The Ocean Pines Association makes a “forward swing” toward renovation to the second floor of the Ocean Pines Golf Club. “Fore!” Watch out. The pivot and turn to the second level will significantly improve the building’s accessibility, upgrade its amenities and bring a number of other improvements to the building, which dates back to the early 1970s. The team is waiting on finalization of a modified floor plan and for permits to start construction.
“We’re hoping to hit a hole-in-one with construction work to the entrance and second floor of the facility, which are progressing well,” said Marketing and Public Relations Director Denise Sawyer. “The Ocean Pines Public Works Department is working to complete phase two of the Golf Club project. Most of the interior construction work, within this phase, will take place on the second level, where banquet and wedding services are offered to residents and guests.”
The second level will get a floor-to-ceiling makeover. The reconfiguration project may add a number of meeting rooms, a 60-seat board room, a restored outside deck, a new deck addition, handicap accessible ramps and a large banquet/dining area.
The project presents the opportunity to improve the banquet experience at Ocean Pines Golf Club while accommodating meetings for community organizations and committees. The Association’s Food and Beverage Director Brian Townsend will be able to offer the Ocean Pines Golf Club as a venue for smaller corporate and/or company parties as well as other special events, like budget-conscious weddings.
“Whether it’s an exchange of vows or a company holiday party, we will soon be able to make special memories at our Golf Club, overlooking the gorgeous links,” said Townsend.
The building, which is structurally sound, continues to get much-needed attention from the Board of Directors. The Ocean Pines Association (OPA) Board of Directors has agreed during a 2016 board meeting to replace the roof of the club house. The roof had a history of leaks due to improperly mounted heating, ventilation and air conditioning units, and required immediate work.
Construction on Ocean Pines Golf Club, originally named Seabright and later Ocean Pines Golf & Country Club, began in 1970. Robert Trent Jones Sr. was hired to design the course. It officially opened on June 5, 1972, making it one of the earliest courses in the Ocean City area. Golfing greats Billy Casper, Dean Beman, Marty West and Bob Haley were the inaugural foursome and participated in a special celebrity match that day.
Today, Ocean Pines Golf Club, with its classic Robert Trent Jones design, challenges and delights golfers just as it did in 1972 and in all of the years in between. It is, as originally envisioned, open to the public year-round and offers annual memberships for those wishing to make it their home course. Ocean Pines golf members, local residents, Ocean City vacationers and golfers – both hobbyists and serious players – enjoy the natural beauty of the course, the purity of its design and its superb playing conditions.