So Tiger will not drown in some kind of Biblical flood after all, despite the most sophisticated meteorological forecasts that suggested he might. The game will go on, and for those who want to see the players as they proceed along this notoriously difficult course–especially holes 14 to 18–there may be some last-minute weekend rentals within a manageable price range.
Below are some rentals we’ve spotted on airbnb that would make some sense. They’re listed as available for this weekend, but of course, there’s no guarantee.
Year-’round residents of the Jersey Shore have it rough when summer comes. Their peaceful lives are disrupted by seasonal tourists who expect whims to be catered to, including the ample production of sweat shorts and T-shirts with stupid slogans. They clog stores and roadways, they drip water onto floors, they track sand around without a care and swerve rental bikes into traffic. They have a name, and it is “Shoobies.” Jen A. Miller explains the etymology of the word:
It came from a time when Philadelphians came down to the Shore via a train to Atlantic City with lunches packed in their shoeboxes—hence shoobie.
These days US Open visitors to the Main Line are being called Shoobies, a word being used to indicate people with outsider status who are driving natives crazy. Miller isn’t buying it.
This five-bedroom, four-bath property in Ardmore is listed at $40,000 a month, and while that is rather on the prohibitive side for many, it has some real merit. First of all, the street name–Golfview Road–inspires confidence. As well it should: the 6,000-square-foot home is right on the 7th hole/8th tee (no idea what that means, but it’s apparently a good thing) with multiple balconies and a patio for clear views.
There’s also a hospitality suite, for those who like to be hospitable, and daily cleaning service. The price is $40,000 per month, but that will surely get amortized depending on length of stay.
Here's an Airbnb rental advertised for the Golf Open at $850 per night.
Airbnb.com is a hot, Silicon Valley-based company that’s enjoyed phenomenal growth with a very simple business model: It acts as a market maker for short-term vacation rentals. The company has been in the news lately because an administrative law judge in New York City smacked an Airbnb host, as they’re called, with a $2,400 fine for allegedly running an “illegal hotel.”
Nigel Warren used the Airbnb website as his promotional tool and logistical facilitator to rent out one of the two bedrooms in his East Village apartment. The rental was for three nights at $100 per night, and his roommate was there for all three nights.
In a feat of perfect timing, this house overlooking the Merion Golf Course went on the market last month, just ahead of the 2013 US Golf Open. While it’s unlikely someone would purchase a home simply for perfect access to a two-week event, they might indeed make the purchase because the three-story Georgian colonial was designed by famed architect Horace Trumbauer. Additionally, there’s so much odd but lovable fabulousness: the trompe l’oeil bookshelves, the wood-paneled library, the phenomenal wallpaper, the hanging bed, the framed Peyton Manning jersey–oh, wait, that last one is maybe less fabulous.
The home is on almost 3.5 acres with a manicured garden, and it has a sun porch, six fireplaces, a playroom, a pool and a pool house/cottage with a kitchen and bath.
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.