11 May 2017

The latest golf destination by prolific developer Mike Keiser has officially opened in Wisconsin, USA. Sand Valley Golf Resort may eventually feature as many as five courses in total, with the first opening for public play on May the 2nd , and featuring a bold, sprawling design by Keiser favorite Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw. A review of the Coore and Crenshaw design at Sand Valley appeared in Planet Golf Modern Masterpieces and can be viewed here.

Subsequent to the opening were several media articles focusing on the developers and the possible impact Sand Valley will have on golf tourism into Wisconsin, a state that will host its first US Open Championship this June at the nearby Erin Hills Golf Course.

The New York Times published an article (Can Sand Valley Make Wisconsin the Next Golfing Destination?) by Tom Redburn on the prospect of Sand Valley helping turn Wisconsin into a golfing destination to rival hotspots like Bandon Dunes. Read the Article Here

Meanwhile, Golf Digest USA included a story (Sand Valley is the Bandon Dunes of the MidWest) by Ashley Mayo describing how Sand Valley resembles Keiser's earlier Bandon Dunes Resort in Oregon, and its likely socio/economic impacts. Read the Article Here.

 

The second course at Sand Valley is known as Mammoth Dunes and is currently being designed by David McLay Kidd of Bandon Dunes fame. Due to open next year, Mammoth Dunes will be followed by a 20-hole par three course by Coore and Crenshaw and, most likely, additional full length courses shortly after. It will be interesting to see whether the Keiser’s stick with their favored architects and select Tom Doak or Gil Hanse for future courses, or branch out and try someone a little more daring.

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Sand Valley 7th Hole. Photo by Ryan Farrow

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