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Hotels going fast for 2014 US Open

Posted May 28, 2013

— It's no secret for golf fans, the US Open is about as big as it gets.

Over a two week period next year for the men's and women's US Open there will be 400,000 people in Moore County and not even 3,000 hotel rooms.

"Almost like something like a Superbowl or something to that effect," said Residence Inn by Marriot general manager Deborah Stack.

Next year both the men's and women's US Opens will be in Pinehurst back to back.

The Residence Inn by Marriott in Southern Pines started fielding calls for rooms a year ago, two full years in advance of the event.

"Pinehurst is no stranger to hosting an Open, so they're used to it," said Stack. "Sometimes the hotels of this size, you know, we're going to feel it."

"We really think it's the largest sporting event in North Carolina," said President/CEO of the Convention and Visitors Bureau Caleb Miles.

Pinehurst last hosted the men's US Open in 2005.

Officials with the local Visitors Bureau say almost all the rooms in the county are already contracted out to large groups like the USGA, the media and even the golfers themselves.

With so many hotel rooms in demand, Moore County is looking to neighboring counties for help.

""We love having 10 to 12 thousand rooms in the market in mid June," said Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Vice President Loren Gold.

Wake County is expecting about 20 percent of the hotel business from the Opens.

With numbers like that more than an hour drive away this is about as big as it gets for hotels, too.

"It's going to be something that's going to leave a mark and it's going to leave a great mark and we're very excited about it," said Stack.

There are also are private homes in the Moore County area that will be for rent.

Early estimates are the Opens could bring about 150-million dollars in revenue to the state.

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  • buckets112 May 29, 11:06 a.m.

    here's a tip from my experience the last time the open was here...go during the practice rounds because there are not as many people, you can take pictures, and the players are friendlier.

    i actually prefer hanging out in the bleachers on the range. you can see multiple guys roll through as they hit balls. funny thing to me is that all of the balls on the range are centered around each of the different flags...unlike at your local course where there are pellets all over the place.

  • baldchip May 29, 10:16 a.m.

    I will be right at home in my recliner. No traffic- normal beer prices-perfect seats for every putt. And I'll have instant replay!!

    Sorry-I went to the Sunday rounds in 2005. Although it was great to spend the day on the course, we ended up watching the end on TV in the shops as there was a weather warning, and we had to leave the bleachers on #17. However, play continued and it did not rain on the course. That was disappointing to sasy the least. The bleachers on #17 were great. We saw tee shots, putts-both on 17 and the tee shot on 18!!

    NC, we are blessed. Enjoy the blessing!!

    Pinehurst #2 has been returned to it's original sandhills spendor. The greens will be slick a a kitchen floor, sandy waster areas have returned(as originally planned), but now-it's longer than ever. PAR will be a great score.

    And to add to the greatness, the women will be there the next week. Have successive tournaments on the same course ever happened before????

  • KT is your daddy May 28, 7:50 p.m.

    I'll be there for the men's tourney and will have a free place to stay. Win. Now if only they could solve the traffic problem....

  • Hokies94 May 28, 6:48 p.m.

    This is such a huge event for our County, and also for our State. Our State will reap the benefits of millions. The local people in restaurants, motels, and surrounding counties can count on their biggest pay day in their History. Two full weeks of over 400,000 people. I'll be there.

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