HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC – The PGA TOUR is setting the standard and safety protocols for the RBC Heritage taking place on Hilton Head Island June 15-21. PGA TOUR staff worked with federal and state public health officials and plan to implement a layered safety approach, including a comprehensive testing plan with social distancing guidelines.
Multiple levels of testing, including a pre-travel screening test sent to players and caddies, will be performed. Players and caddies also will be tested upon arrival to Hilton Head Island with daily questionnaires and temperature tests to follow each day.
CBS Sports employees and contractors, tournament staff, Sea Pines staff and PGA TOUR staff will also be given a RT PCR nasal swab or saliva test before being allowed to enter Harbour Town Golf Links. Every person entering Harbour Town Golf Links will be given a health questionnaire and submit to a thermal screening daily. No more than 500 volunteers will be working during tournament week. Each day they will answer a questionnaire and submit to a thermal screening. Anyone with a fever over 100.4 will be sent home.
Players and Caddies are being asked to restrict their movement outside the tournament venue. “Safer at Home” protocols will be practiced while on Hilton Head. No PGA TOUR families will be on Harbour Town Golf Links and players will be traveling with limited player support personnel.
All Harbour Town Golf Links facilities will be sanitized frequently. PPE, sanitary wipes and hand sanitizer will be available to everyone at the Harbour Town Golf Links. Host hotels will take proper health, safety & hygiene measures laid out by the Hilton Head Island Chamber of Commerce.
Who will be allowed on Harbour Town Golf Links? In addition to players and caddies, those who will be allowed to go to the event will be PGA Tour staff including rules and scoring officials, media officials, security, player relations and select ShotLink staff. Select tournament staff, clubhouse staff, volunteers, limited media, and PGA TOUR professional support staff will also be allowed.
Who will not be allowed on Harbour Town Golf Links? PGA TOUR managers, agents and family members are not allowed on grounds. Property owners and renters will be able to view golf from their own property but will not be allowed access to the golf course at any time during June 15-21. Only authorized credentialed personnel will be permitted access to the golf course during this time. Any violators will be considered trespassing and could be prosecuted.
What if someone tests positive? In compliance with federal and local health guidelines, in the event of a positive test result the individual will be immediately isolated in the designated location. They will be consulted with by a physician and directed to medical care if necessary. They will not be allowed to participate in the competition or have access to the Harbour Town Golf Links.
Tighter access restrictions and security There will be tighter access to player/caddie restricted areas and clubhouse access will be restricted only to those who have passed testing.
The Heritage Classic Foundation and the PGA TOUR is contracting security from several outside providers and they are also working with State and Federal law enforcement agencies. CSA security will handle security along the roadways inside the community at large. The Heritage Classic Foundation pays a fee for the CSA security personal utilized during the event. Homeowners should call CSA dispatch at 843-671-7170 for any problems they may have during tournament week. CSA dispatch has direct access to the tournament’s multi-agency coordination headquarters.
Safety equipment provided The PGA TOUR will provide face covers/masks and disinfectant wipes for all personnel, volunteers, players and caddies. The Tour will cover the costs of the tests for players, caddies and essential staff. The Heritage Classic Foundation will make available hand sanitizing stations and personal hand sanitizers to all on the golf course.
How will players and caddies interact? Players and caddies will be encouraged to partake in social distancing measures. Players will be urged to remove and replace golf clubs from the golf bag. Players will get the ball out of the hole. Caddies will be allowed to rake bunkers and tend flagsticks, on the condition they use sanitary wipes after use.
Local street and course restrictions Beginning June 1st, the Heritage Classic Foundation will begin to rope and stake the entire perimeter of Harbour Town Golf Links. Roping and staking of the perimeter of Harbour Town Golf Links is required by the PGA TOUR to ensure a secure venue for the 2020 RBC Heritage for the safety and security of its participants during the event. Roping and staking will be along the boundaries of Harbour Town Golf Links and will not encroach on any private property.
Full Closure of Baynard Cove Road from Plantation Drive to Turnberry Lane will begin Wednesday June 10, 2020 at 7:00 AM and will last approximately 2 weeks to Wednesday June 24, 2020.
Plantation Drive (south of Lighthouse Road) will have limited access during the RBC Heritage as it traditionally has for the tournament. From Monday, June 15 to Sunday, June 21 Plantation Drive (south of Lighthouse Road) will be closed daily from 7am to the end of play. During this closure, leisure path access will be limited, and bicycles will not be allowed access to Plantation Drive (south of Lighthouse Road).