Grand Slam kicks off today

After all that waiting, the anticipation is over and the 23rd Grand Slam of Golf is finally here. The Champions Clinic starts the festivities off today at 8:30 a.m., then it’s the Pro-Am at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow and Wednesday signals the start of the actual tournament. The event begins at noon.

Autographs and cameras will be permitted only today, for the Pro-Am. A no autograph/camera policy will be enforced during the Tuesday and Wednesday championship rounds.

Bags will be searched upon entering the event. The following items will not be permitted on golf course grounds: weapons of any kind, regardless of permit, cellular phones or pagers (no exceptions), signs, radios, ladders, folding chairs, coolers or pets. Be sure to wear your ticket so that it is prominently displayed for entry.

Continuous shuttle service is available along the bypass road. All shuttle pick-up locations are indicated with appropriate signage.

Please note new shuttle times: Today — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Grand Slam will be televised on TNT from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Gate hours are as follows: Today — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Parking is available along the by-pass road from Weliweli Road (Sugar Cane Road) to Po’ipu Road. Visitors are asked to parallel park.

In related news, the following statement was released by the Grand Hyatt Kaua’i (formerly Hyatt Regency Kaua’i) regarding the possible move of next year’s Grand Slam:

“Numerous calls and inquires have come in regarding the location of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf for 2006, amidst rumors that the PGA of America is considering a move in 2006 to another locale — perhaps in Las Vegas or the Caribbean.

“The PGA’s contract with Poipu Bay Golf Course and the Grand Hyatt Kaua’i (formerly Hyatt Regency Kaua’i) has always been renewed on a year-to-year basis. This year, there are a number of resorts that have expressed interest in hosting the prestigious PGA Grand Slam of Golf but no decisions have been made at this time. PGA expects to have more information by the end of the year.

“Regarding inquiries on the financial impact of not having PGA Grand Slam of Golf here on Kaua’i, it is our policy not to discuss details of our business relationship.

“Over the course of the last 12 years, we have developed an outstanding relationship and made lasting friendships with many of the people associated with the Grand Slam of Golf and we greatly value their friendship. In the event that their decision does not include the Grand Hyatt Kauai for 2006, we would welcome their return to Kaua’i at a future date.”

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