Golf Resort thrives while giving Adams County's economy a much-needed boost
Tom Doak Strikes Again!
TOWN OF ROME — Sand Valley Golf Resort in central Wisconsin doesn’t look like most other top golf facilities. For one thing, there’s no ocean, no Great Lake, no picturesque body of water bordering its courses.
But perhaps the biggest difference is Sand Valley’s mission. In addition to creating a world-class golf resort, owner and developer Mike Keiser Sr. has created an operation that is lifting the area’s economy out of the doldrums.
Sand Valley's 'Sandbox' hosts inaugural Wisconsin State Par 3 Championship
Breaking Sand Valley news from Golf Advisor’s Matt Ginella: “As modern minimalists storm the gates of midwestern golf development, Doak signs a deal to build the next course at Sand Valley in Nekoosa, Wisc.”
D'Amato: How Sand Valley Golf Resort is Transforming Central Wisconsin
ROME — In an event that was a first of its kind, it’s only fitting that a first-time winner took home The Sandbox trophy at the inaugural Wisconsin State Par 3 Championship on Monday…
Wisconsin Par 3 Championship at Sand Valley Golf Resort
TOWN OF ROME – Not unlike an oasis in the desert, the Sand Valley Golf Resort has sprung from an inhospitable landscape and is in the process of transforming a region.
Wisconsin Officials celebrate Removal of Kirtland's Warbler From Federal Endangered Species List
How cool would it be if the state’s top amateur golfers competed in a tournament in which a hole-in-one was possible by every player on every tee shot?
The Mammoth Vision
MADISON-The removal of Kirtland’s warbler from the federal endangered species list on April 12 is another great conservation comback story, and Wisconsin will continue its efforts to grow the tiny songbird’s population.
GOLF WEEK: Economic Impact of Sand Valley
Explore the brand new 2018 Sand Valley Magazine! Featured stories include an in-depth look at David Kidd’s design philosophy behind Mammoth Dunes, how the 17 hole Par-3 course “The Sandbox” by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw came to be, Ben Crenshaw breaks down the 6th hole on Sand Valley, and much more.
GOLF DIGEST: America's Best New Courses 2017
Sand Valley as the Best New Course of 2017
FOR GOLFERS, SAND VALLEY IS GOLFS NEXT MUST-VISIT DESTINATION; FOR CENTRAL WISCONSIN, ITS AN ECONOMIC LIFELINE
At South Wood County (Wis.) Airport, a 20-minute drive north of Sand Valley Golf Resort, airport manager Jeremy Sickler said local residents recently started swinging by the airport to look at the private aircraft parked on Alexander Field.
On a typical day, Sickler said, the tiny airport will receive three private aircraft, often more. That's as many as he used to see in a month prior to August 2016, when Sand Valley opened it's first course for preview play. Fuel sales, Sickler's best gauge of traffic, have tripled in the past year. One day a couple of months ago, nine aircrafts landed on the same day. Their passengers all were headed to Sand Valley.
Armchair Architect 2016: Construction and Kismet
This is the fifth course that the design firm of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw has done for resort maven Mike Keiser, and the first not close to an ocean. No matter. It’s still on a thousand acres of rolling sand hills in Central Wisconsin, and Coore and Crenshaw were carte blanche to route their course. (Rumor has it Coore routed a hole outside the property line and Keiser reluctantly bought that additional parcel.) Given the name, many conclude Sand Valley is a combination of Nebraska’s Sand Hills Golf Club and New Jersey’s Pine Valley. But Sand Valley has its own personality, with some dual fairways, mammoth sand spits, enormous greens and even a hidden putting surface.
The Golf World Discovers Wisconsin
Virtual golf design met the real thing in mid-July at Sand Valley Golf Resort in central Wisconsin. Brian Silvernail, winner of Golf Digest's 2016 Armchair Architect contest, spent a weekend consulting with golf architect David McLay Kidd on the site of the resort's second 18, Mammoth Dunes, now under construction. Silvernail's winning design, selected last fall by Kidd and resort owner Mike Keiser from among 532 entries, serves as the template for the downhill, drivable par-4 14th hole.
New Restaurant 3 Lakes Bistro Opens in Rome
A lot of people are still trying to get their heads around the idea that the golf world’s most celebrated new destination is in Middle of Nowhere, Wisconsin, right next to taxidermy shops and ma and pa restaurants.
There really is a Ma and Pa’s Family Restaurant just a few miles from Sand Valley, the Adams County golf resort that has golf pilgrims squinting at their GPS devices. We passed the restaurant driving to Sand Valley from Madison last week.
Can Sand Valley Make Wisconsin the Next Golfing Destination?
Rick Finco opened 3 Lakes Bistro as a new dining option for the village and the surrounding area. He said there are already a lot of bar and grill restaurants, and he wanted to offer something different. Finco describes the restaurant as a casual place to find fresh cuisine. It's not a bar and grill or a supper club, but a bistro.
Aldo Leopold’s “A Sand County Almanac” is an environmental classic. First published in 1949, a year after Leopold’s death, it chronicled and celebrated the natural life amid the changing seasons around his scruffy weekend retreat and family farm, in a dirt-poor region of Wisconsin that starts an hour’s drive north of Madison, the state capital.