Money talks, bye, bye Omni Ocean Links Course Amelia Island

View from the Ocean Links course at Omni Amelia Island

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 hole is plowed under /photo by Justin Carroll

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!!”

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6 thoughts on “Money talks, bye, bye Omni Ocean Links Course Amelia Island”

  1. This is maddening at best . Money talks for sure . They are violating an agreement with the property owners in bulldozing this course . 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 !!

      1. I might be mistaken but were you the one asking about the BOD of the Equity club?

        From the Florida State Deptment subiz site http://search.sunbiz.org/Inquiry/CorporationSearch/SearchResultDetail?inquirytype=EntityName&directionType=Initial&searchNameOrder=AMELIAISLANDEQUITYCLUB%20N100000053510&aggregateId=domnp-n10000005351-c4a2a2b9-66bd-44fc-a739-ce34a45255cc&searchTerm=The%20Amelia%20Island%20Equity%20Club&listNameOrder=AMELIAISLANDEQUITYCLUB%20N100000053510

        Registered Agent
        Nay, Brian
        5 OCEAN CLUB DRIVE.
        AMELIA ISLAND, FL 32034

        Title Director
        Ledwin, Mary Ellen
        45 Long Point Drive
        AMELIA ISLAND, FL 32034

        Title Director
        Borakove, Fred
        3059 Sea Marsh Rd
        AMELIA ISLAND, FL 32034

        Title Director
        Asay, Linda
        82 Marsh Creek Road
        Amelia Island, FL 32034

        Title President
        Blum, Eric
        27 Marsh Hawk
        Amelia Island, FL 32034

        Title VP
        Bates, Peter
        68 Long Point Dr.
        Amelia Island, FL 32034

        Title Secretary
        Murray, Paul
        31 Marsh Creek Road
        Amelia Island, FL 32034

        Title Treasurer
        Tennyson, Brian
        9 Oak Point Dr
        Amelia Island, FL 32034

        Title Director
        Dougherty, Thomas
        47 Laurel Oak Rd
        Amelia Island, FL 32034

        Title Director
        Brannen, Mary
        6512 Spyglass Cir
        Amelia Island, FL 32034

  2. I too am an island resident and have played the Links course many times. Its not an inferior course as the Omni suggests. Its a short course you must think your way through made more difficult by the wind. How many places have 4 or 4 ocean holes? To just tear down all 18 holes shows a lack of any sort of cogent thought process and forward thinking. They could have made a fair compromise and kept 9 holes going w. all of the ocean holes intact. 9 holes is how Ocean Links was originally made. That would have been fair to those who own property with both course and ocean views. This casts a pall on the Omni and is really bad for business/consumer relations. We know the golf business is in trouble, but to hack this course down is just mind boggling.

  3. As a condo owner on the Island I am astounded at the
    Omni’s arrogance and total disregard of the owners
    voices. Keep me posted. I hope you prevail.

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