RYDER Cup fans are offered the opportunity to shell out up to â¬ 50,000 per week for accommodation – six years before the event starts in Ireland.
The gaffes of the West of Ireland are available for thousands of dollars a night, though they can be over an hour from the lavish Adare Manor.
Famous golf fanatics, including basketball icon Michael Jordan, are said to be the first to purchase luxury accommodation – provided site boss JP McManus doesn’t choose to host it first in its 5 star hotel.
The Ryder Cup will return to Ireland in 2027 when Adare Manor in County Limerick hosts the biennial golf competition between Europe and the United States, 21 years after Darren Clarke inspired Europe to victory at K Club.
The event could bring in 200 million euros for the Irish economy and some locals are already looking to take advantage of the 300,000 visitors expected in the Midwest.
Jordan or any other celebrity need not fear – as far as the price goes, some lucky occupants will take advantage of acres of fields to land their helicopters, fridges filled with champagne, and a selection of cheeses to the arrival.
Seventeen listings have already been posted on the Accommodation for The Event site with houses offering their accommodation for over â¬ 3,000 a night.
Brian Higgins, hosting manager for the site, said several Irish properties have already been purchased.
He told The Irish Sun: âWe have a large database of Ryder Cup participants, over 45,000 people who regularly attend the Cup so that they are notified with alerts if a certain type of property is downloaded.
âSo properties can only last ten to 15 minutes online by the time they’re deleted.
âA lot of the people who book these houses would be players as well as corporate groups and golf companies.
âAnother market is newscrews who like to have properties where they can land a helicopter right next door and also a large garage where they can put all their gear.
âWe also have celebrities, which is very common, especially for the Ryder Cup, and they have a certain entourage with them and it is very confidential.
“If you contact the people who own the bigger homes, they might not choose to respond as they likely signed a nondisclosure agreement with a celebrity or someone who doesn’t want it to be known they’re staying there.”
Mr Higgins set up the site in 2005 in preparation for the 2006 Ryder Cup, which was held at the K Club in Straffan, County Kildare and has since hosted accommodations for the event in countries around the world. .
He said: âIf I had a house there, I would definitely advertise. If you aren’t into golf and it doesn’t really matter to you, this is a huge opportunity.
âThe fact that you can pay off the one-year mortgage for people who are stuck on that monthly bill, it’s just an opportunity to give them a relapse to help them. “
Mr Higgins said an average house for the event would be as high as â¬ 2,000 for ten days and that the site has previously hosted a property that was costing â¬ 100,000 in the United States for the same length of time.
A 2 bedroom bungalow near Garrykennedy in County Tipperary – about 56 km from Adare – is on the market for â¬ 30,000, offering “exceptional” lake views and up to 10 days of accommodation.
For that money, guests will also receive transfers to and from the airport, along with a selection of local organic produce, including a cheese board, crackers, and local meats.
The fridge will be stocked with champagne wines and beers while a full choice of breakfast will be delivered home to a local Michelin star restaurant.
Tony Murphy rents his five-bedroom gaff in Caherdavin, Co Limerick for â¬ 27,000 for ten days, promising the perfect match for a large family or up to ten Ryder Cup participants.
The ad for the “stylish, newly renovated house” states that it is within walking distance of local bars and restaurants and a short one-kilometer bike or car ride from the town center.
Mr Murphy said he is already receiving requests to rent the house for the event, which will take place in six years.
He said: âMy wife told me about it a few months ago and we decided to do it only last week.
âWe are 11 kilometers from Adare and there are bars and restaurants within walking distance.
âIt seems like a pretty popular thing to do to rent homes when a big event comes up, it’s in high demand these days. “
A North Kerry owner offers his “Exclusive Four Luxurious Gated Rooms” to visitors and professional athletes.
He told The Irish Sun that their high quality rugs can fit any type of celebrity.
He said, âI’m on an acre but there’s a ten acre field around you can land helicopters or whatever they want.
âWhen they arrive, I can provide them with what they need, if they want a driver, I can provide them with a car. All they want just to make people feel at home is what it is.
âI’m the type of person who always plans for the future. I play a bit of golf myself and when we had the Ryder Cup I said it would be a good opportunity for people to introduce the locality, the local villages and to offer something different to the hotels. It’s just a different type of accommodation with a welcoming family home.