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Luxury home-owners hit the jackpot as Open Golf Championship returns to Wirral
OWNERS of luxury houses are cashing in on Wirral’s Open Golf Championship by offering their homes to rent for up to £30,000.
The championship returns to Hoylake’s Royal Liverpool course in 2014, eight years after it last hosted the game's oldest Major.
The 143rd Open will be held from July 17 to July 20, and it seems golf fans are prepared to pay a fortune to rent high-class accommodation near the action.
If you want to stay in a property overlooking the entrance to the Royal Liverpool, there are several along Meols Drive being offered on a website for £30,000 during the week of the event.
Then there is a four-bedroomed detached villa in Caldy, three miles away, up for grabs at £25,000.
There is also a six-bedroomed semi-detached around a mile distant in the centre of West Kirby.
With six double bedrooms and three bathrooms, it’s a snip at £15,000.
There are also slightly less grand homes in Meols and Hoylake which could be yours for £8,000.
The Globe contacted estate agents for their views on the sky-high rental prices.
A spokesman for Karl Tatler said: “There are a lot of people who will pay for properties like this for the Open golf tournament.
“There will be massive numbers of people visiting the area - and they will pay that kind of money for the right property.”
Mathew Gilson, senior lettings manager at Jones & Chapman in West Kirby, said: "I managed a lettings agency in the region during the previous Open in 2006 and helped a number of landlords and tenants during the two weeks achieving very healthy rental figures.
“Our landlords at Jones & Chapman in 2013 are extremely keen to breed on the success of the 2006 Open and we are certainly expecting it to have a similar impact on our market next year."
Laura Hayes, a lettings manager for Brennan Ayre O Neil, said: “It is clear some people can command a lot of money for their properties and people are quite prepared to pay this kind of rent.”
When the Open returned to Hoylake in 2006 after a 39-year absence, Tiger Woods became the event's first back-to-back champion since Tom Watson in 1983.
As he lifted the famous Claret Jug trophy, Woods said the tournament had been one the best organised and most enjoyable in which he had taken part.
The four-day competition took place in front of 230,000 spectators, a record attendance for the championship in England.
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