Facing rising public opposition from Great Falls residents, organizers of the Senior PGA Golf Championship scheduled at Trump National on May 23-28 will not be using Seneca Road and have withdrawn their request to use the road through Seneca Regional Park for spectator buses inbound to the tournament. Such use could have created traffic and safety issues along Seneca Road from Route 7 to the Potomac, and also caused access issues for residents and their guests beyond a checkpoint somewhere along Seneca Road (needed to provide security). Now, the buses will be routed entirely through Loudoun County, and security will control access to the golf course from Seneca Regional Park.
In a letter today to the Great Falls Citizens Association (GFCA), the PGA said “[We] are no longer planning on using Seneca Road for any of our bus traffic or to transport equipment to and from the Senior PGA Championship at Trump National Golf Club. Also there will be no restrictions to public access to Seneca Regional Park during the championship. We will also communicate any additional information that may be useful to you all as we get closer to the championship.” Bill Canis, GFCA President, said, "GFCA, working with Supervisor Foust and the NOVA Parks Board, communicated residents' concerns to the PGA organizers. We thank the organizers for their quick and responsive decision to withdraw their request to use the road through Seneca Regional Park, and change their plans to use Seneca Road. We wish them well with the Senior PGA Championship in May.”
As a result of the PGA decision, GFCA has canceled the planned TownHall meeting on Mar 20 that was to have discussed this. Additional information on the tournament and details impacting Great Falls residents will be posted on gfca.org in the weeks leading up to the tournament.