The renourishment and beautification of the Buccaneer Island Lagoon, which began August 2, is a much-awaited project for many. The Lagoon was created in 1952 and functioned as the premier swimming spot on Buccaneer Island. With the Atlantic a short distance away, the Lagoon and surrounding beach provided the best of both worlds. Through this summer’s enhancement project, the goal is to return the Lagoon to the desirable swimming and lounging experience it once was. The project commenced in August with the removal of years of accumulated silt from the Lagoon. In the current stage of renourishment, new sand is being added and the overall size of the Lagoon is slightly reduced, allowing for an expanded beach area, enhanced arrival experience, additional cart parking, increased landscaping, and the addition of a pedestrian boardwalk. This November, Members can look forward to the return of a clean and natural water environment and look of years ago.
With a December 2021 opening, The Clubhouse renovation is progressing at a steady pace. As the magnificent structure has taken shape, with a beautiful new porte-cochère and outdoor veranda seating, the focus is now on the interior of the building. The roof tile installation is complete, and site work on the front side of the building is underway. As detailed in the Ocean Reef Press, the revamp of hole #9 including the tee box, green, bunkers and landscaping and the tee box on #10, will offer exciting changes for golfers come season. The short game area and the putting green are also progressing well with fresh grass planting complete. Once finished, the Clubhouse will present golfers and non-golfers alike with new experiences, punctuated by exceptional views.
Take just one step inside the new Lobby and the history and beauty of Ocean Reef is evident in the photography and artwork that dawns the new building. Following the renovations of the past year, the life of this Ocean Reef icon is not only extended, but enhanced. The beautiful new Inn Lobby opened August 24, where Members can visit for Front Desk, Concierge and Transportation services, or to simply appreciate The Ocean Room’s two 400-gallon aquariums. The Reef Lounge is also open, complete with a breathtaking bar, renovated outdoor deck seating, and views overlooking Buccaneer Island. On October 18, breakfast service at The Ocean Room will begin, followed by a whole new dinner concept and menu launching November 8. Stay tuned for details on the November Ribbon Cutting for the new building.