Experience helps Rochester succeed in hosting major championship golf

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While the final stages of construction for this month’s Senior PGA Championship are underway at Oak Hill Country Club, a different type of construction is happening not far from the famed course.

New York’s Department of Transportation is in the midst of repaving East Avenue, but work will stop on Friday and resume after the tournament in order to avoid raffic problems for the Championship.

“Everybody seems to understand that it is all one common goal, whether it is the Town of Pittsford, versus City of Rochester, versus Brighton, versus Monroe County,” said tournament director Bryan Karns. “Everybody works together and understands that this is a big benefit for the community.”

Courses like Oak Hill present unique challenges for the PGA of America because they are set in neighborhoods. The PGA says they’ve received a warm welcome from local residents, which is not always the case with every neighborhood they visit.

“We go to places and people kind of riot, they get upset, and they don’t want us to be there,” said Karns. “Here, people embrace it. That’s the big thing. It’s like ‘Look, there is going to be a lot going on that week, why don’t I just enjoy it?'”

Permits and construction may not receive much attention when discussing a major golf tournament, but for the PGA of America, having little things not become big problems goes a long way in determining where to bring future events.

“We obviously want the volunteers, the corporate support, and the golf course,” said Karns. “If we can’t get people there because traffic is bogged down or we have to spend an exorbitant amount of money just to figure out security, those things are really important to us.”

Rochester will continue to tick all the boxes for major championship golf.

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