With just months until the 148th Open at Portrush swings into action, some accommodation prices are anything but par for the course.
Almost 200,000 visitors are expected to flood into the town when the famous tournament returns for the first time in 70 years between July 18 and 21.
Billed as Northern Ireland’s biggest ever sporting event, tickets have already sold out and some accommodation prices have soared.
Seven nights in one apartment are available for a mere £11,900, with a four-day ticket to the tournament thrown in.
The third-floor penthouse is situated above a restaurant and comes with a sea view.
A luxury five-bedroom house is advertised on the ‘stay at the Open’ website for a whopping £25,000, the Belfast Telegraph reports.
The opulent pad is two miles away from the Royal Portrush Golf Club and boasts “a spectacular open plan living space that is ideal for entertaining”.
For a larger number of guests, a nine-bedroom detached house ten miles away from the course is on offer for £23,000.
The converted mill also offers peace and quiet from the crowds at the end of the day with four acres of woodland.
At the more ‘affordable’ end of the Open rental market, a one-bedroom townhouse situated a mile from the course is available for £2,500.
Some hotel rooms are also at a similar premium. A search on booking.com yesterday showed just one double room for two adults was available at the Port Hotel for Open week, costing £4,270.
On Airbnb, a four-bedroom end terrace near the golf course is posted for £9,650.
Recently refurbished, an outside sauna is part of the appeal for those willing to part with £1,183 a night.
Councillor Trevor Clarke said the Open had brought unprecedented demand to the area.
“Prices like this will come with an event of this scale as nowhere in Northern Ireland can accommodate so many people,” he said.
“I suspect a majority of the 190,000 visitors won’t be staying in the area, with many from Northern Ireland and the Republic prepared to travel.
“I think visitors won’t find a problem getting accommodation within an hour’s drive of the venue. But that’s the beauty of the Open, it brings an economic benefit across the province and that has to be welcomed,” he said.
“It’s worth saying there is accommodation at the other end of the spectrum with camping and B&Bs, so it would be unfair just to focus on the really expensive side.”