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Golf clubhouse sketch offers general ideas

Draft of Clubhouse. Photo courtesy Ocean Pines Board of Directors.

By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer

(April 18, 2019) The Ocean Pines Board of Directors has released rough drawings of the proposed clubhouse to replace the existing building at Ocean Pines Golf Club.

The building is designed to provide space for golf operations and community use. The 7,400-square-foot structure would be half the size of the original clubhouse.

“The actual size has not been determined but that’s what our bid was based on … between 7,200 and 7,400 square feet,” Vice President Steve Tuttle said.

The schematics will be used to communicate to the design/build team the concepts to be considered in building’s initial design phase. They include a floor plan as well as views of the front, of the back and from above.

“It’s a good compromise in terms of what the association can afford and what will provide sufficient space for golf operations and also for some community space,” Tuttle said.

The plans, similar to those provided in the request for proposals on which bids for the project were based, include elements such as a wraparound deck, stone veneers on the building’s exterior, a spacious dining/meeting room and ample bar seating in the Tern Grille area.

These drawings should not to be mistaken as the final draft for the project, Tuttle said.

“Those drawings that were released were to try to help people understand the concept of what we’re doing,” Tuttle said. “They are not the final drawings, they are schematics which were used to help prepare the bid, but they’re not an official final product. They are not architectural drawings or engineered drawings.”

The Ocean Pines Golf Club opened in 1972, making it one of the earliest courses in the Ocean City area. Open to the public year-round, it is the only Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed course on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

In addition to offering memberships for families, individuals and juniors, the Ocean Pines Golf Club features 18 holes of championship golf, practice facilities, instructional clinics, summer junior golf camp, private lessons and club sales, fittings and repair services.