By Mike Lednovich, Editor/Publisher
Over 80 percent of the greens and bunker complexes on the Ocean Links Golf Course have been destroyed, according to a court affidavit provided by Golf Course Superintendent Jason Wilson in Nassau County Circuit Court.
Only three of the 18 greens and their bunkers remain intact and unscathed, although Wilson told the court The Omni is not maintaining them.
In mid-November, The Omni Resort began bulldozing the greens and bunkers on the scenic course which includes four holes along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean.
The demolition of Ocean Links was halted after the Amelia Island Club and its members filed a complaint and a Nassau County Judge granted the club a temporary injunction, blocking The Omni’s plans to close Ocean Links and convert the land into green space.
According to Wilson, only the green and bunker complexes on holes 1, 2 and 6 are untouched. All other 15 greens have been destroyed and graded. Wilson reported that only four greenside bunkers remain untouched.
On Dec. 27, Judge Steven Fahlgren granted The Omni’s request to modify the preliminary injunction allowing the resort to grade and sod affected areas of Ocean Links to prevent flooding and eliminate potential hazardous conditions to Omni guests.
Also at issue are the 6th hole, one of most scenic on the Ocean Links layout.
Wilson said The Omni would not maintain the 6th green and bunkers because the hotel had planned to reposition the green before it had decided to close the course. Omni lawyers said even if the Amelia Island Club won its fight to keep Ocean Links operating, the resort still was within its rights to reconfigure holes on the golf course.
A hearing is scheduled for Jan. 12 to consider whether owners of Linkside Villas, which are located adjacent to several Ocean Links holes, will be allowed to join the lawsuit against The Omni.