The 2013 USGA Open Championship will be held at the Merion Golf Club this year, and that means many overnight guests will come for at least a week in June and need places to stay–including odds-on favorite Tiger Woods. Savvy Main Line property owners are taking advantage of the influx of moneyed spectators by charging unfathomable (though obviously quite plausible) rental prices, some of them just for a driveway or lawn. As with other large sporting events, the closer the home is to the venue, the higher the price, but with golf, there’s a little wrinkle as its fans like to stay on the venue if possible. So the homes that charge the most are on the golf club grounds.
Below, 10 rentals that show the range of what’s available. Click on the smaller photos to look at the interiors and see what guests will get for their thousands of dollars per day.
Distance from course: Adjacent
Size: 3 beds, 2 baths, 1,560 sq ft
Perks: “A separate, completely renovated barn for your evening party”
Distance from course: “Less than 3 miles”
Size: 6 beds, 3.5 baths, 5,318 sq ft
Perks: “Peaceful surroundings, very large side yard that can host a variety of events and perfect for entertaining.”
On the course, East Golf View Rd., Ardmore
Distance from course: “If you don’t want to be outside, you can watch the action from windows in the kitchen or in a second floor bedroom (just don’t let anyone see you in your pajamas!)”
Size: 6 beds, 4.5 baths, 5,000+ sq ft
Perks: “A cozy sunroom with French doors leading out to a backyard stone patio that is elevated enough to see everything happening on the green. ENTERTAIN YOUR GUESTS OR CLIENTS IN STYLE AT THIS CORPORATE OASIS!”
Price: $150,000/2 wks.
Distance from course: Feet. “Enjoy the East Course view of Merion’s 3,4, 5,7 and 8th holes from your private flagsstone patio.”
Size: 5 beds, 4 baths, 3,000 sq ft
Perks: “A wonderful open floor plan, large eat-in gourmet kitchen, driveway and parking for 4 cars.”
Price: $45,000/week; $8,995/day
16 Bryn Mawr Ave., Newtown Square, PA
Distance from course: 7 miles
Size: 5 beds, 5 baths, 5,200 sq ft
Perks: “A fenced in rear yard with large deck for entertaining. A garage with driveway parking to accommodate up to six (6) cars. Customized elevator, and much more!”
Distance from course: 600 yards from course entrance
Size: “Sleeping room for at least 7, (two bunk beds),” 3,102 sq ft
Perks: “3+ spaces driveway parking. Also close to restaurants and shopping. Wireless internet service.”
Distance from course: About 3 miles
Size: 4 beds, 2.5 baths, 2,374 sq ft
Perks: “Eat in kitchen with island and entrance to rear yard for barbacues”
Distance from course: “Within 3 blocks of the East Course which is where the OPEN is played.”
Size: 3 beds, 2 baths, 1,469 sq ft
Perks: “New kitchen/breakfast bar, partially finished lower level/laundry/c/a.”
Price: $20,000 for 7 days or best offer; $2,000/day for any time over 7 days. $10,000 security deposit.
Distance from course: “walking distance”
Size 4 beds, 2 baths, 1,860 sq ft
Perks: “Modern eat in kitchen, finished lower level, c/a, (except bdrm #2), large rear yard, 2 car garage plus”
Price: $15,000 for 10-day rental or best offer. Available for $1,500/day for any time over 10 days, maximum 30-day rental.
Distance from course: 2.8 miles
Size: 5 beds, 3 baths,
Perks: “Beautifully decorated, big enough to host a large dinner or cocktail party for your friends, famliy or office.”
For sites dedicated specifically to Open rentals, try Bob Thomas Real Estate Team’s Private Home and Corporate Rentals, which are more upscale, and Sara Moyher’s “official, unofficial” hospitality and rental site.