Marylands Newest Golf Course: Lodestone Golf Club

Lodestone Golf Club, located on a mountain ridge above the beautiful Deep Creek Lake and Wisp Resort, is scheduled to open in June 2010. The course is being built by Wisp Resort Development and OB Sports Golf Management. The layout is being co-designed by former pro Hale Irwin and Todd Shroeder.

Lodestone Golf Club is set to be one of the longest in Maryland which will play 7,335 yards from the tips. The front nine are ready to play and fully grassed. In fact, a father son tournament was played there last June to open up the course. The remaining nine holes are set to be finished growing in early next season. The course will have magnificent views of the Wisp Mountain Terrain. For more updates visit www.wispresortrealestate.com.

Golf in the Summer Olympics: Is a Gold Medal more valuable than a Green Jacket?

Although many Americans were disappointed that Chicago did not receive the bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, they can look forward to Tiger Woods representing the USA in world competition in Rio de Janeiro.

In early October, the decision was made by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to add Golf and Rugby as games to the 2016 and 2020 Summer Olympics.  This will be the first time since 1904 that Golf will be included among the worldly competitions, filling the “roster spot” made vacant by Baseball and Softball being removed by the IOC.

The IOC has established the International Golf Federation (IGF) as the representative body for the game of golf at the Summer Olympics.  Although the competition format has not yet been finalized, the IGF has proposed a format, for both men and women, of 72-hole individual stroke play.  An Olympic field of 60 players has been recommended with eligibility to be determined by the Official World Golf Ranking.

While it will be exciting to watch the world’s greatest golfers competing on the global stage, it does not mean that the “Leap Year Major” will be as highly regarded as The Masters or other Majors.  By all means, those competing in the Olympic Games receive the honor of representing their countries in international competition.  They will certainly treat this event with great respect and vigor, but to think that a Gold Medal will be more cherished than a Green Jacket is absurd.  Do you think the players on the USA Basketball team care more about a Gold Medal or winning an NBA Championship?  Yes, basketball is a team sport and golf is an individual competition — I understand that it’s not a perfect comparison.  However, regardless of the sport, the ultimate goal is to be victorious at the highest level, and for Golf, the most coveted tournament is, and will always be The Masters.

Still, it will be a lot of fun to watch the world’s best golfers compete for Gold.  What are your thoughts?