Barclays golf tournament benefits LI businesses, residents

Some homeowners who live near Bethpage State Park are embracing an entrepreneurial spirit by offering paid spots.

Some homeowners who live near Bethpage State Park are embracing an entrepreneurial spirit by offering paid spots. (8/26/16)

BETHPAGE - The Barclays golf tournament has been a boon for some local businesses and residents.

Some homeowners who live near Bethpage State Park are embracing an entrepreneurial spirit by offering paid spots in which PGA Tour attendees can park.

Robert Frost, of Bethpage, opened his property to the public, even getting a driver to escort customers from his house to the court. His next-door neighbor was seen doing the same thing.

In Farmingdale Village, Mayor Ralph Ekstrand says businesses have benefited from the tournament thanks to the increased foot traffic.

Several homeowners also put their houses up for rent this week through Craigslist and Airbnb. Some listings were advertised for more than $1,000 a night. 

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