Public Works Department Completes Tern Grille
Phase one of the renovations to the Ocean Pines Golf Club has been completed. It included work to The Tern Grille, men and women’s bathrooms, men’s locker rooms and the patio.
The 47-year-old building dates back to 1970, when construction on Ocean Pines Golf Club, originally named Seabright and later Ocean Pines Golf & Country Club, began. Now it’s out with the old and in with the new tile, carpet, sinks, countertops and paint.
“The renovations to the locker rooms and bathrooms have given the downstairs of the clubhouse a rejuvenated and fresh look,” PGA Director of Golf John Malinowski said. “The golfers have responded well to the changes and are looking forward to the completion of the new construction and floor plan upstairs this summer.”
Located next to the Ocean Pines Golf Shop, the newly renovated and expanded Tern Grille restaurant is serving a new dining experience. The pub-like restaurant is now featuring an extended bar, an expanded dining area, more flat-screen televisions, a new menu and live entertainment.
“We can now accommodate larger groups of golfers and non-golfers at The Tern Grille,” Venue Director Brian Townsend said. “We have more than tripled our dining capacity.”
A wall in the men’s locker room was moved and the three-season room was transformed into an enclosed room to expand the dining area at The Tern Grille. The Ocean Pines Public Works department removed and replaced the preexisting bar with a new bar and countertop. Staff also installed a new walk-in refrigerator and cooler, breakers in the kitchen, sprinkler system and pull stations for fire alarms.
The association is now turning its attention to the second floor of the facility. All mechanical equipment in the attic and ceiling area of the dining hall has been removed. Cedar shakes, doors, room dividers, ceiling and floor joists will also be removed.
“We are very excited to see how quickly we’ve progressed with the first floor and we are even more excited on the hopes that the second floor will be completed before the summer season,” Acting General Manager Brett Hill said. “We will have a new facility for our Board Meetings, plus a place for community and committee gatherings.”
In addition to the supplemental meeting spaces, the second floor of the Ocean Pines Golf Club will accommodate banquet events. “I think we’re going to fill a unique void for mid-size parties,” Hill said. “I think it will be a nice addition to our portfolio of party venues available through Ocean Pines.”
The Tern Grille is now open daily to the public, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., at 100 Clubhouse Drive, in Ocean Pines, MD.