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The visitor center at McLeod Plantation Historic Site will be used as a support area for the U.S. Women's Open at the nearby Country Club of Charleston. File/Brad Nettles/Staff

The upcoming U.S. Women’s Open has prompted Charleston County to close a nearby visitor attraction for eight days around the international golf event.  

McLeod Plantation Historic Site won't open to the public from May 27 to June 3 because sections of the James Island property will be needed to "support operational aspects" of the tournament, including the welcome center and two parking areas.

"All measures have been put in place to protect the historic buildings, landscape and cultural resources at McLeod," according to Charleston County Parks.

The United States Golf Association is holding the U.S. Women’s Open at the nearby Country Club of Charleston this year for the first time. 

David Bennett, executive director of county parks department, said the agency "is pleased to support the U.S. Women’s Open and the economic impact and international spotlight it shines on the Lowcountry.”

McLeod Plantation Historic Site will reopen to visitors and resume its normal schedule on June 4. 

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While part of the property will be used for parking during the championship, tournament officials have not released their plans for accommodating spectators and their automobiles.

Charleston City Council last month shot down a request to park vehicles at the nearby Municipal Golf Course off of Maybank Highway.

The USGA has estimated it will need 8,000 to 10,000 spaces to accommodate not only spectators but players, caddies, tournament staff and hospitality workers.

"We’ll announce our complete parking and transportation plan around May 1," spokeswoman Julia Pine said in a statement Thursday. "There will be complimentary parking and shuttles for all fans."

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