Unless you have been living under a rock somewhere, you have at least heard about a project called Sand Valley Golf Resort in north central Wisconsin. But until you actually see it with your own two eyes, you don’t really understand what all the fuss is about. Now that I have made a couple visits to the site, I can honestly say that I have completely bought in to their long term plan. Sand Valley Golf Resort will be the next crown jewel that the state of Wisconsin has to offer.
The short version of the Sand Valley history: Sand Valley Golf Resort is owned by Mike Keiser, the same visionary who created Bandon Dunes in Oregon. The design team of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw were commissioned to design their first course, Sand Valley, which opened to the public in 2017. The second championship layout, Mammoth Dunes, is designed by David McLay-Kidd and will be open for preview play by the end of the 2017 golf season. Sand Valley now offers a full service clubhouse with dining, along with various lodging options to accommodate any group. Wisconsin Golf Trips is proud to be working with the Sand Valley Golf Resort team to help groups plan a very special golf experience in Wisconsin.
What sold Mr. Keiser on building a facility in rural Wisconsin? The way I describe it is: It’s like they took a chunk of South Carolina, complete with sand dunes, cut it out of the Earth, and dumped it in the heartland of the United States. As you near the property, the landscape is relatively flat with tall pine trees everywhere. But when you start to drive onto the Sand Valley Golf Resort, you are transported to something completely unique and undeniably special. If you would like to read more about my first couple visits to Sand Valley, check out my blog post by clicking here.