Hurricane Matthew shook up the parking plan again for the upcoming RBC Heritage.
The storm debris at Honey Horn means the lots on the north end of Hilton Head Island won’t be used to park and shuttle golf tournament spectators to Harbor Town Golf Links. Free parking instead will be at the Hilton Head schools complex at 70 Wilborn Drive off William Hilton Parkway, according to the tournament website.
The tournament begins April 13, with practice rounds and other events earlier in the week.
Tournament director Steve Wilmot said organizers have worked closely with the Town of Hilton Head on a parking plan, and more details would be presented during a Heritage media briefing Monday. Part of the plan is to encourage people to walk and ride bikes, he said.
“There will be some changes in place, for obvious reasons,” Wilmot said.
A motor coach will carry golf fans on the 20-minute ride from the school complex to Harbour Town Marina from 6:30 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. each day, according to the website. There will be no general parking inside Sea Pines during the golf tournament.
A tournament shuttle will again operate from Coligny Plaza closer to Hilton Head’s south end. The free shuttles will also operate from 6:30 a.m. until 9:30 p.m., and bicycle parking is also available.
Free bike parking is also available inside Sea Pines at the tennis courts near the Harbour Town clubhouse and near the 13th green. Bicyclists must have a tournament ticket or volunteer credentials to get into Sea Pines.
During tournament hours, taxis and Uber drivers can pick up and drop off only at Harbour Town Bakery on 140 Lighthouse Road.
Taxis will be stationed at the bakery after tournament play for pick up. Uber drivers will be able to pick up at locations around the Harbour Town Golf Links when play ends.
Tournament officials moved parking out of Sea Pines in 2015 after heavy rains had swamped the grassy parking areas within the gates the previous year.