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Headed to the PGA Championship this weekend? Prepare for sketchy cell service

Thousands of spectators at the Oak Hill Country Club this week, in anticipation of the PGA Championship, have been experiencing cell service issues.


With navigation difficulties around the golf course and issues with standard phone services like texting and browsing, concerns are rising about possible communication challenges over the weekend.

The issue isn’t confined to the country club; businesses in the Town of Pittsford are also reporting slowed connectivity.


However, the PGA of America has confirmed they are collaborating closely with network providers, including Verizon, to enhance service capacity.

Bryan Karns, PGA Championship Director, mentioned that a temporary solution, a cell-on-wheels (COW), has already been deployed to improve connectivity. For emergency situations, he assured that ample security and emergency staff are in place, and communication would be maintained through radios, which are not affected by cellular connectivity issues.