Toms River Township Council has voted in favor of a measure that extends liquor licensing to the township-owned Bey Lea Golf Course.
In its current state, the course includes two dining options: the Shogun Restaurant on N. Bay Avenue and the small “halfway house” in the middle of the course. The liquor license used for the Shogun property, previously, was not eligible for expansion because township code prohibited alcohol on the course. The council vote last week revises that ban.
“The location of the bar will be at the Halfway House, between the ninth hole and the tenth hole,” Mayor Maurice “Mo” Hill said. “They will be able to use it and work with the liquor license that already exists. It’s a municipal license, so it covers the whole course.
The ordinance permits liquor to be sold by the “township’s licensed dealer at the halfway house or other designated location on the golf course.”
The halfway house will continue to be run by Shogun. Under the revised ordinance, alcoholic beverages purchased from designated locations may be consumed on the course, although they cannot leave course property and no “BYOB” alcohol is permitted.
The ordinance is subject to a public hearing and a second vote at the next council meeting.
The Bey Lea course is currently closed for the winter season and will reopen in March. Several projects are being undertaken over the winter, including improvements to holes 3, 7 and 8. Improvements will include renovating and improving the sand traps on these holes by creating new ones and improving those that already exist, officials said. Some mounds will also be added, which aims to give these holes a new aesthetic and a new challenge for golfers.