Golf padsApril 25, 2015

Get onto Pinehurst No. 2 anytime you want, through your backyard.

The two U.S. Opens at Pinehurst No. 2 last year were a smash hit--basically guaranteeing a return gig from the USGA in the 2020s.

One way to guarantee a front row seat? Bid on a 5,500-sqft house adjacent to the 8th and 9th greens that is going up for auction May 3.

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The five bedroom, five-and-a-half bath home has 600 feet of frontage on No. 2 and comes fully furnished with pieces that can be charitably described as coming from the "retired CFO" collection at Ethan Allen. The house was built in 1988, comes on a 1.5-acre plot and has a three-car garage--plenty of room for a stable of U.S. Open houseguests and a few extra patron parkers at $50 a pop.

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It's also being sold at absolute auction, meaning the high bidder regardless of price will walk away with the keys. Comparable houses in the same neighborhood run between upwards of $750,000, but nothing on the market has comparable views of Pinehurst's most famous course. The property is an easy one-mile walk to the town green and the resort proper, and even closer to the Pine Crest Inn, Donald Ross' old haunt.

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