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RBC Heritage sees an increase in security

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) -

If you're planning to attend any of the RBC Heritage golf tournament on Hilton Head Island this week, prepare for more security, and one big change when it comes to getting into the tournament.

Spectators must have their ID's and tickets to get onto the golf course.

Spectators said they love the change. The lines are longer, and there are a lot more restrictions, but most of the patrons said safety is most important.

"We've been coming for about 20 years now, and we thoroughly enjoy it," said patron Linda Dicus.

Dicus remembers the first year she came, there were fewer people, and the spectators were given free champagne. But things have changed.

There are thousands more people, no more free champagne and much more security and restrictions.

"First of all, coming in, my ticket was turned this way and they asked me to turn it around, so they could see indeed it was a ticket for this year," Dicus said. "I've noticed check points in areas that I've never noticed before, and I also received a letter in my packet with lots of new things."

Included in that packed was a list of restricted items.

Guests coming to the Heritage this year can no longer bring backpacks. They can bring chairs, but not the bag it comes in. They can bring binoculars, but not the bag, and women can bring their purses, but only small ones or clear ones.

A lot of those items were already restricted, but this year they're really enforcing the rules.

"There's 12 different agencies participating in the security this year," said Toby McSwain, head of security for Sea Pines. "At any given time we have 100 law enforcement represented on the golf course. We have a mixture of county, state and federal agencies that are here."

"I do appreciate all of the extra security and the people who are there to help us make this a safe tournament," said Dicus.

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