance at Bellerive Country Club.
Overnight parking in PGA public parking lots is prohibited and any vehicles left overnight will be towed at the owner’s expense.
There is no public parking or spectator drop-off at Bellerive Country Club.
Spectators are heavily encouraged to utilize Uber, Lyft or St. Louis County/Yellow Cab to and from Westminster Christian Academy, 800 Maryville Centre Drive, which is the only official Rideshare Pick-Up/Drop-Off [PUDO] lot for the Championship. Complimentary shuttle services will be provided from the PUDO lot to the Main Spectator Bus Terminal across from Bellerive. Where permanent sidewalks exist, spectators are directed to follow sidewalks to existing designated crosswalks at stop lights and stop signs.
What to bring, what to leave at home
Spectators heading to the PGA Championship, should dress appropriately for August temperatures, drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration, wear a hat for protection from the sun and be sure to use sunscreen.
Additionally, spectators should leave all prohibited items, including all backpacks and any bags larger than a 10-inch square at home. They will not be permitted on-course or stored at the Championship.
Folding chair bags will be allowed, with the exception of oversized chairs with armrests; however, the chair must be removed from the bag at the security checkpoint.
Personal electronics such as computers, laptops or tablets; drones, hoverboards, laser pointers, whistles/ noisemakers or selfie sticks; weapons of any kind [regardless of permit], including pocket knives; and golf clubs or bicycles are prohibited.
Also prohibited are buckets, ladders, milk crates or stools; coolers, food and beverages [one unopened, sealed bottle of water per spectator is permitted]; banners, posters or signs; and any materials with unauthorized advertising or promotions on them. Championship security reserves the right to further ban items deemed inappropriate or dangerous at their sole discretion.
Mobile devices policy
Mobile devices must be kept in golf mode setting at all times at the 100th PGA Championship. Incoming and outgoing calls may only be made or received farther than 100 yards away from competition. Text, email, social posting and other data use is allowed on the golf course at any location providing players are not in position and about to play their shots.
Mobile device photography, as well as audio and video capturing, is allowed in all areas during Practice Rounds [Tuesday and Wednesday]; however, during Championship Rounds [Thursday-Sunday], photography, audio and video recording is prohibited anywhere within 100 yards of competition or when requested by players, caddies, marshals, volunteers, security or Championship staff and officials.