Huge sums sought for Ryder Cup rentals in Clare and elsewhere

THE Ryder Cup is set to bring a big economic boost to the Mid West in 2027, and Clare owners could earn tens of thousands of dollars renting their homes to golf fans.

The hosting for the event site provides a platform for those looking to rent out their homes, and in a number of cases the sums sought are watery.

A sum of €17,000 is currently being sought for a four bedroom house in the Bunratty/Cratloe area. While this is a colossal sum for a short event, it is by no means exceptional, with several owners looking for over €40,000 and some up to €50,000.

Not all are particularly close to Adare either, with one outside Listowel asking for €45,000. A sum of €28,000 is being sought for a seemingly unremarkable three-bedroom house in the city of Limerick.

Brian Higgins from said many homes in Clare would be of interest to golf enthusiasts.

“There will always be a certain demographic that attends the Ryder Cup that wouldn’t see distance as a big issue. For Americans, an hour may not be considered very far because their country is much bigger than hours.

“Also some have access to helicopters so it might not matter if it was a two hour drive but we still recommend being within an hour and a half of the venue.”

Mr Higgins said that in many cases large companies are renting the properties.

“We have businesses calling us looking for nicer homes where they can bring their employees, customers and potential customers. What they are trying to do is build rapport and relationships so they can easily close deals over the next few years. This is a very good equity strategy, I have seen it work very well.

Spending tens of thousands of dollars on hosting some potential customers is just a small detail in some cases, he added.

“Depending on the size of the deals or the company’s plans, this can be a drop in the bucket for them.”

The first pitch will not be hit for more than five years, but hotels in Limerick are already nearly full, he added.

“In Limerick it’s already tight enough for accommodation. We are not aware of any hotel rooms available, but what sometimes happens is that hotels hold onto a few rooms until the last minute and then release them at excessive prices.

There may be particular demand for a cluster of houses close together, Mr Higgins said.

“A lot of big companies would contact us looking for clusters of houses in the same area so that when they go to the event and come back every day, they don’t have to drive across the country. “

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