I opened the shades of our Airbnb, seemed outside the house and paused. “Didn’t we park our rental automobile ideal there?”
Previous PGA Tour member Edward Loar as soon as informed me, “If it’s too good to be accurate, it is as well fantastic to be legitimate.” He was referring to mini-tour situations, but the similar can be reported for cheap Airbnbs. Mark Baldwin experienced just skipped at the 3M Monday qualifier, and we needed to get a property for the next day’s Colorado Open up. As usually happens, we hadn’t prepared extremely effectively. Mark scrolled by means of the site and came on a 3-bedroom household just 20 minutes from Environmentally friendly Valley Ranch, residence of the Colorado Open. It was only $96 a night—an noticeable crimson flag. We scoured the testimonials, and they looked rather good all round. We double-checked the area of the study course. “There has to be a little something wrong,” we recurring to every other. But with time not on our aspect and wanting for anything budget welcoming following a $2,000 1-working day trip (entry rate, flight, resort, auto) to the Monday qualifier, we pulled the bring about.
We landed in Denver and headed for our rental car at Avis. Mark is a most well-liked member, a person of the couple of perks of becoming on the street all the time. The electronic board pointes us to place N15. Waiting around there was a Kia Optima, really essential transportation that was great with us. The only uncommon matter was the condition of the vehicle it was in rough form for a rental automobile, with quite a few scratches, a broken doorway cope with, and a compact crack in the windshield. Mark took photographs to be certain he would not be held accountable for the harm currently on the vehicle when he returned it.
As shortly as our GPS confirmed we were within just a mile of our rental residence, we promptly understood why the nightly cost was a lot less than $100. Dilapidated buildings lined the streets, and the remaining residences have been sagging. We pulled up to our house on Thrill Street—not creating this up—and it didn’t get better. The grass was shaggy, there were being weeds together the house, and the yard had two couches thrown in the corner with rubbish bags on them. Mark and I shared a fantastic giggle as we pulled up to our home for the week. Eclectic Airbnb properties are anything we are employed to. The house did not have a driveway, so we parked on the street instantly in front. Out of habit, I took Mark’s clubs out of the trunk and brought them with us. The inside of the house was in outstanding condition, even though the kitchen was crowded with a apparel washer and dryer. With a prolonged day of touring and an early tee time for the pursuing day’s professional-am, we went to bed early.
The buzzing from my alarm woke me up at 5:30 am, and after showering and dressing, I went to the kitchen area in which Mark was creating espresso. That was when I slid back the curtain to glimpse out on to the street.
“Our motor vehicle is absent,” I stated out loud. Mark laughed and mentioned, “No way. No way. No way.” I begun laughing and went outside the house to investigate. Did we park on the incorrect side of the street and get towed? No, there were being vehicles on the same facet we had parked. Did we break some town ordinance? No, the only indicator obvious was street sweeping on Thursdays and it was Wednesday. Our automobile experienced most absolutely been stolen. Mark and I just shook our heads in amazement.
I named 911—I initial tried out 311, but no one particular answered—and the operator ran the license plate through the system and confirmed what we now realized it was now officially stolen. The operator stated an officer would be out as quickly as just one was out there.
In the meantime, Mark’s 7:30 am tee time was creeping up on us. With no car or truck, we checked the Uber condition. We agreed that if an officer did not pull up shortly, Mark would head to the pro-am, and I would keep back again to cope with the police report. But soon right after, an officer rolled up. She knowledgeable us that Kia’s ended up becoming stolen practically 4 to one around any other auto. (A swift Google lookup reveals there is a systemic flaw that will allow them to be pushed away without a key fob at the time a felony smashes their way inside of.) She instructed that we talk to for something other than a Kia when we returned to Avis. She handed us a report amount, and we identified as for an Uber.
For the full excursion to the class and most of the time in advance of teeing off, Mark was on hold with Avis. When he ultimately reached an operator, he allow them know the scenario and reserved a substitution vehicle.
Soon after the professional-am—Mark gained a skin well worth $475—we received a ride with a person of our enjoying partners from GolfTec, one particular of Mark’s sponsors, who generously put us up in a resort for the relaxation of the week.
We arrived at Avis (again), but the digital board didn’t have Mark’s title this time. He headed for the back again of the extended line. Soon after ready virtually 30 minutes, he acquired up to the counter to explain the condition. As soon as he defined the problem, the clerk reported, “Kia?” Mark nodded.
We secured our new Chevy Malibu, returned to the Airbnb, quickly packed up our possessions and headed for the hotel.
It is just yet another setback, and colourful tale, together the winding highway that we connect with “The Grind.”