Phase one of the renovations to the Ocean Pines Golf Club has been completed. It included work to The Tern Grille, men and women’s bathrooms, men’s locker rooms and the patio.
The 47-year-old building dates back to 1970, when construction on Ocean Pines Golf Club, originally named Seabright and later Ocean Pines Golf & Country Club, began. Now it’s out with the old and in with the new tile, carpet, sinks, countertops and paint.
“The renovations to the locker rooms and bathrooms have given the downstairs of the clubhouse a rejuvenated and fresh look,” PGA Director of Golf John Malinowski said. “The golfers have responded well to the changes and are looking forward to the completion of the new construction and floor plan upstairs this summer.”
Located next to the Ocean Pines Golf Shop, the newly renovated and expanded Tern Grille restaurant is serving a new dining experience. The pub-like restaurant is now featuring an extended bar, an expanded dining area, more flat-screen televisions, a new menu and live entertainment.
“We can now accommodate larger groups of golfers and non-golfers at The Tern Grille,” Venue Director Brian Townsend said. “We have more than tripled our dining capacity.”
A wall in the men’s locker room was moved and the three-season room was transformed into an enclosed room to expand the dining area at The Tern Grille. The Ocean Pines Public Works department removed and replaced the preexisting bar with a new bar and countertop. Staff also installed a new walk-in refrigerator and cooler, breakers in the kitchen, sprinkler system and pull stations for fire alarms.
The association is now turning its attention to the second floor of the facility. All mechanical equipment in the attic and ceiling area of the dining hall has been removed. Cedar shakes, doors, room dividers, ceiling and floor joists will also be removed.
“We are very excited to see how quickly we’ve progressed with the first floor and we are even more excited on the hopes that the second floor will be completed before the summer season,” Acting General Manager Brett Hill said. “We will have a new facility for our Board Meetings, plus a place for community and committee gatherings.”
In addition to the supplemental meeting spaces, the second floor of the Ocean Pines Golf Club will accommodate banquet events. “I think we’re going to fill a unique void for mid-size parties,” Hill said. “I think it will be a nice addition to our portfolio of party venues available through Ocean Pines.”
The Tern Grille is now open daily to the public, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., at 100 Clubhouse Drive, in Ocean Pines, MD.
Golf Course Project:
Greens – Golf course started on Wednesday March 8 aerating and topdressing Greens. Due to the nice weather the plan was to aerate 4 to 5 greens a day until play caught up to the workers. The greens were deep tine down to 9 inches with solid tines. And also a quad tine that pulls cores. Estimated time to complete aerating greens with 4 to 5 greens a day would be four days. The project would be complete without closing the course and minimal interference with play.
As of now more than 2/3 of the greens are seeded and aerated. Perhaps after Friday March 10th depending on the weather we will need one more complete day to complete aerating the greens. We will start with aerating and topdressing tees on Monday March 13th with a 2 day completion time.
Fairways have all been aerated and verti-quake this past week of March 6 to the 10th. Future plans for the fairways this spring is to add drainage to Fairways 8 and 9 and also reseed those holes. The plan is to start this project the week of March 13th with an estimated completion date of 10 days. We will also address potholes in fairways with Bent-grass sod from March thru April to be completed.
Landscaping started last week on March 6 with cleaning out and trimming back landscape area on the course. The plan is to update and add color to landscaping on the course. Redesign front lawn landscape at Country Club. This is an ongoing project that should be complete by the end of spring.
Bulkhead repairs are schedule for hole 9 and 18. These repairs are on the list at Public Works and are scheduled in the order they were received.
Week of March 20th, we added bunker sand to the green side bunkers as needed, Also edging and repairing area where sand has been dragged outside of bunker. Completion date is April 15th. Soil Sample was sent out on Greens and Fairways on March 7th, waiting for results to start soil amendments. Estimated time for results is one week.
March 6, the rough on hole 6 was aerated and seeded completed in one day. Future plan is to seed and aerate high traffic areas in the rough an ongoing project thru out the spring up until April 15th. Sod also may be added in low lying areas along.