A South Charlotte homeowner hoped to make $25,000 this week by going on vacation.
Golf fans attending the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club this week were looking for the perfect place to stay, while some country club residents were willing to offer their homes.
That’s where websites like Rent Like A Champion came in.
Rent Like A Champion allows homeowners near sports events to list their houses for traveling fans to rent. It’s like Airbnb, but tailored specifically for sports events.
More than 70 homes were listed for the PGA Championship. The homes range from less than a fifth of a mile from the course to 35 miles. Prices for the six days range from $1,000 to $30,000.
A two-story house in Quail Hollow with four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms was asking for $25,000, while another four-bedroom house 0.4 miles away sought $8,000 during the event.
A two-bedroom condo in SouthPark could be rented for $2,800.
Hotel price comparison platform HotelsCombined ran the numbers to see how the PGA Championship affected hotels in the Charlotte area.
Compared to the weeks leading into and following the tournament, their figures showed demand for a place to stay in Charlotte more than doubled with rooms 66 percent more expensive. Home rental can give tourists more options, when hotels get out of hand.
Chamber applauds club exec
The Charlotte Chamber of Commerce will recognize Quail Hollow Golf Club President Johnny Harris as the 2017 Citizen of the Carolinas at its annual meeting Nov. 27 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Chamber present Bob Morgan credited his “vision and tenacity” for Charlotte hosting its first major golf tournament this week.
Harris co-founded Lincoln Harris LLC and serves as its CEO. Harris has chaired the chamber, Charlotte Regional Partnership, UNC-Chapel Hill and NCAA Final Four Charlotte Organizing Committee.
PGA promotes leadership
Sixty high school and college-age members of the Young Black Leadership Alliance took part in a mentoring and networking event titled, “Beyond The Green: Turn Your Passion Into a Profession.”
The program took place at Quail Hollow Club, where participants learned how golf can influence their personal and professional success.
The event kicked off with a keynote speech by actor Dondre Whitfield and continued with speed networking with Paul Levy (PGA), Suzy Whaley (PGA), Keith Cockrell (Bank of America), Maria Taylor (ESPN) and Stephanie Ready (FOX Sports).
Whaley and PGA Director of Youth Golf Development Bob Baldassari gave a tour and panel discussion about the operations behind the PGA Championship.
The day revolved around the themes of improving through failure and humility and building meaningful relationships through the sport of golf.
Hospital system on alert
As the official medical provider for the PGA Championship, Carolinas HealthCare System will have physicians, nurses, athletic trainers, emergency medical technicians and paramedics staff four medical care stations around the venue.
They are stationed at the main spectator bus terminal, the fifth hole fairway, the 10th hole fairway and the 14th hold fairway.
“Our primary goal is to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone who attends the PGA Championship, from the world’s best golfers to the fans who support them,” said 2017 Championship Director Jason Mengel said.
BBB warns of ticket scams
PGA of America has officially ceased ticket sales, which means if you still want to get your hands on one, you’re limited to the secondary market.
– Compiled by Yustin Riopko