The owners of the 158-year-old man Renault Winery Resort and Golf National du Vignoble in Egg Harbor City purchased an Ocean County golf course with plans to reopen later this year, the company announced Tuesday.
Sea Oaks Golf Resort – which is located in the township of Little Egg Harbor and has been closed since the start of the coronavirus pandemic – will reopen in June 2022, Renault owners Accountable Equity said in a statement.
It will reopen as a public course with a new name, LBI National Golf & Resort, with future plans for a hotel, restaurants and wedding and event venues, the company said.
“We are thrilled to have Sea Oaks Golf Resort as part of the VIVÂMEE Signature Collection,” said Josh McCallen, Founder and Managing Director of Accountable Equity, of the $6.5 million acquisition. “We believe our blend of hospitality culture and development expertise places us in a unique position to deliver huge long-term dividends to Sea Oaks in the years to come as we grow.”
Barbara Balongue of Balongue Design Inc. has been tasked with leading a $4.5 million renovation, beginning immediately, including upgrades to guest rooms, entertainment areas, bars and restaurants, Accountable Equity said.
The newly renovated golf course will bring 25 to 50 jobs to Ocean County, with the potential to create an additional 175 jobs by next year, officials said.
Accountable Equity bought Renault Winery in 2018 after the state’s historic site struggled financially and went bankrupt in 2013 and OceanFirst, a creditor, stepped in to manage the sprawling facility until a new owner can be found.
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