Unless you have been living under a rock somewhere, you have at least heard about a project called Sand Valley 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 been on property a number of times, I can honestly say that I have completely bought in to their long term plan. Sand Valley 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, was designed by David McLay-Kidd and opened in 2018. The Sandbox, also opened in 2018, is a 17-hole short course designed by Coore/Crenshaw. The architect for Sand Valley’s next course has also been announced. World-renowned architect Gil Hanse will have an amazing piece of property to put his signature on in the coming years.
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. To get a serious feel for the land Sand Valley is built on, Check out the blog post I wrote after my first site visit trip by clicking here. Sand Valley now offers a full service clubhouse, multiple dining choices, and various lodging options to accommodate any group. Wisconsin Golf Trips is proud to be working with the Sand Valley Resort team to help groups plan a very special golf experience in Wisconsin.