Members of The Amelia Island Club are seeking to halt the Omni Plantation hired bulldozers from leveling any more of the Ocean Links Golf Course
announcing that attorneys are taking legal action to block the closure of Ocean Links.
The Club’s Board of Directors issued the following statement to its members:
The Amelia Island Club has a long standing agreement with Omni that assures Club members the right to the continued use the of the Omni’s Ocean Links golf course. The Club has gone to court today to obtain judicial relief to enforce those contractual rights.
The Management and Board of Directors of the Club are prepared to take all appropriate legal steps to protect the interest of the Club and honor the overwhelming vote against the Ocean Links golf course closure by our membership.
AIEC Board of Directors
Last Monday, heavy equipment operators began bulldozing greens adjacent to the ocean on the scenic Ocean Links property which was originally designed by Pete Dye in the early 1970s. Omni Plantation was operating 36 holes of golf, the other course being the Oak Marsh facility. Winding along a coastal Atlantic dune ridge, Ocean Links #4, #5, #6, #15 and #16 provided golfers with five oceanfront golf holes.
The Omni says it will redirect its golf resources to the Oak Marsh Course.
Ocean Links is part of Amelia Island Plantation, a master-planned community encompassing more than 1,350 acres of maritime forests and marshes, alongside miles of uncrowded beach front. It is home to approximately 900 single-family homes and 1,200 condominiums as well as the family oriented, private Amelia Island Club and a world-class resort owned and operated by Omni Hotels & Resorts. The Amelia Island Club has 1,400 members.
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.
A message from Donald Stamets, Area Managing Director, Omni Amelia Island Plantation:
As of Nov. 12, 2017, Omni Hotels & Resorts closed Ocean Links golf course and will develop that land into green space. In addition to providing additional outdoor activity opportunities, this development will 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.
Today, Monday, Nov. 13, we started Phase 1 of the project by leveling the greens of all holes except 1, 2 and 6. This is to facilitate the transition from “a putting green complex” to level ground covered with sod. Phase 2 will be to flatten and fill in fairway bunkers, in their transition to become sodded. Phase 3 is when all areas transition to sod to create a park-like setting. Phases 1 through 3 can take 4-6 weeks based on weather.
As previously communicated, hole 6 (which is directly in front of the hotel building) will transition into an event space. Holes 1 and 2 are being considered for par 3 golf holes and/or a practice area, while the remaining 15 holes will transition to green space.