Rental problems for Open employees

Jun. 11, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

Housing is at a premium in the Pinehurst area, and at least one of the employees working long shifts throughout this week and the women’s U.S. Open the next week is, so far as least, having a bad experience.

One of the shuttle drivers working the golf tournament on Monday complained that the house and he and his nine co-workers had rented was overbooked. As of Monday afternoon, the home’s owner had added four more guests to the list and he and his team were all facing the prospect of having to double up in beds. On Tuesday afternoon, he reported things had gotten worse — a few additional guests “checked in” on Monday night, much to the consternation of his co-workers. After 12- and 14-hour days on the grounds this week, they were hoping for comfortable beds.

“We’re now looking at three beds and one sofa for the 10 of us,” he said.

The dilemma, he said, was caused when both the home’s owner and the rental agency the owner hired to help generate stays each booked guests.

The man was checking out alternatives but with work shifts beginning at 6 a.m. and lasting well past 8 p.m., it was hard to find time to investigate fixes.

“One of my guys said, ‘No way, I’m not doing this.’ So I found him a hotel room, which had just had a cancellation,” he said. “But I went to the room and, frankly, I’d rather sleep on the floor in a crowded house. It wasn’t very nice.”