Looks like the Omni Plantation on Amelia Island wants more tourists and less golf. Bulldozers were out Tuesday scraping away holes on the Ocean Links Golf Course adjacent to the beach.
According to Facebook community speculation, the golf course is going to be replaced by condominiums. The Omni won’t discuss its plans for the property.
Either way, the mighty dollar wins again.
All internet links to Ocean Links Golf Course including GolfNow were disabled.
Ocean Links was a 4 star (Golf Digest) Bobby Weed design and is one of two championship courses at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. Of these 36 holes, 27 are the original 1974 designs by Pete Dye, and the remaining nine that round out Ocean Links were added by Weed in 1998.
With the demise of Ocean Links, Amelia Island now has just The Golf Club of Amelia Island, Amelia River Golf Club, the city owned Fernandina Golf Club, the private Long Point Golf Course and the Oak Marsh Course at the Omni Plantation.
The Facebook community page includes one Omni Plantation resident who claims the project was rejected by home/condo owners and they have now hired attorneys.
“I am a homeowner at Windsong Villas, our unit sits between Ocean Links and Long Point. We are also members at the Ocean Club. This just happened on Monday Morning without notice, we voted not to close courses,” said Kim Strain Mills on Facebook. “I have been coming to the Plantation since 1978 and hate seeing what the Omni has done. I understand change and things must be done in order to make profits, but this is unbelievable.”
The Omni says it will redirect its golf resources to the Oak Marsh Course.
The Omni issued this statement: “As of November 12, 2017, Omni Hotels & Resorts has closed Ocean Links golf course and will repurpose that land into green space to enable all golf resources to be dedicated to enhancing the Oak Marsh golfing experience. We are pleased to share some already-noticeable improvements on Oak Marsh including the renovation of all bunkers, restoration and resurfacing of all coquina areas, replacement of the bridges on holes 15 and 17, and replacement and restoration of all bulkheads.”
The statement makes no comment on the Ocean Links property.
“At this time we are unable to discuss this matter in detail, so we will not be able to respond to your spe cific inquiries,” said Michelle Valle, Director of Resort Marketing Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort.
Emily Schoenle-Grable said on Facebook “More money in condos than golf course I guess – money talks!!!”
Residents said they have hired attorneys and are seeking an injunction to stop the project.
‘This is maddening at best . Money talks for sure . They are violating an agreement with the property owners in bulldozing this course,” said Anne Ziegler in a comment to Gator Golf Magazine. “And for green space? Please, they are going to do whatever makes them the most money and who cares about the rest . Lies, lies and more lies . Boycotting spending money at Omni. So disappointing!!”