PONTE VEDRA, Fla.-- It looked like rush hour at its worst; traffic backed up for miles out of TPC parking lots on Saturday.
"We waited 30-45 minutes just to get out," said Amanda Jones of Ponte Vedra.
Jones tells us the parking nightmare put a damper on her very first Players experience.
"Just to get directed to where you could get on the main road was ridiculous," she said.
Action News took her concerns to the Players Championship's executive director Matt Rapp. He said the problem was two-fold. Torrential rains, and on a positive note, record breaking tournament turn out.
"We had about 174,000 people out here over the course of the week," said Rapp.
He tells me the Players Championship has hired a consulting group to investigate and improve parking. Rapp says they found that a five-minute backup will translate into a mile backup in traffic.
He says the plan to ease the pressure next year is to deter even more people from parking by increasing lot prices.
"We haven't set the price, but we're looking at a fairly stout increase, not to make more money but to further incentivize people to carpool," said Rapp.