Weather forces change to Heritage parking set up

dlauderdale@islandpacket.comApril 18, 2014 

Spectators going to the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing will face major changes Saturday and Sunday due to the deluge of rain that hit Hilton Head Island Friday afternoon.

Parking lots in Sea Pines will be closed.

Fans who do not have number-specific parking hang tags must park at Hilton Head Island High School, 70 Wilborn Road (click for map).

Buses will shuttle spectators to Harbour Town via William Hilton Parkway, from 7 a.m. until one hour after play.

Buses will stop at the Will Call office in the Sea Pines Welcome Center parking lot if necessary.

"We looked at all our options," tournament director Steve Wilmot said. "We want to make everyone happy, but we can't. If someone can't look at this weather and understand, that's unfortunate."

The general spectator lots that cannot be used held roughly 3,000 vehicles while the high school lot holds about 850.

Other options were still being explored Friday night. They include the Salty Fare Landing lot near the back gate to Hilton Head Plantation, and The Crossings Park.

Honey Horn is available if needed, Wilmot said, but it has no paved parking.

"We would be going from dirt to dirt," said Toby McSwain, chief of security in Sea Pines.

If the high school lot fills, motorists will be advised when they arrive where they should go to park.

Electronic message boards on U.S. 278 were being changed Friday night to reflect the change, Wilmot said. McSwain said electronic message boards were being brought in from other counties.

Others may also have to move.

Parking for the media has been moved to the Town of Hilton Head Island lot at Coligny Circle. McSwain was worried as rain continued to fall Friday night that other lots within Sea Pines would be lost.

He said six cars were being towed Friday evening from a general parking lot by the Lawton Stables, which was largely lost to parking after Tuesday's rainfall.

The number of buses used to transport spectators from the general lots cannot be increased at this point, McSwain said. That same number of buses -- 15 -- will be used for the longer hauls.

Wilmot said the tournament was already working on options to move some parking outside of Sea Pines for future tournaments. No permanent changes have been finalized, he said.

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