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Sand Valley Touted as a One-of-a-Kind Golf Resort

Sand Valley might be the most ambitious golf development project ever undertaken in Wisconsin, and not just because well-heeled clients will someday fly in to play as many as four courses at the destination resort.

That's all well and good. It is, after all, a commercial enterprise.

What makes Sand Valley special, though, is that it's also a habitat restoration project of immense size and scope. What was once a sprawling red pine plantation — a monoculture not unlike a cornfield — will be returned to a 1,700-acre sand barren, home to native plants such as prickly pear cactus and wild lupine, and endangered species such as the Karner blue butterfly and Kirtland's warbler.

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Chris Keiser
Second Sand Valley Golf Course a Destination

ROME — Although construction on Sand Valley Golf Resort's first golf course is not yet completed, plans for a second golf course at the new resort have begun with an architect already chosen for the project, a Sand Valley representative confirmed to Daily Tribune Media on Friday.

The Sand Valley Golf Resort, which first was proposed in 2011 by internationally renowned golf developer Mike Keiser, lies on about 1,500 acres in the town Rome. The space could hold up to five golf courses.

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Chris Keiser
Second course planned at Sand Valley Golf Resort

Two decades after then-novice golf course architect David McLay Kidd teamed with developer Mike Keiser to create the first course at what would become the acclaimed Bandon Dunes resort in Oregon the two are collaborating again.

This time, the site is a 1,500-acre sand barren in central Wisconsin.

On Wednesday, Keiser announced that he had hired Kidd to design the second course at Sand Valley Golf Resort, just south of Wisconsin Rapids.

The first course, designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, is under construction and is scheduled to open in 2017.

Construction on Kidd's course will begin in the spring, and the course is expected to open in 2018.

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Chris Keiser
Sand Valley on course to become true American beauty

Town of Rome — The bald eagle circled lazily over the handful of people standing atop a sand dune, seemingly checking out the strange interlopers, then banked and disappeared over a stand of jack pine.

It was a fitting end to a spectacular day of "wilderness golf."

Last week, about a dozen founding members of Sand Valley got their first look at what could be the most ambitious golf project ever undertaken in Wisconsin.

If all goes according to Chicago developer Mike Keiser's plan, someday there will be five courses and lodging on 1,500 acres a few miles south of Wisconsin Rapids — a resort that would provide hundreds of jobs in depressed Adams County and further enhance Wisconsin's reputation as a world-class golf destination.

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Chris Keiser
A Conversation with Mike Keiser

Over the last two decades golfers have been fortunate to live through a renaissance period in terms of golf course architecture. One of the key figures in this era has been a Chicago businessman with an intense love for the game of golf, Mike Keiser. After selling a very successful greeting card company Keiser decided to try his hand at golf course development and quickly discovered he had a knack for it. Over the last two decades Keiser has helped introduce golfers toBandon Dunes in Oregon, Cabot Links in Nova Scotia and Barbougle Dunes in Tasmania . . . not a bad resume. Mike and I caught up a few days ago to chat about his new project in Wisconsin, Sand Valley, as well as golf in general. The following is the transcript from our conversation. 

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Chris Keiser
Sand Valley could be Wisconsin's next golf mecca

he story of Sand Valley begins with an apology.

While on a weekend hike with his wife, a construction executive named Craig Haltom came upon an area in central Wisconsin with giant sand dunes. He thought: This would make for a great golf course.

He contacted Mike Keiser, the Chicago greeting-card magnate who had turned a remote stretch of Oregon coastland into one of the world's great golf destinations by celebrating the origins of the game — walking with caddies, links play affected by the elements.

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Chris Keiser