The member-owned Amelia Island Club is moving forward with renovations to its beautiful Ocean Clubhouse this summer and fall, while continuing to offer golf and hospitality at its Long Point Clubhouse. The 1,200-member club owns both the Ocean Clubhouse within the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort and the Tom Fazio-designed 18-hole golf course and clubhouse at Long Point, both located on the south end of Amelia Island.
The club, which was spun off from the Amelia Island Company in 2010, continues to delight members and guests. Ground was broken for the ten million dollar renovation and expansion of the Ocean Clubhouse in November 2018. Members, who had a great deal of input into the renovation, wanted to keep the clubhouse’s same semi-circular footprint overlooking the ocean, as well as the large poolscape with adult and child pools. Nestled in the dunes, the expanded facility will re-open in early 2020.
The existing building, which was completely gutted, will have three restaurants and an entirely new ballroom/event space when completed. Brand new kitchen facilities in the middle of the building will serve restaurants located at each end. Ervin Lovett Miller served as the project architect, and Winter Park’s Ansana Design is handling interior design.
The Sea Oats Café will serve the beach and pool area downstairs. A “mini sports bar” will be added to enjoy a drink while watching a game, and food and drinks can be ordered from the beach as well. An upstairs terrace will feature dining and relaxation space. Ocean 5 Restaurant, an elegant ocean-view restaurant, will by member demand retain its same footprint. A third restaurant, patterned after a seaside resort in Portugal and yet to be named, will offer a casual bar and dining area.
The clubhouse interior will be increased from 16,000 air-conditioned feet of space to 23,000. The new addition to the clubhouse is The Ballroom, a multi-use and function room, which will have eleven-foot tall windows, high ceilings, and an outdoor terrace overlooking the ocean. The terrace will feature a grand staircase to the oceanside lawn. The space will also have a small gathering room downstairs, available for use as a bridal dressing room.