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PGA restricts walk-in access at Valhalla for Championships

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 LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- If you're planning to attend the PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club, you will need to know about some changes to the way you park.

You may even have to drive away from the golf course just to get in, because the PGA says no one will be allowed to walk through the gates this year. You must be shuttled through.

The Championship is about three weeks away but officials say it's never too soon to talk about parking.

"We're challenged that the golf course is about 20, 30 minutes away from the largest asphalt parking lots in the region,” championship director Brett Sterba said, "so we want to make sure that no matter what weather comes at us this August, we want to make sure we can park our 46,000 guests a day."

Sterba says no one will be allowed to walk into the tournament this year.

That's why they've set up a shuttle service from Churchill Downs and Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. "They'll board air conditioned coach buses to come out here to the championship," said Sterba.

General public parking is free of charge and will be located at Churchill Downs and Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. The Churchill Downs parking area is located inside Gate 10 off Longfield Avenue. Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium parking will be located in the Green Lot off South Floyd Street.

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Shuttles will operate from two Public Parking Lots to the Main PGA Bus Terminal at Valhalla Golf Club. The shuttle bus service will begin at 6:30 a.m. and will continue until a half an hour after the gates close each day. Handicap parking will be available at Valhalla Golf Club in a specific PGA lot. Please call The Convention Store at 877-472-7275 for more information on obtaining handicap parking access prior to July 31.

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Sterba says while many will wonder why they have to park 30 minutes from Valhalla, this is the safest and most efficient way to do it.

"This isn't just a PGA plan," Sterba added. “This is a cooperative plan amongst all the agencies here and what we don't want to see is people trying to break those rules for public safety issues."

Kimetha Young lives nearby and says the organization has tried to enforce the "no walk-in" rule in years past and it doesn't work.

"Folks still got in so I'm not really sure how they're going to handle that but it doesn't seem to make much difference," Young told us.

She lives in walking distance from the golf club and has for more than 20 years.

Young says during big events like the championship, she and her neighbors usually have hundreds of cars parked on their property.

"The traffic is so great that people are looking for a place to park and they'll just come knocking on the door," she said.

"It's like Oaks Day and Derby Day at Churchill Downs but it's seven days in a row nonstop."

Whenever possible, The PGA of America encourages everyone to carpool to and from the Championship to help alleviate traffic congestion and potential parking issues.

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