Construction Underway at Maine National Country Club

    WELLS, Maine, July 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Construction is underway at the
 Maine National golf community in Wells, Maine, a new 360-acre golf and
 residential community which will feature the first new private golf course
 in the Wells/Kennebunkport area in more than 100 years.
     Centrally located in the pristine, rolling terrain of Wells, Maine --
 just minutes from the beautiful coastal communities of Kennebunkport and
 Ogunquit - - this private Club intends to set a new standard for private
 golf and living well. The Club will feature an 18-hole, 7,200-yard
 Faxon/Booth-designed Championship golf course and a luxury residential
 community of 27 single- family home sites and 54 luxury town homes. The
 Club's experience and styling will capture the essence of Maine's relaxed
 yet elegant family lifestyle with Club amenities that will include a full
 service Clubhouse complete with dining room, men's and women's locker rooms
 and lounge, a swimming and tennis complex, kids' club, extensive junior
 golf & tennis programs and children's summer camp. Members can also take
 advantage of the area's natural treasures including easy access to a Class
 A trout stream and waterfall as well as fly casting on the Merriland River.
     "We, along with our partners, love this area. We're excited to bring a
 club of this caliber to Wells, and we eagerly anticipate its opening. We
 are grateful to the James family, whose ancestors purchased this land more
 than 100 years ago. We believe the Club will play an important role in this
 community now and in the years to come," said Bill LaMarche, Managing
 Partner, Maine National Country Club.
     PGA TOUR veteran Brad Faxon and award-winning golf architect and
 partner Brad Booth have commented on the Maine National project, "Our
 involvement has been from the inception of this project and we have long
 held that this ground provides the best golf potential of any site of which
 we have been involved. We feel we have created a design that will
 complement the outstanding terrain and character found here and we simply
 can't wait to see it come alive. The enthusiasm we feel is such that we
 have committed to extraordinary involvement in the construction process via
 full construction management so that we can be on site extensively. This is
 a very special place and we wish to see that this golf course is properly
 crafted. We believe the golf experience here could be something
 exceptionally distinctive."
     Maine National Country Club will be managed by Southworth Golf
 Management of Newton, Massachusetts. "Southworth Golf Management has a
 history of delivering a casual, yet luxurious golf and club experience, one
 that our members and residents will truly appreciate. Their quality and
 expertise in this arena, as well their proven track record of managing,
 full service, high- end family-oriented clubs is second to none and made
 them our obvious choice. We are also pleased that this relationship will
 afford our members reciprocity at other Southworth-managed clubs including
 clubs located in Scotland, the Caribbean and in the U.S.," said Melodee
 James, a partner in Maine National.
     "I believe that this will be an extraordinary golf community built with
 a very talented New England group. From designers Brad Faxon and Brad
 Booth, to general contractor Agri-Scape, Maine National will benefit
 greatly from this collection of seasoned professionals. We are very excited
 to team up with these companies and look forward to a long and genuine
 relationship with the town of Wells and its surrounding communities," said
 David Southworth, Founder of Southworth Golf Management.
     The golf course is scheduled to open its first nine holes next summer
 and the final nine by early summer 2009.
     About Maine National Country Club
     Maine National Country Club (http://www.MaineNational.com) will set a
 new standard for private golf and living well. Maine National is being
 developed by New England-based real estate developer Bill LaMarche and
 partners Stan Abrams and Melodee and Richard James. Bill LaMarche is a
 business entrepreneur with a long track record of success, Abrams has
 developed golf sites throughout the country and brings extensive golf
 related experience to the group, and the James family has owned the land
 for more than 100 years and spent the past four years planning and
 designing the project, having secured all of the requisite approvals and
 permits necessary for construction.
     Maine National Country Club, scheduled to open Summer 2008, is an hour
 and 15 minutes from Boston off I-95 in Wells, Maine, and minutes from the
 world- renowned coastal communities of Kennebunkport and Ogunquit as well
 as Sanford Regional Airport, which provides full service for private and
 corporate aircraft. Maine National, where traditions begin.
     About Southworth Golf Management
     Southworth Golf Management LLC (SGM)
 (http://www.southworthdevelopment.com/) is a privately held company based
 in Newton, Massachusetts. Formerly known as Willowbend Golf Management LLC,
 SGM specializes in the operation of multi-faceted, full-service properties,
 often located within destination resort developments. SGM's philosophy is
 to operate properties as individual brands, with most business and
 personnel practices customized to each property's specific market. SGM
 takes pride in delivering memorable experiences for its customers and
 recognizing the accomplishments of its employees. Southworth manages
 properties in Scotland, Puerto Rico, The Bahamas, the Dominican Republic
 and the United States.
 
 

SOURCE Maine National Country Club

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