Road Trip!!! Golf 'Down the Shore'
Dave Tutelman -- Nov 2,
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|You may remember a
few late Fall
golf trips to my friend Warren's house at Reynolds Plantation
Georgia. By 2013, that was no longer feasible; Warren had sold the
house. But fortunately, Warren
also has a summer home on Long Beach Island -- "down the shore" as
a New Jerseyan
would say. Now we make the house our HQ for three days, and play a few
courses in southern New Jersey. Warren is a great host and an equally
great tour guide.
We'll have each year's excursion on its own page. Here are the links to
those pages, and the courses we played.
Before we get out to the courses, let's start out with a look at the
The house from the street
really a very
comfortable, modern house. It was built well before Superstorm Sandy
was built to the new, post-Sandy code. That means the living spaces are
raised well above a pretty high flood level. During Sandy, only the
garage took water. Bear in mind that many of the houses on Long Beach
Island were devastated by Sandy, to the point that they are being
completely rebuilt to the new code.
The back yard is on the bay
This is particularly impressive when you consider that the house is
waterfront property. The back yard includes a dock where Warren can tie
up the power boat and sailboat. (Well, the stink pot is gone now, sold.
And Warren has a new sailboat.)
it's got four bedrooms with three and a half baths. The master bedroom
is downstairs, and three more upstairs.
Looking down from
second floor into the entry foyer
One of the upstairs bedrooms
The table in the kitchen has a great view of the water.
Here is what it looks like from the deck in back of the house.
Warren's hobby is carving birds from wood. The house is full of his
museum pieces. Here are some examples.
Cleanup from Superstorm Sandy
of the houses you can see from the deck looks like it is jacked up and
overhanging the waterway. When you take a closer look, it
Why should this be?
mentioned that Sandy hit Long Beach Island pretty hard. The bay (where
these houses are) got even higher water than the ocean. A lot of houses
looked just fine from the outside, but the living area got flooded and
had to be gutted and rebuilt. To prevent a recurrence, many of the
surviving houses are being raised. The entire house is jacked up,
usually one story, and placed on posts or a foundation. It's OK for a
carport or garage to be on ground level, but you don't want the living
space anywhere near high tide level. (I believe the new building code
says that living quarters need to be 14 feet above high tide.)
explains why the house is jacked up; it is undergoing a house raising.
But why is it hanging well out over the water? The picture on the right
tells us. This is the street side of the same house. There are 42
treated timber pilings at the curb. A space the exact size and shape of
the house has been staked, to guide where the pilings will be driven.
And until they are driven, the house has been backed off the space it
is going to occupy -- so the pile drivers can come in and do their
thing. Once the pilings are placed, the house will be moved forward to
rest on them, one story up from where it was originally.
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