Ground Broken for 36-Hole Miniature Golf in Barnegat Light

As earthmovers carve a recently vacant lot on Broadway in Barnegat Light into the early stages of a 36-hole mini-golf course, the projected opening date is around July 4, project spokespersons said.

The project gained Barnegat Light Planning Board Approval in July 2016. Groundbreaking had been awaiting state Department of Environmental Protection Coastal Facilities Review Act approval, which was recently granted.

Construction is underway for both the mini-golf course and a two-story, 20-by-40-foot “clubhouse” that will hold a ticket booth, snack bar and room upstairs for small parties.

Jennifer Lackland, managing partner of the Warren, N.J.-based property owner Daveco International LLC, has named the project Jen’s Links at LBI.

The builder is Harris Miniature Golf Courses Inc. of Wildwood, builder of 800 courses worldwide.

Building company designer Glenn Lynn had told the planning board the course would be “one of the most elaborate designs we’ve done.” Built into the course will be a fishing village, marina, water features, a cave, a grist mill and landscaping.

“The CAFRA approval was recently granted. … Jennifer is hoping for a grand opening on or about the 4th of July,” construction and weather permitting, attorney Rich Visotcky told The SandPaper last week.

The project has a Facebook page, named Jens Links At LBI, where progress can be followed through photos and videos. Meanwhile, passersby can see the construction at the one-acre property on Broadway between Fifth and Sixth streets.

The site is just two blocks south of Barnegat Lighthouse, and is billed on the Facebook page as “overlooking the bay in the shadow of Old Barney” and “featuring three 20-foot waterfalls.”

Hours will be from 10 a.m. to the last ticket being sold at 10 p.m., the planning board approval noted.

The plan’s 20 onsite parking spaces conform to the town’s zoning ordinances, said the attorney and the planning board. Seventeen would have been required. The number is calculated at one for every three holes, plus more that depended on the square footage of the clubhouse and the number of employees. Customers beyond that number of cars will park along the public streets.

Lackland, who is owner of Lackland Associates, Inc. that owns Lackland Self-Storage, said she grew up spending summers on Long Beach Island and has wanted to build a miniature golf course in Barnegat Light for a long time.

“She is excited about this project, which will provide passive recreation to the north end of the Island for families and people of all ages,” said Visotcky.

He added, “The site was originally approved for condos by another developer, but Jennifer loves LBI and wanted to provide recreational open space for the community.

“It will also provide for a learning experience for the users to find out information about the history and lure of Long Beach Island,” said Visotcky, referring to displays that will be built into the attraction.

Between the June and July 2016 planning board hearings on the project, the company made modifications in lighting and provided data stating that the proposed waterfalls would not exceed decibel limits set forth in borough zoning rules. Both issues were questions that had been raised by audience members.

James Brzozowski, an engineer/planner with Horn Tyson & Yoder, told the board that the 14 lighting fixture poles have now been lowered to 15 feet (formerly 22 feet). Also, the new plan reduces intensity of light to 0.5 foot candles as measured at the edge of the pavement.

Decibel readings from other course’s waterfalls that could be compared to what is planned for the Barnegat Light project were gathered and presented by Daveco project manager Bob Hanselmann.

A zoning change passed on March 20, 2013, paved the way for a miniature golf course in Barnegat Light pending planning board approval. The ordinance change removed golf courses and other uses from the list of projects that were previously not allowed in the borough.

Reposted from The Sandpaper