Original May Plans

COVID-19 Impact

April 3, 2020 Update

Due to COVID-19, the Pelican Women’s Championship has been rescheduled for November 9 - 15, 2020. The below information, links, and plans were submitted for the original May date and will be tweaked for the new schedule over the coming months.

Please visit www.pelicanlpga.com to learn more about the tournament and www.townofbelleair.com/covid for information on Belleair’s response to COVID-19. Thank you and stay safe.

Overview

The Town of Belleair is excited to host a Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) tournament at the Pelican Golf Club in May of 2020. This tournament will bring the greatest female professional golfers in the world to the Pinellas County area while showcasing the beauty and serenity of our town.

Please note that the Pelican Women’s Championship is a private event to be hosted on private property. The Pelican Golf Club has hired Eiger Marketing (a professional event company) to manage this event. Eiger is responsible for developing and implementing all tournament plans. While the town is involved with permitting, public safety, and communications, we are not in any way running this event.

Next Steps

In order to best inform our residents, the Town is sending letters and posting to social media to distribute key information about the Pelican Women’s Championship.

A digital copy of the March letter may be viewed here.

This communication includes dates and times for two upcoming public hearings regarding the event, where we will encourage feedback from the community on the plans presented. Both of these meetings will be held in the Belleair Town Hall Auditorium (901 Ponce de Leon Boulevard).

  1. First hearing: Wednesday, March 18 at 6:00 pm
    View the application packet submitted for the first hearing
  2. (Tentative) Second and final hearing: Tuesday, April 7 at 6:00 pm

Additionally, the Commission established a temporary LPGA Ad Hoc Advisory Committee of Belleair residents to assist with the planning of the Pelican Women’s Championship. Following the March 18 meeting, there are currently no meetings scheduled for this group.

Event Parking

We understand this event will bring an influx of attendees to Belleair and many of you have expressed parking as a top concern. In preparation, staff has consulted with Eiger Marketing and worked diligently to draft a plan which minimizes parking within town.

Attendee Parking

Please use the link below to see the current draft of the event’s parking plan. As explained in the document, attendees will park in lots located in Largo or Clearwater and then board shuttles that drop them off at the Pelican Golf Club. These shuttles and any rideshares will drop attendees off outside the event entrance at the intersection of Poinsettia Road and Golfview Drive.

See the current draft of the event parking plan

Complimentary bike racks will be located on Golf View Drive approximately one hundred yards away from the main entrance.

Proposed Parking Restrictions within Belleair

We hear and understand your concerns about parking for this event, and have worked with Eiger Marketing to draft a plan that presents the least possible impact. In this plan, minimal parking for vendors, staff, media, players, and emergency responders will be available in designated locations in town, but parking will largely be prohibited on streets surrounding the course. 

To accommodate exceptions, residents with a legitimate need to park on the street during the tournament will be able to contact the Belleair Police Department for a temporary parking permit. More information on this permitting process will be released in April following feedback from the community and the Commission.

For now, we encourage you to view the draft of the "Traffic Control Plan" which displays proposed parking restrictions in town. This document is not yet finalized, as it will be reviewed by the community and the Commission at upcoming public hearings. The dates of these hearings will be set shortly and included in communications to the public by Friday, March 13.

View the current draft of the event traffic control plan

  1. Event Schedule
  2. Site Plan
  3. FAQs

Event Schedule

Residents will begin to see tournament setup activities in late April, as temporary seating and facilities will be placed on the course in advance of the tournament.

The tournament itself will run from Thursday, May 14 through Sunday, May 17, with a pro-am on Wednesday, May 13. Thursday’s through Sunday’s competition will include live coverage on The Golf Channel. Activities will begin each morning at 7:00 am and wrap up with sunset, per the schedule available at www.pelicanlpga/attend.

All grandstands and other temporary facilities will be deconstructed and removed from the Pelican Golf Club by Wednesday, May 27.

Logo text: "Pelican Women's Championship" in dark blue with a pink pelican to the side

Learn more about tickets, volunteering, schedules, and more by visiting:

www.pelicanlpga.com