Published July 05, 2012
PGA Tour golfer Stuart Appleby plays around 25 to 28 events a year and stays at numerous hotels. But about five times a season, he rents a private home. His wife and manager select where they all will stay by looking at photos online. "We returned to one home at the Masters for 10 years in a row," he said in an email.
The Applebys have four children, so the number of bedrooms and bathrooms and how close the home is to the golf course are all important details. "We like it to be within 10 minutes of the course," he wrote.
Hunter Haas, also a PGA Tour golfer, is on the road approximately 30 weeks a year. He usually stays in private rental homes or with friends for about six or eight weeks while on the road.
Haas' wife goes online and chooses the homes they will rent. "She's the picky one," he said in an email.
"At the U.S. Open, I stayed with friends of the family, and I enjoyed it," he wrote. "I asked a couple of (other) players about their hotel, and they hated the $50 parking fee in downtown San Francisco."
The hassles of staying in hotels, going out to restaurants for dinner and dealing with traffic make staying in a private home an alluring option for golfers who often start their workday at 6 a.m. on tournament weeks. For the homeowner, the upsides are attractive and the downsides are limited.
Renting out your home for a short period of time can be profitable, says Bill Morse, an enrolled agent and CEO of Accounting & Tax Services of Delray Beach in Delray Beach, Fla.
"The income is not taxable if the home is rented for fewer than 15 days during the year," Morse says.
Frank Sausedo, general manager of Suncastle Properties in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., helps homeowners rent their homes to golfers during The Players Championship, which is played at the TPC at Sawgrass.
He says during tournaments, homes typically rent for around $1,000 per bedroom per week, with another $1,000 added for a pool.
Sausedo says homeowners rarely have problems. "The golfers aren't here to party. They're playing for millions of dollars."
Sausedo rents homes that range from two-bedroom condominiums to seven-bedroom mansions. "Some golfers travel with family, their manager and a private chef. Others may just want to feel a little more like they're at home rather than being cramped into a hotel room," Sausedo says.
Ponte Vedra Beach residents Lupe and Dennis Morken have rented their five-bedroom, five-and-one-half-bath, 4,200-square-foot home in Sawgrass Country Club to pro golfers for eight years.
They usually go on vacation when their home is rented. "We've never had an issue, and the $5,000 rent we receive is a huge incentive," Dennis says.
Jim Dauwalter is the representative chairman of the championship committee for Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn. He says during the 2009 PGA Golf Championship, an accommodations committee made up of club members selected the homes to show to the golfers.
"About two-thirds of the homes rented out did not belong to club members," Dauwalter says. Rather, the majority of golfers rented homes from members of the surrounding community, he says.
Golfers playing in the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Ga., who want to rent a private home can visit the Masters Housing Bureau website. The Masters Housing Bureau is a joint venture between the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Augusta National Golf Club to help homeowners rent their homes to professional golfers.
Christina Jones, communications director for the chamber, declined an interview. "We have a contract with each homeowner and with the Augusta National that prevents them from discussing any details regarding renters, especially when the renters are high-profile individuals," she said in an email.
If you're thinking of renting out your home to a golfer, here are eight tips to consider:
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