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, with David Kidd taking the reins for the second. The first two courses are set to open to the public in 2017. There is a long-term plan in place for four 18-hole courses, possibly five, with lodging and other amenities on site.
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.
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. Here is a little tip for you: If you go to the Sand Valley Resort website and sign up for their Insider’s Newsletter, you can book a round NOW for preview play, before the resort opens to the public in 2017. Take it from me, getting to see courses of this caliber at this stage of development is not something that happens very often. Take advantage of it!