Parking the PGA

As a parking professional, I consider the noble golf cart to be my industry’s vehicle of choice. My perspective was slightly changed shutterstock_101925589however, when I had the opportunity to park cars for the 95th PGA Golf Championship in August. We spent more than 10 days in Rochester, N.Y., facilitating parking for the players, media, volunteers, and spectators. I soon came to the realization that golf carts are not just for zipping around parking lots–players also use them for golf!

To say the least, the experience was exhilarating. We parked thousands of cars; got a chance to see some of the Oak Hill course and got to work with some really great Rochesterians. Coming from the south I can say that the hospitality we were shown was second to none. At the end of the day, Jason Dufner won, my wife got a PGA sports bottle, and I learned that the parking industry isn’t the only industry to lay claim to the golf cart. Who knew?

About Frank L. Giles

Frank L. Giles is senior project manager at Lanier Parking Solutions and serves on the IPI Advisory Council, Conference Program Committee, and Safety/Security Committee.

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