McKim & Creed on Par with 2017 PGA Tournament
One of the biggest challenges associated with the Wells Fargo Championship Golf Tournament is logistics. This was especially true in 2017, when the PGA tournament relocated from Charlotte’s Quail Hollow Club to Wilmington, North Carolina’s Eagle Point Golf Club.
The tournament was held May 1-7, and approximately 25,000 fans visited Eagle Point each day of competitive play. That’s 25,000 fans needing places to park, safe roadway crossings, and access to the course so they could observe the action.
McKim & Creed helped solve some of those logistics challenges. We provided field surveying to establish existing topography and vegetation on approximately 3.2 acres of the course. Using the survey data, McKim & Creed engineers developed a grading plan to lower berms, and reused the excavated material to flatten the entrance area to meet tournament operations requirements. In addition, McKim & Creed developed plans for parking, spectator bus drop-off areas, road crossings, and staging areas for media equipment, and provided permitting services.
Brian Harmon captured the first place spot in the 2017 Wells Fargo Championship, bringing home a prize of $1.35 million. Since its inception in 2003, the Wells Fargo Championship has raised more than $19 million for charity. The event was broadcast to more than 1 billion households in 32 languages and across 225 countries and territories outside the U.S.
2013 Masters’ Champion Adam Scott described the Eagle Point course as “flawless,” according to the Golf Channel. McKim & Creed provided site development services for the Tom Fazio-designed course when it opened in 2000, as well as surveying and engineering to prepare the course for the 2017 Wells Fargo Championship. Eagle Point Golf Club is among the Top 100 Golf Digest courses in America.