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Sand Valley begins construction on Sedge Valley, Tom Doak design inspired by Historic Heathland Courses

Rome, Wisconsin (March 15, 2022)Sand Valley, one of the country’s premier resort destinations set amidst 12,000 acres of tumbling prehistoric sand dunes, announces new plans to expand its golf and resort experience. Construction on Sedge Valley, the third 18-hole design to be built on resort property, will begin in spring, 2022 under the direction of architect Tom Doak and Renaissance Golf Design.

Sedge Valley will add to the resort’s collection of top-rated layouts, Sand Valley (Coore & Crenshaw), Mammoth Dunes (David McLay Kidd), The Sandbox (Coore & Crenshaw) and the forthcoming Lido, which will open to members and resort guests in 2023.

“The golf experience at Sedge Valley is completely different from anything else on the property,” says Sand Valley co-owner Michael Keiser.  “Tom Doak moves so easily from the large-scale engineering project of the Lido to this much more intimate design. Greens are the heart and soul of any golf course.  Watching him identify and work his routing to these incredible natural green sites has been an amazing process. This is how the great ones have always done it.”  

Sedge Valley occupies an intimate piece of Sand Valley’s property rich with sandy soil, native groundcover and a prominent rock outcropping. Sand Valley owners Michael and Chris Keiser gave Doak the green light to follow his own inspiration for Sedge Valley – and that started with identifying the most exciting and best green sites the land had to offer.

“When you don’t have to think about stretching a course to 7,300 yards, you can start thinking about finding cool green sites without worrying about how close together they are,” Doak said. “I don’t have to worry as much about a severe slope at the edge of the green being “unfair” if you’re hitting a relatively short approach into it. My idea for Sedge Valley is to bring back a more intimate scale and build classically styled holes that everyone can enjoy, but which may require some compromises from the long and wild hitters.”

Sedge Valley is scheduled to open in 2024.

“These are exciting times for Sand Valley,” Keiser says. “The Lido is growing in and will open in 2023. Sedge Valley will follow a year later, along with some significant additions to the resort experience, which we will be announcing soon.”

About Sand Valley
Located on more than 12,000 acres of land amidst the tumbling prehistoric sand dunes of central Wisconsin, Sand Valley allows guests to reconnect with the rugged beauty and serenity of the outdoors for a day, weekend or extended stay. Developed by Michael and Chris Keiser, Sand Valley delivers golf as it was meant to be where players walk, and the courses play firm and fast. The resort boasts three award-winning golf courses and a collection of outdoor activities such as grass tennis, hiking, fat-tire biking, fishing, cross-country skiing, and more. Home to three different onsite dining options, a cozy, well-appointed lodge and freestanding cottages, the resort offers the idyllic comforts of a home away from home. Real estate is available with pricing starting at $1.1 million. For more information, visit

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Tom Ferrell, Keiser/Sand Valley | 303.478.6293

Brandon Carter, Sand Valley | 715-325-9500