The Green Bay Packers may have lost in the first round of the NFL playoffs, but ever since then the Badger state has been on a roll. On Wednesday night the fourth-ranked Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball team routed #23 Illinois 95-70 to run their record to a perfect 16-0. And on Thursday greeting card magnate and Bandon Dunes developer Mike Keiser announced he'd purchased land about 70 minutes north of Madison with the intention of building a links course in partnership with the design team of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.
I have purchased the land and The Founders and I have decided to build the first of four golf courses at Sand Valley. The first course will be designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw (Bandon Trails, Cabot Cliffs). Design work will begin as soon as the snow melts and we plan to be open for play in Spring 2016.
With Cabot Cliffs (Inverness, Nova Scotia) underway and Gil Hanse and I working on Bandon Links (Bandon, OR), I really tried to resist this project, but within 30 minutes of being on site, I was hooked. It is a thrilling dunescape – a cross between Pine Valley and Sand Hills.