Walk around Ocean Edge Resort and Golf Club as it winds down its five-year,
$40 million renovation. If it’s been a while, you might not recognize the place.
Changes include a new conference center, renovated guest rooms, and a new restaurant, Ocean Terrace. For duffers, there are the golf course improvements.
“The yard signage was not good; you didn’t know the distances unless you played all the time,” said David Wilson of Chatham about playing the course several years ago. “The doglegs were at odd distances. They gentled it out. It’s more pleasant to play.”
The course has been upgraded to a Jack Nicklaus design, the only one on the Cape, and only the second in the state, the other being at Pinehills Golf Club in Plymouth. The renovation project, which included the clubhouse and restaurant, topped $8 million.
“The redesign added 400-500 yards to the course, 22 sand traps, and replaced the poa annua grass with bent grass on tees and greens,” said Mark Palmer, manager of outdoor operations. “And overall, not one blade of grass from the original course was left. It’s all been replaced.”
The new course is a favorite of Jack Christian, 16, of Norwell, a top golfer on his high school team. “It tests you every day,” he said as he played with his father and younger brother. “The wind changes, and they change the greens and tee boxes all the time.”
The changes they make daily, said Gary Schneid of Pocasset, “make it challenging, but fair. It’s a very well taken care of course.”
The family-friendly resort has 11 tennis courts, three restaurants, and six swimming pools. There are two sides to Ocean Edge: The Villages include the golf course and villas. The Mansion, just up Route 6A, is a century-old historical building with restaurants and bars, 90 rooms in stand-alone wings on either side, and the Bay Pines villas closer to the ocean. There is a private 700-foot beach for guests staying on the Mansion side.
Behind the Mansion is the new 4,500-square-foot conference center that is the Cape’s biggest, said Bryan Webb, Ocean Edge’s sales and marketing manager. It was completed in 2009 and hosts an average 100 weddings a year.
The Mansion’s Ocean Terrace restaurant has seasonal patio dining and panoramic views of the ocean. So romantic is this spot, Webb said, that it is the site of a couple of marriage proposals a month.
All the rooms in the wings at the Mansion had extreme makeovers by Lynda Snyder Associates Inc. of California. The long, narrow rooms, which range from 480 to 680 square feet, seem roomier with the redesign; the beds are now kitty-corner to face the balconies and ocean.
Almost any item in your room, including duvet cover ($150), Red Sox Rubik’s Cube ($18), or a vintage typewriter used as decoration ($140), you can put on your bill and take home.
The last piece of the $5.3 million room renovations is the Bay Pines villas, due for completion in March. They are the closest to the beach, where at low tide guests can walk a couple of miles out in the ankle-deep water in search of sand dollars and seashells.
At the golf course, construction should be completed by July 4 on a $2 million members’ sports club, Webb said.
The resort draws many families in summer with activities that include outdoor movie nights at the recently renovated arbor pool; a s’mores family beach fire; an adventure camp ($80 for a full day) for ages 4-9; and regular appearances by the Brewster Whitecaps of the Cape Cod League. Another plus: The Cape Cod Rail Trail, a 22-mile walking and bicycling path, winds through the golf course. Bring your own bikes or rent them.
The big draw for David Keville of Braintree, owner of the Presidents Rock Club in Quincy, is the golf course, which he said is best described in one word: “Fun.”
The course has a 600-yard par 5 hole, the Cape’s longest, and an over-a-pond par 3. “It changes daily,” he said, “and you can play bad, you can play good, but it’s always fun.”
Ocean Edge Resort and Golf Club 2907 Main St., 508-896-9000, www.oceanedge.com, rooms from $195. Ocean Terrace, 774-323-6013. Indoor or al fresco dining, 360-degree bar, views of Cape Cod Bay, entrees from $26.Paul E. Kandarian can be reached at kandarian@globe