GOLF WEEK: Economic Impact of Sand Valley

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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. 

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