Maryland Course Sold at Auction

The 27-hole Hunters Oak Golf Club in Queenstown, Md., has been sold at auction. The 448-acre facility, which includes an 18-hole links-style course, a nine-hole Parkland layout, a clubhouse, Scottish pub and grill, pro shop, Olympic-size pool, tennis courts and maintenance building, was bought by Charles and Vivian Shih of McLean, Va.

The Shihs paid $2.3 million for the property. According to the Shihs' realtor, James Flaherty of Long & Foster in Stevensville, there won't be any changes to the facility or its operations.

"The intent is there will be no change in operation. It will remain as a golf club under the same management and with all the same employees," Flaherty told reporter Shauna Thompson of

"Mr. Shih asked me to tell the auctioneer to tell (previous owner) Mr. (Louis) Schaefer that he is retaining all current employees and will hire back seasonal employees this spring . . . They will be contacting members and introducing themselves very soon and invite all perspective new members as well," said Flaherty.

"(Shih) is a very good businessman, a lover of nature and a lover of golf," Flaherty added.

Hunters Oak is part of River Plantation, a 1,000-acre resort off Carmichael Road. The facility also has shooting and hunting activities, two bed and breakfasts, and the golf course and country club.

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