The Senior PGA brings financial benefits to Benton Harbor
Benton Harbor, Mich. -- The Senior PGA Tournament returns to Benton Harbor this upcoming weekend, but what local impacts has the event had so far?
Local business owners are finding that, despite the great financial impact, the problem of people using their lots as free tournament parking was just as pressing of an issue.
Jaimie Cousins, the owner of The Mason Jar Café, says, “I think it does a little I know a couple of our days were a little bit slower than what they normally are and I think the parking kind of hinders us a little bit too,".
According to the Southwest Michigan Chamber of Commerce, the Senior PGA tournament brings in around seven million dollars each time it runs.
People come from all over the world to see former PGA golfers hit the course as well, with local volunteers from about a two-hour radius coming to the area to help out. The tournament brings many to the area to enjoy the local delicacies of Benton Harbor as well.
Local businesses like Ben's Pretzels and The Livery say they had local volunteers and other event-goers come to their restaurants to enjoy local offerings after a long day of hard work.
The tournament comes has come to Benton Harbor every other year for the past ten years, long before the Harbor Shores Golf Course was the PGA-level course it is now.
The Benton Harbor area welcomes it and looks forward to the millions it brings in.