NEW: LIMITED ACCESS TO OTHERWISE SOLD OUT 2012 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY

-Exclusive Opportunity to Purchase Weekend Grounds Tickets via PGAPackage.com-

CHARLESTON, S.C., June 4, 2012 – If you want to be a spectator at the Ocean Course when the world’s best golfers converge upon Kiawah Island for the 94th PGA Championship this August, you have to act fast. Individual tickets to the weekend rounds were sold out by last December and 94% of the ground passes for the other days are also gone; however, several Charleston area hotels have released a limited number of PGA packages that allow guests to attend any day of Championship week play (August 6 – 12, 2012) with a special “one-day, any-day” pass.

Listed on PGAPackages.com, these new packages are the only way to score a Friday - Sunday pass onto the Pete Dye-designed course made famous in 1991 during the riveting Ryder Cup matches known as the "War on the Shore." The mystique surrounding the windswept course has grown significantly since that hotly contested tournament held more than two decades ago, so much so, tournament-long passes for the 2012 PGA Championship sold out faster than for any previous PGA Championship.

Worth noting: each ticket or “one-day, any-day” pass is valid for one adult admission plus up to four accompanying juniors (up to the age of 17).

A sampling of 2012 PGA Championship ticket packages found exclusively on PGAPackages.com includes:

2012 PGA Championship VVIP Package offered by Wild Dunes
This resort located on Isle of Palms is offering a seven-night stay in an oceanfront home with accommodations for up to six people. Included in the package are one daily private helicopter tournament round-trip transfer from Wild Dunes to Kiawah Island Resort, daily tickets to the Champions Club 17th Tee Double Decker Skybox for Thursday – Sunday (six tickets per day), one private dinner at the rental house, one round of golf on the Links Course with the Wild Dunes golf director, premium champagne and Cohiba Robusto cigars upon arrival. Package price is $22,500. Book via PGAPackages.com.

2012 PGA Championship “Birdie” Hotel Package offered by the John Rutledge House
This historic inn located in downtown Charleston is offering a three-night stay for two guests that includes two 2012 PGA Championship “one-day, any-day” passes per guest (four passes total) that may be used August 6 – 12, 2012. Also included are wireless internet, hot breakfast delivered to the room daily and an afternoon beverage reception that includes tea, sherry or brandy. Package price is $945 for August 6 – 8 and $1,095 for August 9 – 12. Book via PGAPackages.com.

2012 PGA Championship “Hole in One” Hotel Package offered by the Wentworth Mansion
This historic boutique bed and breakfast in downtown Charleston is offering a three-night stay for two guests that includes two 2012 PGA Championship “one-day, any-day” passes per guest (four passes total) that may be used August 6 – 12, 2012. Also included are daily southern breakfasts at Circa 1886 restaurant, afternoon wine and hors d’oeuvres reception, and one three-course dinner for two people at Circa 1886, tax and gratuity included (beverages not included). Package price is $1,195 for August 6 – 8 and $1,495 for August 9 – 12. Book via PGAPackages.com.

2012 PGA Championship Hotel Package offered by Francis Marion Hotel
This historic hotel located adjacent to Marion Square in downtown Charleston is offering a four-night stay for two guests that includes two 2012 PGA Championship “one-day, any-day” passes per guest (four passes total) that may be used August 8 – 12, 2012. Also included are two cocktails (one per person) each day and turn down service each night. Package price is $1,199. Book via PGAPackages.com.

2012 PGA Championship Hotel Package offered by the Courtyard Charleston Waterfront
This hotel that overlooks the Ashley River is offering 2012 PGA Championship “one-day, any-day” passes (one per person) with packages booked by June 30, 2012. Also included is daily breakfast for up to two people. From $289/night. Book via PGAPackages.com.

2012 PGA Championship Hotel Package offered by the Hilton Garden Inn Charleston Airport
This hotel, located a short drive from both Kiawah Island Resort and historic downtown Charleston, is offering two 2012 PGA Championship “one-day, any-day” passes that can be used August 6 – 12, 2012. Also included are daily hot breakfasts for two guests, two drink tickets for the American Grill and two Hilton Garden Inn golf umbrellas. Package must be booked between June 4 – 30, 2012. From $222/night. Book via PGAPackages.com

2012 PGA Championship Hotel Package offered by the Sleep Inn Mt. Pleasant
This hotel, located in Mt. Pleasant, is offering two 2012 PGA Championship “one-day, any-day” passes that can be used August 6 – 12, 2012. Also included are daily continental breakfast, access to wireless internet and daily newspaper. From $169/night. Book via PGAPackages.com.

2012 PGA Championship Hotel Package offered by Comfort Suites North Charleston
This all-suite hotel, located a short drive from both Kiawah Island Resort and historic downtown Charleston, is offering a 2012 PGA Championship “one-day, any-day” pass that can be used August 6 – 12, 2012, with this package. Also included are free airport pick-up (9 a.m. – 10 p.m.), hot buffet breakfast and afternoon cocktail reception (Monday – Friday). From $164/night. Book via PGAPackages.com.

The mission of the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is to unify and lead the local travel industry in marketing the Charleston area as an individual, meeting, incentive and group destination to both the domestic and international markets. For more information, visit explorecharleston.com.

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