Town Hall Meeting: Arrangements for 2017 Senior PGA Tournament

10 Mar 2017 7:21 PM | Pam Grosvenor

Monday, March 20, 2017. 7:30 PM. Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike

The public is invited to attend GFCA’s Town Hall Meeting on Monday, March 20 to hear more about plans associated with the 2017 PGA Championship to be held May 23-28 at the Trump National Golf Club in Potomac Falls, VA.

Representatives from the PGA will be briefing the community on preparations associated with transporting spectators and volunteers via bus from off-site locations to the course. More complete details on the proposed logistical arrangements impacting Seneca Road and neighborhoods near the golf club will be presented. The community will have the opportunity to voice its concerns, pose questions, and make suggestions. Resident feedback will be used to further develop and refine their plans.

Preliminary arrangements conveyed at TRN’s March 7th committee meeting are summarized below.

  • The tournament will be held from Tuesday, May 23 – Sunday, May 28 (Memorial Day weekend). Tuesday and Wednesday are practice days. Play begins on Thursday.
  • 50,000+ spectators are expected. An average of 8,000-9,000 spectators are expected over the course of each day, with perhaps 12-14,000 on the busiest day.
  • Official hotels for the event are in Reston, and most parking for the event will be at Dulles Airport and One Loudoun (Route 7 in Loudoun County).  Parking on site is limited.
  • Access to the golf course by private vehicles and cab will be via Algonquian Parkway and Lowes Island Boulevard.
  • The PGA has proposed that spectator buses to be routed from the off-site parking areas to the Club in a loop. Inbound buses to the course would be routed north on Seneca Rd in Great Falls, and then outbound from the Golf Club on Lowes Island Boulevard per the route map: PGA bus route.pdf .
  • During peak hours, buses would run about every 15 minutes northbound on Seneca; at non-peak times they would run 1-2 per hour. Buses would operate from 5 AM through early evening.
  • Seneca Regional Park may be closed during the event for security, safety and traffic control.
  • Non-resident traffic northbound on Seneca would likely be stopped at an appropriate point (e.g. Beach Mill Rd) to avoid the congestion of turnarounds at the end of Seneca near the Golf Club.  Residents living further down Seneca would be given hang tags for their vehicles and also be issued a limited number of hang tags for guests.
  • A security guard would be posted at the gate to Seneca Regional Park. A guard would probably also be posted at the Brockman Lane Emergency Access Gate.
  • The proposed routing would only be for spectator buses, and not for shuttles or any other “official” event traffic.

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