Mike Keiser's journey from recycled greeting cards to Golf Resorts is well documented.
In my opinion 'Bandon Dunes Resort is the best golf resort in the world'
In recent years the Keiser family has added to their golfing portfolio with a new development at Sand Valley in Wisconsin
In undulating sandy terrain perfect for golf Sand Valley Resort is treading a similar path to Bandon Dunes.
At Bandon the first course was designed by David McLay Kidd, the second by Tom Doak, the third by Coore & Crenshaw, who also added a par 3 course
At Sand Valley the first course was by Coore & Crenshaw, who also added a par 3 course, and David McLay Kidd and Tom Doak added Mammoth Dunes and Sedge Valley respectively
So the Keisers are sticking to a winning fomula!
And why wouldn't you?
Sedge Valley was designed by Tom Doak and is said to be inspired by the famous London Heathland courses
Sedge Valley will open to the public in 2024, but we were fortunate to play the course while it was maturing.
Tom Doak has opted to depart from the look and feel of the other courses at Sand Valley with acres of exposed sand throughout both Sand Valley and Mammoth Dunes.
Rather Sedge Valley has been inspired by the London Heathlands courses.
While the others are wide and open, Sedge Valleyis shorter tighter andsets up much like the top heathland courses.
Notable holes include:
- Hole 5, a mid length par 3 to a nicely bunkered green sitting on a ledge. It is a hole that would be quite at home at St Georges Hill (see pic top of page)
- hole 6, a delightful short par 4 where the pin position determines the ideal line off the tee
- hole 7, a short iron downhill to a green framed by bunkers and trees
- hole 15, an interesting uphill par 3 to a green wrapped around the base of a hill and bunker
- hole 17. a shorter uphill par 4 where the width off the tee should not be taken for granted- the green is well protected with both bunkers and subtle contours
- Hole 18, a short potentially drivable par 4, with a resemblance to Barnbougle’s hole 4
Early indications suggest that Sedge Valley may be the most popular course at the Sand Valley Resort.
It has a decidely different feel than it's sister courses.
I am very keen to see it again when it has settled in.
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