- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 1, 2014

PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) - Golf fans have lots of options for renting a home during the back-to-back U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open in Pinehurst, but in some cases, they will need lots of money.

The Fayetteville Observer reports (http://bit.ly/1lAr1qz) that hundreds of Moore County residents are renting out their homes to accommodate visitors, golf fans and golfers for the championships scheduled for Pinehurst No. 2 in June.

Those houses don’t come cheap. Marcus Larose, a real estate agent with Sandhills Rentals, said it can cost an average of $10,000 to rent a home in the Pinehurst area for the week of the U.S. Open. One five-bedroom home in Pinehurst is going for $100,000 for both weeks.

Larose said rentals during the week of the U.S. Women's Open are going for $2,000 to $3,000.

Larose said local agents have heard from representatives of several pro golfers looking for a place to stay. Players usually prefer houses in a community, such as the Country Club of North Carolina, that offer privacy and access to a driving range, he said.

Tim Venjohn, president of Pinehurst-Southern Pines Multiple Listing Service, said fans who cannot afford to be within walking distance of the tournaments want to be close to off-site parking lots, where they will take shuttles to the course. Those sites have not yet been announced.

John Marcum and his wife, Betty, have dropped the asking price to rent their home during the U.S. Open from $25,000 to $20,000. Their price for the U.S. Women's Open is $7,500.

“We’re not going to be there during the U.S. Open, so it seemed like a good idea,” he said. “We’ve had lots of interest.”

Carolyn and Brad Walker are trying to rent their four-bedroom home on the 16th green of the resort’s No. 5 Course. They want $20,000 for the week of the U.S. Open and $12,000 for the week of the U.S. Women's Open. While they are in negotiations with a company that wants to rent it for the entire month of June, that company doesn’t have the budget to pay what the Walkers are asking for the two weeks.

The home is within walking distance of No. 2, Carolyn Walker said.

“I don’t think we’ll have a problem getting it rented,” she said.

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Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com

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