Up to 44,000 people a day attended last year’s major at Hazeltine National in Minnesota. But organizers for the 2012 event at Kiawah Island say Pete Dye’s narrow, marsh-filled Ocean Course layout can’t accommodate such crowds.
They plan to limit access to about 27,000 people a day. Kiawah Island Golf Resort president Roger Warren says that will guarantee a better experience for everyone.
The Ocean Course was built for the 1991 Ryder Cup and was the backdrop for Robert Redford’s 2000 movie “The Legend of Bagger Vance.” The course hosted the 2005 PGA Club Professional championships and the Senior PGA event two years later.