Hotels going fast for 2014 US Open
Posted May 28, 2013
Pinehurst, N.C. — 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.