Security Tight For Upcoming PGA Championship

By Ashley Zilka

Published 07/30 2013 04:09PM

Updated 07/31 2013 09:34AM

Security at the PGA championship is critical for keeping both the rock stars on the course and the spectators safe.

"Planning for an event of this magnitude is really two years in the making, believe it or not, and that's with all of our local law enforcement here in the county as well as the State Police, even the help of the FBI," Major Lou Tomassetti said.

Fans will have to go through a security checkpoint when they get off shuttle buses. Restrictions are even tighter since the Boston Marathon bombings.

"No weapons, no alcohol are permitted to come in with you. No bags larger than 10 by 10. Things of that nature," Tomassetti said.

In just six days, the best of the best will be golfing at Oak Hill Country Club, and you can bet fans will be looking to get an up-close view of their favorite pro.

"The spectators will have access to see these high-profile players and all of the players for that matter. But it goes without saying that we have to provide for their security. There is going to be ropes erected. Spectators can't go beyond the ropes. There will be law enforcement presence and private security, as well with the higher-profile players," he said.

As far as numbers, Tomassetti would not give specifics on officers. You will see some of them while others you will not.

"This is basically a city within a city, in fact we even have 911 right here on the property," he said.

That means if you call 911 it goes right to a dispatcher at Oak Hill, and they send a deputy or trooper to you right away.

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