ARDMORE, Pa. – As tee time for the 2013 U.S. Open nears, the quaint Philadelphia suburb of Ardmore looks like a swanky tent city.
Huge white hospitality tents cover sprawling front lawns on Golf House Road, College Avenue and other streets that hem in the storied Merion Golf Club course.
Some neighbors have rented out their homes to golfers or fans.
Haverford College gave up land near its baseball fields. And St. George's Episcopal Church is renting out its parking lot for security officials.
The Rev. Ryan Whitley says he'll hold the service next Sunday at an outdoor park.
But the bells at St. George's will still be ringing, even as players compete nearby.
Whitley says that's just part of the ambiance of this year's U.S. Open.