Keiser Wisconsin course moving closer to reality


Mike Keiser’s rumored golf resort in Wisconsin is looking more and more like a sure thing. The resort already has a name, Sand Valley, and Keiser hopes to break ground on its first 18-hole golf course next year.

In a conversation with Rory Spears, a Chicago-based radio-show host, Keiser said that he’s “very close to a purchase agreement” for a 1,500-acre spread with the potential to become “the Pine Valley of the Midwest,” except that it may have as many as seven golf courses. A designer for course number one hasn’t yet been selected, but Keiser has whittled his options to four: Tom Doak, Coore & Crenshaw, David McLay Kidd and Jim Urbina.

Keiser says that he won’t build a second course unless the first one attracts 25,000 rounds, but what are the chances of that not happening.

While he formulates plans for his forthcoming golf venture in Wisconsin, Mike Keiser continues to add attractions at his celebrated property in Oregon.

Bandon Dunes has begun to offer its guests preview rounds at the Punchbowl, its 3.5-acre putting course.

“You will find every kind of putt that you can imagine out there,” Tom Doak said in a comment published by the Eugene Register-Guard, “and probably a few that you’ve never dreamed of.”

The course, which was co-designed by Doak and Jim Urbina, has been modeled after similar facilities at St. Andrews in Scotland and the Pinehurst resort in North Carolina. It’ll make its official debut in May 2014.

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