The 18th green at sunset on the Coore-Crenshaw course at Sand Valley Golf Resort (Photo by Darin Bunch /
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Talking GolfGetaways 11: Wisconsin’s new Sand Valley Golf Resort with Michael Keiser Jr.


Bandon Dunes. Cabot Links. Two instantly recognizable names in the world of golf travel — and two of the world’s most highly regarded destinations.

So what’s next from mastermind Mike Keiser and his hard-working team?

Sand Valley Golf Resort — and it’s already making an impact on the growing and much-heralded Wisconsin golf landscape.

Michael Keiser, Jr., managing partner of project development for Keiser Golf, joins hosts Mitch Laurance and Darin Bunch for Sand Valley-themed “Talking GolfGetaways” podcast, shedding light on a most-interesting and enthralling path to what is quickly becoming a world-class golf destination.

Find out how hundreds of acres of sand, prairie grasses and pockets of hardwood forest are taking the place of “any liquid ocean on the planet,” and why The Field Museum of Chicago might just deserve a Sand Valley plaque of honor.
Darin, who recently returned from a preview-play visit to Sand Valley, talks with Michael about the routing and playability of the first course, designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw. And then we discuss the “courageous, bold design” of the second Sand Valley course under construction by Bandon Dunes architect David McLay Kidd, who wanted to create a course that “looked like the offspring of a marriage of Gamble Sands and Pine Valley,” as Keiser Jr. describes it.

And we wrap things up in this first of three Michael Keiser Jr. episodes with a discussion about the overall golf-travel experience at Sand Valley, including upcoming lodging, a 20-hole short course in the making and why you must grab an ice cream sandwich (or two or three) anytime you’re making the turn.

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