Alerts & Announcements: The PGA Championship Comes to Kiawah in May




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2021 PGA Championship Comes to Kiawah

Photo Credit: PGA of America/Gary Kellner

During the week of the PGA Championship, the island will welcome thousands of visitors and players to a scaled-down version of the event. The week will be exciting, with the top players in the world converging on Kiawah. In order to ensure that event attendees and members enjoy the week as intended, there will be many changes on the island leading up to and during the event.

These changes, including extra credentials to access the island, a halt on construction and strict limits on streetside parking, are likely to affect all members. Please read the information below and make any needed arrangements. We’ll continue to remind members and commercial customers in the weeks leading up to the event.

Championship Week Access to Kiawah Island


Community members will enter the island as usual, but will need to display a PGA hang tag credential and KICA RFID decal or member pass for their vehicles to be waved past the public safety checkpoints and to their homes. These credentials will be mailed to member families by KICA beginning April 26, 2021.

Guest and other Passes

If you plan to have any guests visiting during the PGA week, your guest will also receive a PGA credential for their vehicle. There will be no gate passes distributed at the main gate, so members will be asked to register their guests in advance, allowing credentials to be mailed to the member or guest.


Submit Guests For Mailed Credentials By April 26

  • To have member guest credentials mailed to you, as the member, enter your guest through the online gate access management account.
  • To have member guest credentials mailed to the guest, enter your guest using the form here. You must enter your guest’s correct mailing address. KICA is not responsible for credentials mailed to incorrect addresses.


Submit Guests After April 26 for On-site Pickup at The Island Center

Guests submitted after April 26 will need to stop at a temporary pass office location at The Island Center/Ace Hardware shopping center (3700 Betsy Kerrison Parkway, Johns Island) to pick up their gate pass and PGA credential. Guests should be aware that delays are likely and plan accordingly. No pass operations will be conducted at Beachwalker Center or at KICA’s main gate. Guest passes cannot be provided for commercial customers.


Championship Week Changes on Kiawah


During the week of the event, checkpoints will be located throughout the island to control island access and facilitate traffic movement. The first checkpoint will be located on the Kiawah Island Parkway near Freshfields Village and the spectator parking lot. The final checkpoint will be located prior to the event perimeter at the Ocean Course. Member credentials will be color-coded to facilitate members’ access to their properties.

No Commercial Work

Commercial access will be limited to certain types of work during the PGA Championship in May. From May 17-23, only commercial entities with PGA access credentials will be permitted to access and operate on the island.

Permitted businesses include deliveries from carriers (UPS, FedEx, Amazon, US postal service), food service and fuel deliveries, and specific home services (home health care, housekeepers, pool maintenance and trash services).

Prohibited commercial work for the week will include (but is not limited to) construction, landscaping, routine repairs, routine deliveries (i.e. furniture delivery) and household movers.

Eligible commercial entities can visit the KICA Commercial Pass Office at Beachwalker Center beginning April 26 to receive their PGA credential. During the PGA Championship, all requests for passes will be routed to a temporary pass office location at The Island Center/Ace Hardware shopping center (3700 Betsy Kerrison Parkway, Johns Island) to pick up their gate pass and special-event credential. These businesses should be aware that delays are likely and plan accordingly.

Emergency Repairs

Members who need an emergency repair during the PGA Championship should contact KICA’s director of Security Tony Elder at 843-412-2260 for authorization. Once authorization has been given, the contractor will need to visit the temporary pass office location (above) to receive an access credential and emergency pass. Contractors will not be allowed onto the island without prior approval from the director of Security.

No On-street Parking

During the event, there will be no on-street parking on Kiawah. If you are hosting an event in your home during the week of the PGA Championship which will require on-street guest parking, please contact KICA Security at [email protected]. Security will approve parking for member parties and events on a case-by-case basis and inform patrol.

Transportation Companies

Uber, Lyft and limo or transportation companies bringing guests to the PGA Championship will be routed into the attendee parking lot just past Freshfields Village. Note: There will be no spectator drop-off in the vicinity of The Ocean Course or access to the PGA Championship from the beachfront. Security checkpoints will be in place along Ocean Course drive and only vehicles with proper credentials will be permitted access.

PGA Championship Solid Waste Service Change

Monday, May 17 – Friday, May 21
All residential and regime solid waste collection will take place in the evenings, beginning at 7 p.m. Trash and recycling cans must be placed curbside to ensure collection. There will be no backdoor service this week.

Off-limits Areas

During the week of the PGA, there will not be any unticketed access to the Ocean Course. Event security will also prevent walk-ups from the beach and other areas surrounding the course.

Members who do not live in Ocean Park will not be admitted past the final public safety checkpoint.

No Beachwalker Park Access

Beachwalker Park will be closed for access Saturday, May 15 through Tuesday, May 25 in order to facilitate event staging. The facilities, boardwalks and restrooms will be closed during this time.


Attending the PGA Championship

The Event at the Ocean Course

Access to the Ocean Course is limited to authorized ticket holders only. Your PGA hang tag credential is not a ticket and does not authorize access to the PGA Championship. Find all the information you need to attend the event in the PGA Championship Spectator Guide.

An event perimeter has been set up around the course. Unauthorized access will not be permitted. Beach access to the Ocean Course and Clubhouse will not be permitted. There will be no parking at the Ocean Course.

COVID-19 Protocols

The PGA of America has developed extensive health and wellness policies for the 2021 PGA Championship in partnership with the state of South Carolina, public health officials, and our medical services provider MUSC Health. Learn more about the COVID-19 protocols in place during the event here.


Community members attending the championship will be able to board an on-island shuttle, with stops in most neighborhoods, to get to and from the Ocean Course.

Shuttle stops are equipped with trash cans and bicycle racks. Stops have been placed to limit impacts on members living in the area.



  • Red Route (View Map)
    West Beach Village and Cougar Point Golf Course areas
  • Green Route (View Map)
    East Beach Village
  • Blue Route (View Map)
    Vanderhorst Gate and Surf Song Road areas
  • Yellow Route (View Map)
    Osprey Point Golf Course area

COVID-19 protocols are in place for this event. Prior to boarding any PGA-operated shuttle or gaining access on-site, spectators will be subject to a health screening. On shuttles, masks are required at all times. Attendees are permitted to sit next to an attending member of their household. Space will be left between attendees who are part of separate households. To reduce contact, loading will take place back to front and off-loading will take place front to back. Please follow all driver instructions on the shuttles.

Bicycling to the Event

For spectators who live within walking or biking distance of The Ocean Course, a dedicated walk-in gate and bike rack will be available at the intersection of Pete Dye Place and Ocean Course Drive. Bike parking will also be available at The Beach Club for Kiawah Island Club members and their guests.

Download The PGA Championship App

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