Driving Range Planned for Ocean Shores

The 18-hole course at Ocean Shores may soon be having a practice facility. In March 2001, the course’s managers and the City of Ocean Shores (the facility’s owner) were finalizing a plan to build a $150,000 driving range. The project was approved at the last city council meeting.

The managers, Ronnie Espedal and Curt Zander of Ocean Shores Golf Course Inc., are looking forward to the additional amenity. “It would be a great asset not only for our residents, but anyone who plays golf here,” Espedal told the Aberdeen Daily World. The driving range may also help draw more tournaments. Espedal added, “It may develop more golfers in the area. Not many people are going to go out cold and play the game,” especially first-time players.

The next step is for the city of Ocean Shores to put the project out for bid. According to Espedal, the range could generate $20,000 annually in new revenues. The original plan called for a range that is 170 yards long and 45 yards wide. Half of the 10 stalls would be covered and be equipped with artificial-turf mats. The other half of the range will feature grass tees. Because of its abbreviated size, the range requires 80-foot-high poles and polyester netting to prevent balls from flying into public areas.