Keiser looks to develop Wisconsin course

After you’ve sunk money into golf projects in Michigan, Nebraska, Oregon, Tasmania and Nova Scotia, there’s really only one other place left to go: Wisconsin. Just ask Mike Keiser. The world’s premier developer of traditional links is said to be looking to invest in a moribund venture floated by Oliphant Golf a couple of years ago.

“We’re very hopeful,” a spokesman for Oliphant, a golf construction company, told the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune.

At, Tom Doak said, “It’s not a done deal yet, but it is a distinct possibility.”

Oliphant reportedly controls 350 acres along the Wisconsin River in the town of Rome, in the central part of the state. The property is said to feature 60-foot dunes, although bigger isn’t necessarily better. Matt Ginella of the Golf Channel reports that the usual suspects – Doak, Coore & Crenshaw, David McLay Kidd, Jim Urbina – have already sized up the property. Keiser may also have a line on additional property, for Ginella says that there’s “plenty of room for four courses.” For Keiser, there’s an additional benefit to developing in America’s Dairyland: It’s close to his home in Chicagoland.

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