A highly-anticipated project and one on many a wish list, the Buccaneer Island Lagoon will receive a much-needed renourishment and beautification this summer. The Lagoon was created in 1952 and functioned as the premier swimming spot on Buccaneer Island. With the Atlantic in the distance, the Lagoon and surrounding beach provided the best of both worlds. The goal with this enhancement is to return to this desirable experience for those swimming and relaxing in and around the Lagoon. Phase one includes de-mucking and removing years of accumulated silt in the Lagoon. New sand will be added to the Lagoon floor and the overall size of the Lagoon will be reduced slightly. Phase two will enhance the arrival experience, expand beach areas, provide for additional cart parking, include a pedestrian boardwalk and increased landscaping. The project commenced on Monday, August 2 and the Lagoon will be closed for approximately 90 days. We look forward to a clean and natural water environment and look of years ago.
The Lobby, Reef Lounge, and Ocean Room are in the final stages with furniture, rugs, artwork and accessories all in place. Upon arrival, the history and beauty of Ocean Reef will be evident in the carefully selected photography and artwork throughout the new building. We have also started to introduce fish into The Ocean Room’s two 400-gallon aquariums representing the return of a cherished Member tradition. The Reef Lounge has been completely renovated, complete with a beautiful view overlooking Buccaneer Island from both inside and on the renovated outdoor deck. We plan to open the Reef Lounge as in past years, for Holiday weekends starting late August. At the same time, we anticipate opening the Inn Lobby with the Front Desk, Concierge and Transportation teams relocating to their new home. Breakfast service in the Ocean Room will follow a couple weeks later in early September. We look forward to a grand opening event for the Fall.
With a December 2021 opening, the Clubhouse project is moving along well. During the past months, the Clubhouse has really taken shape. With the building closed in, the porte-cochere and verandas constructed, the focus has shifted to interior work and getting the roof installed. Next step will also involve site work on the front side of the building. As detailed in the Ocean Reef Press, the revamp of hole #9 including the tee box, green, bunkers & landscaping and the tee box on #10 are progressing at a steady pace. The new putting green and chipping areas are also moving along nicely with grass planting having been completed last week. We feel confident that golfers and non-golfers alike will be thrilled to enjoy the new golf experience and views.