Maryland's Lodestone Golf Club on Schedule for 2010 Opening

Work is continuing on the new Lodestone Golf Club in western Maryland and is on schedule to debut next June. Located in McHenry on an expansive mountain ridge above Deep Creek Lake and Wisp Resort, all 18 holes of Lodestone Golf Club are grassed. The project is being built by Wisp Resort Development Inc., with assistance from OB Sports Golf Management.

The layout is co-designed by three-time U.S. Open winner Hale Irwin and Todd Schoeder of Denver-based Design Workshop. In addition to the course, the club will offer a range of four-season recreational amenities.

"All holes on the front nine were actually playable this season and the back nine grassing was completed this year," said Steve Richards, president of Wisp Resort Development, Inc. "We look forward to opening Lodestone next summer to the golfing world."

The par-72 track will play 7,335 yards from the tips and feature bentgrass greens, tees and fairways. With numerous elevation changes, including a 110-foot tee-to-green drop on the 13th hole, Lodestone will boast views of the mountainous region above Deep Creek Lake.

Lodestone will be highlighted by tree-lined fairways, attractive bunker complexes, rock outcroppings, and native fescue. At 2,973 feet above sea level, Hale Irwin's first Maryland design will have the highest elevation of any course in Maryland.

"It's been a pleasure working with both Todd Schoeder of Design Workshop and the legendary Hale Irwin on what will most likely be one of the most talked-about course openings in the summer of 2010," said Orrin Vincent, owner and co-founder of OB Sports Golf Management, the company overseeing construction management and golf course operations at Lodestone.

"From the onset of the project, our agronomy team, led by superintendent Scott McMillion, both course designers and the leaders of Wisp Resort Development team have been truly dedicated to building a world-class golf club. It is exciting to reach this milestone and we look forward to start planning the opening of what will certainly be a celebrated course opening."

About Lodestone Golf Club & Community

Lodestone Golf Club is located two hours from Pittsburgh and three hours from Baltimore and Washington D.C. A limited number of custom home sites are now available. The housing lots have been carefully designed to integrate into the four-season mountain environment that makes Wisp Resort so special, with many offering ski-in/ski-out convenience and views of mountains, the surrounding valley and Deep Creek Lake. Residents will have access to the Lakeside Club, skiing at nearby Wisp Resort - Maryland's only four-season destination resort, and miles of hiking and biking trails.

The resort also contains the 6,700, par-71 Wisp Resort Course, a hotel and conference center, 102 suites and 67 guest rooms. For more information about Lodestone or Wisp Resort, call 301/387-8788 or visit